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In order to repopulate the surface of Talos IV, in 2254, the Talosians offered their zoological gardens to Christopher Pike, so to help him reclaim the planet's surface with a variety of plant life. (TOS: "The Cage", "The Menagerie, Part II")
While considering the ramifications of hunting down and killing the Mother Horta, in 2267, which Spock deemed as a potential "crime against science," Captain James T. Kirk reminded him that their "mission is to protect this colony, and to get the pergium moving again. This is not a zoological expedition." (TOS: "The Devil in the Dark")