In setting climate change-related goals at the Zoo, we have focused on our mission at the Zoo: To conserve animals and their habitats through animal management, research, recreation, and educational programs that encourage the support and enrich the experience of the public.

Our goals in responding to what is a defining issue of this century are to:

  • Work with a range of partners to assess the vulnerability of species on the basis of biological and ecological traits and other factors that determine sensitivity, adaptive capacity and exposure to climate change, while promoting scientific research to better understand the effects of climate change on animals in our care and in the wild.
  • Act to save wildlife and wild places, working to protect them against the impact of climate change.
  • Strive to be a leader in climate change education, using scientific evidence to inform the public about what forces are driving changes in our climate and how these changes affect our lives and the animals in our care and in the wild.
  • Offer practical steps to inspire visitors, employees, volunteers and others to take action to address climate change.
  • Collaborate with local, regional and national organizations to launch a range of conservation education efforts on the impact of climate change on animals in our care and in the wild.
  • Advance activities that reduce the Zoo’s carbon footprint, choosing vendors that value and promote climate protection.
  • Encourage and support sustainable practices among our visitors, employees, donors, volunteers and the general public.