Conservation at Denver Zoo
Toyota Elephant Passage will allow Denver Zoo to participate in cooperative zoo breeding programs, a vital step to create a stable insurance population to protect against catastrophes in the wild and to help ensure these animals do not become extinct.
Currently, the elephant population in zoos is not self-sustaining and elephant populations are declining faster than they can reproduce in the wild. Many zoos in North America face space constraints and cannot hold more than one bull (male) elephant, reducing breeding at a time when it’s most needed.
Toyota Elephant Passage will give Denver Zoo the space to house social groups to support elephant breeding programs among all North American zoos.
Toyota Elephant Passage also will give the zoo the opportunity to support Indian rhino breeding programs which also are of the highest importance, as few zoos have this critically-endangered species and there are fewer than 2,500 left in the wild.