- Zoo guests raise more than $100,000 during Quarters for Conservation 2012-2013 campaign -

May 09, 2013, Colorado Springs, CO – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Quarters for Conservation (Q4C) campaign raised a grand total of $119,369.16 to support conservation programs locally and globally during the 2012-2013 year. Funds will be distributed this Friday, May 10, 2013 at 10 a.m. during a Q4C celebration at the Zoo. Representatives from two community projects supported by Q4C, Pinello Ranch (2012-2013) and Rocky Mountain Field Institute (2013-2014), will be in attendance for interviews.

Since Quarters for Conservation began in 2008, more than half a million has been provided for wildlife conservation programs around the world. Now, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is leading the charge in encouraging other Zoos and conservation institutions to launch their own “Quarters”-style programs.

“Q4C empowers every Zoo guest who walks through our gate to change the world one quarter and one vote at a time,” Dr. Della Garelle, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Director of Field Conservation, said. “Our guests are truly making a difference for endangered animals in the wild.”

Half of the amount collected via Q4C funds projects championed by Zoo staff for the year, while the remaining 50% supports ongoing flagship conservation programs at the Zoo, including breeding programs for black-footed ferrets and Wyoming toads. Here are the results of the 2012 – 2013 Q4C guest votes:

  • Help Protect Wild African Vultures: $6,808.03
  • Help Rescue Amphibians in Panama: $7214.40
  • Help Protect Birds Migrating through Colorado Springs: $8,897.44
  • Help Protect Wild Orangutans and Their Habitat: $11,622.82
  • Help Raise and Protect Wild African Penguins: $12,722.64
  • Help Protect Elephants and Rhinos in East Africa: $13,811.79

On May 1, 2013, guests began voting for new conservation projects that include:

  • Help Protect Greenback Cutthroat Trout in Bear Creek
  • Help Save Wild Amur Leopards and Tigers
  • Help Save Wild Mexican Grey Wolves
  • Help Rescue Amphibians in Panama
  • Help Raise and Protect Wild African Penguins
  • Help Protect Wild Orangutans and Their Forest Habitat


About Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society was founded in 1926. Today, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America’s ONLY mountain zoo, offers comprehensive education programs, exciting conservation efforts and truly fantastic animal experiences. It is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s hope that guests fall in love with animals and nature, and take action to protect them. Of the 224 zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of just nine operating without tax support. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo depends on admissions, membership dues and donations for funding.

For further information or unique press opportunities, contact:

Erica Meyer
Phone: 719.633.9925 ext. 140 
Email: emeyer@cmzoo.org

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