Working with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Without concerted intervention and cooperation among experts, we face the very real possibility of losing species we all know and love in the wild. Together with the expertise of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and other on-the-ground conservation organizations, we can work to save species at risk of extinction.

The AZA developed the Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) program as a framework for coordinated species conservation across zoos, aquariums, and related conservation institutions. SAFE plans build on existing knowledge and established recovery plans to implement strategic conservation activities to support species in the wild. These programs are also designed to measure, verify and report on progress made in species recovery. The Milwaukee County Zoo and Zoological Society support a variety of SAFE species programs by raising awareness and funds for species at risk of extinction.

To learn more about the AZA SAFE program mission and goals, and to view species program plans, visit the AZA SAFE website.

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