Save Species

The Saginaw Children’s Zoo is a conservation organization accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, one of only six in Michigan.

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” (Baba Dioum, 1968)

At the Zoo

For us, conservation is the single driving factor behind our decisions and actions. We are constantly working to improve our impact on the Earth — to take care of the planet so it can continue to take care of us!

In the Community

Zoo staff and volunteers enthusiastically participate in community conservation efforts including:

  • Adopt-A-Highway, preventing roadside waste from polluting the land and local watershed
  • Saginaw River clean-up through the Riverfront Beautification Day
  • Creation of Zoo Trails system in partnership with the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy

In the Field

The Children’s Zoo is proud to participate in field conservation efforts including:

  • Blanding’s turtle reintroduction, in partnership with the Detroit Zoo and the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, which successfully concluded in 2016
  • Sandhill crane migration survey tracking population and migration data
  • Michigan frog and toad survey tracking population and breeding data
  • Citizen Bat League, a citizen science program monitoring local bat populations
  • Support for the Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance, sustaining a healthy population of the Kirtland’s Warbler in northern Michigan