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Celebrate Endangered Species Day, May 18

Every single day, we work to protect wild animals and wild places. 

This week, and on Endangered Species Day, May 18, we can celebrate many conservation success stories, but there is more work to do.

Taj wading into Assam Rhino Reserve. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

Thanks to the Endangered Species Act and the hard work of conservationists and activists, the bald eagle, green sea turtle, American alligator, peregrine falcon, and many other species were kept from disappearing forever. Your zoo has given Western pond turtles a head start and helped protect thousands of acres of pristine cloud forests. We would do anything for animals, and with your support, we can.

Getting ready to release a pond turtle into a protected Washington wetland. Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

Working with conservationists and researchers, Woodland Park Zoo focuses on a conservation strategy that includes: habitat and species conservation, research, education, local capacity building and community support. These effective collaborations are divided among three field conservation programs at the zoo:

Living Northwest
The zoo supports projects in the Pacific Northwest through our Living Northwest, including projects focused on native raptors, turtles, butterflies and carnivores, and the shrub-steppe, wetlands and forest habitats they depend on to survive.

Partners for Wildlife
Our Partners for Wildlife international projects focus on Pacific Rim, Central Asia and Africa. Conservation priorities include efforts as far ranging as tree kangaroo conservation in Papua New Guinea to migratory crane conservation in Far East Russia.

Wildlife Survival Fund
We invest in endangered species before it’s too late. Our Wildlife Survival Fund supports field projects and initiatives recommended by zoo curators and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Species Survival Plan programs.

Celebrate conservation successes this Endangered Species Day while doing your part to stop extinction. Here are 5 ways you can celebrate #savingspecies.

Enjoying Molbak's Butterfly Garden. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

Become more than a member. Receive unlimited zoo admission for your family and help endangered species with the Conservation Partner membership.

A Fiji Island banded iguana, Brachylophus fasciatus, at the Los Angeles Zoo. © Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark

Look. Visit the zoo April 20 – October 7, 2018 to see the National Geographic Photo Ark project, led by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore which aims to document every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. Open your eyes to the beauty and wonder we can #SaveTogether as you take in 56 stunning animal portraits displayed across Woodland Park Zoo. Free with zoo admission or membership.

Adopt Taj and Glenn! Photo by John Loughlin/Woodland Park Zoo.

Adopt a ZooParent. Help fund the care of all the amazing animals at Woodland Park Zoo and make a difference for wildlife by becoming a ZooParent. Your gift helps support conservation programs in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Plus, you'll receive a personalized adoption certificate, color photo of your animal, fun facts and more! Adopt an animal for yourself or give as a gift to the animal lover in your life.

Zoo staff celebrate with a new filling station. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

Ditch the plastic! Join us in going plastic free this summer. As plastic waste in our environment becomes an increasingly important global topic, Woodland Park Zoo is celebrating a milestone in our own resource conservation journey with the announcement that we are no longer selling beverages in single-use plastic bottles or plastic straws. Learn more about how we made the switch and ways you can do the same at home.

Shop to save animals!
Shop glassy baby on May 18! On May 18th, Endangered Species Day, glassybaby will donate 10% of all sales in their Bellevue, Madrona and University Village stores to Woodland Park Zoo’s conservation programs. Proceeds will benefit species like Malayan tigers, rhinos and Western pond turtles.

Malayan tiger at Banyan Wilds. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.
Thank you for loving animals as much as we do.