The American Burying Beetle Project
The Tulsa Zoo Conservation Program has a partnership with Oklahoma State University (OSU) and American burying beetle (ABB) conservation.
Your visit to the Tulsa Zoo isn’t just a chance to connect with wildlife – it’s a chance for you to play a part in protecting wild places. From the giraffes in Tanzania to songbirds in Indonesia, guests are supporting conservation programs all over the world.
Since 1997, the zoo has supported more than 360 conservation projects for creatures of all sizes and from all locales, ranging from the monarch butterflies in Tulsa to snow leopards in the Himalayas.
The commitment to conservation extends to the zoo’s daily practices. The Tulsa Zoo might be the only zero-landfill zoo in the United States. Sustainable Tulsa’s Scor3card program ranks us as a Platinum level organization, the highest level achievable. Guests will find strawless lids, paper cups, and reusable shopping bags, small changes that make a difference for wildlife.
Together, the Tulsa Zoo and you are saving species. Learn more by reading the Tulsa Zoo’s Conservation Strategic Plan.
The Tulsa Zoo defines green as a fundamental value that moves us toward our goal of environmentally neutral operations. We are committed to reducing our ecological footprint through on-site initiatives and community programs that foster environmentally-conscious practices. This includes participating in opportunities such as: stewardship of resources, energy and resource efficiencies, sensitivity to the zoo’s impact on the environment, and more sustainable consumer options.
Our focus is to lead by example in sustainable practices. 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.