Together, Protecting the Future.

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Together, Protecting the Future.

Be A Conservation Hero. Your Vote Can Change the World.

  • Join us in helping to make a difference for the conservation projects listed below by casting your vote.
  • Each year we give $75,000 to conservation. With grants asking for over $82,000, your votes will help us decide which projects receive funding.
  • Watch for voting results below to learn which projects your membership is helping us fund this year. Thank you for being a conservation hero!

Because of your votes the following projects will receive funding in 2019:

 

PROJECTS EXPLAINED

 

Project Anoulak logo

Safeguard the RAINFOREST in LAOS – $11,250

FULLY FUNDED at $11,250

Based in the Annamite Mountains of Laos, Project Anoulak works to conserve and study wildlife (white-cheek gibbon, Asian otter, saola, etc.) in the Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area. One of the most important and biodiverse forests left in the region, it is threatened by unsustainable harvesting and farming practices, as well as illegal poaching. This funding will purchase equipment needed to continue their critical conservation monitoring and research.

 

Golden lion tamarin portrait photo

Protect GOLDEN LION TAMARIN habitat – $16,466

Native to Brazil, urban expansion has reduced golden lion tamarin habitat by 98%. While re-introduction programs have been successful, ongoing success relies upon habitat restoration, protection and expansion. Through a local partner, these funds will support planting and care of two acres of forest for three years. By connecting fragmented forests in protected areas and working with local populations, golden lion tamarins and their habitat will thrive.

African lion portrait photo

Promote native pride for AFRICAN LIONS – $3,000

FULLY FUNDED at $3,000

A continued partnership, the Ewaso ‘Lion Kids Camp’ educates Kenyan children of pastoral families in ways to avoid lion predation of their livestock. Without the help of local communities, African lions could be extinct in the wild within 20 years. This funding would help support a youth camp designed to connect these children to the local wildlife and nature, encouraging them to protect and champion big cats.

 

Mountain tapir photo

Help track wild MOUNTAIN TAPIR – $26,566

FULLY FUNDED at $26,566

Found in Columbia, Ecuador and the far north of Peru, only 2,000 mountain tapirs remain in the wild. CMZoo is one of two zoos in North America that this species calls home. A continuation of past monitoring projects, these funds would support the radio collaring of five additional tapirs in the wild. This project, based in Ecuador, has already yielded important information regarding movement, behaviors and territory of this critically endangered species.

Okapi portrait photo

Help a village celebrate OKAPI – $6,000

FUNDED at $15,000

Found in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and one of the most biologically diverse areas in all of Africa, okapis have only been known to science since 1901. Threatened by habitat destruction, mining, poaching and civil unrest, there may be as few as 10,000 left in the wild. Through the Okapi Conservation Project, this funding would support a community outreach program for World Okapi Day to promote local education and co-existence between okapis, their habitat and local villages. This projected is co-supported by four other zoos.

Pangolin photo

Send emergency funds for PANGOLINS – $5,000

FULLY FUNDED at $5,000

Found in Africa and Asia, pangolins are the most trafficked animals in the world. Because they are also threatened by deforestation, all eight species of the pangolin are considered threatened with extinction (two of which are critically endangered). Save Vietnam’s Wildlife focuses on the recovery and release of native species confiscated in the illegal wildlife trade. They are seeking emergency funding to assist in the care of 168 recently confiscated pangolins, the largest group confiscated to date. Funding will help provide veterinary care until they are re-released.

Local butterfly pollinator on flower photo

More POLLINATOR GARDENS for schools – $9,000

FUNDED at $15,000.

Pollinators, like butterflies, birds and bees, are incredibly important to a healthy habitat and help fertilize many of the plants, fruits and vegetables we enjoy. For the second year in a row, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will provide a pollinator grant to three local elementary schools for $3,000 each. This program will help teach students the importance of protecting pollinators by building a garden they nurture and grow.

 

Saola Working Group logo

Fund important research on the SAOLA – $5,000

Found in the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam, the saola (nicknamed the “Asian unicorn”) is one of the rarest large animals on earth. Scientifically discovered in 1992, their main threat is not deforestation but commercial poaching and snare hunting. Because not much is known about this elusive species, this money will purchase 25 camera traps to continue to monitor and research the forests they call home.

 

These funds are only possible because of your membership.

 

Not only do your Quarters for Conservation (Q4C) tokens help distribute $75,000 to conservation, but your vote today will decide which additional field conservation efforts receive funding this year. Thank you for your dedication to conservation in the wild.

You’re our conservation heroes!