The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is honored to play an active role in wildlife conservation efforts locally and around the world. In our latest initiative, we rehabilitated and released seven endangered sea turtles as part of the Sea Turtle Second Chance Program.

Learn more here or scroll to find out about additional conservation efforts and programs we support.

Research & Innovation

Over the past decade, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has supported over 245 projects in 61 countries.

The PPG Conservation and Sustainability Fund is a grant program of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium that awards grants between $1,000 and $3,000 to conservation-oriented projects.

While the program particularly encourages field studies and cross-disciplinary approaches to conservation, a wide variety of projects are considered. 

what we do

Sea Turtle Second Chance Program

Giving sea turtles a second chance.

Ocelot conservation

The Zoo partnered with wildlife groups in a conservation effort to increase the population of ocelots.

Seafood Watch

Helping people make seafood choices for a healthy ocean.

Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation

Non-coastal manatee rescue and rehab is possible.

Elephant Conservation

African elephants need our help now.

African Primate Protection

Our closest primate relatives need our help.

Coral Conservation

Finding cures for ailments in corals.

Giant Armadillo Conservation Program

Helping to protect the giant armadillo.

Alligator Lizard Conservation

It’s up to us to save this critically endangered lizard.

what you can do


This season, Zoo staff made ugly sweaters entirely out of waste!

Kitchen and Diet

Save the planet by the way you cook and eat

At Work and School

Take your green commitment with you to work or school


Find out ways to help the environment when you are outdoors

Water Use

Save our planet one drop at a time by modifying water use

Electronics and Lighting

Reducing your electricity use is shockingly easy

Heating, Cooling, and Home

Find ways to keep your home comfortable and eco-friendly

For Teachers

Conservation starts with education


Learn how you can help reduce plastic waste to promote a healthier planet


ZooU students created content to help share the message about endangered animals, conservation, and more.

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.