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


As a not-for-profit conservation organization, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy relies on the generosity of donors to make our work in education, research, and conservation possible. Our donor-funded Wildlife Conservation Fund was established to support projects led by our Conservation & Research team and the work of external organizations that share our vision of conserving animals and their habitats. For example, in the face of the catastrophic bushfires impacting Australia, we were able to commit $10,000 from the portion of the this fund allocated to external projects to support short-term wildlife relief efforts and long-term habitat recovery.



We also support the work of external conservation organizations through special events and promotions held at the Zoo. In 2019, we hosted weekend promotions to raise awareness about red pandas and snow leopards and challenges these species face in the wild. Each weekend was action-packed with Zoo Chats, face painting, crafts, and conservation education activities. Visitors learned about the biology of these two iconic species and what they can do to help them from home. Each event raised over $3000, 100% of which was donated to the Snow Leopard Trust and the Red Panda Network, organizations that do on-the-ground conservation with local communities in Asia where these species are found. 

snow leopard

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 (AZA) 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 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.