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Founded
1992
Size
Large
Connecting you to the natural world
Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education. Zoo New England operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston's historic Franklin Park, long considered the crown jewel of Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace Park System. Stone Zoo, formerly known as the Middlesex Fells Zoo, is located on a 26-acre site near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA.
Founded
1964
Size
Small
Supporting the Roger Williams Park Zoo
The Rhode Island Zoological Society works to secure the public and private sector support needed by Roger Williams Park Zoo to continue to develop new world-class exhibits, make significant contributions to conservation and serve the community as a valuable source of environmental education, recreation and economic development.Roger Williams Park Zoo strives to engage guests in an extraordinary and unique educational experience to improve their understanding of and appreciation for the natural world. We contribute significantly to the conservation of our earth's animals, plants and other natural resources by challenging ourselves and our audience to act as responsible environmental stewards.
Founded
1997
Size
Large
Protect our oceans
The mission of Sea Research Foundation, which includes Mystic Aquarium, Institute for Exploration and Immersion Learning, is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration. Our activities include education, research, exhibitory, deep-sea exploration and preservation, conservation, and institutional leadership. Established in 1977, Sea Research Foundation creates thought-provoking encounters with marine life, presents elements of human history as it relates to the sea, promotes the emerging science of deep-water marine archaeology, conducts research that advances aquatic animal husbandry and health, and serves as an interpreter of marine science discoveries and conservation issues.
Founded
1939
Size
Giant
Saving wildlife
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), founded in 1895 saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. We currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. Our parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. The WCS parks in New York City welcome 4 million visitors each year, including helping the city to educate millions of schoolchildren in science and conservation issues.
Founded
1958
Size
Small
Supporting and promoting the Seneca Park Zoo
Chartered in 1957, the Seneca Park Zoo Society supports and promotes the Seneca Park Zoo by running educational programs, special events, marketing and public relations efforts, fund raising, and food and gift operations. Through the exhibition of animals in naturalistic settings, the Seneca Park Zoo provides engaging and educational experiences to give our community the motivation and skills to act as stewards of the environment. The zoo is one of the leading attractions in the Rochester area and improvements continue to enhance the zoo experience.
Founded
1994
Size
Medium
Sea life . . .at see level
Niagara Aquarium Foundation operates an aquarium for the education of the general public in marine sciences by providing classes, trips, and exhibits. In addition, the staff of the Niagara Aquarium engages in research. The Niagara Aquarium also has penguin, shark, seal and tidal pool feedings as well as sea lion shows.
Founded
1942
Size
Giant
America's first zoo
The mission of the Philadelphia Zoo is to advance discovery, understanding and stewardship of the natural world through compelling exhibition and interpretation of living animals and plants. Throughout its history, the Philadelphia Zoo has focused on educating the public about exotic animals, promoting and participating in worldwide conservation efforts for endangered wildlife, and providing exceptional recreational opportunities for families. Today, the Zoo is reaching new heights in all areas of its mission as a conservation, education and recreation organization. The Zoo is the Philadelphia region's leading family attraction, welcoming more than 1.1 million visitors a year.
Founded
1976
Size
Large
Fostering an appreciation for wildlife and the environment
In 1985, the Norristown Zoological Society (NZS) assumed control of Elmwood Park Zoo. Today, Elmwood Park Zoo welcomes over 130,000 visitors annually for an educational adventure in a fun, clean, and family-oriented environment. The Zoo moves ever forward guided by its mission to foster an appreciation for wildlife and the environment that will inspire active participation in conservation. The Norristown Zoological Society operates the Zoo; the Board of Directors, composed of business and community leaders, is committed to making Elmwood Park Zoo one of the finest zoos in the world.
Founded
1970
Size
Giant
The premier Aquarium showcasing the Gulf of Mexico
The Texas State Aquarium works to provide educationally enriching, entertaining programming to a diverse audience; to develop entertaining interactive exhibits that engage and inspire; to promote and practice environmental conservation and wildlife rehabilitation; and to provide first-class guest services. The Texas State Aquarium opened July 6, 1990; since that time, more than seven million visitors have experienced the Aquarium. The Aquarium also educates over 60,000 children annually. As part of our mission, the Aquarium provides educational programs that are both entertaining and enriching and support the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) test. We offer self-guided tours, guided tours, gallery programs, behind-the-scenes tours, camp-ins, outreach programs, and much more.
Founded
1976
Size
Medium
Supporting the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park
Incorporated in 1970, the purpose of the Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park is to stimulate the interest of the public in the extension and improvement of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park and, where possible, to assist in the expansion of zoo facilities. The mission of the Zoo itself is to conserve, exhibit and interpret a living animal collection in order to promote public recreation, understanding of the relationship between animals and people, and action to sustain the environment we share.
