Conservation

The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square strives to ignite awareness of, excitement in, and concern for animals and the natural world and its conservation in people of all ages. 

Recycle Roo


The Children's Zoo Believes

  • All life exists within an ecosystem.

  • Human beings are an intergral part of all ecosystems.

  • Healthy ecosystems provide many essential services and benefits that sustain and improve human lives. 

  • The human experience requires a connection to nature. These experiences in wild places in our community enrich our lives and inspire our choices for future generations.

  • Human beings are responsible for dramatic changes to ecosystems at a rate unprecedented in Earth’s history.

  • We have the responsibility to care for the Earth, to leave healthy ecosystems for our families and future generations.

  • Through informed actions, we can positively impact ecosystems.

  • Responsible zoos and aquariums strive to conserve ecosystems and promote care and positive action for the natural world. 

 

The Zoo's Conservation Efforts

Breeding Programs

  • Lockey, the Children's Zoo's Hingeback tortoise, has been busy saving his species.

  • He is currently on loan at Herpetological Resource Management participating in a breeding program, and has made fast friends with a female Hingeback tortoise named Kinixys.

  • Any baby tortoises hatched through this program will be released into their natural African habitat to help boost the wild population.

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  • The Children's Zoo has participated in a Species Survival Plan (SSP), an AZA breeding program, for the Critically Endangered Cotton-top Tamarins since our accreditation in 2009. 

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Local Conservation

  • The Children's Zoo participates in Adopt-A-Highway along the I-675 corridor, preventing roadside waste from polluting the land and local watershed.  

Global Conservation

  • The Rainforest Parking Meter, located between the Capuchin Monkey and Military Macaw exhibits collects change to protect rainforest acres in need.
  • Locations of protected forests include Guanacastle Conservation Area, Costa Rica; Kunene Region Protected Area, Namibia; and Komodo National Park, Indonesia. 

 

Fun Conservation Facts  

  • Glass takes more than one million years to decompose (break down and disappear) in our garbage dumps.

  • By recycling a single aluminum can, we save enough energy to run a television for up to three hours.

  • Turning the water off while you brush your teeth can save 2 gallons of water a day!

  • Every year, enough paper is thrown away to make a 12-foot wall from New York to California.