Virtually everyone knows that many animals are going extinct in the wild, but did you know there are some species that no longer exist outside of zoos, aquariums and wild animal parks? These species may be next on the list for the extinction.

 Although efforts may be too late for some species, there are still many that have a chance. It is important to realize that there is not much hope without the efforts and care of passionate and dedicated individuals like the veterinarians, biologist, scientists and conversationalists. Thankfully, because of the efforts of zoo and wildlife veterinarians, many species are making a comeback. The New Guinea Singing Dog, Pinta Island Tortoise and the Micronesian Kingfisher are a few animals that no longer exist in the wild today, but zoos and conservation centers offer hope.

As a matter of fact, because many animals are going extinct in the wild, the dire need for the existence of zoos, aquariums and wild animal parks is undeniable. They are more than just places where animals are on display. They provide a safe place for the animals to live, reproduce and thrive. When we focus on the health and well being of the many threatened and endangered species of our planet, we are able to make a profound difference. Knowing that we can make a difference is why so many are so passionate about helping them.

Most importantly, together, we can and WILL make a difference. And because of passionate donors, zoo and wildlife veterinarians, zoos, aquariums, wild animal parks and conservation centers around the world, all species have a chance. Here are a few that are making a comeback.

  • Przewalski’s Horse
  • Arabian oryx
  • Corroboree Frog
  • Panamanian Golden Frog
  • California Condor
  • Eastern Bongo
  • Regent Honeyeater
  • Bellinger River Snapping Turtle
  • Amur Leopard
  • Golden Lion Tamarin

California condor and chick in nest. Video by Joseph Brandt/USFWS.