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.


Animal Management Programs

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

AZA species survival plan (ssp)

The mission of this program is to manage the specific species populations within AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. The species being managed are often either threatened or endangered and must be conserved in order to ensure their survival. In addition to breeding plans, the SSP ensures that the zoo is coordinating with other AZA facilities to maintain a healthy and diverse animal population.

Animals managed by the SSP

Conservation Projects

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


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.