Protect Species
Protect Species

Wild Species & Wild Spaces

About Us
Extinction Threats
Halting and Reversing Global Extinction

More than 40,000 species are threatened with extinction. While humans pose the biggest threat to biodiversity, we are also the only species that can help address widescale mass extinction. Through innovative conservation strategies, we can reverse the risk and save species. Learn about the threats facing Earth’s species. These are the threats documented on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species with input from members of the IUCN Species Survival Commission when evaluating extinction risk.

Happening Now
Global campaigns aimed at protecting biodiversity and slowing climate change
How Conservation Works

Protecting Wild Species and Wild Spaces

The Global Center for Species Survival was born of a partnership between the Indianapolis Zoo and the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for the purpose of supporting and connecting thousands of conservation experts worldwide. Learn about the Species Conservation Cycle used by the experts as they fight to protect wild things and wild places.

Climate Change

Our planet connects humans, animals, plants and fungi. It’s beautiful, inspiring and fragile. The Earth and all of its species are feeling the effects of climate change. Learn about the Indianapolis Zoo’s green initiatives aimed at reversing climate change.

Among conservationists, in situ refers to the protection of species in the wild, including those in national parks.
Ex situ is the opposite of in situ. It refers to species in human care, including those living in zoos and aquariums.