Col. G. D. Dailley established African Lion Safari (ALS) in 1969 to maintain self-sustaining populations of species in decline. The park is comprised of over 750 acres in Cambridge, Ontario, outside Toronto. Visitors can drive through 250-300 acres and walk through 25-30 acres of exhibits from May through October. The remaining land is comprised of farm, bush, and other habitats, including 40 acres of provincially significant wetland that ALS maintains and monitors. African Lion Safari currently maintains over 100 species with over 1,000 birds and animals. ALS has initiated many ground-breaking research projects in the fields of conservation breeding, animal welfare, reproduction, behavior, nutrition, and conservation. ALS is a founding (1975) and accredited member of the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. ALS is also an active and founding member (1993) of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) and the International Elephant foundation in 1998.
Austin Savanna is home to more than 1,700 animals across 100 species representing six continents. The preserve is focused on conservation and breeding, with dozens of endangered species residing in large-acreage pastures. Austin Savanna was established by Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) as a way to give back to the Central Texas community by raising these animals and hosting events at their on-site facility that is donated for non-profit use. TDS is a multifaceted company including waste management, repurposing, recycling, composting, production of renewable resources, carbon forestry, and eco-retail. Located outside of Austin, Texas, TDS is a “disposal business with a conscience,” taking waste and recycling or repurposing as much as possible, with the rest buried in a state-of-the-art landfill.
Located near Glen Rose, Texas, FRWC manages 50 species that roam freely in expansive areas that comprise more than 1,700 acres. This free-ranging management method provides unique opportunities for the training of conservation professionals, public education, and scientific research in a near-natural environment. FRWC collaborates in important species survival and recovery programs, as well as in habitat restoration and the conservation of native species that occupy these habitats. By operating a public scenic wildlife drive, offering guided tours, an up-scale lodging facility, and educational camp programming for children, FRWC generates funds needed for its award-winning conservation work.
Located in Omaha, Nebraska, OHDZ is committed to the preservation and conservation of the natural environment. Through the use of living exhibits, the Zoo dedicates its efforts to the education of the public and the preservation of the Earth’s priceless biodiversity. In addition, it strives to create and promote educational activities and programs to enhance the knowledge of the general public in all areas relating to the natural world; promote conservation of rare and endangered plants, animals, and their natural ecosystems; design and undertake research programs related to the goals of the Zoo; and promote and encourage recreational activities for the public in relationship to wild animals and their habitats.
SCBI, an arm of the National Zoological Park, serves as an umbrella for the Smithsonian Institution’s global leadership in conserving species and training the next generations of conservationists. Located on 3,200 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains (near Front Royal, Virginia), SCBI is a research, training, and education facility that manages more than 30 species in expansive areas closed to the public. The staff studies more than 50 species locally, regionally, and on nearly every continent worldwide. SCBI scientists are well recognized leaders in understanding, protecting, and restoring threatened species, ecological communities, and entire ecosystems.
Comprised of nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed mine-lands, TW is one of the largest zoological facilities in the world and a specialist organization in advancing conservation through science, education, and personal experience. This integrated approach provides unique opportunities for large-scale captive breeding programs, innovative scientific investigations, and unique life-learning opportunities. Located near Cumberland in southeastern Ohio, TW works on-site, regionally, and globally on a host of species specific conservation programs. Additionally, TW is a leader in cutting edge studies to restore habitat and native species, including in rare plant conservation.
Located near Yulee in northeastern Florida along the St. Mary’s River, WO is found on the privately owned White Oak Plantation, an area of more than 7,300 acres. WO’s conservation breeding programs contribute to genetic diversity at the species level, preserving options for future conservation actions and producing suitable candidates for reintroduction into nature. WO initiates and coordinates research projects on site as well as in field sites nationally and internationally, including a wide array of staff, volunteers, students, and visiting scientists. Developing training and educational opportunities for students and conservation professionals is one of WO’s highest priorities.