Through the Sacramento Zoo’s Quarters for Conservation program, each time you visited the zoo last year, you were given a token representing the portion of your admission or membership going directly to conservation projects locally and around the world. You used that token to add your support to one of three programs saving species in the wild.
You selected and the totals are in! The Mountain Lion Foundation received 107,022 votes, the Red Panda Network received 106,001 votes, and 78,560 votes were cast for the Union Island Gecko Conservation program. Each program will receive at least $5,000 with additional funds based on the number of votes received.
The final tally of the 2017 votes means you can begin casting your votes for the 2018 projects! Learn more about them below.
BELIZE MANATEE REHABILITATION
The phone rings, there is news of an incoming orphaned Antillean manatee calf. The manatee team swings into action preparing the intensive care pool, readying feeding bottles, rehydration solution, and formula. The call is just the beginning of the rehabilitation process that will eventually result in the release of a healthy Antillean manatee back into the wild.
Over the past five years, the Antillean manatee population in Belize, considered the regional stronghold with an estimated 700 to 1,000 individuals, has been impacted by significantly increased mortality events, primarily as a result of increasing tourism boat traffic in key manatee areas. Injured and/or orphaned manatees found in the coastal waters of Belize are brought to the Manatee Rehabilitation Centre at Wildtracks for rehabilitation and eventual release back into the wild. The rehabilitation process can take as long as three and a half years, depending on the age of the animal and the severity of its injuries. With such a low population count, it is critically important to facilitate the return of every animal to the wild.
Save the manatees! These adorable animals need your help! Support of this project will go directly toward the construction of a second neonate intensive care pool for orphaned calves and the necessary supplies to rehabilitate and release manatees back into the wild. Your vote for this program funds the care of baby manatees to get them back to the wild! Do your part to help save the manatees and demand that boats go slow in manatee waters.
For more information visit the Wildtracks website.
RESTORING FOOTHILL YELLOW-LEGGED FROG POPULATIONS IN NORTH FORK FEATHER RIVER (CA)
A headstart program for the foothill yellow-legged frog includes hatching eggs and safely rearing the tadpoles into juvenile frogs. Once they are large enough, the young adult frogs will be released to a site along the Feather River where habitat restoration has taken place. After release, the frogs and their population will continue to be monitored and will receive assistance during migration.
Foothill yellow-legged frogs need habitat protection and recovery efforts to avoid extinction. Protecting these frogs will also benefit other wildlife and many river and stream ecosystems in California that we rely on for recreation, open space, and drinking water.
Frogs are croaking in record numbers! Your support of this project helps restore yellow-legged frogs to the feather river. Eggs are collected, hatched and young frogs are released back into restored habitat. Supporting this project is taking part in positive action to save a native California species and give it legs to thrive and repopulate in the wild. Hop to it and save the frogs!
PAINTED DOG CONSERVATION IN ZIMBABWE
Part of pack life for the painted dog is taking care of the young, sick, old, and disabled. These social dogs are one of the most endangered carnivores in the world, with approximately 5,000 existing in the wild and one-sixth of this population in Zimbabwe. The loss of quality habitat and poaching are driving the painted dogs towards extinction.
Save the painted dogs from snares set for other animals! Your support of this projects funds special collars that protect painted dogs from becoming trapped in snares set for other animals. It is a howling success! Join the pack to save the painted dogs.
For more information visit the Painted Dog Conservation webpage.