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.
March 28: Critter Challenge (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.): Learn how animals survive in their natural range by taking animal-related challenges. Docents are available for questions about your favorite animals.
April 18: Party for the Planet: Earth Day is the mother of all conservation days. The Zoo joins the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Party for the Planet, celebrating Earth Day with more than 100 other accredited organizations. Learn the importance of conserving resources, saving wildlife and protecting habitats as we honor Mother Earth in this Zoo-wide event.
May 9 & 10: Orangutan M.O.M. Weekend: Celebrate one of the great mothers of the natural world this Mother’s Day weekend. The Missing Orangutan Mothers (M.O.M.) Campaign brings attention to the crises facing these beautiful red apes by encouraging people to help protect them. Join Zoo staff and volunteers as we honor and celebrate our own orangutans.
June 2: Wolf Day: Our Mexican wolves are a conservation success story. Learn why they are so important to the ecosystem as 5th graders from the World of Inquiry School No. 58 lead a presentation from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
June 20 & 21: Super Hero for Conservation Weekend: Bring Dad to the Zoo this Father’s Day Weekend and discover how to become a superhero for conservation. We’ll highlight some of the Zoo’s success stories and give you the information you need to become involved.
June 27: Discover Madagascar Day: Learn about the Malagasy animals here at the Zoo and about the Zoo’s conservation efforts in preserving the amazing biodiversity of Madagascar.
July 18: Wonders of Water: All life depends on water. Discover the unique connections all species have to the world’s water supplies. Learn what can be done to protect this vital resource here at home and around the globe.
July 29: International Tiger Day: Elevating awareness is vital if we are to save tigers from extinction. Learn the plight of this majestic species and what needs to be done to save them.
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.
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.