The Zoo helps save endangered species through research, education, and habitat protection. In many cases, the Zoo’s own staff spearheads conservation programs, such as the American Burying Beetle Release project and the Rhino Rembrandts program. In other cases, the Zoo helps by supporting programs led by world renowned conservation organizations. In either case, the Zoo forms critical partnerships with other scientists and organizations to help save endangered species.
Many of the efforts are coordinated by the Zoo’s Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW), which is dedicated to Saving Species with Science®.
The Zoo also participates in Species Survival Plans (SSP) for many species requiring protection. Managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, an SSP helps to ensure the survival of a selected species through managed captive breeding, research, education, and conservation in the wild.