Quarters for Conservation
Give Your Change to Make Change
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.
Tiger Conservation in Sumatra
Panthera tigris sumatrae
It is estimated that there are fewer than 500 wild Sumatran Tigers left in the world. They are native to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia where they live in tropical rain forests and swamps. Sumatran Tigers are mostly solitary. They have an excellent sense of smell and often rely on stealth and camouflage when hunting. Tigers make a variety of vocalizations from growls to roars and snarls. They are also the only cat to make chuffing noises, which is a greeting.
When Sumatran tigers leave the forest to hunt wild pigs near villages, they often come into conflict with people, get caught in snares, and are more vulnerable to poaching. Reducing tiger-human conflict is key to the survival of critically endangered Sumatran tigers, and it helps local communities too! The Tiger Conservation Campaign reduce tiger-human conflict around Leuser National Park building and maintaining tiger-proof livestock pens in villages, increasing outreach and awareness, and rescuing tigers caught in snares.
For more information, visit the Tiger Conservation in Sumatra webpage.
Pacific Fisher Health Project
The Pacific Fisher is a house-cat sized carnivore related to the wolverine that lives in the mature forests of northern California and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. They are a secretive animal that is rarely seen, even in areas where they are relatively abundant. Fishers are the only forest carnivore known to hunt porcupine with regular success.
Pacific Fishers currently live in less than 50% of their historical range. There are fewer than 300 fishers remaining in the Sierra Nevada range. Disease and predation are the main cause of mortality in California. The Pacific Fisher Health Project, a program of The Integral Ecology Research Center, is studying the impact of diseases such as canine distemper among fishers. By studying what makes fishers sick and what kills them, better recommendations can be made to ensure their survival. The ultimate goal of this project is to have a healthy population of this unique carnivore in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
For more information, visit the Pacific Fisher Health Project webpage.
Galapagos Penguin Lava Nest Project
Galapagos Penguins are native to the Galapagos Islands and with an estimated 1,700 individuals left in the world, they are the rarest and most endangered of all the penguin species. They are the smallest of all South American penguins, weighing in at about 5.5 pounds and 19 inches in height.
The population of Galapagos Penguins has declined by as much as 75% since 1972 because of introduced predators and climate change. Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels is building shaded lava nests in predator free areas in the Galapagos in hopes of reversing the population decline. Supporting this project will result in the construction of new lava homes for penguins (Habitat for Humanity Penguin Version). Over the next three years mark and recapture studies will be used to evaluate effectiveness of the lava nests.
For more information, visit the Penguin Studies webpage.
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.