Atlanta Zoo - Pandas to Present - 1999 was an unforgettable year for the Zoo, when years of hard work and forging of important relationships both in China and in the United States culminated in the arrival of the giant pandas Lun Lun and Yang Yang. When a widely publicized cavalcade transported the animals to Zoo Atlanta, where they would be housed in a state-of-the-art exhibit, the Zoo joined only two other zoos in housing giant pandas. The institution’s reputation as a leader in research and conservation catapulted to global status.
Birmingham Zoo - The Birmingham Zoo is Alabama's most popular not-for-profit attraction, drawing more than 450,000 visitors annually. Approximately 750 animals of 250 species call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, cheetahs and endangered species from six continents.
In 1999, the Birmingham Zoo became an independent not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. In the short time following this privatization, the Birmingham Zoo has hosted traveling exhibits of bats, Koalas and Black-Footed Penguins, added permanent exhibits of a Komodo Dragon and interactive lorikeet aviary and regained accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Most notably, the Zoo completed the Junior League of Birmingham - Hugh Kaul Children's Zoo, a $15 million anchor exhibit dedicated to children and devoted to urban, rural and wild animals and environs of Alabama, in April 2005 to coincide with the Zoo’s 50 th birthday celebration.
Central Park Zoo (NYC) - WCS's (Wildlife Conservation Society) jewel-like zoo in Manhattan has existed only since 1988 - yet its full history stretches back to the last century. The evolution of this city landmark launched the modern trend in urban zoos around the nation: the transformation of cages and menagerie-style zoos into natural habitat exhibits that educate, involve, and connect people to our natural world.
Since the 1860's, animals could be found at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street in Central Park. At first, the collection was simply a growing group of donated animals - from 72 "white swans" to a black bear cub. In 1864, the State Legislature authorized the city Parks Commission to establish a zoo, and the more formal Central Park Menagerie was established. In 1934, then- Commissioner of Parks Robert Moses remodeled the Menagerie into the Central Park Zoo. A Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, this tiny "storybook" zoo set a standard for its time - but over the decades, became a woefully inadequate facility for its inhabitants.
In April of 1980, WCS signed an agreement with the City of New York to renovate and operate the zoo for the Department of Parks and Recreation. WCS animal and exhibit experts, and architects Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates, led the project. Demolition of most of the buildings began in the winter of 1983 and continued in 1984; construction began in the spring of 1985. On August 8, 1988, the new Central Park Zoo opened to record crowds and enthusiastic reviews. Today, this "newest, oldest" zoo attracts nearly 1 million visitors a year.
From a steamy rain forest to an icy Antarctic penguin habitat, the zoo leads visitors through tropic, temperate and polar regions to encounter fascinating animals - from tiny leafcutter ants to tremendous polar bears. The Tisch Children's Zoo, added in 1997, lets little animal lovers meet gentle creatures up close. Year-round education classes and innovative public programs - including the zoo's "Wildlife Theater" -- encourage all ages to learn more about our natural world, and become involved in its protection.
Through the American Zoo and Aquarium Association's (AZA) Species Survival Program, the zoo is actively involved in helping endangered species, including rare tamarin monkeys, Wyoming toads, thick-billed parrots, and red pandas.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Bring your family to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for an untamed adventure. Stretching for 90 acres the Zoo is home to more than 700 wildlife species including big cats, elephants, gorillas, manatees, bonobos and more!
Asia Quest Immerse yourself in an ancient Asian city complete with all the sounds and smells of a Himalayan village where you will learn about Asian culture through interactive exhibits and come face to face with Asia’s rarely seen natural wonders, the animals. Encounter sun bears, markhor, red pandas, langurs, Pallas’ cats, giant fruit bats, colorful pheasants and the majestic, but endangered, Siberian tiger.
Then, venture through the pachyderm building, the world’s largest exhibit of its kind, with an attached panoramic outdoor habitat during the summer months. Visit Bohdi, an Asian elephant born at the Zoo in 2004, and the endangered black rhino.
