Making a Global Impact on Biodiversity

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee is committed to saving biodiversity worldwide. Biodiversity describes the complex way organisms interconnect in an ecosystem and depend on each other’s survival and livelihood. Increased biodiversity improves climate regulation, disease prevention and control, and basic resources we rely on like clean water and the air we breathe.

Along with the Zoo Pride volunteers and the Milwaukee County Zoo, the Conservation Department supports a variety of conservation campaigns that raise awareness around best consumer practices to conserve species in the wild. Join the Zoological Society of Milwaukee and learn how you can support our efforts to preserve biodiversity across the globe!

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Making a Global Impact on Biodiversity

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee is committed to saving biodiversity worldwide. Biodiversity describes the complex way organisms interconnect in an ecosystem and depend on each other’s survival and livelihood. Increased biodiversity improves climate regulation, disease prevention and control, and basic resources we rely on like clean water and the air we breathe.

Along with the Zoo Pride volunteers and the Milwaukee County Zoo, the Conservation Department supports a variety of conservation campaigns that raise awareness around best consumer practices to conserve species in the wild. Join the Zoological Society of Milwaukee and learn how you can support our efforts to preserve biodiversity across the globe!

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Disease Prevention IconDisease Prevention & Control
Improve Basic Resources IconImproves Basic Resources

Bonobo Species Survival Plan (SSP)

The Society has a legacy of working to conserve the bonobo – a great ape found in only seven zoos in the U.S. Our efforts include housing the Bonobo Species Survival Plan for more than 20 years and founding the Bonobo SAFE Program, which convenes bonobo stakeholders and works towards conserving the species in the wild.

Our Bonobo Initiatives

Seafood Watch®

The Zoological Society and Milwaukee County Zoo are proud partners of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® program. The Seafood Watch program informs and empowers consumers and businesses to purchase seafood that is fished or farmed in sustainable ways that minimize environmental impact. Seafood Watch® consumer guides rank seafood on a scale of sustainability using a stoplight method: “Best Choices” are in green, “Good Alternatives” are in yellow, and “Avoid” are in red.

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View Seafood Watch Sustainable Seafood Recommendations

Seafood Watch®

The Zoological Society and Milwaukee County Zoo are proud partners of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® program. The Seafood Watch program informs and empowers consumers and businesses to purchase seafood that is fished or farmed in sustainable ways that minimize environmental impact. Seafood Watch® consumer guides rank seafood on a scale of sustainability using a stoplight method: “Best Choices” are in green, “Good Alternatives” are in yellow, and “Avoid” are in red.

Download Consumer Guide for Our Region

Download the Seafood Watch App

Zoo Conservation & Research Support

Together with the Milwaukee County Zoo, the Zoological Society supports conservation efforts both in situ (in the wild) and ex situ (in captivity). Examples of efforts partially funded by the Zoological Society include saving two species of iguanas from the brink of extinction, researching wild orangutans, and surveying turtles in Florida.

Our Support Efforts

Local & Regional Conservation Efforts

The Zoological Society also supports conservation in our home state of Wisconsin! Our work supports the preservation of natural habitats and the conservation of endangered native species in partnership with other organizations. Staff at the Society convene with experts in the field to learn about and protect our urban wildlife and important pollinators including the endangered rusty patched bumblebee and Poweshiek skipperling butterfly.

Explore Local & Regional Efforts

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Extinction Prevention Initiative Coming Soon!

The Zoological Society’s Conservation Department is hard at work to launch a new initiative dedicated to bringing organizations together to save animals from extinction. Check back soon to find out more!

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Freshwater Preservation Initiative Coming Soon!

Our Conservation Team is also working on a new freshwater initiative right here in our own community and beyond. To learn more about our upcoming efforts in freshwater preservation, keep checking back here!

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