Advancing Conservation Through Empathy (ACE) for Wildlife

Empathy is a stimulated emotional state that relies on the ability to perceive, understand, and care about the experiences or perspectives of another person or animal.

About the ACE Network


Fostering Empathy

Empathy is a powerful emotion that drives our connection with those around us. It is a capacity that most humans are born with, is developed over time, and reinforced through our interactions with the world. Empathy is also an important driver for positive social change and motivates people to take caring action towards animals and nature. Here at Woodland Park Zoo, we believe that fostering empathy with animals is a powerful tool for empowering our guests and the community to make conservation a priority in their lives.


ACE Network

The ACE for Wildlife Network is a newly formed network of 20 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums in a seven-state northern region of the US, leveraging the strengths and diverse perspectives of our partner organizations to do this work. The network began in January 2019 with the Creating Change Symposium: How Empathy Can Advance Your Mission and gathered for a second symposium in February 2020, the Creating Change Symposium: Empathy in Action.

ACE for Wildlife brings together like-minded professionals to strengthen how accredited institutions create, use and evaluate practices to foster empathy for wildlife leading to conservation actions. We envision a conservation-minded society motivated by empathy towards all life.





Designing for Empathy Summit

Washington DC, November 13-15, 2019

Presentation by Wei Ying Wong, PhD, Former Vice President of Learning & Innovation, Woodland Park Zoo




Stay Connected

Email us at empathy@zoo.org or visit the Fostering Empathy Facebook page.

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