CuriOdyssey’s Conservation Program focuses on conservation issues that impact San Mateo County and, more broadly, the native California animals that reside at CuriOdyssey. We accomplish this through a variety of projects, including habitat restoration, sustainable practices, research, citizen science projects, and captive breeding.
Declared threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act in 1996. Red-legged frogs were once common throughout California, but their numbers have been in steep decline as the marshes they favor have been drained for cropland and housing tracts.
Listed by the state government as a threatened species.
Tiger salamanders are threatened by wetland destruction and introduction of non-native animals to their habitats (bullfrogs, mosquito fish, etc.).
Burrowing owls are species of concern in California because of habitat loss/degradation and pesticide use. They are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Considered endangered in Canada and threatened Mexico.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife consider the Western pond turtle a species of special concern, and California state law protects them. The northern populations have virtually disappeared in some ranges.
Western Pond Turtle
We would like to thank the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund for the partial funding of our Nature Play Project. This project was awarded through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund as part of the Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium collaboration with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).