What is AZA SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction)?

SAFE is a framework that:

  • Protects threatened animals.
  • Builds on established recovery plans and history of commitment.
  • Prioritizes collaboration among AZA member institutions.
  • Implements strategic conservation and stakeholder engagement activities.
  • Measures and reports conservation progress.

SAFE Species are at risk of extinction and need our help. AZA member institutions are working together alongside their partners to help save these animals.

There are currently 26 species that the AZA SAFE program is working towards saving from extinction.

You can find the full list of animals on the AZA website:

Current AZA SAFE Species at Potter Park Zoo

African Lion

Black Rhinoceros