Our Mission

Our mission is to foster an appreciation for wildlife and the environment that will inspire active participation in conservation. The zoo participates in programs and initiatives that help save wildlife, and it teaches others how they can help prevent species extinction and resource depletion.

programs and projects

Elmwood Park Zoo works with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to ensure the survival of critically endangered species.

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The zoo supports both national and international organizations whose work benefits wildlife and their natural habitats.

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Elmwood Park Zoo’s Green Team is comprised of staff members and volunteers that manage its sustainability and conservation efforts. Enacted in 2018, the Green Team has worked on a variety of projects ranging from zoo-wide recycling, to education initiatives, and more. To see how you can become involved with the Green Team, please email

AZA accreditation

Elmwood Park Zoo is proud to be one of only 230 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Elmwood Park Zoo’s accreditation was renewed in September of 2022.