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Want to help save wildlife and wild places? By visiting Zoo Atlanta, you already have! Did you know that 25 cents of every Zoo Atlanta general admission ticket benefits field conservation programs? 

Prepare for your visit by learning more about our 2020 – 2021 Quarters for Conservation projects and by finding out how you can help protect these species in your daily life 

And don’t forget to share and spread the word using #changetheworld. 

 


2020 – 2021 Quarters for Conservation Projects

Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation 

Borneo, Indonesia 

What’s the issue? 

Rampant deforestation linked to the global palm oil industry has significantly reduced orangutan habitats over recent decades. As a result, the orangutan population is rapidly declining. These extraordinary apes are considered critically endangered and could become extinct in the wild within the next 20 years. 

What your quarter will support 

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) works to maintain, restore, and protect the forests that provide a home to orangutans and many other animals. BOSF also rehabilitates orangutans to be reintroduced to the wild and works to educate local communities on how they can support wildlife. 

How YOU can help 

  • Support sustainable palm oil initiatives by looking for products marked “orangutan-friendly” or by using the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Sustainable Palm Oil app while shopping. 
  • Learn more about orangutans and spread the word to family and friends about how to support them. Use #changetheworld when sharing with your networks. 

More activities 

  • Barcode Bingo: This activity will get your whole family moving! Search different areas of your home to discover if your favorite brands and products use

Save the Giants 

Guyana, South America 

What’s the issue? 

Giant otters are poorly studied in their native range, resulting in unknown population trends and under-representation in conservation work. Primary threats to this endangered species include habitat loss and fragmentation related to the agricultural fishing industry; the illegal wildlife trade; lack of law enforcement; and changes in the environment. 

What your quarter will support 

Save the Giants (STG) works to advance giant otter conservation by involving the local Guyanese community in otter population surveys to generate the information needed to make land management decisions. STG also provides training in best practices for sustainable, low impact eco-tourism to create employment opportunities for local people. 

How YOU can help 

  • Support sustainable fishing practices by downloading the Seafood Watch app to help you identify best choices at the grocery store and on restaurant menus. 
  • Learn more about otters and spread the word to family and friends about how to support them. Use #changetheworld when sharing with your networks. 

More activities 

  • Otterly Fishy: In this activity, you will explore what it’s like to be an otter trying to fish in habitats negatively impacted by humans. 
  • Otter Puppet Craft: In this activity, kids will create their own otter puppets and learn about what giant otters eat.
  • Code Cracker Challenge: Acquire the mystery word to unlock a bonus activity! Complete the challenges to crack the code. 

Xerces Society of Invertebrate Conservation: Pollinator Conservation Program 

United States 

What’s the issue? 

Pollinators provide an essential ecological service necessary for the reproduction of over 85% of the world’s flowering plant species, including many crops that support the global food supply. Most of this pollination is provided by insects like bees, butterflies, wasps, flies, and beetles. In many places, pollinator populations are declining due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and disease. 

What your quarter will support 

The Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Program works to restore and expand pollinator habitat by advancing sustainable crop production practices and providing region-specific educational resources for individuals and communities dedicated to protecting pollinators. 

How YOU can help 

  • Help reduce pollinator habitat loss by growing pollinator-friendly native plants in any space you have available. Avoid pesticides if you can, and if you must use them, be sure to carefully follow the instructions. 
  • Learn more about pollinators and spread the word to family and friends about how to support them. Use #changetheworld when sharing with your networks. 

More activities 

  • Seed Bomb Activity: Get your hands dirty to help bees and other pollinators! Making seed bombs is a fun way to create pollinator habitats and break up food deserts. 
  • Pollinator Palooza: This activity will get you moving as you experience the role of a pollinator firsthand. 
  • Insight Citizen Science: Get outside and help scientists gather valuable data to track pollinator health and density across different environments across North America. 

