Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center is a tiny, intimate, highly specialized endangered and delicate species Wildlife Conservation Center with a primary focus on research and advancement of captive husbandry and viable sustainability of captive populations of unique and endangered species.
Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center & The Sloth Center is NOT a for public entertainment "Zoo" and only offers guests access through seasonal guided educational programs. 90% of ZWCC's animal residents are never seen by non-staff humans.
If you are seeking to "entertain the kids for a day," or to wander around and look at animals, we highly recommend Portland's Oregon Zoo, Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo and our favorite Northwest Trek.
The Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center works hand-in-hand to support the Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Center in it's passion for the betterment of sloth populations both in captivity and in the wild.
The Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Center has made significant advancements in not only captive husbandry of sloth but also in captive sloth breeding and veterinary care.
With the support of the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center and in conjunction with the Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Center, The Sloth Center sustains the largest population of long-term captive adult sloths in the world. We strongly uphold that without sustainable adults there are no adorable babies to coo over.
Captive Husbandry Research: Our primary focus is on the long-term physical, mental and emotional care of captive wildlife populations.
Propagation: Our secondary focus is on preserving the genetic viability and sustainability of captive populations of the delicate, rare and endangered species we keep and how such can be applied to the propagation of all other species.
Education: We follow up our primary and secondary focuses with education - and, in that regard, we are a Research and Conservation Center unlike any other --- we are at the forefront of making Conservation Centers an interactive educational experience where students and guests can seize the opportunity to study and meet wildlife species up-close and in many cases in person.
Pre-Lude to a Mission Statement: Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center, the Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Center, and The Sloth Center combined are a tiny, highly intimate, facility. So when we sat down to write our "Mission Statement" we looked at hundreds of examples from our larger, albeit more powerful, brethren and realized one very moving thing, WE PUT THE ANIMALS FIRST (not human "entertainment"), no exceptions. Period. So the question begged to be asked "How do you write a "Mission Statement" that goes in a highly focused direction that is, at it's core, different than what the masses have put forth?" Answer: "Buck it up and take the hard road." Simply put, "stand for what you are passionate about." So the following is our "Mission Statement"........ albeit forever in-the-works.
Mission Statement: Fact: "Captivity changes everything." Even a severe attempt at mimicking the wild inside a non-indigenous, captive environment is nothing but a mask. That being said, Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center and the Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Center are committed to theoretical research, start to finish. We thrive on intuition, hunches, going with our gut and intensely listening to the keepers that work in direct contact with the species in their charge. We are committed to learning about the intricacies of the species we keep. Trying new things. We strive to develop ways to apply findings, no matter how minute, to the captive wildlife species in our care in an effort to develop advanced husbandry protocols for the betterment of captive held wildlife. It is Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center and the Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Center's express mission to research, develop, test, apply and modify captive husbandry theories, especially those that venture "outside the box" and that may seem unconventional and "new fangled."
It is Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center and the Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Center's express desire to afford advanced species-specific captive husbandry guidelines to the legitimate captive wildlife species keeping community.