Conservation at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary


Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary's Animal Conservation Program is made possible by the Prescott National Forest of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, and Yavapai County Rural Advisory Committee (RAC), under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-determination Act of 2000 and contributions from private donors.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary has two, closely related purposes: to provide sanctuary for non-releasable wildlife and to help ensure the future of wildlife in general.

Accomplishing these two goals heavily depends on each other. Without having our resident animals available, the effectiveness and quality of our education and conservation programs would be greatly reduced. Without providing homes for animals that are currently in need, we are ignoring an obvious step in ensuring the existence of wildlife populations in the future.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary has valuable resources at its hands, including staff skills, land, enclosures, and fundraising abilities. These resources are used in a variety of ways to help conserve and promote wildlife.

HPZS lends assistance to and operates several wildlife conservation programs These include, but are not limited to, Mexican wolf reintroduction program, peregrine falcon nest site monitoring, black-footed ferret field research, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, and providing photographic material for conservation groups.       

HPZS rescues approximately 200 animals each year; this number continues to grow.

To learn more about the conservation programs HPZS is currently working on, visit the links above under Conservation. We are only able to conduct these projects as our financial resources allow. If you find this work as critical as we do, please visit our support page to learn how you can help ensure we are able to continue conducting wildlife conservation and our other programs.

Rescuing Young Wildlife
What to do if & when you find a baby animal...

As people head outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather this time of year, many will come across young wildlife. Thinking that these adorable, seemingly helpless little creatures have been abandoned, some well-intentioned people will pluck these animals from forest floors and bring them home. Unfortunately this may actually create a problem where one did not exist. In this podcast, Dr. Peregrine Wolff, a veterinarian with the Nevada Department of Wildlife and secretary of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, talks about what to do when encountering young wildlife.