Without action, many species in the world, including some residing here at the Zoo, face the real threat of becoming extinct, whether from global warming, oil spills, habitat destruction and competition with humans for food and shelter, to name a few.
By hosting conservation education days throughout the year that tell some of these stories, we hope to inspire our visitors to act on their behalf and spread the word to others.
Events take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) and are free with Zoo admission.
August 8 & 9: Celebrate Penguins Weekend: Your Zoo is a leader in penguin husbandry and conservation. Hear the whole story and meet some of the players at this weekend-long event. Learn how an individual’s efforts to live sustainably can have an impact on the health of penguins and the biodiversity upon which they rely through demonstrations and keeper chats. Hear how we work with SANCCOB to help save this endangered species from extinction and enter a drawing to name the next baby penguin here at the Zoo!
August 22: Snakes and Friends Day: Meet New York’s reptiles and amphibians and learn how the Zoo fits into the picture when it comes to conservation.
September 19: Elephant Awareness Day: Join our herd for a tour of their state-of-the-art Elephant Barn. We will teach you about issues facing elephants and hope to inspire you to become an advocate, eager to assist in protecting elephants in their natural range.
October 3: Genesee Trail Day: The rich traditions of local Native Americans are tied to our area’s natural history. Explore the Zoo’s clan animals with touch table stations at each exhibit.