Conservation Efforts

The Friends of the Bergen County Zoo is dedicated to the 
well-being of the animals at the Bergen County Zoo. We also have a program we call our Conservation Initiative. This program is designed to help the animals outside of the zoo, these animals are located throughout the world. 

Here are some of the organizations that the Friends have supported:

Tapir Specialist Group Conservation

The Tapir is a unique mammal that has been the victim of losing their habitat because of deforestation and other human intervention. This group has been studying Tapirs to help them get off the endangered species list. They have been working to grow and survive the Tapirs in the wild along side humans. 

ZCOG - Giant Armadillo Project

Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG), has been dedicated to helping endangered or vulnerable animals throughout North and South America. The Giant Armadillo is little known and has disappeared from many countries. This group has worked in Brazil and keeping the species alive. 
Save the Sea Turtles

When Texas went into a deep freeze, the sea turtles in the area were struggling to survive. The Friends of the Bergen County Zoo helped by giving a donation to aid these amazing creatures and help the zookeepers with their enormous task of keeping the sea turtles warm!

AZA Red Wolf Conservation 

This Red Wolf Conservation is part of the  Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) program. The North American Red Wolf is critically endangered. This group of advocates are working to strengthen the Red Wolf in the wild. AZA has a survival plan that is needed to keep this canine from extinction. Hopefully one day they will thrive again! The Bergen County Zoo is working on having Red Wolves at the zoo.

WIRES - Australian Wildlife Rescue Organization 

During the Wildfires that engulfed large portions of Australia, the Friends of the Bergen County Zoo felt that it was very appropriate to help support the groups that risked a lot to protect and nurture the animals that had their homes and ecosystem destroyed by the wildfires. 

WWF- Australia Wildlife & Environmental Conservation

While the Wildfires rage, the WWF went into the heat of the flames
to save as many animals as they could to preserve the precious
wildlife of Australia. The WWF is a Conservation group the Friends of the
Bergen County Zoo could support as they too cherish the lives of these animals. 

Plastic Free July Conservation

Plastic Free July is all about saying NO! to single serve plastic for a month. Can you handle the challenge? Our planet is becoming full of plastic liter everywhere. Be a part of the solution and limit the amount of plastic filling up our oceans, streets and creeks.