May 19, 2017
The Living Desert is dedicated to the conservation of endangered wildlife and participates in several Species Survival Plans. The Zoo actively protects wildlife on a local, national and global scale, so Endangered Species Day is a special day at The Living Desert.
What if your favorite wildlife animal vanished?
Friday, May 19th is Endangered Species Day and The Living Desert will raise awareness of the work the zoo does to save animals from extinction and will also highlight the public’s role in saving species. Throughout the day we will demonstrate a variety of ways to help the public consider what it would be like not to be able to see, learn or connect with these incredible animals again.
Through AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction, the entire AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community will focus our conservation science, our wildlife expertise and our 180 million visitors on saving species in the wild.
For example, the amazing cheetah, the fastest land mammal on earth, once numbered more than 100,000 in the wild. Today there are estimated to be fewer than 12,000 due to human-animal conflict and shrinking habitats. AZA SAFE will bring together AZA accredited zoos and aquariums working together with conservation partners to create a real future for cheetahs in Africa.