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      From collaring elephants for research in southern Africa, to rescuing an orphaned cross-eyed seal on the east coast, no conservation effort is too big or too far for the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. After all, conservation is at the core of everything we do.

      Our Destination Conservation series, in partnership with Peoples Natural Gas, brings the world to you! Each month we will release a new video on Facebook that highlights the dynamic conservation work that the Zoo and Peoples are both working on. Tune in here!

      Manatee Rescue

      The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium partnered with several accredited organizations to participate in the rescue of ten stranded manatees from the chilling waters of Charleston, South Carolina.

      Typically, the manatees in this region travel south before the winter season but unfortunately, these ten manatees never made the trip.

      The operation took place over three days. The rescued manatees were transported to Florida, where health assessments deemed nine manatees as releasable and one female as needing continued veterinary care for mild cold stress.

      Preservation efforts like this help support the conservation of endangered and threatened species from Africa to South Carolina – and everywhere in between. And the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is honored to play an active role in these wildlife conservation efforts both locally and around the globe.

      Scroll down to learn about additional conservation efforts and programs we support.

      Research & Innovation

      Over the past decade, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has supported over 245 projects in 61 countries.

      The PPG Conservation and Sustainability Fund is a grant program of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium that awards grants between $1,000 and $3,000 to conservation-oriented projects.

      While the program particularly encourages field studies and cross-disciplinary approaches to conservation, a wide variety of projects are considered. If you would like to conduct a project outside of the United States, evidence of strong local involvement must be presented.

      The 2020 grant application cycle is now CLOSED.

      WHAT WE DO

      Seafood Watch

      Helping people make seafood choices for a healthy ocean.

      Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation

      Non-coastal manatee rescue and rehab is possible.

      Sea Turtle Second Chance Program

      Giving sea turtles a second chance.

      Elephant Conservation

      African elephants need our help now.

      African Primate Protection

      Our closest primate relatives need our help.

      Coral Conservation

      Finding cures for ailments in corals.

      Giant Armadillo Conservation Program

      Helping to protect the giant armadillo.

      Alligator Lizard Conservation

      It’s up to us to save this critically endangered lizard.


      Travel and Vacation

      Whether around the block or around the world, travel smart

      Kitchen and Diet

      Save the planet by the way you cook and eat

      At Work and School

      Take your green commitment with you to work or school


      Find out ways to help the environment when you are outdoors

      Water Use

      Save our planet one drop at a time by modifying water use

      Electronics and Lighting

      Reducing your electricity use is shockingly easy

      Heating, Cooling, and Home

      Find ways to keep your home comfortable and eco-friendly

      For Teachers

      Conservation starts with education


      Learn how you can help reduce plastic waste to promote a healthier planet

      Climate Change & Global Warming

      Our planet is heating up. As humans, how much have we contributed to the problem? Learn more about how we got to where we are now, what we can do, and why conservation is so important.