The North Carolina Zoo is committed to protecting wildlife populations and their natural habitats. Just like the animals under our care at the Zoo, our conservation programs span the globe. Our animals at the Zoo are ambassadors for the conservation efforts we make abroad. The Zoo works to protect habitat, understand the needs of endangered species through research, and to thwart the widespread threat of poaching and wildlife trade. We work closely with local protected area staff, communities, and other leading conservation organizations. Through our long-term commitment to action on the ground in the field, we are able to make a difference in saving animals from extinction.