Tag Archives: conservation

Confronting the Extinction Crisis

According to many scientists, we are entering what is being called the “sixth extinction period” in world history. This mass extinction is happening every day, in all parts of the world, and the sad part is that humans are responsible for much of the crisis through activities such as deforestation and destruction of natural habitats,… Read More


AZA-Accredited Facilities Show Their Stripes On Tiger Conservation

It’s estimated that only about 3200 tigers remain in the wild. Three subspecies have gone extinct, and the other six are all endangered, many of them critically. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are teaming up to help secure a future for those remaining tigers in the wild, as well as ensure a healthy, genetically diverse zoo… Read More



Mama? Is That You?

You might expect that raising whooping crane chicks for eventual reintroduction to the wild requires special care. But you might not expect it to involve costumes. The whooping crane came close to going extinct in the 20th century; the population is thought to have been down to only around 20 individuals. Organizations like the AZA-accredited… Read More


Number 23: An Underdog Story

Meet turtle 23, a Western pond turtle hatched at the Woodland Park Zoo in 2013. The Western pond turtle, one of the first ten species selected for AZA SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction, is vulnerable due to habitat loss, predation, and disease. A number of institutions in its native Washington, Oregon, and California are working… Read More


Meet the Colony

“It may be the waddling. Or their sophisticated tuxedos. Or perhaps it’s the fact that they are highly social and form long-term bonds. Whatever the reason, penguins have a knack for capturing our hearts. The Academy’s colony of African penguins does just that, while helping educate thousands of visitors a day about their fascinating biology… Read More


Busch Gardens Welcomes Two New Cheetah Cubs

Two adorable new cheetah cubs were born on November 22, 2014 at Busch Gardens in Tampa. They are currently 3 months old and weigh in at a whopping 12 pounds. They were given names by the Busch Gardens animal care team: Tebdai, which means “thankful,” and Thabo, meaning “joy.” The cubs are under 24-hour care from… Read More


A Critical New Addition to the Lee Richardson Zoo

Lee Richardson Zoo welcomed their first baby of 2015 on January 5: a healthy, fourteen-pound female addax calf. The addax is a large antelope native to the Sahara Desert and is well adapted to the harsh desert climate. They survive on sparse vegetation and can go weeks to months without drinking water. The addax is… Read More


Act Fast! December 4th Is International Cheetah Day

On December 4, zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will join the  Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in marking the annual observance of International Cheetah Day. By encouraging all wildlife fans to participate in cheetah-centric activities, AZA and CCF hope to inspire more humans to get involved in the long-term fight to… Read More


Celebrate National Bison Day!

There are no two ways about it: the bison is an American icon. This thunderous behemoth of the western plains has inspired countless generations of artists, writers, conservationists, and policymakers to share and preserve the beauty of wild North America. Just over a century ago, bison populations teetered at the brink of extinction. They were… Read More