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Research Mission Statement

The mission statement of the Fort Worth Zoo was approved in 1999 by the Executive Committee and Board of the Fort Worth Zoological Association.

The mission of the Fort Worth Zoo is to strengthen the bond between humans and the environment by promoting responsible stewardship of wildlife and ensuring diverse, high-quality educational and entertaining family experiences through effective and efficient management of its resources.

In keeping with the overall mission statement of the Fort Worth Zoological Park, the Zoo’s conservation research mission statement is as follows:

The Fort Worth Zoo will encourage, conduct and support conservation research projects for the betterment of animal life and ecosystems both in captivity and the wild.

 

To accomplish this mission, the following operational goals have been established:

  • Conservation research will focus on rare and endangered species, as well as the preservation of habitat and ecosystems and the development of scientific husbandry management practices.
  • The Fort Worth Zoo will encourage and support the involvement of staff, universities, residents, interns and students in conservation research projects.
  • Fort Worth Zoo staff will endeavor to conduct conservation research projects in cooperation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and international conservation organizations.
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Arthur A. Seeligson Jr. Conservation Fund

The Fort Worth Zoo administers the Arthur A. Seeligson Jr. Conservation Fund (SCF). This fund supports the conservation of native Texas wildlife through grant awards that promote partnerships among scientists, educators, organizations and private landowners committed to conserving the biodiversity of Texas.

Learn more about the Seeligson Conservation Fund

Lesser Flamingo Workshop

Fort Worth Zoo | Feb. 24, 2022 

ATTENTION FLAMINGO HOLDERS: Join us for the Lesser Flamingo Breeding & Rearing Workshop at the Fort Worth Zoo on Feb. 24, 2023. The workshop  includes presentations from the Zoo's highly successful and knowledgeable staff who will share their 15+ years of experience with breeding this challenging species. You will also hear from the species survival coordinator and other zoological institutions as they share both successes and challenges in working with lesser flamingos. 

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo and observe lesser flamingos deep in breeding season and speak with the keeper team who helps make it happen. Your workshop registration fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, workshop space, meals, Zoo access, behind-the-scenes tours and tons of information to take home. We would love to have you join us as we learn together to make the lesser flamingo species survival plan one of the most successful.

  • Registration: $150 (plus tax) per person
  • Deadline to register: Jan. 5, 2023
  • Check-in and icebreaker: Feb. 23, 2023

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