Animal Care & Conservation Fund: You Can Help!

Conservation FundMoney raised through the Conservation Fund goes toward the Chicago Zoological Society's conservation research and education efforts at Brookfield Zoo and around the world providing funding for two major programs:

  • Center for the Science of Animal Welfare: this ground-breaking program advances and improves world-wide animal management and welfare by integrating veterinary medicine, nutrition, enrichment, endocrinology, behavioral monitoring, and animal husbandry.

  • Center for Conservation Leadership: this award-winning program connects and engages people in conservation and provides educational opportunities for teachers, students, and under-served communities here and around the world.

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Combat Global Warming: Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

You can calculate your household's carbon footprint below, and discover lots of ways you can conserve around the home and lighten your ecological imprint by going to our Calculate My Carbon Footprint.

The Conservation Fund encompasses many field programs and habitat restoration efforts, locally and world-wide.  With your support, we can engage in programs such as:

  • Leading global conservation of dolphins.
  • Saving polar bears from climate change.
  • Discovering how to care for endangered amphibians.
  • Breeding state-threatened Blanding’s turtles.

Jump into Conservation on a Personal Level!

You Can Help Protect People, Orangutans and Their Homes

Brookfield Zoo has partnered with Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to promote orangutan friendly choices. You can help keep wild orangutans and their habitats healthy, by following the recommendations of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and choosing products containing palm oil certified as sustainable by the Round table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The RSPO ensures palm oil is harvested in a way that reduces CO2 emissions, does not harm wildlife or the environment and guarantees workers and their families have a living wage.

For more information visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’ website cmCheyenne Mountain

Or download their Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping Guide

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Download the free Sustainable Palm Oil App for Android on Google Play      Download the free Sustainable Palm Oil App from the App Store!

Recyle your Cell Phone

Deposit your used cell phones and cell phone accessories to help endangered gorillas in the wild.

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Volunteer to Help Chicagoland Nature

April is National Volunteer Month and a great time of year to spring into action! Go to Chicago Environmental Network (CEN) to find lots of volunteer opportunities.

Support Healthy Oceans with Seafood Choices
Brookfield Zoo has partnered with Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote ocean-friendly seafood choices. You can support healthy, abundant oceans by following the recommendations of Seafood Watch® and by choosing seafood that's fished or farmed in ways that don't harm the environment.

Seafood WatchVisit to find out how you can help, view seafood by region, download the app, learn about great sushi choices, and find ways to educate your friends and family.

Programs Supported

In 2012 the Conservation Fund raised $220,000 and supported the following organizations:

The National Elephant Center
Elephants for Africa
International Elephants
Polar Bears International
Y2Y Corridor
American Prairie Foundation
Vital Ground Foundation
Chicago Wilderness
Turtle Survival Alliance
Alliance for Marine Mammals
AZA Science Posters
Sarasota Dolphin Research Program
Punta San Juan - Field research  Education
Amphibian Declines
ALPZA Support
CZS Youth Volunteer Corps
CZS Center for the Science of Animal Welfare