Conservation at the Tulsa Zoo

The Tulsa Zoo is dedicated to reuse and recycling, resource and wildlife conservation, and conservation education. As one of the leading conservation organizations in the state we have supported more than 350 projects across the globe, as well as right here in Oklahoma.

The next time you’re at the zoo, take a look around to learn a little more about our conservation efforts.

What the Tulsa Zoo Is Doing

   Tulsa Zoo Conservation Strategic Plan


Tiger Conservation Campaign

Malayan tigers, with fewer than 400 in the wild are classified as endangered, because of habitat loss and poaching. The Tulsa Zoo supports the Tiger Conservation Campaign and anti-poaching efforts through the tiger species survival plan and the Wildlife Conservation Network.

Prusten Project

The Tulsa Zoo aided the Prusten Project with research of tiger vocalizations by installing microphones to record the sounds of our Malayan tigers. The project is evaluating whether social vocalizations are unique to sex, age or even individual animal. The information could help researches better understand wild populations in dense jungles where visual confirmation for census isn’t possible.

Oklahoma Salamanders-Amphibian Conservation

The chytrid fungus is linked to a disease that could devastate amphibian populations worldwide. The Tulsa Zoo is contributing to the husbandry and sustainability knowledge base through local research.

Primate Conservation

The Tulsa Zoo is working with West African Primate Conservation Action to protect the roloway guenon, which is in eminent danger of extinction, by supporting projects to preserve the last remaining habitat. The roloway guenon is a subspecies of the Diana monkey that you can see in our Conservation Building.

Learn about these and more Tulsa Zoo conservation projects.


What You Can Do

Reducing palm oil consumption can make a big difference toward saving animal habitats in the wild. Learn more about the impact and download the free Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping Guide for iPhone or Android.   

Overfishing depletes food sources in the wild. Check out the Seafood Watch mobile app for iPhone and Android to learn about making ocean-friendlier choices

Become a FrogWatch USA citizen scientist to share information about local frogs and toads with researchers. 

Make Sustainable/Greener Choices. Here are a few tips and reminders of things you can do:

  • Set thermostats to Auto at 74 F
  • Turn off computers, monitors, speakers, and printers when not in use; set Power Save options
  • Turn lights off when you leave a room or office
  • Unplug electrical equipment and devices when not in use
  • Close blinds and angle them upward, especially when you are away
  • Double-side your copy and print jobs
  • Drink from a reusable cup
  • Purchase only what you need
  • Purchase durable rather than disposable
  • Recycle