Poweshiek Skipperling Head-Start Project

Native grassland habitats are increasingly threatened by a wide array of human influences including habitat conversion, pesticide use, and climate change. The loss of this prairie habitat has resulted in the dramatic decline of several highly specialized grassland species including the Poweshiek skipperling. This small skipper may go unnoticed by most, but it is dependent on tall-grass prairie habitat. 

Poweshiek skipperling

Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program

The Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program (MBORP) was established in 2010 in cooperation with the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Turtle Mountain Conservation District, Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship and the Portage Natural History Group.

burrowing owl

Species Survival Plan Programs (SSP)

For decades, accredited zoos and aquariums have been leaders in species survival and are already working to restore more than 30 species to healthy wild populations, including the American bison, the California condor and a variety of other species. Assiniboine Park Zoo currently participates in over 50 breeding programs through both the Species Survival Plan (SSP) and the European Endangered Species Program (EEP). Many of these programs represent species that urgently need to be conserved and protected in the wild.

SSP Programs, as well as AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, significantly contribute to field conservation efforts, species recovery, veterinary care for wildlife disease issues, establishment of assurance populations, as well as many other species-focused conservation.

Amur Tiger

Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE)

Saving Animals from Extinction combines the power of zoo and aquarium visitors with the resources and collective expertise of zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and partners to save animals from extinction. Together we are working on saving the most vulnerable wildlife species from extinction and protecting them for future generations.

Across the 229 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums there are three-quarters of a million animals representing 6,000 species, with close to 1,000 of them endangered in the wild. Through AZA SAFE, AZA and its members will convene scientists and stakeholders to identify the threats, develop action plans, raise new resources and engage the public. AZA SAFE harnesses the collective power of all AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and invites you to join the effort!


Get Involved Today!

One of the easiest conservation actions you can take is to visit the Assiniboine Park Zoo.  Doing so directly supports the collaborative efforts of hundreds of researchers, field conservationists and scientists from AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums working to save animals from extinction.

Download the Tails Up! App

Tails Up! is a fun way for kids and families to learn about all kinds of animals. Play games and guess the names of animals uisng names and photos. Then learn fun facts you can share with your friends!


little girl petting horse