Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo and the 226 other member organizations of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), have launched a new effort focused on saving the world’s most vulnerable species from extinction and restoring them to healthy populations in the wild.
This powerful collaboration is called SAFE—Saving Animals From Extinction—and it brings together for the first time the entire AZA-accredited community in one global conservation effort for more than 100 species that have been identified as being in the greatest danger of extinction.
Working together, zoo and aquarium staff members, scientists, field researchers, and rescue and rehabilitation organizations are identifying the threats to at-risk species’ survival, developing action plans, raising new resources and, equally important, engaging the 7.4 million people who attend zoos and aquariums every year.
Public involvement is critical. And surprisingly easy. Every Shedd visit is an act of conservation because your ticket purchase or membership fee directly supports Shedd’s contributions to SAFE. In addition, by making informed choices in your everyday activities, from the kind of seafood you eat to what you plant in your garden to how you get to work, you can make a big difference for threatened and endangered wildlife.
Learn more about what Shedd is doing to save animals from extinction in this blog, and find out more about AZA SAFE on the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s website.
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