Barcode Bingo

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Otterly Fishy

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Otter Puppet Craft

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Code Cracker Challenge

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Seed Bomb Activity

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Pollinator Palooza

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2019 – 2020 Quarters for Conservation Projects

Asociacion Armonia
Bolivia

What’s the issue?
With only 400 blue-throated macaws left in the wild, immediate conservation action is critical for this species. Threats to these charismatic birds include habitat loss, lack of viable nesting sites and illegal pet trade. Asociacion Armonia has established Barba Azul Nature Reserve, the world’s first protected habitat for the macaw in northern Bolivia.

What your vote will support
Preserving this critically endangered ecosystem not only protects the blue- throated macaw, but also neighboring species like jaguars, pumas and maned wolves. The association’s community-centered approach works to educate and engage local people in protecting macaws from poaching, rather than exploiting the birds in the illegal pet trade and decorative feather trade.

How YOU can help

  • Be an informed consumer. Buy only paper and wood products that have the Forestry Stewardship Council logo.
  • Vote for MACAW at the Quarters for Conservation kiosks.
  • Learn more about blue-throated macaws and spread the word to family and friends about how to help them. Use #changetheworld when sharing with your networks.

Giraffe Conservation Foundation
Africa

What’s the issue?
Their threats include habitat loss, habitat degradation as a result of growing human populations, and illegal hunting. Even though some giraffe subspecies are considered to be among some of the planet’s most threatened large mammals, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation is the only organization in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffes in the wild. The foundation works closely with local governments and other partners to preserve giraffe populations and facilitate education programs across Africa.

What your vote will support
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation works closely with local governments and other partners to preserve giraffe populations and facilitate education programs across Africa.

How YOU can help

  • Reduce your carbon footprint, say no to single-use plastics like straws and plastic bags.
  • Vote for GIRAFFE at the Quarters for Conservation kiosks.
  • Learn more about giraffes and spread the word to family and friends about how to help them. Use #changetheworld when sharing with your networks.

Turtle Survival Alliance: Radiated Tortoise Reintroduction Project
Madagascar

What’s the issue?
Once one of the most abundant tortoise species in the world, the radiated tortoise could face extinction in the next 10 to 20 years. In Madagascar, slash-and-burn agriculture and mining have diminished habitat for this now critically endangered tortoise. Additionally, an estimated 200,000 radiated tortoises are poached from the wild annually for the illegal pet trade and meat. 

What your vote will support
In 2018, unprecedented confiscations of over 18,000 radiated tortoises were rescued and are cared for by the Turtle Survival Alliance. The Radiated Tortoise Reintroduction Project’s goal is to reintroduce these poached tortoises back into the wild into safe and suitable habitats with the support and involvement of local people.

How YOU can help

  • By not participating in the illegal pet trade. Discourage friends and family from doing so too. 
  • Vote for TORTOISE at the Quarters for Conservation kiosks.
  • Learn more about radiated tortoises and spread the word to family and friends about how to help them. Use #changetheworld when sharing with your networks.

2018-2019 Quarters for Conservation Projects

Drill Ranch
Nigeria and Cameroon

What’s the issue?
On the brink of extinction in the 1980s, the endangered drill monkey faces threats from habitat loss and poaching for the bushmeat trade. In Nigeria, farming and illegal logging have claimed more than 95 percent of drills’ rainforest habitat.

What your vote will support
Thanks to rescue and rehabilitation efforts and managed breeding programs, the Pandrillus Foundation’s Drill Ranch is now home to more than 500 drills, with a goal of releasing these shy but social animals back into the wild. The Drill Ranch also assists the surrounding community by providing livelihoods, training and healthcare for local people and by donating tree seedlings and education materials to area schools.

How YOU can help

  • Be an informed consumer. Buy only paper and wood products that have the Forestry Stewardship Council logo.
  • Vote for DRILL at the Quarters for Conservation kiosks.
  • Learn more about drills and spread the word to family and friends about how to help them. Use #changetheworld when sharing with your networks.

Lion Guardians
Kenya and Tanzania

What’s the issue?
The African lion population has decreased by over 40 percent in just the last 20 years, and lions now occupy only 17 percent of their historical habitat. Lions face threats from habitat loss and illegal hunting and are frequently killed for preying on livestock.