Founded
1970
Size
Medium
Supporting your ABQ BioPark
The New Mexico BioPark Society is dedicated to the development of, procurement for and capital improvement of the ABQ BioPark (Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach) and to providing a quality facility through the support of related conservation, education and recreation programs.
Founded
1973
Size
Giant
Connecting people with wildlife
The Memphis Zoo, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. The Zoo was founded in 1906 and resides on 76 acres in the middle of Overton Park. The Memphis Zoo has completed over $80 million in renovation and expansion since the early 1990s, making it one of the finest zoological parks in the nation. The zoo's animal inhabitants reside in 19 exhibits in three zones, such as Northwest Passage and China, home to Giant Pandas Ya Ya and Le Le. The Memphis Zoo's mission is to connect people with wildlife.
Founded
1983
Size
Giant
An enjoyable family experience which fosters understanding, respect, and appreciation of wildlife.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will:- provide an enjoyable family experience which fosters understanding, respect and appreciation for wildlife;- offer a variety of unique educational programs with a strong emphasis on conservation;- be acknowledged as a culturally significant facility;- be recognized for the excellence of our collection, programs, and exhibitory;- be a leader & significant contributor to conservation of endangered & threatened species; and- conduct scientific research which supports and enhances the quality of animal and plant life, visitor experiences, education, and conservation;at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and worldwide.
Founded
1992
Size
Large
The nation's only non-profit, free-standing indoor facility dedicated to avian exhibition, education, and conservation.
The National Aviary is America's only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh's historic North Side, the National Aviary's diverse collection comprises 450 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or critically endangered in the wild. The National Aviary's large walk-through exhibits create an experience unlike any other - an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found anywhere else in the world. The mission of the National Aviary is to inspire respect for nature through an appreciation of birds.
Founded
2003
Size
Medium
One Destination, Two Unforgettable Experiences
The Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure Foundation is an educational non-profit dedicated to the preservation of wildlife through participation in conservation programs and by providing fun and interactive educational experiences. The organization is dedicated to increasing the understanding of the plight of animal species around the world while encouraging an awareness of the relationship that exists between humans and all of earth's natural resources. Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure is comprised of both a zoo and a wildlife museum.
Founded
1941
Size
Giant
Adventure, conservation, education and community
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making it the second oldest Zoo in the United States. The mission and vision of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is dedicated to creating adventure, conveying knowledge, conserving nature, and serving the community. Over one million people visit the Zoo's award-winning exhibits, and more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species annually.
Founded
1980
Size
Large
Benefiting and furthering the development of the Louisville Zoo
The Louisville Zoo Foundation benefits and furthers the development of the Louisville Zoo by providing financial support for teaching, research, and service programs, purchase of animals and equipment and construction of exhibits and displays. In its 44-year history, the Louisville Zoo has dedicated itself to the pursuits of education, conservation, scientific study and recreation. The zoo currently exhibits over 1,500 animals in naturalistic and mixed animal settings representing both geographical areas and biomes or habitats. These include: the Tundra, 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. Three exhibits have won AZA top exhibit design awards: Glacier Run, Gorilla Forest and Islands. In 2013, the Zoo won the AZA significant achievement award for the program, "School at the Zoo."
Founded
1952
Size
Giant
Lead and inspire by connecting people and wildlife
The mission of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is to lead and inspire by connecting people and wildlife.Today, the Zoo is a nationally and internationally acclaimed conservation center, housing more than 10,000 animals representing nearly 600 species. In addition to its role as a global conservation leader, the Zoo is a renowned year-round educational and recreational facility for visitors of all ages, backgrounds and experiences - attracting 2.2 million visitors annually with a membership base representing more than 82,000 households. The Zoo resides on 580 acres consisting of six zoogeographic regions, a water park and a golf course - making it one of the fastest growing zoos in the world and the third largest municipally affiliated zoo in North America.
Founded
1992
Size
Giant
Instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems
The Aquarium's mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems, by involving the community, the region, and the nation in engaging, educational, and empowering exhibits and programs. Our vision is to create the first aquarium, and perhaps the first institution, in the world dedicated to conserving and building Natural Capital (Nature and Nature's services) by building Social Capital (the interactions between and among peoples). Opened in 1998 and located on the urban waterfront in Long Beach, California, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts approximately 1.5 million visitors each year. The 156,000 square foot campus houses over 11,000 animal inhabitants of the Pacific Ocean, which provide the foundation for all Aquarium activities and serve as ambassadors for their animal counterparts in the wild.
