Sacramento Zoo Tops $100,000 in Giving to Support Wildlife Conservation in 2013
Think Global, Act Local, Pass it on

WHATS HAPPENING: The Sacramento Zoo is proud to announce that for the first time in its 87-year history it provided more than $100,000 in one year to support more than two dozen conservation efforts in the United States and around the world. The $100,000 was given during the 2013 year.

One of the projects, Quarters for Conservation, allows Sacramento Zoo visitors to have a say in how a portion of the conservation funds are allocated.

Child at the Quarters for Conservation Wishing Well

Overall, the Sacramento Zoo supports more than two dozen conservation programs in the United States and 16 countries around the world. For the first time in the Zoo’s history, it has been able to provide more than $100,000 to the various conservation efforts it supports during the course of one year.

The Quarters for Conservation program and its success has been a huge help in reaching $100,000 of giving during 2013. The program is a great example of the Sacramento community working hand-in-hand with the Zoo to make a global impact.

The Quarters for Conservation program works by providing each guest with a token when they enter the Zoo. The token represents their contribution to conservation and enables visitors to vote for one of three conservation projects at the wishing wells in the Zoo’s Entry Plaza. Votes determine how much funding each project receives; every vote makes a difference. Each project is guaranteed $5,000 annually with additional funding based on the number of votes received.

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. Last year 379,282 votes were 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.

The three programs selected by the Sacramento Zoo for 2014 are:

Tiger Conservation in Sumatra
The Tiger Conservation Campaign is working to reduce tiger-human conflicts around Leuser National Park by building and maintaining tiger-proof livestock pens in villages, increasing outreach and awareness, and rescuing tigers caught in snares.

Pacific Health Fisher Project
This local project is a program of the Integral Ecology Research Center that studies the impact of diseases such as canine distemper among fishers. By studying what makes fishers sick, we can make better recommendations to ensure the survival of their dwindling numbers in the Sierra Nevada Range.

Galapagos Penguin Lava Nest Project
The Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels is building shaded lava nests in predator-free areas in the Galapagos in hopes of reversing population decline.

To learn more about Quarters for Conservation, the 2014 recipients of the program and the many other conservation efforts that the Zoo supports, visit the Conservation page.

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