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At the Toledo Zoo, conservation is at the heart of what we do.

Conservation Today makes a difference

Our mission includes a commitment to conserve the natural world. This includes green practices, conservation projects, animal collections, research/dissemination and conservation education.

In 2013 the Toledo Zoo is proud to focus its Conservation Today resources on the husbandry and welfare of the following Toledo Zoo animals (click on each animal’s name to see an article about each program):

African elephant

Polar Bear

African Penguin

Rhinoceros hornbill
(click here to watch a video about these impressive birds and the Toledo Zoo’s conservation effort)


Ohio turtles

(Watch our video about the Hellbender project)


Along with the animals listed above, several Toledo Zoo staffers are involved with specific animal conservation programs. Some programs are right here in Ohio, while others are international. Learn more about the difference we’re making in our communities and around the world.

Make a Donation Today

Online contributions can be made in amounts ranging from $20 to $1,000.

All contributions of $100 or more to the Conservation Today Fund earn:
• recognition in the Zoo’s annual report
• listing on the Conservation Today recognition board in the Zoo’s entry complex
• special invitation to the Zoo Donor’s Breakfast on June 22, 2013.

Donors contributing $500 or more are also able to participate in an exclusive Zoo Donor Tour. Click here to learn more about Zoo Donor Tours where you can encounter Zoo animals up close, visit behind-the-scenes locations and meet Zoo staff members.

Click here to donate online


download our contribution form.

Conservation Today Wedding Favor Cards

Is a wedding in your future?  You can help support Conservation Today right at your wedding! Our attractive wedding favor cards feature assorted animals and are a great way to show your guests that you care about conserving the natural world. Click here to see samples and learn how to order your own wedding favor cards.

Coins for Conservation

You can also donate through our Coins for Conservation program and by purchasing items with the Conservation Today logo at the North Star Trading Post®.

Fountain at Westfield

The Toledo Zoo and Franklin Park Mall are working together to raise funds for endangered species of animals. One hundred percent of the proceeds from coins collected at the Franklin Park Mall fountain help fund the Zoo’s conservation program. Look for the fountain in front of Dillard’s.

You’ll find more fun Coins for Conservation displays at the Toledo Zoo. If you like piggy banks, you’ll go wild when you see our warthog coin collector. Look for fun coin collectors in Nature’s Neighborhood and elsewhere all over the Toledo Zoo—thank you for your contributions!