Tag Archives: saving species

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 Zoos & Aquariums Work Together To Save Sharks

The world’s shark populations are being depleted faster than they can reproduce. Hundreds of millions are killed annually for their fins and other products. Many more millions are discarded as by-catch. Sharks are vitally important apex predators, and their loss endangers the health of marine ecosystems worldwide. Of the roughly 500 known species of sharks worldwide,… 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


Conservation Takes Flight

Going back at least a century to the decline of the American bison, zoos and aquariums have played a critical role in the fight to bring animal species back from the brink of extinction. Because our planet’s fragile ecosystems face new threats each day, this work is more important than ever. Let’s take a look… 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