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Our Conservation Efforts


What Conservation means at the Akron Zoo

As part of our mission the Akron Zoo strives to be a leading example of conservation action that benefits our natural world and its inhabitants.

The Big "C" of Conservation

Preservation, protection, and restoration of the natural environment, ecosystems, vegetation and wildlife.

The Five Little "c’s" of Conservation

These are the five distinct arms of the Akron Zoo’s conservation mission. While each of these categories can be seen as an independent initiative, they combine and work together to make up the whole of our conservation program.


Modern Zoo’s Role in Conservation

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is an organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and animal welfare. AZA accredited institutions offer great opportunities to learn about animals, and they’re also one of the most important forces for wildlife conservation in the world.

Most zoo visitors don’t realize the extent of important scientific conservation work that is done by zoos and aquariums because it occurs largely behind the scenes and sometimes off-site. For example in 2015, AZA accredited zoos and aquariums invested $160 million in conservation projects. Those projects took place in 130 countries and benefited 776 species.

It’s been said that teamwork divides a task and multiplies the success. The AZA has taken this notion to heart and developed a program called SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction.

Learn More about "SAFE"

The mission of SAFE is to combine the power of zoo and aquarium visitors with the resources and collective expertise of AZA members and partners to save animals from extinction.

The Akron Zoo is fighting climate change. Learn more about the Arctic Ambassador Center (PDF)