Zoo Horticulture promotes local plant conservation through a variety
of research, education and recreational programs that are in place at
the Zoo and in the surrounding area.
site, the Zoo maintains a collection of rare and endangered plant
species that are displayed to educate visitors and enhance the animal
In non-exhibit areas and off-site, the Zoo
maintains and protects plants by a) conducting botanical surveys to
monitor the health of wild populations; b) by acquiring properties that
support rare plant species and rare plant communities; and c) by
managing and restoring wild populations of rare plant species and
communities, such as the plant community associated with the Upland Pool
pictured to the left.