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Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Drive

San Pedro, CA 90731-7012

(310) 548-7562 – Local Phone

With its spectacular natural setting adjacent to Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park and the Port of Los Angeles, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is uniquely suited to its leadership role in marine science education, aquaculture research and community recreation.  The historic Frank Gehry-designed aquarium displays the largest collection of Southern California marine life in the world.

For more information on conservation efforts at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, go to http://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/research-conservation.asp.


Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, CA 90802-8126

(562) 590-3100 – Local Phone


Take a journey of discovery through the world’s largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. Come face-to-face with, and even touch, the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon. And hand feed lorikeet birds. With affordable prices and an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family, there is no better time to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific than now.

Conservation Efforts:
The Aquarium of the Pacific has Southern sea otters and olive ridley sea turtles that the public can visit.  The otters can be found in the Aquarium’s Northern Pacific Gallery while the sea turtles are in the Tropical Pacific Gallery. The Aquarium also has several white abalone and one Micronesian Kingfisher that are not on display to the public as of yet.  All of these animals are listed as Endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The Micronesian Kingfisher is listed as Extinct in the Wild.  There are only about 134 of these birds left and all are kept in zoos and aquariums.

Participation in SSPs (Species Survival Plans):
The Aquarium will participate in the SSP captive breeding program when it receives another Micronesian Kingfisher in the coming months.  There are no SSP’s for the other species, although the Aquarium works very closely with federal authorities on the management of the otters and abalone.

For more information on the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific’s conservation programs click here: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/conservation/ 



1651 Coyote Point Drive

San Mateo, CA 94401-1097

(650) 342-7755 – Local Phone
CuriOdyssey brings children and families up close with the natural world. Our mission is to educate and inspire people to take care of the earth wisely. We offer the tools to question and explore our world: interactive science exhibits, hands-on and explorative school and public programs, and up close encounters with native California animals.

For information about CuriOdyssey’s conservation efforts, please visit: http://www.curiodyssey.org/exhibits-and-animals/animal-care/conservation-programs.

Charles Paddock Zoo

9305 Pismo Avenue

Atascadero, CA 93442-4939

(805) 461-5080 – Local Phone


The purpose of the Charles Paddock Zoo is to serve as a high quality community facility dedicated to the care of a variety of animals; and that this be accomplished in a publicly accessible and informative manner to promote a general appreciation of the special diversity of our planet’s life forms. The Zoo’s goals include conservation, recreation, and scientific studies.

Oakland Zoo

9777 Golf Links Road

Oakland, CA 94605-0238

(510) 632-9525 – Local Phone




The Oakland Zoo is a non-profit organization, managed by the East Bay Zoological Society.Founded in 1922 by Henry Snow, the Zoo has been located in its current Knowland Park location since 1936.

For information about conservation efforts at the Oakland Zoo, please visit http://www.oaklandzoo.org/site/conservation-programs/  


Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

5333 Zoo Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1498

(323) 644-4200 – Local Phone





The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens opened on November 28, 1966. The Zoo is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles representing more than 250 different species of which 29 are endangered. In addition, the Zoo’s botanical collection comprises several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species with over 7,400 individual plants.

For information about conservation efforts at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, please visit http://lazoo.org/conservation/.  


Living Desert

47900 Portola Avenue

Palm Desert, CA 92260-5694

(760) 346-5694 – Local Phone


The Living Desert’s mission is desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation.

Conservation Efforts:

The Living Desert is home to the following endangered species: Arabian Sand Cat, Addax , African Wild Dog, Amur Leopard, Arabian Oryx, Cheetah, Grevy’s Zebra, Jaguar, Kori Bustard, Mexican  Wolf, Slender-horned (Sand) Gazelle, Thick-billed Parrot, Vulture, European Black (Cinereous), Waldrapp (Hermit) Ibis. The collection also includes the Desert Tortoise and the Desert Pupfish, both endangered in California.

Participation in SSPs (Species Survival Plans) :

The Living Desert participates in SSPs for these species: Arabian Sand Cat , Addax , African wild dog, Amur leopard, Arabian Oryx , Cheetah, Grevy’s Zebra, Jaguar, Kori Bustard, Mexican  Wolf, Slender-horned (Sand) Gazelle, Thick-billed Parrot, and Vulture, European Black (Cinereous).


Happy Hollow Zoo

1300 Senter Road

San Jose, CA 95112-2520




In the 1950’s, people from all over the USA fell in love with Disneyland, and wanted some place like Disneyland in their home town. Jaycees, Alden Campen and Ernie Renzel (former Mayor of San Jose) took this dream to heart, and following Oakland’s lead (the creation of Oakland’s Fairyland), approached City “fathers” in 1956 with the idea of developing a children’s park on property owned and for sale by the Kelley Family.

