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Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden takes an active role in wildlife conservation. We support in situ (in the field) conservation in three ways:
- Direct monetary support
- Staff involvement in fieldwork or research
- Conservation education
Our focus is to help endangered species in North America and also support international conservation efforts of animal and plant species with a focus on those held in our collection. We support efforts that protect whole ecosystems as well as the individual species. We acknowledge that habitat destruction through degradation and modification is a leading cause of extinction. Therefore, we include and demonstrate best management practices and technologies in our operation. We also solicit donations from visitors at exhibit locations as a way for them to become involved in conservation.
You Can Help – Conservation Matters
Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden wants to be your partner in conservation. Being good stewards of our planet starts at home and you can make a big impact just by staying in-the-know on current conservation efforts. Below are a few ways you can make a positive impact on our natural world:
Can You Imagine a World Without Elephants?
96 African elephants are slaughtered each day for their ivory. Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden is committed to protecting and preserving wildlife on a global scale. Please visit www.96elephants.org to learn how YOU can make a difference.
Save the Vanishing Species Stamps:
We are not only committed to the welfare and survival of our animals, we are also committed to animal conservation around the world. One simple and impactful way to contribute is through the purchase of Save the Varnishing Species Stamps issued by the USPS. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service transfers the net proceeds of each stamp to conservation funds that protect elephants, rhinos, tigers, great apes, marine turtles, and freshwater turtles and tortoises around the world. Currently featuring an Amur Tiger, these 75¢ stamps have raised over $6.4 million.
Learn More: fws.gov/program/tigerstamp