In 1975, African Lion Safari was a founding member of the Canadian Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, now known as Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA). CAZA is a private charitable organization representing the country’s leading zoological parks and aquariums and is committed to the advancement of accredited zoos and aquariums as humane agencies of animal welfare, conservation, science and education.
African Lion Safari proudly became a member of Conservation Centers for Species Survival (C2S2) in 2017. C2S2 brings together the collective expertise of large-sized institutions committed to endangered species study, management, and recovery.
The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) was founded to foster communication, professionalism, and cooperation among those individuals who serve Avian Science through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation, and education. The mission of IAATE is to promote best practices in the field of avian care, training, and educational programming, and to inspire conservation of avian species and natural world.
The International Elephant Foundation (IEF) is a non-profit corporation of individuals and institutions dedicated to the conservation of African and Asian Elephants worldwide. The mission of the IEF is to support and operate elephant conservation and education programs in managed facilities and in the wild, with an emphasis on management, protection and scientific research.
The goal of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums is to guide, encourage and support the zoos, aquariums and like-minded organizations of the world in animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation.
In addition to being a Full Member of the Conservation Centers for Species Survival, African Lion Safari is a member of their Source Population Alliance (SPA) program. A source population is a sustainable population of wildlife that serves as a dependable reservoir for ex situ (captive) and in situ (wild) conservation.
Historically, efforts to protect species has focused on saving habitat in the species native environment. However, for many species, suitable habitat is in short supply. For these species, ex situ “source populations” can help ensure the species persists while habitat conservation and restoration is achieved.
The SPA’s mission is to create and preserve sustainable wildlife populations through a combined private/public sector alliance. SPA is focused on some of the rarest ungulate species on earth. Starting with four species (Scimitar Horned Oryx, Addax, Dama/Addra Gazelle, and Sable), SPA has now increased to include six additional species (Bongo, Arabian Oryx, Roan Antelope, Banteng, Anoa and Grevy’s Zebra).
Through the combined efforts of Sahara Conservation Fund and SPA participants, the previously extinct Scimitar Horned Oryx has been successfully re-established in the wild in Tunisia and Chad. SPA is now working collaboratively to reproduce this effort for other target species. African Lion Safari has not only committed individuals of these species to the SPA’s efforts but is also participating in genetic and disease surveillance research that will assist in conservation efforts for these animals.