Native Species Initiative
Through its Native Species Initiative, C2S2 is helping to facilitate expanded conservation-focused activities and regional biodiversity initiatives at interested zoos. Zoos can work with C2S2 and the Conservation Centers to conduct conservation breeding of native species, mobilize citizen science efforts in their local area, and connect with new partners.
Each native species that C2S2 works with has two common characteristics – reliance on the need for conservation breeding, and a goal to establish self-sustaining wild populations through reintroduction of animals back to nature. Landowner engagement also distinguishes these initiatives. Priorities include songbirds (with loggerhead shrike as a model, see below), Attwater’s prairie-chickens, and hellbenders.