Local and Global Conservation Projects

National and State

  • Red Wolf Conservation – The zoo contributes to red wolf recovery by providing wolf holding space and participating in red wolf genetic and hormonal studies and also contributed to the repair of hurricane damaged red wolf pens in Alligator River National Refuge.
  • FrogWatch USA- FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program that provides individuals, groups, and families with an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads. Volunteers collect data during evenings from February through August and have been submitting data for over 15 years.


  • Resource Conservation – Mill Mountain Zoo has a Green Team that works to conserve resources by recycling materials, purchasing minimally packaged items, as well as using energy efficient and water saving practices.
  • Coins for Conservation—Mill Mountain Zoo’s wishing pond coins are collected and donated to a variety of conservation programs.
  • Growing not Mowing— Mill Mountain Zoo has adopted a philosophy of “growing not mowing” in certain areas of the zoo.   North American honeybee populations are in serious decline. Currently, many flowering plants sold at nurseries contain neonicotinoids, a relatively new plant insecticide that is lethal to pollinating insects. The flowering plants found naturally on zoo grounds (almost all considered weeds) do not contain this harmful insecticide.  By allowing those plants to grow and flower, we are providing a safe source of pollen and nectar for many insect species, not just honeybees.


  • International Snow Leopard Trust
    Mill Mountain Zoo sends funds to the Snow Leopard Trust for snow leopard conservation projects in Xingjian Province, China.
  • Center for Ecosystem Survival Rainforest Meter Project
    This recycled parking meter generates funds to preserve precious rainforest land in the Talamanca Biological corridor of Costa Rica.
  • Chopsticks for Salamanders
    Mill Mountain Zoo donates to Chopsticks for Salamanders, a conservation initiative working to pair forest stewardship with salamander conservation.   This conservation initiative is working to encourage the sustainable practice of utilizing reusable chopsticks. Disposable chopsticks are typically made from old-growth forests that are clear cut in search for the perfect straight-grained wood, and these forests are home to many species of salamander.