Founded
1994
Size
Small
Supporting the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
The mission of Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is to provide a vehicle for friends, volunteers and supporters of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA) to meaningfully support the educational, charitable, scientific and other related activities and affairs of the Aquarium. With its spectacular natural setting adjacent to Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park and the Port of Los Angeles, CMA is uniquely suited to its leadership role in marine science education, aquaculture research and community recreation. The historic Frank Gehry-designed aquarium displays the largest collection of Southern California marine life in the world. Since 1935, CMA has provided visitors with both a natural and interactive approach to learning about the marine environment of Southern California.
Founded
1958
Size
Large
The nonprofit partner of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
We create compelling experiences that connect people with wildlife and inspire personal responsibility for conserving the natural world.
Founded
1943
Size
Giant
Caring for animals and conserving the natural world
In 1900, a single woodchuck was donated to the City of Toledo's Parks Board. From that small act of generosity, The Toledo Zoo emerged. The Toledo Zoo is now widely regarded as one the finest zoological institutions in the nation. Our mission is to inspire others to join us in caring for animals and conserving the natural world. The Zoo's animal collection consists of more than 6,000 animals representing over 760 species. The popularity of the Zoo has increased dramatically over the last twenty years. Restored facilities, new exhibits and a concerted effort to address the needs of the visitor have resulted in an average attendance of 875,000 people each year.
Founded
1966
Size
Giant
Engage, Enlighten and Empower
The mission of the Indianapolis Zoo is to empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. To this end, we see ourselves as a conservation organization that operates a zoo as a key engagement and outreach strategy. The Zoo provides engaging exhibits throughout five biomes (Oceans, Deserts, Forests, Plains and Encounters). Each new exhibit is designed to provide an up-close encounter with the animal, and information that will enlighten guests about current conservation issues, empowering them to take personal action.
Founded
1967
Size
Giant
Supporting the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Connecting kids with animals, strengthening families, and inspiring people to care about the world around them - this is the mission of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and something that zoo staff members are proud to pursue every day. For 50 years, the zoo has carried out this mission by providing innovative and engaging exhibits, fun animal encounters, and space for quality family interaction. We also present engaging educational programs to audiences both inside and outside the zoo campus. We strive to be the best children's zoo in the nation - and serve our local community to the best of our ability - as we endeavor to provide an exemplary experience for each zoo guest.
Founded
1941
Size
Giant
Inspiring conservation leadership
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Society has had an international reputation for taking a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world. Among its historical firsts are indoor multispecies exhibits, zoo nutrition residencies, methods for animal husbandry, and medical care that includes successful brain surgery for a gorilla. In building its legacy of animal care and compassion, the Society has launched a leadership campaign to create two new centers: the Center for Conservation Leadership and the Center for the Science of Animal Well-Being (CSAW).
Founded
1932
Size
Giant
The world's aquarium
The Shedd Aquarium, an institution dedicated to public education and conservation, is known as the world's aquarium. Beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, the facility houses nearly 22,000 aquatic animals representing some 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the world. Since its opening in 1930, the Aquarium's mission has been to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the aquatic world. Today, this educational goal has gained urgency as more species acquire endangered status. Shedd Aquarium is committed to a number of projects designed to preserve threatened or endangered aquatic species.
Founded
1961
Size
Giant
Lincoln Park Zoo: Connecting people to nature through quality animal care, education, science, and conservation
Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of Chicago and by advancing the highest quality of animal care, education, science and conservation.
Founded
1958
Size
Giant
Celebrating & Saving Wildlife
The Detroit Zoological Society operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits, including the Arctic Ring of Life and the Australian Outback Adventure, the Detroit Zoo houses over 7,900 animals of 270 different species. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo encompasses 20 acres of forested wetlands with nature trails, a lodge and live animal exhibits focusing on Michigan wildlife. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo focuses on Michigan wildlife, flora and fauna, and offers family nature programs and education programs for schools and community groups.
Founded
1951
Size
Medium
Celebrating the wonders of our natural world
The mission of John Ball Zoo is to help individuals gain information about, respect for and an understanding of the Animal Kingdom by providing a quality facility that is accredited by the AZA, providing diverse educational opportunities, enhancing the entertainment and recreational opportunities available to the citizen of West Michigan. John Ball Zoo actively participates in local, state, national and international conservation and research programs to achieve significant breeding and reproductive records.