North America Travel through the Zoo’s largest region and discover animals living in your own backyard including cougars, wolverines, otters and bobcats. Listen to the wolves howl, watch a bald eagle take flight and experience the power of a bear on the hunt.
Then, don’t miss Habitat Hollow, a kid-friendly, interactive area emphasizing the importance of conservation and recycling. Walk next door to My Barn to meet and interact with various barnyard animals such as goats, sheep and chickens.
African Forest Home to endangered lowland gorillas, rare bonobos, red river hogs, leopards, okapi, colobus monkey and over 700 species of plant life indigenous to Africa, this region is sure to be top on your list. Explore the bonobo yard and glance into the fascinating world of these highly endangered and intelligent great apes. Then, stop by “Gorillas in the Round” a special outdoor exhibit where you can experience the gorillas from every angle including Colo, the world’s first great ape born in captivity.
Australia This exciting Australian adventure will transport you to a world where a kiwi is not a fruit, but a national bird, lorikeets land on your shoulder to indulge in bitter-sweet cups of nectar and kangaroos hop beside you as you uncover the mysteries of the land down under.
Embark on a simulated Australian night hike at Bob and Evelyn’s Roadhouse and encounter clouded leopards, a tree kangaroo, tiger quoll and one of the largest known porcupines. Then, delve into the bird sanctuary and lose yourself in the bright colors and sounds of birds native to Australia.
Complete your Aussie experience with a visit to the koala exhibit where you can view these tree-loving marsupials in their natural habitat.
Next, enjoy a stroll through the Kangaroo Walkabout, a uniquely designed outdoor exhibit where the kangaroos practically hop along beside you. Turn the corner and adventure through the Lorikeet garden where these exotic birds will land on your shoulder and sip nectar from cups in your hand.
The Islands of Southeast Asia Take a jaunt across the Islands of Southeast Asia to see komodo dragons, orangutans, gibbons, Asian small-clawed otters and various Indonesian birds. Surround yourself with architecture native to the area and learn about the dangers facing these brilliant animals.
But your Asian voyage doesn’t end there. Be sure to sail through the Islands on the Indonesian water taxi, a family friendly boat ride providing a unique view of the animals and their habitats.
The Shores Dive into the shores region and come eye-to-eye with a West Indian manatee, housed in one of only three manatee facilities outside of Florida, Manatee Coast. Watch as electric colored fish and sharks swim by in our 100,000 gallon saltwater tank, find out what it’s like to touch a starfish at the Tidepool Touchtank and explore one of the finest indoor reptile exhibits in the world, the Reptile Building.
Denver Zoo - A short story about a long history and a promising future...
It all began with a special gift to the mayor of Denver, a black bear named Billy Bryan. Today, Denver Zoo is home to nearly 4,000 animals representing over 700 species and is one of the most popular zoos in the United States.
With an exciting 15-20 year master plan in place, the 21st century will see Denver Zoo transformed into an exciting conservation center that will continue to further the evolution of superb zoo exhibitory.
A direction for today and promise for tomorrow
Denver Zoo Mission: To provide a wildlife conservancy which offers high-quality experiences in an urban recreational setting. To provide environmental education which inspires public awareness of global conservation. To engage in scientific programs which make meaningful contributions to the conservation of animals and their ecosystems.
Denver Zoo Vision: Denver Zoo will be internationally respected as a leader in animal care and exhibition, conservation programs, scientific study, environmental education and public service.
Houston Zoo - The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.
Essentially a small city encompassing a world of ecosystems and experiences, the Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts. We have over 4,500 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! In addition, we have 1.5 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well being of our residents and guests.
Indianapolis Zoo - The Indianapolis Zoo has grown into a world-class facility hosting a million visitors each year and playing a major role in worldwide conservation and research, including accomplishing the world’s first successful artificial insemination of an African elephant. The Indianapolis Zoo is located in White River State Park downtown and is the only attraction accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, an aquarium and a botanic garden.
