Koala at the top of a branch.

Conservation Programs

Conservation Programs

The Importance of Zoos

“If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.”
– Steve Irwin

With our world changing at a rapid pace, zoos are becoming more and more relevant and critical to the survival of wildlife.

Steve always said, if he could introduce people to wildlife, then maybe they would fall in love, and maybe, just maybe, they would want to help us save it. Here at Australia Zoo, we pride ourselves on being a world-class zoological facility and we take our role in the world of conservation very seriously.

We maintain our commitment to conservation in many ways, including through educational programs, breeding programs, field research, media campaigns and advice to governments and peak bodies.



So, what is our goal? It’s to ensure animals have the best care in the world and species from around the world, have the best chance at survival. Zoos maximise their conservation impact in order to make a real difference for animals, species and habitat preservation. Environmental education and global conservation are paramount to ensure the protection of habitat and in turn, the survival of our spectacular wildlife.

By doing this, we are fighting for our wildlife and wild places to be around for generations to come. We are accredited with, and work with the Zoo Aquarium Association, which is the peak body, regulating zoological facilities across Australasia to ensure facilities are operating to the highest standards.

Just some of the animal programs Australia Zoo supports are:

  • Southern cassowary
  • Koala
  • Fijian crested iguana
  • Rhinoceros iguana
  • Aldabra giant land tortoise
  • Mary River turtle
  • Giraffe
  • Australian green pythons
  • Black cockatoos
  • Burmese pythons
  • Curlews
  • Death adders
  • Echidnas
  • Jabirus
  • Queensland woma python
  • Red kangaroos
  • Reticulated pythons
  • Saltwater crocodiles
  • Tasmanian devils
  • Common wombats
  • Yakka skinks
  • Sumatran tigers
  • Southern white rhino