Conservation Projects

Red Panda Network

The Red Panda Network is committed to saving wild red pandas and preserving their habitat through the empowerment of local communities by community-based research, education and carbon mitigation. The network’s community-based monitoring program, Project Punde Kundo, trains locals of Eastern Nepal as professional forest stewards or “forest guardians.” These guardians organize workshops that provide educational training about the importance of red pandas and the fragility of the Eastern Himalayan ecosystem.

The Elmwood Park Zoo supports the Red Panda Network’s commitment to the conservation of wild red pandas through awareness and donations.

American bird Conservancy

Established in 1994, the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is dedicated to achieving conservation results for birds of the Americas. By addressing many of the factors that threaten birds, such as free roaming cats, window strikes and the use of pesticides, the ABC aims to eliminate the impact of these threats and improve habitat conditions for migratory and resident birds on the U.S. WatchList. Their efforts protect a large number of bird species as well as help safeguard rare and endangered species from extinction.

The Elmwood Park Zoo supports the American Bird Conservancy through awareness and donations. 

El Centro Chaqueño para la conservación e investigación (ccci)

CCCI, formerly called The Taguå Project, began in 1985 with a goal of starting research and captive breeding programs for the Taguå (Chacoan Peccary) due to their alarming decline. In 2010, The Taguå Project became CCCI, a non-governmental organization that continues to expand the work of captive breeding, conservation, health, and sustainable development with an emphasis on the Chaco region of Paraguay. CCCI’s has a number of ongoing projects that align with their mission to act as a center for research of national and international information and to strengthen and improve the system of monitoring and management of protected areas, both public and private.

The Elmwood Park Zoo supports CCCI through awareness and donations.

Northern Jaguar Project

Uniting organizations on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, the Northern Jaguar Project strives to preserve essential jaguar habitats through the establishment, care, and expansion of a safe-haven sanctuary in northern Mexico. They aspire to restore habitats suitable for jaguars and other threatened and endangered species, to support wildlife research and educational programs, and to reduce conflicts between carnivores and humans.

The Elmwood Park Zoo supports the Northern Jaguar Project through awareness and donations.

Monterey Bay Aquarium "Seafood Watch"

Seafood Watch works to raise awareness amongst seafood consumers and businesses about the importance of buying seafood from sustainable sources. Elmwood Park Zoo has partnered with Seafood Watch to educate its guests about recommended seafood resources and the issues surrounding fisheries and fish farms.

Download the Seafood Watch app for your smartphone for on-the-go info on the program’s recommendations for safe seafood consumption.


Visit the Seafood Watch stand, located across from the Birds of Paradise exhibit on the south end of the zoo.

Titi Conservation Alliance

The Elmwood Park Zoo has partnered with the Titi Conservation Alliance, a group focused on preserving the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s Central Pacific region. Through a generous series of grants by the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation, the zoo has been able to donate funds to the Alliance, which has in turn funded a number of critical projects like the ones listed below.

Habitat Reforestation

Over 50,000 native tress have been replaced in watersheds, fragmented habitats, and areas where the trees serve as travel routes for wildlife.

Naranjo River Biological Corridor

The natural habitat located between Manuel Antonio National Park and Nara Hills has been regenerated. The area encompasses over 50 acres and includes over 20 communities and schools.

Environmental Education

Over 800 children within the corridor have been introduced to this unique program that promotes learning while playing. The squirrel monkey is an inhabitant of the Costa Rica region that the Alliance is working to preserve. The Elmwood Park Zoo exhibits the squirrel monkey and manages its care through a Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). By supporting and promoting the species, the zoo hopes to educate guests on the monkey’s struggle to survive, as well as bring attention to the work that the Titi Conservation Alliance is doing to replenish the monkey’s habitat.