Conservation

Conservation

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s Science and Conservation Program conducts progressive and innovative projects while engaging and supporting stakeholders on wildlife conservation directives. By developing novel approaches to pressing issues, the program continues to successfully incorporate local communities into long-term sustainability of critical conservation efforts.

Local and Global Conservation Overview

Conservation research is at the core of everything we do at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.  Whether across the planet or right here in our park, learning more about our world and the incredible creatures with whom we share it allows us to be better stewards of the earth. On our Local and Global Conservation Overview, see just how many projects in which we're involved worldwide, learn how you too can contribute to the research being done at the Zoo, and find out why research done at zoos is so important.

PPG Conservation and Sustainability Fund

The PPG Conservation & Sustainability Fund is designed to further the mission of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium by awarding grants between $1,000 and $3,000 to conservation-oriented projects. Over the past decade we have funded over 150 projects in 54 countries and two oceans.

The period for accepting proposals for the 2017 grant cycle is now closed. Please check back regularly for details about when we will begin accepting proposals for the 2018 grant cycle. Please note that we will only accept one application/proposal per person or organization.

What we fund

We particularly encourage field studies and cross-disciplinary approaches to conservation, but we will consider a wide variety of projects. Those who wish to conduct a project outside of the United States must present evidence of strong local involvement.

What we do not fund

• Visitor surveys;
• Husbandry projects;
• Training (except for foreign researchers);
• Travel (except to bring foreign researchers to meetings);
• Organizational overheard costs; and
• Salaries/stipends (except for locally hired support staff in non-industrialized countries).

Climate Change & Global Warming

Our planet is heating up. As humans, how much have we contributed to the problem? Learn more about how we got to where we are now, what we can do, and why conservation is so important.