Conservation science is as alive and ever changing as the needs of the habitats, wildlife and people it addresses.

Get the latest news on conservation research from around the world, and follow the progress of the zoo’s conservation collaborators with these updates.


Feature conservation news


Grant expands Living Northwest carnivore conservation and research

The wolverine just got some adamantium-strength support. Thanks to a Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s Science and Technology Program grant, Woodland Park Zoo is expanding the Living Northwest carnivore conservation program. One of our first priorities is to monitor wolverines in the North Cascades to better understand where these animals range and how they use their environment—a critical step in preserving this species being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Oregon spotted frog conservation

Take action for Northwest frog in national spotlight

Oregon spotted frog considered for protection under Endangered Species Act 

Washington’s wetlands are fast disappearing, and with them our native frogs. Now, the Oregon spotted frog has become an ambassador for our local wetlands, thrust into the national spotlight as it is considered for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. 

Woodland Park Zoo has been working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and their partners to restore populations of the Oregon spotted frog on the local level. We support the federal listing and believe the powerful combination of local action and federal protection will build a better future for this species and myriad other wetland species under its umbrella. 

But the future of this frog isn’t just in the hands of conservationists and government officials—there are easy actions you can do at home to help protect this Northwest native. 

What action will you pledge to take for frogs?


Western pond turtle release

Graduation day for endangered pond turtles

Dozens of native western pond turtles graduated this summer from the zoo's conservation head start program for the endangered species. They were released into protected pond sites in South Puget Sound to help rebuild Washington's endangered population. Through this program, we have seen the turtle population in Washington grow from 150 in 1991 to as many as 1,500 today!

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A failproof strategy to save the tiger

We have less than 20 years to save the tiger, or say goodbye to it forever. It's time for action.

Woodland Park Zoo recently created a 10-year, $1 million collaboration with Panthera, the leading wild cat conservation group, the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks, and in-country tiger conservation experts. Of 42 Global Priority source sites, three are in Peninsular Malaysia’s central forest region where fewer than 500 Malayan tigers are struggling to survive. Together we will help carry out the Malayan government’s plan to double this number to a viable population level by 2022, the next year of the tiger, in and around the Taman Negara National Park, a pristine, 1,000,000-acre rainforest sanctuary. This is surely one of the toughest jobs we will ever love.

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Conservation numbers add up across accredited zoos

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA)—Woodland Park Zoo’s accrediting body—put out their latest Annual Report on Conservation Science, and the numbers are in. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums contribute $160 million a year to wildlife conservation, supporting more than 2,650 conservation projects in 130 countries!

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Cranes get by with a little help from their friends

Spotlight project: Cranes of Asia

This spring, wild cranes returned to their nesting spots at Russia's Muraviovka Park to find 20 inches of snow and no food. Our conservation partner writes in to tell us how some quick work helped save these endangered cranes from starving to death.

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Celebrating 41 penguin chicks

Help wild elephants now

Action Alert: Take the 96 Elephants pledge

Arubas shake it up for the summer

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Western pond turtle at Woodland Park Zoo


See what conservation news is making headlines around the world.

Declaration signed on illegal wildlife trade

- BBC News, 2/13/2014

Relating animals to humans could help conservation projects

- Science Daily, 8/22/2013


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