When people think of zoos, they may think about spending a day observing exotic animals up close in captivity. While there is some social perception that animals in controlled environments are not living as well as animals in their natural habitats, research shows that zoos play an important role in animal conservation. Zoos and Wildlife Parks are essential in raising awareness for endangered species. However, many people overlook the importance zoos have on animal conservation for endangered species and their habitats.
At Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, KS, we firmly believe in responsibly bringing people and the natural world together. As a zoo for endangered animals, we are responsible for conserving wildlife in our care and the wild.
Zoos and Wildlife Conservation
Zoos play a pivotal role in animal conservation by keeping animals in safe conditions and educating the public about various species. These wildlife conservation societies encourage public engagement to advocate for protecting all animals, especially those on the endangered list. Revenue from zoos goes back into the animals’ care and conservation efforts in the wild.
Another way zoos participate in animal conservation is through captive breeding programs. The carefully managed programs help increase the population of endangered species animals in a regulated environment to prevent their extinction.
Captive breeding produces results. In April 2021, Tanganyika Wildlife Park welcomed a litter of three black Amur leopard cubs which doubled the world population of these endangered animals. In June, we also welcomed Olympia, a baby Mandrill. Her father, Demitri, is one of only seven male Mandrills in the US. According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, AZA-Accredited Zoos and Aquariums generate $160 million annually for wildlife conservation supporting more than 2,650 conservation projects in 130 countries.
How Tanganyika Wildlife Park Aids in Animal Conservation
Our animal conservation program is an integral part of the Tanganyika Wildlife Foundation (TWF). Our mission is to educate park visitors about rare and endangered animals to increase awareness by providing authentic experiences that are equally educational and entertaining. We regularly host events to generate funds for global animal conservation.
“If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.” ― Steve Irwin
If you’re ready to do your part for animal conservation, you can support our organization here and join our legacy.