Get ready to embark on an adventure through Asia Quest, presented by Diet Pepsi. Your quest to find many of this region’s most threatened species will bring you face-to-face with animals from the deserts of Mongolia, tropical regions of southern Asia, northern forests of Russia and western Himalayan Mountains.
Who You’ll Meet
Your adventure begins in an ancient Himalayan village where you’ll learn how the wildlife you are about to encounter are facing the threat of extinction. As you travel through Asia Quest, you’ll meet the likes of our Amur tigers, sun bears, flying fox and Asian elephants – including Hank, the largest Asian elephant in North America, weighing in at 7 tons! To learn about all the animals you’ll meet in this region, visit our animal page.
Just for the Kids
While in Asia Quest, kids can engage with tons of games and activities in the Naomi Coyle Dempsey Quest for Enlightenment Interpretive Center while also learning more about endangered species and how they can help protect wildlife around the world.
Connecting to Conservation
As you meet the animals that call Asia Quest home, you’ll see several species that are facing the ticking clock of extinction in the wild. In fact, many animal populations in the wild are declining more rapidly than ever before because of increased human activity. But, thanks to conservationists dedicated to helping protect the wild cousins of the animals you’ll see in Asia Quest, there is hope! For example, the Zoo supports a conservation project in Borneo that is working to preserve the wild Asian elephant population. In Borneo much of the wild elephants’ habitat is being converted into farmland to support the growing human population, which then often causes the elephants to turn to those crops for food. This can result in serious, and sometimes fatal, conflict between local farmers and the elephants. In response, the conservationists are working to study the elephants’ behaviors and family structures so that local farmers can learn to better manage the elephant populations and minimize crop destruction peacefully. To learn more about this project, visit the Danau Girang Field Centre website.