Founded
1962
Size
Medium
Building community support and providing funding for zoo improvements
The Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society was organized as the Madison Zoological and Aquarium Society in 1914. The society's purpose is to build community support and provide funding for improvements to the Henry Vilas Zoo. This includes the acquisition, conservation, and replacement of animals; refurbishing and creating new exhibits; supporting educational programs; and improving the overall educational and recreational value of the zoo. The Zoological Society contributes generously to the Zoo's operating budget. The society has been instrumental in providing funding for many zoo improvements, generally in partnership with the county and city.
Founded
1956
Size
Medium
Conserving, educating, and supporting
The mission of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM), established in 1910, is to take part in conserving wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo. Helping the Milwaukee County Zoo maintain its reputation as Wisconsin's premier educational and cultural treasure is a big part of the Zoological Society's mission. Together, the Zoo and ZSM serve more than 1.3 million Zoo visitors a year. The ZSM and Zoo work together to attract both a strong family base as well as a diverse, non-traditional audience through free days, targeted school programs, evening concerts, special events and other efforts.
Founded
1999
Size
Large
Creating memories and inspiring appreciation of the natural world
Our Mission: Como Friends inspires community generosity to advance Como Park Zoo and Conservatory as a destination where people from all walks of life can gather, learn and enjoy the natural world. Our Vision: Como Friends will be the priority fundraising organization among our donors and in the broader community. Admission to the Zoo and Conservatory will remain free. Como Friends will lay the foundation to secure the future of the Zoo and Conservatory for generations to come. Our Values: We will Engage the community and donors of Como Friends; Steward the resources entrusted to us, and respect the wishes of each donor; Embrace growth to support continuous improvements at the Zoo and Conservatory; Serve as a model for an exemplary public-private partnership with the City of Saint Paul; Honor the traditions of the Zoo and Conservatory in our community; and Support education and enjoyment for all, with special concern for those who may not otherwise have access.
Founded
1981
Size
Large
Iowa's wildest adventure
The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education and recreation. The Blank Park Zoo manages 49 acres of land. Of that, 22 acres have been developed into animal exhibits or facilities. Currently there are 104 different animal species and 1,484 animal specimens cared for at the Blank Park Zoo. The Blank Park Zoo's Conservation Committee works to raise funds to support organizations and projects around the world dedicated to the same conservation ideals.
Founded
1995
Size
Giant
Supporting and enhance zoological programs, research and institutions in the Saint Louis region
The Saint Louis Zoo Foundation was established in 1995 support and enhance zoological programs, research and institutions in the Saint Louis region and throughout Missouri by providing facilities, funds and advice. The Foundation provides direct financial support to the Saint Louis Zoo for renovations, and administers fundraising campaigns for the zoo. The Saint Louis Zoo's mission is to conserve animals and their habitats through animal management, research, recreation, and educational programs that encourage the support and enrich the experience of the public.
Founded
1953
Size
Giant
Education, conservation, research and recreation
Established in 1894 by the City of Omaha as Riverview Park, The Henry Doorly Zoo sits on 112 acres and houses over 12,800 animal specimens. The newest major exhibit, the Bernice Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion, opened in May 2008. During 2008, more than 71,500 family memberships were sold and 1,388,014 people visited the zoo. The Henry Doorly Zoo Center for Conservation and Research engages in extensive conservation oriented scientific investigation in the areas of veterinary medicine, reproductive physiology, molecular genetics, nutrition, and rare plant propagation. More than 3,675 educational programs were conducted in 2008. This programming, which included day camps, classes, distance learning classes, and campouts, reached more than 150,000 students.
Founded
1965
Size
Small
To inspire discovery, appreciation and respect for animals and nature.
Formed in 1963, Sedgwick County Zoological Society works to foster public interest and support for the Sedgwick County Zoo, by operating and maintaining the Zoo. The Zoo has seen steady progress through the past three decades with major exhibits opening every few years. The Zoological Society also promotes education and research to better aid in the management and preservation of both zoo and wild animals. The Zoo has an annual attendance of nearly 550,000 visitors and is the number one tourist attraction in Kansas.
Founded
1975
Size
Medium
Raising funds for the Minnesota Zoo
The Minnesota Zoo Foundation's primary purpose is to raise funds for the Minnesota Zoo. Founded in 1978, the Minnesota Zoo exists to connect people, animals, and the natural world. We are dedicated to inspiring guests to act on behalf of wildlife and wild lands. To accomplish this, we provide award-winning recreational, educational, and conservation programs, locally, nationally, and internationally.
Founded
1995
Size
Large
Celebrating the wonders of nature
Audubon Nature Institute's purpose of celebrating the wonders of nature guides its mission to: provide a guest experience of outstanding quality; exhibit the diversity of wildlife; preserve native Louisiana habitats; educate our diverse audience about the natural world; enhance the care and survival of wildlife through research and conservation; provide opportunities for recreation in natural settings; operate a financially self-sufficient collection of museum and parks; and weave quality entertainment through the guest experience.