Jacksonville Zoo (FL) - The Zoo opened in the Springfield section of Jacksonville on May 12, 1914 with an animal collection that started with one red deer fawn.
Several domestic animals were added later and a "monkey island" was established. On July 19, 1925, the Municipal Zoo, as it was then known, opened at its present site bordering on the Trout River. Starting with 37.5 acres, the Zoo continued to grow, reaching its present 89 acres. In December 2003, the Zoo name was officially changed from the Jacksonville Zoo to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The Zoo is in the process of becoming officially recognized as a botanical garden.
One of the Zoo's most significant, early animal purchases was a female Asian elephant, "Miss Chic," bought in 1926 with money raised by local school children. The other most significant animal in the Zoo's history was a jaguar named "Zorro."
Zorro was a male, wild-born black (or "melanistic") jaguar that arrived at the Zoo in August 1967. At that time, black jaguars were very rare in captivity. Zorro was at the Zoo until his death in September 1986. During his time he produced many kittens that were sent to other zoos across North America. When investigated in the spring of 2003, there was not a current North American captive born black jaguar that was not a descendant of Zorro.
By the end of the 1960s, the Zoo was reputed to have the largest collection of exotic animals in the Southeast, but it had fallen on hard times and a great deal of money was needed to save the Zoo. Community leaders, under the direction of Mayor Hans Tanzler, appointed a seven-member committee to search for an alternative to closing the Zoo.
The Jacksonville Zoological Society subsequently came into being in April 1971, having grown from the seven-member committee to 85 of the city's most influential leaders. The Society began managing the Zoo on June 21, 1971.
The City of Jacksonville contracts with the Society to manage all phases of the operation of the Zoo. All property, including animals, equipment, and all improvements, belong to the city, which in turn contributes an annual subsidy to offset some of the Zoo's operating expenses. All other Zoo expenses are paid through revenues earned from admissions, concession sales, memberships, the Animal Care Club program, group sales, the Annual Fund, sponsorships, grants and several fundraising events. The Zoo serves a two-state area within a 100-mile radius of the facility.
A major redevelopment of the Zoo began in 1992. Through a combination of River City Renaissance funds and donations from the private sector, $22.5 million has been raised to complete Phase One of the Master Plan. Projects completed include a new front entry gate and parking lot, the Main Camp entrance, Birds of the Rift Valley Aviary, Great Apes, an expanded train ride, an elephant and breeding complex, RiverBranch Foundation Animal Medical Center, the PepsiCo Foundation Education Campus, and redevelopment of the 11-acre Plains of East Africa.
Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago) - Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers, who come to hear a lion’s roar echo off nearby apartment buildings, see gorillas climb trees as the Sears Tower looms in the distance, or forget where they are as they immerse themselves in tropical rainforests, dry-thorn forests or spacious savannas.
We invite you to the wildest spot in Chicago, where each year millions of visitors marvel at wild wonders as they play and learn about the natural world in a living, breathing, roaring classroom.
Los Angeles Zoo - The Los Angeles Zoo is owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles. From its opening in 1966 until 1997, the Zoo operated as a division of the City’s Recreation and Parks Department. On July 1, 1997, the Zoo became its own city department, with a clearer and direct voice to the City Council and more direct control over its operations.
The City of Los Angeles owns the entire Zoo, its land and facilities, and the animals. Animal care, grounds maintenance, construction, education, public information, and administrative staff are City employees.
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) was created in 1963 as a private, nonprofit, fundraising organization to support the new Zoo. Today, GLAZA provides support through fundraising, membership, organizing special events and travel programs, producing award-winning publications, coordinating one of the largest zoo volunteer programs in the country, administering the contract for visitor services concessions within the Zoo, and supporting community relations, and public relations.
Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle, WA) - For more than 100 years, Woodland Park Zoo has been a cherished community resource and a unique urban oasis. Generations of Puget Sound families have come to the zoo to marvel at the animals and be inspired by the peaceful and beautiful surroundings.
