Plants and animals that live in the wild are vital in many ways to man's existence - our food supplies, our health, and the quality of our lives.
Accredited zoos and aquariums view education as a primary commitment to the future of wildlife conservation. Each animal and plant has its own spot in the complex web of ecology. Removing or damaging one portion of that web may weaken the entire structure. Each species is unique and by destroying even one plant or animal, many other species may be affected.
When you visit Alexandria Zoo and contribute to Friends of the Alexandria Zoo (FOTAZ), you are not only supporting the animals at the Zoo, but also their wild counterparts.
Through FOTAZ, Alexandria Zoo contributes to projects in North America, South America, Central America, Asia and Africa.
Through the Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG), our zoo, plus many others, aid in the conservation efforts of Central and South American zoos by providing educational materials and donating equipment.
Because of their commitment to endangered species, zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums are the last refuge many animals have against extinction. Collectively, zoos and aquariums are the largest conservation education organization in the world, and professionals feel that preserving ecosystems should be a priority in wildlife conservation.
Some of the Vulnerable or Endangered Species at the Alexandria Zoo
Programs such as Species Survival Plan (SSP) are cooperative efforts among zoos to manage endangered or threatened species.
*Alexandria Zoo participates in these SSP programs, but does not currently house these species at the zoo.