The zoo and others throughout
These efforts range from elephant collaring in
The zoo is helping to save species and is involved in habitat conservation, green practices, conservation education and animal welfare and research.
Zoo staff members with the expertise in these various areas are helping to make these initiatives possible in partnership with other agencies. Two of these are:
A number of regional initiatives are under way to protect plants and wildlife in the central
-- Schweinitz's sunflower. The sunflower once was common in the Southeast; however, much of the habitat has been lost to agriculture and forests and it's now found in 12 counties in
-- Smooth purple coneflower. The zoo's horticulture section has been successfully growing this federally endangered species and ensuring it does not hybridize with a similar species, the common purple coneflower.
-- Longleaf pine. A 116-acre tract in
And the zoo is going greener, too, with different projects on site under the leadership of
The zoo is a leader in environmental stewardship and was honored as a North Carolina Environmental Steward in April, becoming the first state agency to be honored for its conservation programs. Examples of its wetlands and solar projects can be found adjacent to the
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