Conservation Education

Conservation Action for the Animals and for the Earth

Conservation Action for the Animals and for the Earth

At ZooTampa, animal and environmental conservation are the cornerstones of our mission, providing knowledge so everyone we touch is motivated to join us in taking action to protect and preserve wildlife. We encourage you to be a conservation leader in your home, community, and the world! Everyone can do something!


Here are some ideas:

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Recycle-it Matters!

There are lots of ways you can make a difference in conserving our natural world—and recycling is an excellent way to impact our community. What you do at home to support recycling practices helps by providing healthy environments for animals to thrive. 

  • Keep your neighborhood clean - Animals need a healthy home!
  • Encourage your friends to recycle and put trash in a garbage cans with lids.
  • Reduce your usage of single-use plastics like plastic bags and plastic bottles.
  • Participate in a beach or river clean up

How ZooTampa supports recycling:

  • Recycling bins are located in all public and behind the scenes locations for recycling plastics, glass and aluminum cans.
  • Construction based recycling bins are located behind the scenes for fluorescent bulbs, pallets and scrap metals.
  • Office based recycling for paper and ink cartridges.
  • Natural recycling of non-toxic plant trimmings as food for our animals.
  • Recycled animal waste is sent offsite to compost at an organic farm.


Reduce Single Use Plastics

Single use plastics or disposable plastics are thrown away or recycled after one use. Some of these items include plastic bags, plastic water bottles, drinking straws, and most food packaging.   Single use plastics that are not recycled and end up in landfills or find their way into the ocean. 


We must protect and preserve the habitat and ecosystems that we depend on. You too can do that by cutting down your personal plastic footprint by make simple changes at home. 

  • Take a reusable cup with you to the coffee shop when you get your morning coffee.
  • Use re-usable cloth bags when visiting the grocery store and pharmacy.
  • Say no to the straw and lid when buying a fountain soda.


How ZooTampa supports reducing single use plastics:

ZooTampa is committed to reducing our use of single use plastics. Plastic bags and straws are not offered at retail locations and re-usable cups are used at the aviary feeding station.

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Sustainable Seafood

Recognize & Choose Sustainable Seafood

Future generations depend on the plans and decisions we make today. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program helps consumers choose sustainably harvested seafood that is purchased from commercial fisheries that harvest fish in ways that protect the ocean and the environment. This ensures that there will be fish for future generations.  By visiting, you can print a pdf card of recommended seafood items that are “Best Choices” or “Good Alternatives,” and find out which ones you should “Avoid”, or you can download their mobile app for iOS and Android here

How ZooTampa supports sustainable seafood:

ZooTampa is a Seafood Watch partner and is committed to serving only sustainable seafood in our restaurants, as well as feeding only sustainably sourced seafood to our animals, like penguins.

Palm Oil

Recognize & Choose Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of the African oil palm tree. It easily blends with other ingredients, acts as a preservative, and is tasteless. Palm oil is used for cooking, and is added to many products like soaps, cosmetics, ice cream, cookies, chocolate, and frozen meals. About half of all packaged goods sold in US or European grocery stores contain palm oil.

We must protect and preserve the habitat and ecosystems that we depend on.  Supporting Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) promotes sustainably grown African oil palm trees. Instead of boycotting palm oil, the RSPO created product-labeling guidelines based on strict environmental, social and economic standards to help consumers know when a product contains palm oil that was sustainably grown and therefore did not rely on clearing new forests. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has designed a printable (pdf) palm oil friendly shopping guide and a mobile app to help us be smart consumers to save orangutan and many other rainforest species that share this critical forest habitat.

How ZooTampa supports sustainable palm oil:

ZooTampa sells only candy that is made with sustainable palm oil in our retail locations and at our themed events like Halloween’s “Creatures of the Night.” As consumers, we can use our buying power to encourage more companies to use only sustainable palm oil.

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Wildlife Trade

Become Informed About Illegal Wildlife Trade

One of the most concerning threats to many species around the world is the illegal wildlife trade. Wildlife Trade is the sale or exchange of wild plants or animals (live or dead). This illegal trade is unsustainable and responsible for bringing many species to the brink of extinction. Showing concern for the welfare of others is the right thing to do! We can do this by being informed and buying informed. When traveling or going abroad, do your research before you go. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has guides for travelers so that they don’t unknowingly buy items as souvenirs or gifts that are illegal or support this trade.


How ZooTampa supports ending Illegal Wildlife Trade:

Elephants and Rhinos are two species that have been severely impacted by the illegal wildlife trade; elephants for their ivory tusks and rhinos for their horns.  Due to your continued support, ZooTampa is able to work with our global conservation partners, like the International Rhino Foundation, 96 Elephants and Freeland to help support anti-poaching patrols in range countries as well as groups working with law enforcement to end poaching and the consumer demand of materials made from tusks and horns.

You CAN make a difference!  Small actions you take can make a huge impact on protecting and preserving wildlife and wild places. Everyone can do something to become a conservation leader!