Woodland Park Zoo encompasses 92 acres and features more than 1,090 individual animals representing nearly 300 species. The grounds are divided into what are known as bioclimatic zones, the unique habitats around the world, from tropical rain forests to the frigid climes of the Far North.
The zoo manages the largest live animal collection in Washington state, with approximately 1,100 specimens representing nearly 300 species including invertebrates. The zoo provides a home for 35 endangered and five threatened animal species. The zoo’s botanical collection includes 7,000 trees and more than 50,000 shrubs and herbs representing more than 1,000 species.
Saint Louis Zoo - The Saint Louis Zoo has educated, entertained and earned a place in the hearts of St. Louisans for generations. With the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, there began a long and slow process to establish a zoological park. Sure enough, local pride in the giant elliptical bird cage led to formation of a St. Louis Zoological Society in 1910. The City of St. Louis set aside 77 acres in Forest Park for a zoo and named a Zoological Board of Control in 1913. State legislation provided that "the zoo shall be forever free," which has kept the Zoo accessible to millions of visitors ever since.
San Francisco Zoo - The San Francisco Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and represents a uniquely successful partnership between the City of San Francisco and the San Francisco Zoological Society.
We designed the Zoo with the underlying belief that interaction and activity lead to conservation action. We hope that caring for specific animals will inspire people to care for all wildlife and that this is the first step in the journey to becoming a conservationist.
The San Francisco Zoo is a multi-faceted place:
-A recreation area where people can relax and have fun
-A center for wildlife that provides exemplary care for rare and endangered species
-A community organization serving the people of the Bay Area - An educational center providing formal and informal learning programs for children and adults.
-A park and nature center showcasing native plants and gardens
-A bird sanctuary and bird watcher’s paradise
Despite the many reasons that draw people here, we know that once they arrive at the Zoo, they will inevitably fall in love with wildlife, and that upon their departure from the Zoo they will begin their journey to become conservationists. We hope that you too will join us on this journey.
The earliest "zoo" in San Francisco dates back to the Gold Rush days in 1856. It was located in a basement at Clay and Leidesdorff Streets. The "zoo" consisted of grizzly bears captured by the famed hunter, James Capen "Grizzly" Adams. As San Francisco evolved, so did the idea of a zoo. Robert B. Woodward, one of San Francisco’s wealthiest men, owed his fortune to the Gold Rush and silver mining. He opened Woodward’s Gardens in 1866 in the Mission District at Valencia and 15th Streets as a four- acre amusement park complete with menagerie. His animal collection included a sea lion pond, bear grottos, black swans, deer and an aviary. The garden closed in 1890 when the city allowed the property to be divided into building lots.
The San Francisco Zoo that we know it today was established in 1929, and was built in the 1930’s and 1940’s as part of a depression-era Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.
The Zoo was originally called The Herbert Fleishhacker Zoo, after its founder. The official name of the Zoo – The San Francisco Zoological Gardens – was adopted February 27, 1941, following the suggestion of Herbert Fleishhacker.
San Diego Zoo - The Zoological Society of San Diego (ZSSD) is a not-for-profit organization that operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, and the department of Conservation and Research for Endangered Species (CRES). The Society was founded on October 2, 1916, by Harry M. Wegeforth, M.D.
The Zoological Society of San Diego is the largest zoological membership association in the world, with more than 250,000 member households and 130,000 child memberships, representing more than a half million people. Members enjoy free admission to the Zoo and the Wild Animal Park, a subscription to the monthly magazine ZOONOOZ, and other benefits. Both Zoo and Park are open every day of the year.
The Zoological Society of San Diego is a conservation, education, and recreation organization dedicated to the reproduction, protection, and exhibition of animals, plants, and their habitats.
The 100-acre (40-hectare) Zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park.
The Wild Animal Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 400 species. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and 1.5 million specimens. Over half of the Park’s 1,800 acres (730 hectares) have been set aside as protected native species habitat. It is located 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido, California.
