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Membership No.





Environmental or Nature Conservation Organisations (Non Governmental Organisations)


United States

Member since

24 October 2012

San Diego Zoo Global


San Diego Zoo Global is committed to saving species worldwide by united our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature. Our vision is to lead the fight against extinction. San Diego Zoo Global manages the 100-acre San Diego Zoo, the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The San Diego Zoo (1916) and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (1972) are fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums. They have one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in the world ? representing more than 7,500 animals of approximately 840 species ? and have established numerous breeding records, increasing populations of endangered species and reintroducing many to their native habitats. With over 260,000 member households, an annual attendance of more than five million visitors, and education program participation of approximately 380,000 each year, San Diego Zoo Global is a leader in conservation education. Established in 1975, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is the most multidisciplinary zoo-based research effort in the world. The Institute consists of seven divisions devoted to Applied Animal Ecology, Applied Plant Ecology, Behavioral Biology, Conservation Education, Genetics, Reproductive Physiology, and Wildlife Diseases, including the Frozen Zoo and Native Seed Gene Bank. Our services are widely used by other zoos and wildlife organizations to determine reproductive status, conduct genetic analyses, diagnose infectious diseases, and solve behavioral problems. In addition, our researchers carry out field conservation programs in more than 35 countries around the world.

ACOP Report Submissions

2017 san diego zoo global-ACOP2017.pdf 26.6 KB
2016 san diego zoo global-ACOP2016.pdf 27.4 KB
2015 san diego zoo global-ACOP2015.pdf 23.0 KB
2014 san diego zoo global-ACOP2014b.pdf 26.7 KB
2013/2014 san-diego-zoo-global-ACOP2014.pdf 20.4 KB
2012/2013 SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL.pdf 16.3 KB

Organisation's Commitments Toward Sustainability

  • How will your organisation promote the RSPO internally and to other stakeholders?
    We will share interpretive information regarding palm oil production and its effects on wildlife at the San Diego Zoo’s Absolutely Apes exhibit, which receives approximately 3.5 million visitors annually. Our guests will be educated on palm oil, its uses, and its impact on wildlife populations. At the same time, we will use this platform to raise awareness about the RSPO and its mission, and encourage our guests to avoid purchasing products containing non-sustainably produced palm oil. Internally, we will educate employees and volunteers about palm oil and the RSPO through our Internal Conservation Committee, which includes representatives from all major departments within our organization.
  • Where relevant, what processes is the organisation establishing to engage with interested parties, for example to resolve conflict or to use sustainably produced palm oil?
    Where appropriate, information about the difference between sustainably and non-sustainably produced palm oil and the effects of palm oil on wildlife will be incorporated into the interpretive programs and conservation messaging at our two public facilities, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. Internally, we pledge to use sustainably-produced palm oil products in place of non-sustainably-produced palm oil products whenever feasible.
  • Where relevant, how will your organisation work towards implementing the RSPO Principles and Criteria or assessing supplier performance against these criteria?
    As a wildlife conservation organization, we are best positioned to promote and implement RSPO Principles and Criteria through transparency of messaging, compliance with laws and regulations in all countries where we work, and most importantly, by fostering environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity in areas where palm oil production has an impact. Our mission is solidly grounded in the use of sound science to guide conservation and management decisions.
  • Any other information that would support the application such as what your organisation hopes to gain from joining RSPO and how it would support RSPO?
    Joining the RSPO will allow us to stand alongside other conservation NGOs in helping to educate the broader community about the impacts of palm oil on endangered wildlife. We hope to work with our colleagues at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Assist Cheyenne to promote the RSPO within the larger zoo community, including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
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