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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, 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 effort to restore the Marsh Wren Nature Preserve in northeast Indiana.


Association of Zoos & Aquariums

As a member of the AZA, the zoo partners with zoos across the country to save animals from extinction. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo provides financial support to the AZA’s Conservation Endowment Fund as well as funding for projects of the Tiger Species Survival Plan.

Clouded Leopard Project

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo supports the Clouded Leopard Project, a coalition of international partners, working together to develop a viable self-sustaining clouded leopard breeding program in Thailand.

Conservation Breeding Specialists Group

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

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.


Greening Australia

The zoo provides financial support to Greening Australia, which strives to provide healthy, productive landscapes where people and nature thrive.

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.

Hornbill Research Foundation

The zoo provides financial support to the Hornbill Research Foundation, which is used to train locals to collect data on hornbills, in order to secure their populations for the future.


Leatherback Trust

The zoo financially supports The Leatherback Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving leatherback sea turtles.

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.


Mariana Avifauna Conservation Project

The zoo supports the Mariana Avifauna Conservation (MAC) in its efforts to provide the avifauna of the Mariana archipelago with the best possible chances for long-term survival.


Mitchell’s Satyr Butterfly Introduction

The zoo financially supports efforts to conserve and protect this endangered insect. Known threats to the Mitchell’s satyr are destruction and pesticide contamination of their wetland habitat.


Motus Wildlife Tracking System

The zoo provides financial supports Motus, a collaborative research network that uses coordinated automated radio telemetry arrays to study movements of small animals.


North American Songbird SAFE

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has joined other AZA-accredited institutions to gather research and prioritize conservation actions for protecting the North American Songbird.

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, 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 Center

The zoo financially supports the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in their work to rescue and rehabilitate stranded California sea lions.

Pan African Sanctuary Alliance

The zoo supports this coalition of sanctuaries across Africa which work together to rescue and rehabilitate monkeys and apes that are victims of illegal hunting or the illicit pet trade, as well as conduct research and provide programs to educate locals on the importance of saving African primates.

African Penguin SAFE

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has joined other AZA-accredited institutions to gather research and prioritize conservation actions for protecting the South African black-footed penguin.

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 of the zoo-sponsored research project and efforts to encourage the production of shade-grown coffee. Note: An online translation site may be needed to convert Bahasa (Indonesian) to English for some materials.

Red Panda Network

The zoo supports the Red Panda Network in its efforts to empower local communities with community-based research, education, and carbon mitigation.

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.

Save the Tasmanian Devil Program

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo was one of only a few zoos selected by the Australian government to exhibit Tasmanian devils in North America. Tasmanian devils are endangered and the zoo is working to educate the public on the conservation of the Tasmanian devil population.

Sharks and Rays Conservation

The zoo provides financial support to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for shark and stingray conservation programs. The goal of WCS is to prevent extinction and halt decline of these important groups of species.

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 works to rescue black-footed penguins.

Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP)

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

Tiger SSP

The Zoo supports the Tiger Species Survival Plan® (SSP), which is a collaborative management program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The goals of the Tiger SSP are to maintain sustainable, genetically diverse tiger populations as a “genetic insurance policy” for their wild counterparts, to raise awareness about the plight of tigers and funding for their conservation, and to support research on tiger biology and care.

Turtle Survival Alliance

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo supports the Turtle Survival Alliance, which has become a global force for turtle conservation since its formation in 2001. The TSA is an action-oriented global partnership, focusing on species that are at high risk of extinction, and working in turtle diversity hotspots around the world.


With a focus on saving African vultures, this organization seeks to preserve the  population through education and research, rehabilitation and a breeding program.

Wildcats Conservation Alliance

WildCats Conservation Alliance funds wild Amur leopard and tiger conservation projects.  It is an initiative of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF). The culmination of merging two well-respected wildlife funding programs; 21st Century Tiger and the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) in 2018.

World Parrot Trust

The zoo supports the World Parrot Trust, whose efforts include groundbreaking field research, hands-on conservation programs, habitat protection, education and awareness programs, encouragement of better protections for parrots, and supporting the rescue, rehabilitation and release of parrots caught in illegal trade.