AZA member organizations are working together and alongside their partners to help save animals from extinction. Learn more about our SAFE Species below. If your organization is interested in getting involved in one or more programs, please contact the program leader listed or reach out to AZA at SAFE@aza.org.
North American Songbird
Least Concern to Critically Endangered (IUCN); Not listed to Endangered (US Endangered Species Act)
The SAFE North American songbird's program goal is to reduce the threats to North American songbirds and secure sustainable wild populations of these species throughout their ranges by harnessing the collective strengths of zoos, aquariums, and partners through supporting education and on-the-ground conservation activities on AZA facilities, in the community, and at state, national and provincial levels.
North American Monarch
The SAFE North American monarch's program goal is to take action for monarch conservation inspire increased action throughout their communities through public education and engagement, and promote reduction of the threats to monarch butterflies with specific conservation outcomes.
Over 75% of our flowering plants and nearly 75% of our crops rely on pollinators – hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles, butterflies, and flies. Their role in crops means pollinators also play a large role in our economy, providing more than $15 billion worth of agricultural services annually. Unfortunately, many pollinators, particularly bees, are experiencing dramatic population declines both in the U.S. and around the world.
AZA Members Help Pollinators
Every year, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums provide information about their field conservation and science activities to AZA’s Conservation and Research Database. Members enter program updates each year; follow the link and use the search fields to explore how individual AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are helping pollinators and other animals. Read more about the AZA community’s commitment to conservation and science.