David Traylor Zoo of Emporia 2022 Conservation Plan

The conservation plan for the David Traylor Zoo of Emporia encompasses the following:

  • Educational programming
  • Interpretive and educational materials
  • Participation in Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) animal management programs
  • Support of the in-situ field projects
  • Resource support for local conservation programs
  • Programs for energy and natural resource conservation

It also includes the conservation message listed on our website. The conservation plan is a flexible and evolving document that serves to guide the development of educational programs and materials, components of the institutional collection plan, distribution of conservation funds and resource support and conservation efforts within the zoo and local community. The plan is created by the director, animal collection manager and the education coordinator and reviewed on an annual basis.

As stated in the zoo's mission, vision statement, and goals, wildlife conservation is the driving force behind all endeavors of the David Traylor Zoo of Emporia.

Mission Statement

To provide an environment which inspires respect and stewardship for the natural world, improves the future for wildlife and provides a recreational opportunity for learning about nature and conservation.

Vision Statement

To create a place that inspires responsible stewardship of the natural world.



To provide rare and endangered species with a healthy environment, utilizing the best husbandry and veterinary practices, to insure genetically viable animals their maximum opportunity to reproduce.


To make the public aware of the plight of rare and endangered species in an ever modernizing world, as well as the human role as caretakers of nature and guardians of species survival.


Through cooperation with other zoological parks, scientific and veterinary communities, seek to enhance and understanding of physiological and environmental needs of rare and endangered species.


To provide the public with an opportunity to view a variety of species in large habitats with the hope of making the educational experience more meaningful.

In conclusion, employees from the Director to volunteers are encouraged to suggest and implement strategies to conserve our precious energy and natural resources, so that we provide a strong example of environmental stewardship for our visitors and community.