Conservation Efforts:

The Happy Hollow Zoo is home to a number of endangered species, including the black and white ruffed lemur, red ruffed lemur, scarlet macaw, jaguar, fossa, and parma wallaby.

Participation in SSPs (Species Survival Plans):

The Zoo participates in SSPs for the jaguar, black & white ruffed lemur, red ruffed lemur, fossa, and ring-tailed Lemur.

For more information about conservation efforts at the Happy Hollow Zoo, please visit http://www.hhpz.org/index.cfm/id/31/Conservation/.


Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

500 Ninos Drive

Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798

(805) 962-1673 – Local Phone

The Santa Barbara Zoo is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation.

For information about about conservation efforts at the Santa Barbara Zoo, please visit http://www.sbzoo.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=58.


Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

1001 Fairground Drive

Vallejo, CA 94589-4006

(707) 644-4000 – Local Phone

Website: http://www.sixflags.com/national/index.aspx


Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is America’s only combined marine life, wildlife and wild rides theme park; delivering Northern California’s best family entertainment experience.


Sequoia Park Zoo

531 K. Street

Eureka, CA 95501-1146

(707) 441-4263 – Local Phone


The mission of the Sequoia Park Zoo is to inspire wonder, understanding and respect for the natural world by providing fun, rewarding educational experiences that encourage meaningful connections between animals, humans and our environment.

For information about conservation efforts at the Sequoia Park Zoo, please visit http://www.sequoiaparkzoo.net/Species_Survival_Plan.html# and http://www.sequoiaparkzoo.net/ConservationProjects.html.


Sea World San Diego

500 SeaWorld Drive

San Diego, CA 92109-7904

(619) 222-6363 – Local Phone


SeaWorld San Diego is an animal theme park, oceanarium, and marine mammal park, located in San Diego, California. The park is owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, a division of The Blackstone Group.

For information about conservation efforts at SeaWorld, please visit http://www.seaworld.org/conservation-matters/index.htm.


Santa Ana Zoo

1801 E. Chestnut Avenue

Santa Ana, CA 92701-5001

(714) 836-4000 – Local Phone


The Santa Ana Zoo opened in 1952 and is owned and operated by the City of Santa Ana. Joseph Prentice donated land for the zoo with the stipulation that the city must keep at least 50 monkeys at all times, the zoo maintains an extensive primate collection with over a dozen species from around the world. The focus of the Santa Ana Zoo is recreation, education, and conservation.

Conservation Efforts:

Endangered species at the Santa Ana Zoo include: margay, ring tailed lemur, black & white ruffed lemur, black lemur, white handed gibbon, golden lion tamarin, cotton top tamarin, and lemur leaf frog.

Participation in SSPs (Species Survival Plans):

The Santa Ana Zoo participates in SSPs for the colobus monkey, gibbon, black lemur, ring tailed lemur, ruffed lemur, spider monkey, cotton top tamarin, and golden lion tamarin.

For more information about conservation efforts at the Santa Ana Zoo, please go to http://www.santaanazoo.org/conserva.htm and http://www.santaanazoo.org/attracte.htm.


San Francisco Zoological Gardens

1 Zoo Road

San Franisco, CA 94132-1098

(414) 753-7080 – Local Phone

Website: http://www.sfzoo.org/

We designed the Zoo with the underlying belief that interaction and activity lead to conservation action. We hope that caring for specific animals will inspire people to care for all wildlife and that this is the first step in the journey to becoming a conservationist.

For information about conservation efforts at the San Francisco Zoo, please visit http://www.sfzoo.org/openrosters/ViewOrgPageLink.asp?LinkKey=13814&orgkey=1858.


San Diego Zoo Safari Park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Road

Escondido, CA 92027-7017

(760) 747-8702 – Local Phone

Website: http://wildanimalpark.org/

The Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 400 species. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and 1.5 million specimens. Over half of the Park’s 1,800 acres (730 hectares) have been set aside as protected native species habitat. It is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido, California.

For information about conservation efforts at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, please visit http://www.sandiegozoo.org/conservation/.


San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Drive

San Diego, CA 92112-0551

(619) 231-1515 – Local Phone

Website: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/

The 100-acre (40-hectare) Zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park.

For information about conservation efforts at the San Diego Zoo, please visit http://www.sandiegozoo.org/conservation/.


Sacramento Zoo

3930 W. Land Park Drive

Sacramento, CA 95822-1123

(916) 808-5166 – Local Phone


Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to over 140 native, exotic and endangered species and is one of over 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in Land Park, the Zoo is wholly managed by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society and provides an educational and recreational resource to the Sacramento Region.

