SAN DIEGO ZOO WILDLIFE ALLIANCE
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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
SAN DIEGO ZOO WILDLIFE ALLIANCE
2021 FACT SHEET
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is an international nonprofit conservation organization that operates two world-class parks, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and empowers people to connect with plants and animals, develop an understanding of nature, and contribute to safeguard wildlife everywhere by becoming Wildlife Allies. With a focus on global health and the interconnectedness of human, wildlife, and habitat health, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance aims to drive greater conservation outcomes including improving biodiversity and developing strong ecosystems. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance collaborates, in partnership with hundreds of individuals and organizations in field projects worldwide, to innovate and implement full-spectrum conservation strategies. This synergy between work at home and in the field inspires and catalyzes conservation action on behalf of wildlife in unparalleled ways and helps create a world where all life thrives.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature.
Collaborate: We nurture alliances with diverse teams, peers, partners and communities to expand and deepen our impact.
Innovate: Together, we pioneer new ideas and approaches to ensure the long-term health, welfare and survival of wildlife.
Inspire: We share our passion for nature to increase understanding, empathy, advocacy and action for wildlife.
Thrive: When we collaborate, innovate and inspire, we help people and wildlife to thrive together for a healthy planet.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is a 100-acre wildlife park and home to over 12,000 rare and endangered animals, representing more than 650 species and subspecies. Located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park, the Zoo is also an accredited botanical garden, caring for more than 700,000 individual plants, including a prominent curated assemblage of close to 13,000 specimens, representing 3,100 species. Guests are invited to take part in exciting educational experiences and create lasting memories, while supporting San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s conservation efforts worldwide.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, an 1,800-acre wildlife park, is home to more than 3,600 animals representing over 300 species. Located in Escondido, California, the Safari Park welcomes more than 1 million guests each year to see animals in herds of mixed species, in expansive savanna habitats. The Safari Park is a vast accredited botanical garden featuring more than 1.3 million plants, representing over 3,700 species. Guests are invited to take part in thrilling safari experiences and create lasting memories, while supporting San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s conservation efforts to save wildlife worldwide.
San Diego Zoo Kids
San Diego Zoo Kids raises awareness, promotes empathy and inspires a passion for wildlife in a younger audience, including the next generation of wildlife care experts, conservationists and educators. Through a vast array of educational opportunities, San Diego Zoo Kids provides learning experiences for families, students and teachers to experience firsthand our approach to saving wildlife, and support responsible collective action to protect the environment. San Diego Zoo Kids provides free and discounted education programs in San Diego that meet LEAD standards for science curriculum, and provides teacher training. Using powerful storytelling, the San Diego Zoo Kids channel broadcasts enlightening television programming 24 hours a day to more than 350 children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses around the world—providing joy, comfort, laughter and learning to millions of children and their families each year who are experiencing challenging times, and might not otherwise be able to experience the wonders of wildlife. To learn more, visit San Diego Zoo Kids on Facebook and YouTube.
Over the past 105 years, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has conceptualized, developed, and honed a unique set of skills and strengths that have become a big part of the role the organization plays in greater conservation efforts globally. This unique “Conservation Toolbox” includes expertise in conservation technology, ecological applications, reproductive management; community engagement; disease surveillance; genetic rescue; education; wildlife health, nutrition and care, and is also home to one of the Alliance’s most valuable assets—the Wildlife Biodiversity Bank—a resource consisting of nonliving samples, and living cell lines that can be used to bring species back from the brink of extinction.
The work of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance centers around key species in eight regional “hubs” reaching around the world. The following Tier One hubs represent our highest-priority areas, and the species of main concern within them:
- Savanna: Elephant, rhino, lion, hirola, giraffe, cheetah, vulture and cycad
- Amazonia: Jaguar, Andean bear, yellow-tailed wooly monkey and giant otter
- Southwest: Quino checkerspot butterfly, monarch butterfly, burrowing owl, desert tortoise, mountain yellow-legged frog, Pacific pocket mouse, thick-billed parrot, coastal scrub oak, boojum and Torrey pine.
- Oceans: Polar bear and African penguin.
The additional hubs in Tier Two signify areas of high concern, and the key species within them:
- Pacific Islands: ʻAlalā, akikiki, palila, Galápagos pink iguana and orchid
- African Forest: Gorilla, chimpanzee, red colobus monkey and coral tree
- Asian Rainforest: Tiger, orangutan and sun bear
- Australian Forest: Koala, platypus, Tasmanian devil and Lord Howe stick insect.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is dedicated to collaborative conservation programs that safeguard and restore biodiversity, engage communities, foster human-wildlife coexistence, reintroduce wildlife into native habitats, contribute to ecosystem restoration and health, mitigate disease, preserve genetic resources, and inspire change through education and outreach. Through its joint efforts with a global network of nearly 200 leading and renowned conservation organizations, in 45 countries and on six continents, San Diego Wildlife Alliance is working toward a future in which all life thrives. To date, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has helped reintroduce over 40 species into native habitats, many of which were born at the Zoo, the Safari Park or one of the five conservation stations it manages.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s most notable multidisciplinary field conservation programs include the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program in the Hawaiian Islands, the Loggerhead Shrike Breeding Facility on San Clemente Island in Southern California, Cocha Cashu Biological Station in Peru’s Manu National Park and three field stations in Central Africa’s Ebo Forest. These programs promote and sustain conservation and recovery of endangered wildlife and their habitats, while providing training opportunities for scientists and resource managers.
Wildlife care specialists, veterinarians, nutritionists and other team members at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, as well as hundreds of wildlife conservation scientists working around the world, are dedicated to the conservation of plants, animals and habitats, to save wildlife through innovative wildlife health, science, recovery and management programs, and educational outreach. San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Alliance members, donors and guests contribute to the conservation work at each of these world-class facilities.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. Empowering people from around the globe to support our mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance supports cutting edge conservation and brings the stories of their work back to two world famous wildlife sanctuaries at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park—giving millions of guests in person and virtually the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The work of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance extends from San Diego to strategic and regional conservation “hubs” across the globe, where their strengths, via their “Conservation Toolbox,” including the renowned Wildlife Biodiversity Bank, are able to effectively align with hundreds of partners in regions to improve outcomes for wildlife in more coordinated efforts. By leveraging these tools in wildlife care and conservation science, and through collaboration with hundreds of partners, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has reintroduced more than 44 endangered species to their native habitats. Each year, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s work reaches over 1 billion people in 150 countries via news media, social media, its websites, educational resources and the San Diego Zoo Kids channel, which is in children’s hospitals in 13 countries. Success is made possible by the support of members, donors and guests to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, who are Wildlife Allies committed to ensuring all life thrives. Visit us at sdzwa.org.
- Additional Information detailing San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's 8 "conservation hubs".
- Photos depicting key wildlife from some of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's 8 "conservation hubs" and conservation partners.