With your support, Blank Park Zoo is saving wildlife. A portion of all revenue at the Zoo is used to save animals in the WILD. So, next time you visit for a fun day out with your family- think about the following projects that you are contributing to:
We care for many endangered species atBlank Park Zoo including Addax (less than 100 left), Amur Tigers (540 left in the wild), and Eastern Black Rhinos (800 left in the wild). Through cooperative breeding programs between zoos accredite d by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), we are increasing these populations to hedge against extinction. One of our most recent examples, of course, is Tumani, our baby black rhino.
Breeding and releasing animals is an important role that Zoos can play in conservation. We’ve hatched and released 36 Trumpeter Swans, contributing to a great conservation success: the recovery of Trumpeter Swans in the Midwest.
Blank Park Zoo is home to 4 rescued seals and sea lions as well as 2 rescued bald eagles. These animals were deemed non-releasable for various health reasons and are now cared for by our expert animal care and veterinary staff.
We’ve helped to trans-locate 450 Greater Prairie Chickens back to appropriate habitats
in Iowa. Our pollinator conservation project, Plant.Grow.Fly., has registered over 1,000 butterfly gardens and our UpCycle program removes 10 tons of invasive plant material from local parks each year!
Each year, we send a portion of revenue to protect our animals' wild relatives. We fund Giraffe Conservation Foundation, International Rhino Foundation, Snow Leopard Trust, and
more. These projects implement a holistic view of conservation: considering the health of individual animals, animal populations, the environment, and the local people. Accredited zoos in the U.S. give almost $200 million annually to protect wildlife.
Some may say Blank Park Zoo is a small zoo, but we have a remarkable staff including experts in veterinary medicine, animal husbandry, animal health and welfare, conservation, research, and more. Each year, we send our staff to assist in the field. Recently, we've worked with giraffe in Namibia, chimpanzees and rhinos in Uganda, and seals and sea lions in California.
Each time you visit Blank Park Zoo, you are making a difference for wildlife around the world and right here in Iowa. We couldn’t do it without you!