Conservation and Research for Endangered Species (CRES) is one of the largest zoo-based research centers in the world. Founded in 1975, CRES is dedicated to preserving and protecting rare and endangered wildlife and habitats. CRES researchers develop, gather, and increase knowledge vital for the establishment of self- sustaining populations of wildlife.
San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium - San Antonio's first zoo consisted of a collection of animals assembled in San Pedro Park in the 1800s. In 1914, Colonel George W. Brackenridge, one of the city's leading citizens and founder of the San Antonio Express-News, placed buffalo, elk, deer, monkeys, a pair of lions, and four bears on land he had deeded over to the city in what is now known as Brackenridge Park. This collection became the San Antonio Zoo.
Throughout its history, the Zoo's volunteer leaders have not only provided generous financial support, they have also encouraged innovation. In November 1929, two of the first cageless exhibits in America--the Barless Bear Terraces and the Primate Paradise--opened, offering visitors unprecedented views of animals. When the Richard Friedrich Aquarium was dedicated in 1948, it was described in the local press as "the world's greatest." The Hixon Bird House, funded through the efforts of Colonel Frederick C. Hixon, opened in 1966, featuring a simulated tropical rain forest and free-flying birds. The Zoo's bird collection is now one of the world's largest.
Hixon understood well, as have the Zoo's many benefactors over the years, that great zoos are far more than collections of exotic animals; they are also centers for world-class research, education, and conservation.
Much about the San Antonio Zoo has changed since Colonel Brackenridge assembled his collection of animals in 1914. While the colonel may not have imagined what the San Antonio Zoo would become, we can only hope that he would appreciate all that the Zoo has accomplished for the people of San Antonio, for science, for children, and for the Earth itself. For 91 years, the collective efforts of dedicated individuals have helped the San Antonio Zoo become one of the best in the nation.
The Zoo is home to over 3,500 animals representing 750 species of animals on 56 acres. More than 850,000 guests visit the San Antonio Zoo annually - 123,000 of those being children participating in education programs and 103,00 school children coming on field trips.
Phoenix Zoo - At the Phoenix Zoo we are dedicating a portion of our efforts to a sanctuary for animals that need our help because they have no other place to live. The animals you'll see in Sanctuary include White Rhinos, Asian Elephants, Mexican gray wolf, Cheetahs, Arabian oryx, and a host of other animals. These animals are part of Sanctuary for various reasons. Some of the animals are threatened with extinction and in need of captive-breeding programs. They will live here and produce offspring that will go on to restore wild populations. Our three Asian elephants and other animals that have behavioral problems will get a chance for a better life through the special attention given in Sanctuary. Animals retired from breeding programs and animals that are not needed for breeding programs get lifelong quality care. Sanctuary also includes animals that are being rehabilitated for return to the wild or animals that have an illness or injury that keeps them from ever living a normal life if returned to the wild.
There are Sanctuary animals located throughout the zoo; however we have decided to create specific space within the zoo for a large portion of the Sanctuary animals. The back loop of the Zoo, from Desert Lives to the Crossroads Snack bar, is dedicated to our Sanctuary animals.
Sanctuary – Not your ordinary zoo. The traditional zoo is very visitor-centered and animal friendly. We choose to exhibit animals that we know will be engaging and interesting to our visitors and that can also help us relay important educational and conservational messages. The exhibits are designed to balance the needs of the animals and the ability for visitors to view the animals.
Sanctuary is different from the traditional zoo model. The sanctuary model is very animal-centered. The animals in sanctuary have very special needs so the exhibits are designed to ensure that the animals are as comfortable as possible and the exhibits are not as focused on visitors viewing.
The Future of Sanctuary A future goal of Sanctuary is to provide people opportunities to discover what makes each individual animal unique through personalized tours and up-close and personal visits with some of the Sanctuary's special residents. There will be volunteer care-giving teams that care for animals as diverse as frogs, black-footed ferrets, and white rhinoceroses! There will be chances for people to participate in conservation projects that directly support the health of the wilderness, such as releasing captive-raised frogs back to the wild or helping state biologists perform night-time surveys for black-footed ferrets.
