Saving Animals From Extinction

Saving Animals From Extinction

The red panda is one of the species at Roger Williams Park Zoo on the IUCN Red List.

Working cooperatively to save threatened species

One of our most powerful tools to help threatened and endangered species is Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE), a new program introduced by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 2015. SAFE is featured at all 229 AZA-accredited institutions, including RWP Zoo, with the goal of engaging and educating visitors about our conservation initiatives and how they impact local, regional and global environments.

Today, visitors to the Zoo can learn about over 100 different species, with many found on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List, ranging from “Critically Endangered” to “Near Threatened.”

As of July 2015, we have 30 species on the IUCN Red List as follows:

Critically Endangered

Beetle, American Burying
Gibbon, White-cheeked
Mynah, Bali
Tamarin, Cotton-top
Tortoise, Radiated
Wolf, Red


Crane, Red-crowned                                                    
Dog, African Painted
Duck, White-winged Wood
Frog, Golfodulcean Poison Dart
Kangaroo, Matschie’s Tree
Leopard, Snow
Tamarin, Golden Lion


Anteater, Giant
Babirusa, Sulawesi
Bear, Moon
Crane, West African Crowned
Elephant, African
Panda, Red
Takin, Sichuan
Tortoise, African Spurred
Turtle, Eastern Box


Bison, American
Dove, Jambu Fruit
Flamingo, Chilean
Hornbill, Sunda Wrinkled