The Performing Animal Welfare Society is a place where abandoned or abused performing animals and victims of the exotic animal trade can live in peace and contentment. The Oakland Zoo is a strong supporter of PAWS and the efforts of its founder and president, Pat Derby.

Since 1984, The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has been at the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide appropriate, humane sanctuary for animals who have been the victims of the exotic and performing animal trades. PAWS investigates reports of abused performing and exotic animals, documents cruelty and assists in investigations and prosecutions by regulatory agencies to alleviate the suffering of captive wildlife. For more information, go to:

In the Field N. America

Bay Area Puma Project


Keystone Species

Butterfly Conservation

The Marine Mammal Center

Seafood Watch Program

Ventana Wildlife Society

In the Field Africa

In the Field Asia

In the Field L. America

In the Field Global

The Green Zoo

Conservation On-Site

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