Community Conservation



Local people must not only benefit from conservation, but must lead efforts to preserve land and wildlife. Woodland Park Zoo’s conservation initiatives include pioneering community-driven initiatives that conserve landscapes while ensuring local community ownership, decision-making and benefits.

Ground-breaking community projects include governance institution building, community protected area creation and management, conservation-focused one-health initiatives, sustainable livelihoods enterprises, and school and community education projects. From Tanzania to Papua New Guinea, communities are empowered to manage their lands sustainably. Communities are also given a stronger voice at the local and national level, as new governance institutions provide a platform for engaging directly with government entities and the larger international community.




Fostering Coexistence Between People and Wildlife

As species recover, or where they still exist in abundance, there may be a need to find ways to help people live side-by-side with their wild neighbors while avoiding conflict.

As the global human population increases and wild landscapes disappear or become limited in size, humans and wildlife will only interact more frequently, and the need to foster coexistence will become ever more important. Woodland Park Zoo will continue to implement coexistence strategies in all of our landscapes, including here in the Pacific Northwest.



Limiting Human-Wildlife Conflict

In some cases this may involve ways to avoid or limit human-wildlife conflict, such as building predator-proof corrals for livestock, as programs do in Tanzania (lions) and Kyrgyzstan (snow leopards). It may be helping to find ways for people to live peacefully alongside wildlife, as we do in Malaysia (tigers), Borneo (elephants and orangutans), Congo basin (gorillas), or even in and around urban Seattle, Washington (coyotes, bobcats, bears, and the slowly recovering wolf population in the state).

Scholarship Program


Investing in the Conservation Leaders of Tomorrow

Woodland Park Zoo is committed to equality and diversity in everything we do. As part of this commitment, we have partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) to provide graduate scholarships to the conservation leaders of tomorrow from the developing world.

Too often brilliant young conservationists find their career paths blocked by a lack of opportunity to continue their education and collaborate with colleagues from around the world. The Graduate Scholarship Program provides support that enables these future leaders to receive training at the best universities in the world to complete their Masters or PhD studies. This means that conservation leadership can be driven at the national level.



WCN Graduate Scholarship Program

In 2022 the WCN Graduate Scholarship Program has provided 23 wildlife conservation scholarships and 7 wildlife veterinary scholarships to young conservation leaders from such countries as Nigeria, Botswana, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Ghana, Peru, Pakistan, and Brazil. These brilliant young conservationists will be advancing their careers at top-flight universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, York, Florida, UC Santa Cruz, and Berkeley, and they will become important conservation leaders in their home countries upon their return.

Learn more about these extraordinary young conservation leaders

Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

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