Zoo Conservation Programs

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is dedicated to the preservation of wild animals and wild places.

To that end, we participate in programs and initiatives to protect animals and their habitats both at home and around the world.

Association of Zoos & Aquariums

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is a non-profit organization, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things. With more than 200 accredited members, the AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

On May 15, 2015, the AZA launched SAFE. SAFE = Save Animals From Extinction. Click here to learn more about the AZA’s conservation practices.

Species Survival Plan

The AZA manages the Species Survival Plan (SSP) to ensure the survival of endangered wildlife species. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo participates in 91 SSP programs, Taxon Advisory Groups, and Studbooks to maximize genetic diversity in zoo-dwelling populations.