South African Penguin
The Tulsa Zoo has been a long time supporter of South African penguin conservation. South African penguins are highly endangered African penguins, the only penguin species endemic to the African continent.
The Tulsa Zoo supports projects that address topics integral to the saving of wild animals and the places they live. Through many alliances and partnerships with other Association of Zoo and Aquarium institutions, regional agencies and conservation organizations, the Tulsa Zoo effectively supports the conservation of local and global biological diversity.
Since 1997, the Tulsa Zoo has supported more than 360 conservation projects dedicated to saving wild animals and wild places.
Read the Tulsa Zoo Conservation Strategic Plan.
The word “green” is widely used to describe environmentally-conscious actions and programs. The Tulsa Zoo defines green as a fundamental value that moves us toward our goal of environmentally neutral operations that include energy efficiency, stewardship of resources, sensitivity to the zoo’s impact on the environment, more sustainable consumer options, a reduced ecological footprint, and community partnerships that foster green practices.
Our focus is to lead by example in sustainable practices and to be good stewards of our planet by reducing our carbon footprint, operational waste and energy usage. We participate in single-stream recycling through the Mr. Murph recycling program. Any resources we cannot reuse, repurpose, or recycle go to Covanta, an energy from waste power plant in West Tulsa.
The Tulsa Zoo is a business partner of Sustainable Tulsa, which believes by embracing the Triple Bottom Line — People, Profit, Planet — our business leaders, community leaders and citizens can make Tulsa the most sustainable city in America.
Tulsa Zoo Wins 2016 Henry Bellmon Sustainability Award
In 2016 the Tulsa Zoo was recognized for our “green practices” program and was granted the 2016 Henry Bellman Sustainability Award.