Our Mission

CPSG’s mission is to save threatened species by increasing the effectiveness of conservation efforts worldwide. For over 30 years, we’ve accomplished this by using scientifically sound, collaborative processes that bring together people with diverse perspectives and knowledge to catalyze positive conservation change. We provide species conservation planning expertise to governments, Specialist Groups, zoos and aquariums, and other wildlife organizations.


  • developing and disseminating innovative and interdisciplinary science-based tools and methodologies,
  • providing culturally sensitive and respectful facilitation that results in conservation action plans,
  • promoting global partnerships and collaborations, and
  • fostering contributions of the conservation breeding community to species conservation.

CPSG transforms passion for wildlife into effective conservation. 

CPSG is part of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is supported by a non-profit organization incorporated under the name Global Conservation Network.  Our ties to the IUCN are essential to the strength of CPSG and our position as a vital link among governments, conservation organizations, and others in the conservation community.