Conservation | Kansas City Zoo

Kansas City Zoo Conservation

Our Ongoing Commitment

We envision a world in which the KCZoo contributes significantly to preserving the diversity of species and conserving resources on earth while influencing others to do the same.

  • In 2015, nearly $200,000 was raised from the conservation portion of admission and memberships sales
  • Round up programs in the gift shops and food and beverage locations along with animal paintings sold in the gift shop accumulated almost $16,000
  •  Zoo Run 2015 raised more than $23,000 for conservation – the largest ever! Donations from the WOW! Wings of Wonder bird show and coin vortex displays brought in more than $11,000
  • It was a steller first year- raising more than $250,000 for conservation in 2015.
  • Eight conservation grants were awarded from money raised in 2015


Conservation at the Zoo

On-site programs


Kansas City Zoo partners with EcoCell, an AZA preferred company, to provide recycling oportunities for cell phones and other electronics . A mobile phone can contain more than 40 elements including heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants. These elements are mined in ecologically dense regions of the globe and pose a significant risk to endangered animals like gorillas and chimpanzees.

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Wyoming Toad

Frogs and toads are an important part of local biodiversity. Conserving biodiversity is essential to the health of the planet and the welfare of humankind. Frogs and toads have a special role to play in keeping the environment healthy.

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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterflies are a flagship species to engage and inspire visitors to perform simple and attainable conservation actions. Threats to the Monarch Butterfly have garnered international attention throughout North America and the Kansas City Zoo is committed to conserving them.

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KC Zoo frogindigenous

Chytrid fungus is affecting amphibian species around the globe and devastating populations. Native species of frogs and toads are found on Kansas City Zoo grounds and are tested by Zoo staff to determine if the fungus is common in our area.

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KCZoo Helzberg Penguin Plaza

The Kansas City Zoo is committed to LEED certified construction. We are working to decrease our carbon footprint by building exhibits that are environmentally friendly and educate the public about conservation. There are three exhibits and one restaurant, Tuxedo Grill, that showcase our hard work and diligent pursuit of conservation.

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Animal conservation and global sustainability are both important parts of the Kansas City Zoo’s mission. In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and exemplify energy responsibility, our latest green project is harvesting the sun’s energy into power.

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Zoo Manoo Logo

Animals use poop to build their homes, hide from enemies, attract mates and even nourish themselves. Humans use it to make fertilizer, fuel power plants and diagnose medical conditions. At the Zoo we call it our all natural compost – Zoo Manoo -- an all-purpose soil conditioner.

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Conservation around the world

Off-site programs


RSPO, a not-for-profit association, is the only multi-stakeholder organization with a global reach that is exclusively focused on making sustainable palm oil the norm. With more than 2,000 members globally, they represent 40% of the palm oil industry covering all sectors of the global commodity supply chain.

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As indicators of change in the environment, toads and frogs can provide clues to a healthy, sustainable, genetically diverse ecosystem, necessary for many species survival. In 1994, Wyoming toads were virtually extinct in the wild. They faced a lot of challenges, including toxic pesticides that were used in their habitat. Things were looking so bad for the toads that scientists in Wyoming brought the last remaining wild toads into captivity in 1994.

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Brown Hyena

Brown Hyena Project in Namibia, led by Dr. Kirk Suedmeyer, Director of Animal Health, is studying the distribution and density of this species as well as providing health assessments to help determine the conservation status of the brown hyena and other animals in Southern Namibia’s Sperrgebiet National Park.

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Kansas City Zoo committed to assist with building an Amphibian Ark in Bolivia that will aid in accessing the amphibian life in Lake Titicaca. The native water frog is in peril and only through study and captive breeding can this species be preserved for future generations of Bolivians.

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Have a voice in determining the standards for sustainable palm oil.

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How you can get involved

We invite you to partner with the conservation efforts of the zoo through donations. Your gifts matter! we invision a world in which the KCZoo contributes significantly to preserving the diversity of species and conserving resources on earth.


Palm Oil Shopping Guide

Download this app to learn where to buy products that use sustainably resourced palm oil

Sustainable Seafood Guide

Use this guide to find seafood that has been sustainably farmed and helps preserve our ocean life.