• What We Do

    Saving the animals of today,

    for the people of tomorrow…


    • LEO fills a dire and growing need for off-site breeding centers by providing large, natural, quiet habitats and a low impact atmosphere.
    • We collaborate and manage our gene pools with other accredited organizations for zoological populations and wild-release programs.
    • NY Times Article: To Save Some Species – “Zoos,” Dr. Steven L. Monfort, the director of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, said, “should build facilities — not necessarily open to the public — that are large enough to handle whole herds of animals so that more natural reproductive behavior can occur. And less emphasis should be placed on animals that are popular attractions.”


    • We cultivate future conservationists and animal professionals through our for-credit internship programs geared towards university students.
    • Zoo School  for our LEO Family, age 6-12.
    • Zoo-Teen Program for our LEO Family, 13-18.
    • We lecture at universities, colleges and other venues.
    • Animal Ambassador/Zoomobile Program.

    Scientific Research

    • Groundbreaking conservation based projects aimed at saving species at risk.
    • Developing innovative approaches for future animal populations.
    • Fostering partnerships with science professionals and universities.
    • Supervised noninvasive access to animals and/or biological samples for further study for scientists and students.

    Rescue animals in need

    • We save animals whenever possible by providing quality, interim care and permanent placement either at LEOZCC or another appropriate facility.
    • We help orchestrate  Connecticut’s Animal Amnesty Day.

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