National Conservation Efforts

Many of the Zoo's conservation efforts are either done in collaboration with other national institutions and agencies or have national implications.

Philippine Crocodile Crocodylus mindorensis
The most endangered species of crocodile in the world

We are an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting animal care, wildlife conservation, education, and science. We participate in many AZA programs and activities, including cooperative breeding and research activities. More information on our AZA and on-site research can be found on our Conservation At the Zoo page.


The African elephant is threatened throughout its range and in danger of becoming extinct in some regions. Surprisingly, North America is one of these regions. The breeding population of elephants is aging and there is the real prospect of African elephants disappearing from the United States within the next 40 years. One of the major conservation goals of the Pittsburgh Zoo is to reverse this trend. We have developed an innovative breeding program that takes into account the genetics, physiology, and social behavior of elephants. In 1999, Moja gave birth to Victoria, the first African elephant baby to be born and survive in North America since 1985. Vic soon had a playmate, her half-brother Callee, who was born to Savannah the next year. Nan and Moja became pregnant again and delivered their calves, Angeline and Zuri, in July of 2008.  To accommodate our growing elephant family, we have added an elephant family room to our area.