Founded
1979
Size
Giant
We inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.
The National Aquarium is a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization with a mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.Transforming experiences reach well beyond the Aquariums' walls. Education teams reach thousands of students each year with activities in schools and in the field; conservation crews and volunteers restore habitats and preserve species around the Chesapeake Bay and around the world; and the National Aquarium continues to serve as an economic engine for tourism in the city of Baltimore. Through all of its work, the National Aquarium maintains its long-time commitment to serving the surrounding communities.
Founded
1983
Size
Giant
It's a life experience
The mission of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation is to increase the public's knowledge and appreciation of Virginia's marine environment and inspire commitment to preserve its existence. We do this through our whale and dolphin watch programs; marine science education outreach; the Ocean In Motion Chesapeake Bay Learning Lab; and programs and exhibits at the Museum. The Museum features over 700,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums and live animal habitats in the country. Visitors can experience hundreds of hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary, nature trail, marshlands, and a 3D IMAX Theater.
Founded
1971
Size
Large
Saving a piece of the world for its wildlife
The North Carolina Zoological Society (NCZS) supports the North Carolina Zoological Park. The NCZS supports Zoo programs that receive no funding or only partial funding from the State of North Carolina. The NCZS provides significant or total funding for the following: animals purchased by the Zoo; exhibit plants; endangered plant species programs; the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Learning Center; a veterinary residency program in zoological medicine; training and equipment for the Zoo's animal enrichment programs; wildlife rehabilitation programs; education/conservation web sites; an elephant conservation program in Cameroon; Sylvan Heights Waterfowl; conservation field programs; visiting artist programs and artwork; capital development projects; and the Pisgah Covered Bridge and surrounding park and recreation area.
Founded
1986
Size
Large
Inspiring appreciation and conservation of North Carolina's aquatic environments
The North Carolina Aquarium Society is the support organization for the three North Carolina Aquariums. Established in 1986, it is dedicated to assisting these facilities in maintaining their high standards of exhibits, education and conservation programs. The North Carolina Aquariums continue to expand and improve. In 1976, the Aquariums had a little more than two hundred thousand visitors. Today, the three Aquariums educate over one million annual visitors. The Aquariums have completed expansion of all three facilities, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island and Fort Fisher, doubling the size of each. In 2011, the Aquariums opened their newest site, the restored Jennette's Pier at Nags Head.
Founded
1986
Size
Giant
Inspiring people to value wildlife on Earth and to help safeguard existing species through conservation
Zoo Atlanta's mission is to inspire the citizens of Atlanta and Georgia and all visitors to the Zoo to value wildlife on Earth and to help safeguard existing species through conservation. It does this by 1) providing an informative, educational and engaging experience; 2) being respectful and responsible stewards of the animals and the physical and financial assets entrusted to it and 3) engaging in related conservation activities and research.
Founded
1986
Size
Tiny
Supporting the operations of the Chattanooga Zoo
Founded in 1985, Friends of the Zoo (FOZ) supports operations of the Chattanooga Zoo for the education and enjoyment of individuals living in and visiting Chattanooga, Tennessee. The mission of the Chattanooga Zoo is to provide an educational and recreational opportunity for all. The educational mission stresses understanding of and respect for all living things. A strong commitment to conservation for generations to come is implicit in this mission. Opened in 1937, the Chattanooga Zoo seeks to provide a dignified and aesthetically pleasing environment for the animals.
Founded
1969
Size
Giant
Florida's wildest place
The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches, known as the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society, is a zoological organization located at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach. The Zoo houses nearly 800 animals within 23 acres of lush tropical habitat. The mission of the Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches is to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. We advance our conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiatives in the field. Our commitment to sustainable business practices elevates our capacity to inspire others. In addition to exciting animals from all over the world living in natural habitats, the Zoo features a colorful carousel, an interactive water play fountain, a full service restaurant, daily performances of the Wings Over Water bird show, and many other programs and events throughout each day. The Zoo offers a wide array of education programs including a dynamic summer Zoo Camp program, an overnight program, field trips, outreach programs, Zoo School and distance learning.
Founded
1972
Size
Large
Explore. Learn. Inspire.
The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is dedicated to preserving the beauty and wonder of animals and their habitats. We are committed to sharing our knowledge, engaging visitors, and celebrating our natural world. First established as the Sanford Zoo in 1923, the zoo continues to grow as Seminole County's premier recreational and educational attraction. Discovering animals is just the beginning. Over 100,000 school children participate in formal education programs every year, fostering an appreciation for animals and the importance of biodiversity. Conservation of animals is paramount; Species Survival Plans, coordinated through the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, are attempting to maintain genetic diversity to ensure healthy, vigorous animals to reproduce now and in the future.
