AZA SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction
Zoo New England is proud to support the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' SAFE initiative (Saving Animals from Extinction), a bold new effort focused on #SavingSpecies.
SAFE is a new commitment by the Association's 229 accredited zoos and aquariums to harness our collective resources, focus on specific endangered species, and save them from extinction by restoring healthy populations in the wild.
AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are part of an integrated network of conservation partners which spend a combined $160 million a year on conservation of animals in the wild. The AZA has over 600 Species Survival Plans in place, along with thousands of veterinarians, scientists, and animal care professionals with the expertise to help endangered species.
The future of wild animals is in our hands, and public support for conservation efforts is vital to our success. Together, we can ensure a bright future for wildlife around the globe.
We invite you to learn more about this new initiative and to get involved. Visit AZA's website to learn more about SAFE.
- Visit our Kids' Corner to flip through an endangered species picture book collection
- Stamp out Extinction! Help support wildlife conservation with the purchase of Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamps
- Check out tips and resources for how you can protect endangered species
The vaquita, the world's most rare marine mammal, is on the edge of extinction. Data estimates the population to have less than 60 individuals left in the world. Over five years, the AZA community invested over $50,000 in vaquita conservation, and Zoo New England is proud to be a supporter. Read more about AZA SAFE's One Plan approach towards a 3-year Conservation Plan for this highly endangered species.