Conservation Projects

Amphibian Ark

The mission of Amphibian Ark (AArk) is to ensure the survival and diversity of amphibian species focusing on those that cannot currently be safeguarded in their natural environments and therefore rely on these organizations for survival.

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Bog Restoration

Mountain bogs are one of the Southern Appalachians’ most critically endangered habitats. Zoo Atlanta's Horticulture Team assists the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy in restoring these bogs.

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Conservation Heloderma & Abronia

Zoo Atlanta has helped preserve more than 2,000 acres of habitat for Guatemalan beaded lizards and Campbell’s alligator lizards, and our awareness programs have reached more than 80,000 school children in the past 12 years.

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Diamondback Terrapins Conservation

Zoo Atlanta has partnered with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island to rear young terrapins for release. These turtles are raised for one year before being released back into Jekyll’s coastal marshes.

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Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Zoo Atlanta provides pro-bono space, resources and other support for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, our longtime partner in gorilla conservation.

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Eastern Indigo Snake Conservation

Eastern indigo snakes have become endangered after years of persecution and habitat loss. Zoo Atlanta has helped raise more than 100 snakes for a head-start initiative.

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Giant Panda Conservation

Zoo Atlanta has contributed more than $10 million for the conservation of giant pandas in China, making this our most significant investment in wildlife conservation. The majority of these funds go to projects for giant pandas in the wild.

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Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation

Zoo Atlanta has participated in golden lion tamarin conservation for nearly 30 years and is a partner of the Golden Lion Tamarin Association. Two family groups from Zoo Atlanta have been released into the wild in Brazil.

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Project Golden Frog

Many experts believe golden frogs are extinct in the wild. Zoo Atlanta supports Project Golden Frog and is one of many participants in the Panamanian Golden Frog Species Survival Plan®.

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Project Pollinator

Bees and other pollinators are important members of our ecosystem! Zoo Atlanta is dedicated to helping protect bees, pollinators and their habitats here at the Zoo and in our community.

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Other projects

Reeder Projects – Worldwide
The Mabel Dorn Reeder Conservation Endowment Fund

This fund allows Zoo Atlanta to support conservation organizations on field projects for wild animals in their native habitats, where our help is needed the most. Our goal is to make a meaningful impact on reversing species decline by leveraging the resources of our donors, staff and animal ambassadors represented in our collection. 

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Red pandas: Nepal

Fewer than 10,000 (by some estimates fewer than 2,500) red pandas remain in the wild. Their native habitat is threatened by road construction, illegal timber harvest, over-grazing by domestic livestock, forest fires and slash-and-burn agriculture, with deforestation being the most immediate challenge. Zoo Atlanta supports the Red Panda Network’s effort to save this amazing species. 

 


Chilean flamingos: Chile

Zoo Atlanta has supported a flamingo chick banding project in Bolivia that allows scientists to better understand the movements of flamingos in the Andes. We have also supported a conservation project in Argentina working for conservation on two critical summer sites for flamingos.

 

Gopher frogs: South Georgia/South Alabama

Zoo Atlanta, in partnership with numerous other organizations, is working to introduce a new population of gopher frogs onto restored land within their former natural range. We rear tadpoles from wild-collected eggs until they turn into froglets; we then release them onto a preserve in southwest Georgia.

 

96 Elephants: Africa

96 Elephants are being illegally killed every day for their ivory tusks. Zoo Atlanta supports the 96 Elephants Campaign via donations from our Wild Encounters and Recycling for Elephants programs and through awareness-building public education.