Commitment to Conservation
We believe that our responsibility toward wildlife extends beyond just safeguarding the animals in our care. That’s why we actively participate in the preservation of some of the world’s most critically endangered species.
We currently participate or have participated in the past in over 30 conservation projects, including the Turtle Survival Alliance, the Red Uakari Conservation Project, the Black-Winged Starling Project, the Javan Warty Pig Recovery Project, and the Tomistoma Task Force. Special attention is given to programs that target wild counterparts of animals in the Zoo’s collection.
Since 2000, the Zoo has been a partner in the Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Plan. The goal of this project is to breed the critically endangered peninsular pronghorn and release animals to the wild. Working alongside our partners (including Espacios Naturales y Desarrollo Sustentable AC, the San Diego Zoo, the Living Desert, and the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve) peninsular pronghorn population has climbed. Although there are less than 50 pronghorn in the wild, there are over 400 in the captive group and at the release sites. As a result, these animals are now roaming terrain where they haven’t been seen in decades.
The Los Angeles Zoo has been a proud partner in the California Condor Recovery Program since the 1980s. The program’s primary focus is the captive breeding and reintroduction of California condors to the wild, with the aim of establishing a self-sustaining wild population.
The world population of California condors, once as low as 22, has climbed to over 400 individuals — with more than half of those birds living in the wild. This remarkable success story epitomizes the Zoo’s commitment to conservation and provides reason to hope that other critically endangered animals can be saved from the brink of extinction.