Founded
1973
Size
Giant
Restoring and preserving our marine environment
Founded in 1972, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) works to restore and protect our marine environment. We accomplish our mission through preserving our marine life and environment while inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, rehabilitation, and release. Today, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an internationally respected center for animal care, public education and marine research. Yet, in spite of tremendous growth and a global presence, we also remain a neighborhood aquarium, a place where children and adults alike can visit anytime to wonder at the unending diversity, grace and beauty of the creatures of the sea. We invite everyone to visit often and soon to share in the environmental excellence and caring of our waters and marine life, no matter where you may live.
Founded
1983
Size
Giant
Offering enjoyment for everyone
The region's only dedicated zoological garden, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo was designed to enhance quality of life in greater Tampa Bay as an affordable leisure destination and center for education and endangered species conservation. Natural outdoor exhibits for more than 2,000 animals from Florida and similar habitats include a Florida wildlife center and manatee hospital, Asian Gardens, Primate World, Free-Flight Aviaries, Wallaroo Station children's zoo, and Safari Africa. The Florida Environmental Education Center (The Zoo School) serves more than 147,000 children annually. Programs offered are summer and holiday camps, daycare, preschool, and kindergarten. Re-opened at its current site in 1988, Lowry Park Zoo is today the number-one family-friendly zoo in the U.S. and recognized by the State of Florida as a center for Florida wildlife conservation and biodiversity.
Founded
1987
Size
Large
Entertaining, educating and inspiring stewardship about our natural environment
The Florida Aquarium astounds visitors with the beauty and fragility of our eco-system. The facility is home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and all over the world. The cornerstone of The Channel District, The Florida Aquarium's mission since opening in 1995 is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. It serves as a significant example of Florida's commitment to preserving native landscapes, ecosystems, historical and archaeological sites, and ethnic and cultural traditions representative of the diverse geography and cultural life unique to our state. The Aquarium has provided cultural enrichment experiences to more than seven million visitors, including 100,000 school students and 1,000 teachers annually.
Founded
1958
Size
Large
Our mission is to encourage an appreciation for the world's wildlife and to help conserve it for future generations.
Zoo Miami Foundation is the non-profit support organization for Zoo Miami. Zoo Miami Foundation was founded in 1956 when the Zoo was located in Crandon Park at Key Biscayne. Starting in the mid-sixties, Zoo members spearheaded a campaign to include plans for a bigger, better zoo on the Miami-Dade County "Decade of Progress" bond issue. Voters approved the bond in 1972 and nine years later Zoo Miami opened its gates at its current location.Today, Zoo Miami Foundation is one of the largest membership organizations in South Florida. Its Board of Directors includes community leaders in Miami-Dade and Broward counties who are committed to the education, conservation and recreation goals of Zoo Miami. While Miami-Dade County operates and maintains the Zoo, Zoo Miami Foundation, backed by its strong membership, supports Zoo Miami's programs and enhancements.
Founded
1980
Size
Giant
Do the zoo
The mission of Knoxville Zoological Gardens is to celebrate the wonders of the natural world. Through education, conservation, exhibition, research and recreation, the zoo tells the stories of the animals, the plants and the people who make up the communities of the earth. The zoo develops positive attitudes and actions about nature and about conservation as a local and global issue. Knoxville Zoological Gardens offers an entertaining and unique educational experience for the entire family. The zoo is situated on 53 rolling acres on the east side of Knoxville with more than 220 different species of animals. Annual attendance is approximately 400,000 people.
Founded
2001
Size
Giant
Inspiring Passion for the Natural World
Opened in 1955, the Birmingham Zoo is Alabama's most popular attraction, drawing more than 580,000 visitors annually. Approximately 1,000 animals of 250 species call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, kangaroos and endangered species from six continents. The mission of the Birmingham Zoo is to inspire passion for the natural world through emphasizing conservation, education, scientific study and recreation in all aspects of the Birmingham Zoo's exhibits, programs, facilities and activities. The Zoo's vision is to be the leading zoological and botanical conservation, education and scientific study resource within the U.S. and the family attraction of choice throughout the entire region.
Founded
1990
Size
Giant
Where Animals, Nature & Fun Converge
Nashville Zoo's mission is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership.
