Our Conservation Partners

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is proud to support the following conservation organizations.

When you “round up” your total at the Wild Things Gift Shop or make a donation at our Kids4Nature kiosk, those funds and other zoo monies directly support the important work of these like-minded organizations. Thank you for helping us make a difference!

ACRES Land Trust
The zoo financially supports ACRES and its efforts to preserve forests, wetlands, prairies and other natural areas in northeast Indiana.

Association of Zoos & Aquariums
As a member of the AZA, the zoo partners with zoos across the country to promote the conservation of wild animals. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo provides financial support to the AZA’s Conservation Endowment Fund as well as funding for the Ape Taxon Advisory Group Conservation Initiative and projects of the Tiger Species Survival Plan.

Butterfly Conservation Initiative
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo provides financial support to the Butterfly Conservation Initiative’s efforts to conserve endangered North American butterflies and their habitats. To learn how you can create a Monarch Waystation to help migrating monarch butterflies, click here.

Conservation Breeding Specialists Group
The zoo offers financial support to the CBSG for effective conservation through research and international collaboration.

Dingo Discovery Centre
The zoo provides financial support for this Victoria, Australia-based organization dedicated to the preservation of pure dingoes.

Gibbon Conservation Center
The zoo provides financial support for the Gibbon Conservation Center and its work to study, protect, and propagate endangered gibbon species.

Giraffe Conservation Foundation
Through financial support, the zoo helps to fund habitat protection, research, and ongoing studies to better understand all nine subspecies of giraffes found throughout Africa.

Help the Hellbender
In 2015, the zoo began a partnership with Purdue University to raise hellbender salamanders, which will eventually be released into their southern Indiana habitat.  The hellbenders will be tracked as part of a statewide conservation effort.

Indiana Crane Survey
With zoo support, General Curator Mark Weldon leads this annual effort to monitor sandhill crane nesting sites in Northeast Indiana.

IPFW Turtle Research Center
The zoo financially supports the work of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne faculty and students studying leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica.  The zoo also supports a connection between Fort Wayne schools and schools in Costa Rica.

Javan Gibbon Center
The zoo provides financial support to this organization, which rescues and rehabilitates endangered Javan gibbons from the pet trade.

Lion Guardians
The zoo supports Lion Guardians, an organization that trains and supports a team of people dedicated to lion conservation.  Lion Guardians seeks to achieve the long-term coexistence of humans and lions through scientifically-driven practices.

Little River Wetlands Project
The zoo financially supports LRWP’s goal of restoring and preserving wetlands in the watershed of the Little River, a headwater tributary of the Wabash River, in Allen County, Indiana.

Little Turtle Chapter – American Association of Zoo Keepers
The zoo supports the efforts of Little Turtle AAZK in the areas of cell phone recycling, river cleanup, and Bowling for Rhinos.

Massasauga Rattlesnakes
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo partners with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne to promote the conservation of the endangered native massasauga rattlesnake. Click here to download a brochure created by the zoo to educate local residents about rattlesnakes.

Orangutan Conservancy
The zoo sends contributions from the donation box at Orangutan Valley to the Orangutan Conservancy to support the preservation of wild orangutans. In addition, 25% of fees from Are You a Fan of the Orangutan programs for preschoolers are donated to the Orangutan Conservancy.  You can help save orangutans by making sustainable choices!  Download the Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping App from the iTunes Store or Google Play, or click here for a printable version.

Pacific Marine Mammal Rescue Center
Sea lions and other marine mammals stranded on the California coastline are rescued and rehabilitated by this organization, which receives financial support from the zoo.

Primate Conservation in Central Java
The effect of coffee plantations on endangered primate species on the heavily populated Indonesian island of Java is the focus of an intensive study, of which the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is the primary sponsor.  You can read the researcher’s blog here.  Click here for a report from the field and the latest photos of the zoo-sponsored research project and efforts to encourage production of shade-grown coffee.  Note : An online translation site may be needed to convert Bahasa (Indonesian) to English for some materials.

Sahara Conservation Fund – Ostrich Project
With a focus on saving the critically endangered north African ostrich, this project seeks to preserve fragile desert habitats in the Sahel and Sahara regions of Africa.

Seafood Watch 
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for healthy oceans, helping support diverse marine ecosystems for the future.

Silvery Gibbon Project
The endangered Javan silvery gibbon is the focus of this group’s conservation efforts, which receive financial support from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds
The zoo provides financial support for SANCCOB (The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) to assist with the rehabilitation of seabirds exposed to pollution and natural disasters. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, SANCCOB’s work includes rescuing black-footed penguins.  Click here for an update on African Penguin oil spill rescue (January 2011).

Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme
Through its financial support of this organization, the zoo supports the integration of research, environmental education, reintroduction, and habitat protection within endangered orangutan habitats.

The Peregrine Fund
The zoo provides financial support for the Peregrine Fund’s raptor surveys in Tanzania.