Quarters for Conservation
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The Sacramento Zoo is increasing its commitment to conservation by supporting exciting field conservation projects both locally and around the globe with the Quarters for Conservation program. Through the collection of quarters, the Zoo provides funding for wildlife conservation projects. You, our members and visitors, are part of this exciting contribution to wildlife conservation.
How it Works
As you enter the Zoo, you'll receive a token representing your contribution to conservation. The token enables you to vote for a conservation project of your choice–your vote helps us determine how much funding each project receives. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the projects and cast your vote at the Zoo’s Entry Plaza.
Each project is guaranteed $5,000 annually with additional funding based on the number of votes each project receives.
Borneo Small Wild Cat Conservation
Bay Cat – Pardofelis badia
Flat-headed Cat – Prionailurus planiceps
Marbled Cat – Pardofelis marmorata
Small cat species from Borneo, Indonesia are some of the rarest and least studied cats in the world. The Flat-headed, Marbled and Bay Cats are three species targeted in this conservation effort. The limited information to date shows that they are at risk of extinction along with animals who share their habitat, due to timber harvesting, palm oil plantations, mining and industrial ship ponds.
The Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation (SWCCF) is working to confirm, through camera traps, the presence of these rare cats in the Sungai Wain Protection Forest of Borneo. Once confirmed, SWCCF will work with local people to create and manage long-term conservation and research projects so that they can improve protection for these globally threatened species and their habitats. You can help by not buying products containing palm oil.
Greater Sandhill Crane Conservation
Grus ccanadensis tabida
The Greater Sandhill Crane, native to the Central Valley of California, is one of only two crane species in North America. They are highly charismatic and have garnered substantial public interest in the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta region. Thousands of these birds “winter” in Central California from September to February each year before heading back to northeast California and central Oregon. These are adult pairs with their offspring that hatched in the summer months. They are opportunistic eaters that enjoy plants, grains, mice, snakes, insects, or worms. Sandhill cranes rely on open freshwater wetlands for most of their lifecycle. Greater Sandhill Cranes are listed as a state-threatened species under the California Endangered Species Act. Habitat loss from agriculture conversion, urbanization, and disturbances from increasing recreational activities and loss of open fields continue to impact the long-term sustainability of key crane wintering areas in the Central Valley.
A larger landscape approach to conservation involving multiple partners is necessary in order to effectively recover the species. This project will develop a conservation strategy leading to regional management decisions to benefit the species and aid in species recovery. It will include standardizing population monitoring as well as enhancing public education and understanding of conservation issues.
Southern African Vulture Conservation
African White-backed Vulture – Gyps africanus
Bearded Vulture – Gypaetes barbatus
Cape Griffon Vulture – Gyps coprotheres
Hooded Vulture – Necrosyrtes monachus
Lappet-faced Vulture - Torgos tracheliotos
Palm-nut Vulture – Gypohierax angolensis
Rüppell’s Griffon – Gyps rueppellii
White-headed Vulture - Trigonoceps occipitalis
Vultures form an important ecological component of our natural environment - cleaning up dead carcasses and decreasing the spread of some diseases. If animals in the environment are killed with toxins and poisons, then the vultures, who feed on them, will often perish as well. These birds are then indicators of the health of the animal populations on which they feed. Vultures face an unprecedented onslaught from human activities. They have to cope with electrocutions and collisions with electrical structures, poisoning, a decrease in food availability, and exposure to toxicity. All eight vulture species in southern Africa are currently listed as either Endangered or Vulnerable by the IUCN.
VulPro works with veterinarians, scientists, volunteers, students and local residents to raise awareness for the plight of vultures, manage captive breeding and release programs, rehabilitate injured vultures, monitor wild vultures, and find viable solutions for saving the species.
For more information visit VulPro’s website.
Additional Quarters for Conservation Funding
In 2015 the Zoo is increasing its commitment to conservation. In addition to the Quarters for Conservation program where visitors get to vote for a project, every time a guest has fun riding the train, carousel, participating in a giraffe encounter or experiencing the Serengeti Cyclone, a quarter will be added to the Sacramento Zoo’s conservation fund. This is in addition to existing programs such as the 2% of membership support that goes to wildlife conservation that was started in 2008.
In 2015 visitors voted for how $50,000 was to be divided among three programs by voting at the Quarters for Conservation wishing wells. The local Tri-colored Blackbird program received 114,846 votes, the Giant Anteater/Armadillo program received 114,928 votes and the highest votes went to the Snow Leopard Conservancy with 200,158 votes.
2014 tallied a total of 370,141 votes for the Quarters for Conservation programs. Visitors decided how the $50,000 was to be divided between an Artificial Penguin Nest Project, Sumatran Tiger Conservation and locally, Pacific Fisher Conservation.
The 2013 programs were the local Riparian Brush Rabbit Recovery program, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary project and the Masai Giraffe Conservation program. Each of these species is facing trouble in their natural habitat and plays an important part in their local ecosystem. In 2013 there were 379,282 votes cast for the three projects listed above. In total $50,000 was divided amongst the three projects, with the amount determined by the number of votes each project received.
In 2012, the inaugural year of Quarters for Conservation, 283,653 votes were cast for the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, the Mabula Ground Hornbill Conservation Project and, locally, the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society. $50,000 was divided amongst the three projects, with the amount determined by the number of votes each project received. The Quarters for Conservation program is replicated at other zoos throughout the United States.
The Sacramento Zoo supports many other conservation efforts around the world.
Visit the Conservation Action page for details on other projects.