Founded
1975
Size
Large
Supporting the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum
Tulsa Zoo Friends supports the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum by providing admissions, attractions, food and beverage, marketing and fundraising services. Nearly 600,000 visitors tour the zoo each year and the zoo has approximately 12,000 Zoo Friends Member households. The Tulsa Zoo is owned by the City of Tulsa and is part of the Tulsa Parks Department. The zoo is located on 84 acres within Mohawk Park, which is the third largest municipal park in the United States. Currently, more than 2,800 animals are on exhibit, many of them rare and endangered.
Founded
1967
Size
Giant
Connecting communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.
Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife. We have over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! There are over 2 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.
Founded
1957
Size
Large
Serving and supporting the future of wildlife today and every day
The Dallas Zoological Society works to support the Dallas Zoo as an outstanding center of education, entertainment and wildlife conservation. The Society supports this mission through: fundraising; volunteerism; promoting public awareness and participation; and enhancing the visitor experience. We exist to broaden support for worldwide conservation efforts by creating an environment which allows our community and visitors to experience dramatic, engaging and diverse presentations for the living plant and animal world through excellent animal management, solid conservation science (research) and dynamic educational programs.
Founded
1952
Size
Giant
Strengthening the bond between humans and the environment
The oldest zoo in Texas, the Fort Worth Zoo was founded in 1909 with one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and a few rabbits. From these humble beginnings, the Zoo has grown into a nationally ranked facility, housing more than 5,000 native and exotic species. The Zoo works to strengthen the bond between humans and the environment by promoting responsible stewardship of wildlife and ensuring diverse, high-quality educational and entertaining family experiences through effective and efficient management of its resources.
Founded
1939
Size
Giant
Connecting people with wildlife
Founded in 1926, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has been a place where memories are made and people of all ages and all walks of life come together to explore the animal kingdom. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is open every day of the year and is home to more than 750 animals representing approximately 142 species, 30 of which are endangered. A leader in conservation, captive breeding and animal care, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo connects people with wildlife and wild places through experiences that inspire action. Our vision is that every kid, of any age, will have an experience for a lifetime with every visit.
Founded
1952
Size
Giant
Secure a better world for animals through human understanding.
In 1896, a small, orphaned black bear named Billy Bryan became the first resident of Denver Zoo. Today, Denver Zoo is home to nearly 4,000 animals representing over 700 species including the incredibly rare okapi, red-bellied lemur, Amur leopard, and Siberian tiger. The Denver Zoo's mission is to: provide a wildlife conservancy which offers high-quality experiences in an urban recreational setting; provide environmental education which inspires public awareness of global conservation; and engage in scientific programs which make meaningful contributions to the conservation of animals and their ecosystems.
Founded
1962
Size
Giant
Promoting the well being of the natural world
The Phoenix Zoo provides experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world. The Zoo has served more than 42 million people since opening in 1962 and more than 1.5 million people visit the Zoo annually. The Zoo is located on 125 acres in Phoenix's Papago Park, with 40 acres currently developed and is home to more than 1,300 animals including 200 endangered or threatened birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians from around the world. The Zoo has approximately 100 viewing exhibits on four Zoo trails: Africa, Arizona, Children's and Tropics; more than 1,200 plant varieties that make up the botanical collection; and participates in 37 Species Survival Plans to breed and maintain endangered species in captivity.
Founded
1983
Size
Medium
Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment
The mission of the Seattle Aquarium is Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. To do so we must help citizens learn about the interconnectedness of human behavior, the ocean, and climate change. As our local population grows, we must all work to restore and preserve the spectacular beauty and health of Puget Sound. The Seattle Aquarium is uniquely positioned to help over 850,000 annual visitors, including over 40,000 students, each year understand and become aware of the impact they have on our marine environment.
Founded
1951
Size
Tiny
Supporting the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
The Point Defiance Zoological Society connects Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) and our local and global communities, and mobilizes the community's time, talent and financial resources to enhance the zoo experience for visitors and animals. The Zoo Society supports PDZA and its efforts to promote responsible stewardship of the world's resources through education, conservation, research and recreational opportunities. The 29-acre zoological park is the second most popular tourist destination in Pierce County, attracting about 600,000 visitors a year. The Zoo sits within 700-acre Point Defiance Park, offering spectacular views of Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. The Zoo currently houses 792 animals from 98 different species.
Founded
1967
Size
Large
Inspiring people to learn, care and act
Woodland Park Zoo saves animals and their habitats through conservation leadership and engaging experiences, inspiring people to learn, care and act. Among its distinctions, Woodland Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos on the West Coast. 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.
Founded
1979
Size
Large
Amplifying the Oregon Zoo's accomplishments in conservation, education and animal welfare.
