Conserving Our Local Biodiversity

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Conservation Department is proud to be located in Southeastern Wisconsin, an area designated as critical habitat for species of top conservation priority. Our work supports the preservation of natural habitats and conservation of endangered native species in partnership with other organizations. Together, we are committed to bolstering and conserving our local biodiversity. Staff at the Society work 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!

Local Regional Planting

Pollinators: Birds, Bats, Bees and Butterflies

We all have pollinators to thank for the healthy crops that provide us with our food! Unfortunately, these imperiled species are at risk of extinction due to habitat loss and pesticide use among other threats. Learn about our efforts to protect vitally important pollinators and other species of top concern in the state of Wisconsin.

Pollinator Efforts

Pollinators: Birds, Bats, Bees and Butterflies

We all have pollinators to thank for the healthy crops that provide us with our food! Unfortunately, these imperiled species are at risk of extinction due to habitat loss and pesticide use among other threats. Learn about our efforts to protect vitally important pollinators and other species of top concern in the state of Wisconsin.

Pollinator Efforts

Coming Soon!

As part of our work to continually expand our local conservation efforts, the Zoological Society of Milwaukee is working on an exciting project right here in our backyard! Check back soon to learn more!

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 human care). Some examples of this partnership include studying the heart health of great apes, traveling to Belize to assist their staff in research, and helping bring two species of iguanas back from the brink of extinction.

Our Joint Efforts

Iguana And Leaves Background
Bonobo Sitting

Global Conservation Efforts

The Zoological Society also supports conservation across the globe! Currently, the Society helps ensure the health and genetic diversity in bonobos, a great ape. We work with a number of organizations to help to protect species not only in our home state but throughout the world.

See Our Global Efforts