Conservation Efforts:

Species housed at the Sacramento Zoo listed by USFWS as Endangered include: California Tiger Salamander, Thick-billed Parrot, Black & White Ruffed Lemur, Chimpanzee, Jaguar, Margay, Mongoose Lemur, Ring-tailed Lemur, Snow Leopard, Sumatran Orangutan, Sumatran Tiger, White-handed Gibbon, Bengal Monitor, Puerto Rican Boa, and West African Dwarf Crocodile.

Participation in SSPs (Species Survival Plans):

Species currently housed at the Sacramento Zoo that are managed by AZA Species Survival Plans include: Thick-billed Parrot, Black & White Ruffed Lemur, Chimpanzee, Jaguar, Mongoose Lemur, Ring-tailed Lemur, Snow Leopard, Sumatran Orangutan, Sumatran Tiger, White-handed Gibbon, Abysinnian Ground Hornbill, Burrowing Owl, Caribbean Flamingo, Crested Screamer, Keel-billed Toucan, Lady Ross’ Turaco, Laughing Kookaburra, Palm Cockatoo, Tawny Frogmouth, African Lion, Bennett’s Wallaby, Coquerel’s Sifaka, Eastern Bongo, Giant Anteater, Grevy’s Zebra, Kinkajou, Linne’s Two-toed Sloth, Masai Giraffe, North American River Otter, Red Kangaroo, Red Panda, Red River Hog, Reticulated Giraffe, South African Crested Porcupine, Spotted Hyena, White-faced Saki, Yellow-backed Duiker, Chinese Crocodile Lizard, Pancake Tortoise, Prehensile-tailed Skink, and Standing’s Day Gecko.

Species currently housed at the Sac Zoo that are managed via AZA Studbooks include: Golden-bellied Mangabey, Southern Tamandua, Buton Hornbill, and Great Hornbill.

Species for whom AZA Species Survival Plans or Studbooks are coordinated BY SAC ZOO STAFF MEMBERS (but who may not currently reside at SZ) include: Golden-bellied Mangabey, Southern Tamandua, Buton Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Hadada Ibis, Marbled Teal, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Beisa Oryx, Black Mangabey, Fringe-eared Oryx, Gemsbok, Northern Tree Shrew, and Red-capped Mangabey.

For more information about conservation efforts at the Sacramento Zoo, please go to: http://www.saczoo.org/Page.aspx?pid=228


Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row

Monterey , CA 93940-1085

(831) 648-4800 – Local Phone

Website: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/

Watch divers feed the animals in our third-largest exhibit. Different animals are fed on different days, including everything from sharks, to sturgeon to giant sea bass. Stop by and find out who’s getting lunch today!

For information about conservation efforts at Monterey Bay Aquarium, please visit http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/research.aspx?c=ln.


Fresno Chaffee Zoo

894 W. Belmont Avenue

Fresno, CA 93728-2891

(559) 498-5910 – Local Phone

Website: http://www.fresnochaffeezoo.org/

Our mission is to provide a fun, unique and up-close experience that strengthens the bond between people and wildlife.

For information about conservation efforts at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, please visit http://www.fresnochaffeezoo.org/the-news/111-conservation.html.


Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography

9500 Gilman Drive, Dept. 0207

La Jolla, CA 92093-0207

(858) 534-4086 – Local Phone


Explore where the wonders of the ocean come alive! The mission of Birch Aquarium is to provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, and to promote ocean conservation.


Aquarium of the Bay

The Embarcadero at Beach Street, Pier 39

San Francisco, CA 94133

(415) 623-5300 – Local Phone

(888) SEA-DIVE – Toll Free

Website: http://wwww.aquariumofthebay.org/

Aquarium of the Bay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit marine nature center. Its mission is to create experiences that inspire conservation of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed.  Providing The Bay Institute with a window to the largest estuary on the West Coast, the Aquarium strongly emphasizes conservation, research and education as its key priorities.

For information about conservation efforts at the Aquarium of the Bay, please visit http://wwww.aquariumofthebay.org/conservation.


Steinhart Aquarium

55 Music Concourse Drive

San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 379-5451 – Local Phone

Website: http://www.calacademy.org/academy/exhibits/aquarium/

Steinhart Aquarium, the Living Collection, is home to 38,000 live animals from around the world, representing more than 900 separate species. Come nose-to-beak with an African penguin, watch sharks and stingrays cruise beneath your feet, check out the set of teeth on a piranha, and learn about the critical, life-sustaining role that water plays on Earth.