The mission of the Oregon Zoo Foundation (OZF) is to foster community pride and involvement in the Oregon Zoo and to secure financial support for the zoo's conservation, education and animal welfare programs. By amplifying the zoo's accomplishments, OZF ignites interest and investment in creating a better future for wildlife. OZF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization led by a volunteer Board of Trustees comprising Oregon business and community leaders. Under the coordination of the OZF Director, income generating activities include fundraising, grant writing, sponsorship and the administration and cultivation of more than 45,000 member households. Since 1997, OZF has contributed over $48M to the Oregon Zoo.
Founded
1956
Size
Large
Connecting people with wildlife
Founded in 1889, San Francisco Zoo connects people with wildlife, inspires caring for nature and advances conservation action. 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 and a bird sanctuary and bird watcher's paradise.
Founded
1953
Size
Giant
Conservation & education
The Oakland Zoo, founded in 1922 by Henry Snow, has been located in its current Knowland Park location since 1936. Nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is home to more than 440 native and exotic animals. The mission of the zoo is to inspire respect for and stewardship of the natural world, while providing a quality visitor experience.
Founded
1977
Size
Medium
To support, advocate for, and enhance the value of Reid Park Zoo.
The mission of the Reid Park Zoological Society is "To support, advocate for, and enhance the value of Reid Park Zoo for the community." The Reid Park Zoological Society provides support for the Reid Park Zoo, enabling over 585,000 visitors to view wildlife in natural settings. We provided support for onsite education programs, outreach, and teacher workshops related to life science, environmental education, and conservation reaching approximately 1,200 teachers and 36,000 students last year.
Founded
1978
Size
Giant
Inspiring conservation of the oceans
Opened in 1984, the Monterey Bay Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans. We know that bringing people face-to-face with living marine animals is a powerful way to move them to care about the oceans and ocean life. From the beginning, we planned our permanent exhibits as a walk through Monterey Bay's beautiful natural communities. In 1996, we almost doubled our exhibit space with the opening of the Outer Bay Wing, devoted to the open ocean and deep sea. The main feature is the Outer Bay Waters exhibit, the one-million-gallon tank containing tuna, sharks and sea turtles. The aquarium has an active research program. We have groups working on sea otter conservation and tuna conservation biology. About 1.8 million people visit us each year.
Founded
1959
Size
Large
Wildly inspiring
The Sacramento Zoo inspires appreciation, respect and a connection with wildlife and nature through education, recreation and conservation. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) Sacramento Zoological Society, formed in 1957, assumed financial and daily management of the Zoo (from the City of Sacramento) in July 1997. Since its inception, the society has served as the fund-raising organization for the Zoo, providing funds for animal care, education and conservation programs. We design our nationally recognized education programs for children and adults of all ages. Society-sponsored school programs reach an average of 60,000 to 80,000 students per year-both at the Zoo and off-site at area schools and community venues. More than 10,500 local and regional households are members of the Sacramento Zoological Society.
Founded
1942
Size
Giant
Our driving vision: We will lead the fight against extinction!
Founded in 1916, San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and Institute for Conservation Research. SDZG is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature. Our vision: to lead the fight against extinction!The 100-acre Zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies. The Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 400 species. The Institute, the world's largest zoo-based conservation research division, is dedicated to preserving and protecting rare and endangered wildlife and habitats. Through our science and curatorial efforts, we have reintroduced many species back to their native rangelands. The education programs at the Zoo and Park reach more than 425,000 school children every year.
Founded
1964
Size
Giant
30 acres, 500 animals, 1 great zoo
The Santa Barbara Zoo is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation. The Zoo is home to 160 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. The Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a vital cooperative conservation program comprised of Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited partner zoos and aquariums. Over 200 different species are managed, aimed at maintaining genetic diversity within captive populations, sustaining these captive populations, and guarding against extinction.
Founded
1964
Size
Giant
Nurturing wildlife and enriching the human experience
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) was created to support the Los Angeles Zoo in its mission to nurture wildlife and enrich the human experience. GLAZA's primary responsibility is to seek and provide financial support for the Zoo's programs and capital projects. 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.
Founded
1979
Size
Giant
Desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation
The Living Desert was established in March 1970 as a 360 acre wilderness preserve. Today it is one of the most unique institutions in the country and stands out as the only American zoo and garden dedicated solely to interpreting and conserving the deserts of the world and is the only zoological and botanical park specializing in just one entire ecosystem. The Living Desert has set aside 1,000 acres of natural desert habitat. We foster, through interpretive exhibits, programs and publication, an awareness of and an appreciation for, the variety of plants and animals in worldwide desert ecosystems.