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Helping the Helpers: Zoo Knoxville

The non-profit continues to care for animals and participate in the Species Survival Plan even though people cannot visit the zoo right now

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It is the mission of Zoo Knoxville to deliver dynamic guest experiences while inspiring action for wildlife and wild places.

Right now, the zoo is closed to human visitors but staff members still care for about 700 animals.

Zoo Knoxville is committed to being part of the solution to save species from extinction, both locally and globally.

Zoo Knoxville works with other zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) on a collective Species Survival Plan for all animals that live in AZA-accredited zoos in North America. It's a way to maintain a healthy, genetically diverse population in zoos to ensure we don't lose animals to extinction when wild populations are in peril.

Credit: Zoo Knoxville
Tiana the giant anteater

The zoo has been recognized for its efforts to save East Tennessee's endangered bog turtle and ongoing research with native hellbender and mudpuppy salamanders. Staff members travel to far-flung places like the Komodo Islands, Madagascar and Indonesia to study animals in their native habitats.

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