Sanctuary is supported largely through philanthropic gifts and we need your help to make our vision a reality. Donations to help care for the animals are graciously accepted and opportunities for organizations to fund raise for the Sanctuary abound. If you're interested, contact the Zoo's Development Department and let them know you want to help support the zoo's Sanctuary!
Philadelphia Zoo - America's First Zoo - The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, supports and engages in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the Zoo Philadelphia's leading family attraction with over 1.2 million visitors last year.
Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first. The charter establishing the Zoological Society of Philadelphia was approved and signed on March 21, 1859. Due to the Civil War, however, it was another 15 years before America's first zoo was ready to open.
The Zoo opened its gates on July 1, 1874. The Frank Furness Victorian gates and gatehouses, and the Zoo's location, are the same today as they were on the day it opened. One of its assets, then and now, is John Penn's home, The Solitude, which sat on the land chosen for the Zoo. John Penn was the grandson of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. The Solitude is considered to be Philadelphia's most precise and elegant expression of neoclassical style.
On opening day, flags flew, and a brass band welcomed more than 3,000 visitors. Admission was 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children, a rate that held for the next half century. Visitors came on foot, on streetcars, by horse and carriage, and every 15 minutes by steamboat on the Schuylkill River, landing at the Zoo's own wharf. The Girard Avenue Bridge opened three days later.
Since the early 1700's, the idea of an American zoo was inspired by English settlers with a keen interest in wildlife and by sailors and hunters who returned from faraway lands with exotic animals they'd never seen before. People would gather and pay shillings to see animals such as lions and elephants displayed at places like general stores and museums. As a hub of scientific inquiry and discovery over many years, Philadelphia's well-known leaders of the time began to formulate the idea of a zoo. In the mid-1850's, a prominent Philadelphia physician, Dr. William Camac-the Zoo's founding father-became involved and led the way to making America's first zoo a reality.
In its first year of operation, the Philadelphia Zoo had 813 animals and received well over 228,000 visitors. Today, the Zoo has more than 1,300 rare and endangered animals, and its attendance is approximately 1.1 million visitors a year.
National Zoo - The National Zoological Park is a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. The Smithsonian includes 18 museums and galleries, as well as the National Zoo.
The words "National Zoo" represent a large, complex, and diverse organization with a multifaceted mission: demonstrate leadership in animal care, science, education, and sustainability.
The National Zoo is far more than a place where people can see wild animals.
We are a 163-acre zoological park set amid Rock Creek Park in the heart of Washington, D.C. Open to the public 364 days a year, we are home to 2,000 individual animals of nearly 400 different species. Our best known residents are our giant pandas, Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and their cub, Tai Shan.
The Zoo is one of Washington's and the Smithsonian's most popular tourist destinations. We welcome up to two million visitors—from the local community, the country, and the rest of the world—every year, free of charge.
We are a place where people can marvel at wonderful animals, learn about wildlife and its conservation, and enjoy a beautiful, peaceful experience among our gardens. We are a member of the American Public Gardens Association. We are also a research, conservation, and education center for endangered species. And, we boast a state-of- the-art veterinary hospital and extensive research facilities.
We are also a 3,200-acre rural campus in Front Royal, Virginia, at the edge of Shenandoah National Park. (This campus, the Conservation and Research Center, is closed to the public.) Here, various endangered species breed in more expansive facilities. Many of our scientists studying endangered species and offering education and professional training are based here, too.
We work in field stations around the world: from China in Asia to Gabon in Africa, Spain in Europe, Venezuela and Panama in South and Central America, and Nevada and Nova Scotia in North America.
We are also Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), the private side of our public/private partnership. More than 40,000 families are members of FONZ, and these dedicated zoogoers are our greatest supporters and the best advocates for our cause. FONZ’s primary role is to make friends and raise funds to support our joint mission.
