Conservation is defined as the wise use and protection of our natural resources - plants, animals, or minerals. Our 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.
It is important to conserve habitats and entire ecosystems, as well as single species. Development that seems good for us is not always good for the millions of species of plants and animals that also inhabit the planet. As natural habitats around the world are destroyed, species become homeless and eventually disappear. It does not mean that we must stop logging, farming, hunting, or using our natural resources. But, it does mean that we must do these things with careful planning.
Accredited zoos and aquariums view education as a primary commitment to the future of wildlife conservation. Everyone must learn that each animal has its own spot in the complex web of ecology and that to remove or damage 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.