At the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, conservation is a part of everything we do. From animal and exhibit care to water usage and plant life, the Zoo is always working to conserve natures’ resources so that guests can gain a personal appreciation for these wonders.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is home to approximately 40 species that are either endangered or extinct in the wild. View a full list of animals currently residing at Fresno Chaffee Zoo that are either endangered or extinct in the wild.
In 2017, the Fresno Chaffee Zoo Conservation Committee awarded grants to 26 projects located in dozens of countries around the world. Sixteen of those projects have long-term support and 10 were awarded a one year grant. The Zoo designated more than $150,000 for the Fresno Chaffee Zoo Conservation Fund. Learn more about our global conservation efforts.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is accredited through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The mission statement of the AZA is to “provide its members with the services, high standards, best practices and program coordination to be leaders in animal welfare, public engagement and the conservation of species.” To be an accredited facility, the Zoo must meet high standards in a variety of areas, including animal care, conservation, research, management and safety. Learn more about the AZA and the accreditation process.
On May 15, 2015, the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) launched an initiative focused on bringing attention to the growing importance of working on saving endangered species from extinction.
The initiative, Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE), is currently focused on the 10 species that are considered the most endangered. Each year, for the next 10 years, 10 more species will be added to the list. This inaugural 10 species include: African penguin, Asian elephants, black rhinoceros, cheetah, gorilla, sea turtles, vaquita, sharks and rays, Western pond turtle and whooping crane.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is currently home to Asian elephants, cheetah, sharks and rays, and Western pond turtles and in an effort to save these endangered species from extinction, the Zoo is committed to supporting a variety of conservation programs. Learn more.