Tag Archives: endangered species

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


On International Tiger Day, Help Raise Awareness for Tiger Conservation

About 100,000 wild tigers roamed across Asia in 1900. Today, tigers are an endangered species, with a wild population that is likely under 3,500. The biggest threats to their survival are poaching, habitat loss, prey depletion, human-tiger conflict, and disease. The Tiger Conservation Campaign, coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Tiger Species… Read More


Rhino Conceived by Artificial Insemination Born at Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo welcomed a female Indian Rhino calf, named Monica, on June 5. She was conceived through artificial insemination with the help of The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). The baby rhino, weighing in at 144 pounds, is the first offspring for a male rhino who… Read More


Celebrate World Oceans Day!

June 8th is World Oceans Day, a time to celebrate this wonderful resource that gives us so many essentials for life. Our oceans and the wide variety of species that live there are in danger from habitat loss, climate change, marine debris, over-fishing, chemical pollutants, marine noise, bioaccumulation, and acidification. AZA-accredited organizations work year-round on conservation… Read More


Endangered Species Day

May 16th is Endangered Species Day! AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums fund over 2650 conservation projects in over 130 countries and spend upwards of $160 million dollars annually on conservation initiatives and education to give animals the helping hand they desperately need. Here a few conservation success stories. Forty years ago there were roughly 5-20 adult… Read More