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Field Conservation


At Denver Zoo we passionately commit our expertise and resources to saving animals worldwide. Denver Zoo believes animal conservation is as much about people as it is about wildlife and saves animals by inspiring and helping people through collaborative work in local communities. Since 1996, the zoo has participated in more than 600 projects in 62 countries on six continents and commits more than $1.5 million annually to field conservation. 

To achieve Denver Zoo’s mission, the Field Conservation Department works with communities, local governments and various non-governmental organizations to develop innovative solutions to conservation issues around the world. While Denver Zoo has supported projects on every continent except Antarctica, we focus our resources in eight regions where much of our staff’s field work takes place.



In Botswana, human-wildlife conflict usually centers around efforts to protect livestock, a huge part of the country’s culture and economy. Denver Zoo works to reduce human-wildlife conflict by promoting coexistence between people and animals by researching the ecology and effectiveness of conflict mitigation measures. Our work currently focuses on African wild dogs, wildebeest, vultures, elephants and lions.



Mongolia is one of the least developed and last wild places on earth. Denver Zoo has created a model for effective protected area management that includes education and outreach programs, local livelihood enhancement and partnerships with local governments. Research and conservation efforts focus on such species as argali sheep, cinereous vultures and Bactrian camels, among others.









Denver Zoo thinks globally and acts locally to preserve native species through education, scientific study and promoting biodiversity on private lands. Focus species include bison, pika and prairie dogs. The zoo also currently manages the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge in northern New Mexico and oversees restoration efforts, education and outreach activities as well as a number of important research projects.




High in the heart of the Andes, the critically endangered Lake Titicaca frog struggles to survive in the face of increased mining, over-harvesting for supposed medicinal uses and introduced disease. Denver Zoo conducts research and raises awareness about the global amphibian crisis and empowers local communities to prevent the extinction of unique animals like Lake Titicaca frogs.



Vietnam is home to 16 percent of the world’s species of animals, many of which are threatened with extinction. Denver Zoo is working to address the growing problem of trade in wildlife and wildlife products. Projects include research on the critically endangered Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, of which there are fewer than 200 individuals left on the planet.