We are also this website, the "virtual" National Zoo, where people everywhere can explore our resources, learn about our programs, and join us in celebrating, studying, and protecting wildlife and their habitats.
Memphis Zoo - At the Memphis Zoo, we have dedicated ourselves to "preserving wildlife through conservation, education and research". As the number of plants and animals threatened with extinction grows, the Memphis Zoo is working to expedite conservation, research and sustainable development in order to preserve our natural world.
We are committed to developing programs that will have a significant impact upon the long-term success and partnerships necessary for conservation.
Maryland Zoo - The Baltimore Zoo was created by act of the Maryland state legislature on April 7, 1876. (Its name was changed to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore in 2004.) It is the third oldest zoo in the country, behind Philadelphia (1873) and Cincinnati (1874). It actually had its beginnings as early as 1862, when the first of many citizens gave animals (the first being 4 swans) to Druid Hill Park for public display.
Today the 160-plus acre zoo property is owned by the City of Baltimore and leased to the State of Maryland. The Maryland Zoological Society, established in 1967, operates the Zoo under a lease agreement with the state. The Zoological Society assumed full management of the Zoo in 1984. Currently the Zoo’s animal collection encompasses more than 1,500 birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, representing nearly 200 species. Animals are displayed in natural settings replicating their native habitats.
Louisville Zoo - In its 38 year history, the Louisville Zoo has dedicated itself to the pursuits of education, conservation, scientific study and recreation. Accredited by the American Zoological Association (AZA) in 1980, the "State Zoo of Kentucky" currently exhibits over 1,300 animals in naturalistic and mixed animal settings representing both geographical areas and biomes or habitats. These include: the ISLANDS, the African Veldt, Asian Plains, North and South American Panorama, Aquatics and the Australian Outback. The HerpAquarium features 100 species of reptiles, amphibians and fish from around the world exhibited amidst ecologically balanced habitats. And the new 4- acre Gorilla Forest Exhibit features Pygmy hippos and Western lowland gorillas.
Of special note are the Zoo's achievements in the areas of animal husbandry, conservation and scientific study for which it has drawn international recognition. In 1988, the Louisville Zoo was the proud recipient of the prestigious Edward H. Bean Award for its long-term Woolly Monkey Propagation Program. Other accomplishments include the first successful transfer of an embryo from an exotic equine into a domestic horse.
The Zoo's commitment to working with endangered species, specifically with Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs, speaks of its dedication to conservation efforts. It is also one of six institutions in the world to house a captive breeding population of Black-footed ferrets, North America's most endangered mammal. The Louisville Zoo is also distinguishing itself in the area of education. The innovative MetaZoo Education Center was the first facility of its kind to serve both as a public exhibit and a living classroom. Open year-round, the MetaZoo's many programs led by degreed instructors and trained personnel are developed to serve the needs of individuals, teachers and students of all ages. And in keeping with the advances of technology, the MetaZoo has begun offering classes via tele-conferencing or distance learning as it is called, to students who live so far from the Zoo that actual visits become impractical. To keep in step with its unprecedented growth, the Louisville Zoo has embarked on a Master Development Plan which highlights proposals for future expansion and renovation. This ongoing development will enable the Zoo to continue to provide quality visitor services while maintaining the best possible environment for its animal collection.
The next major exhibit on the horizon is Glacier Run.
Glacier Run will be a truly unique experience where one can visit the animals, talk to the keepers about conservation and become temporarily immersed in life on the tundra. The exhibit will recreate the natural habitat for some of the Zoo’s most popular residents including polar bears, seals and sea lions. The addition of sea otters and bird species like the Steller’s sea eagles and magpies will add to the feeling of being surrounded by wildlife. The town of Glacier Run will include a schoolhouse, climatology lab and general store. A spacious amphitheatre will make viewing the seal and sea lion enrichment demonstrations more enjoyable.