What your vote will support
The Lion Guardians program employs young Maasai warriors, who once viewed lion killing as a rite of passage, to become lion protectors by training them on methods to help their communities coexist with lions. Lion Guardians also monitors lion populations via radio-tracking and works to lion-proof livestock pens. Their efforts prevent an average of 50 lion hunts a year and lessen the economic cost of livestock loss to local farmers.

How YOU can help

  • Support policies that stop illegal hunting.
  • Vote for LION at the Quarters for Conservation kiosks.
  • Learn more about lions and spread the word to family and friends about how to help them. Use #changetheworld when sharing with your networks.

Rainforest Trust
Madagascar

What’s the issue?
Roughly 80 percent of the fossa’s forest habitat in Madagascar has been destroyed for slash-and-burn agriculture, mostly for cattle farming, and for charcoal production and timber harvest. Now classified as vulnerable, fossas are the largest native predators on Madagascar. Habitat loss and habitat fragmentation have resulted in a population decline of around 30 percent for these solitary animals, which require continuous territories to find food and mates.

What your vote will support
The Rainforest Trust is establishing a 3,460-acre Lost Rainforest Reserve to create a safe habitat for fossas and the many other species found only on Madagascar. The reserve will employ local people, provide education to surrounding communities, and establish firebreaks to prevent the spread of forest fires to protected areas.

How YOU can help

  • Reduce your meat consumption. Try Meatless Mondays to reduce habitat loss for endangered species.
  • Vote for FOSSA at the Quarters for Conservation kiosks.
  • Learn more about fossas and spread the word to family and friends about how to help them. Use #changetheworld when sharing with your networks.


2017-2018 Quarters for Conservation projects

Tiger Conservation Campaign
Sumatra

What’s the issue?
With fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, protecting them and their habitat is necessary for their survival. Sumatran tigers are facing serious threats as a result of habitat loss from human encroachment and unsustainable palm oil plantations  poaching for their fur and bones, and killing by humans when they enter villages and prey on livestock.

What your vote will support
Your vote will help the Tiger Conservation Campaign work to combat these threats. The project prevents human/tiger conflict by constructing tiger-proof livestock pens in villages, increasing outreach and awareness, and helping local veterinarians respond with assistance for wild tigers caught in snares.

How YOU can help

  • Vote for Tiger at the Quarters for Conservation kiosk.
  • Be a conscientious consumer and download the Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping app. Use it while grocery shopping to buy products that help protect animals and their homes! Learn more here.
  • Learn more  about tigers and spread the word to family and friends about the app and how easy it is to help protect tigers and other wildlife. Use #changetheworld when sharing with your networks.

East Africa Vulture Project
Kenya

What’s the issue?
The populations of seven African vulture species have declined by over 80 percent in just the last few decades, having a dramatic effect on their ecosystem. Vultures are Africa’s unsung heroes. As scavengers, they are a vital part of all healthy ecosystems. They are nature’s hazmat team, eating animal carcasses that, when left untouched, become breeding grounds for disease. One of the biggest threats to vultures is poisoning, both accidental and intentional. Vultures may be accidentally poisoned by eating the carcass of a poisoned animal, a common method used by poachers. They may also be intentionally poisoned by poachers, who target them because their presence can alert authorities to poachers’ locations.

What your vote will support
Your vote will help provide the necessary resources and training to The Peregrine Fund’s Poison Rapid Response Team. This team is the “911” for vultures in east Africa. The Poison Rapid Response Team quickly locates, saves, rehabs, and then releases these amazing birds!

How YOU can help

  • Vote for Vultures at the Quarters for Conservation kiosk.
  • Discourage poaching by not buying elephant ivory/rhino horn and by encouraging  your local politicians to pass laws in your state banning the importation of elephant ivory/rhino horn.
  • Learn more and spread the word about vultures and how important they are to our ecosystem using #changetheworld.

Project Bush Dog
Argentina

What’s the issue?
Bush dog populations are dramatically declining as a result of human-driven factors, with habitat loss being the greatest threat. The cutting of the native forest for plantations and agriculture has led to an increase of non-native plants, and bush dogs and other endangered species from the region face a decline in available food and serious habitat fragmentation.

What your vote will support
Your vote will help Project Bush Dog to establish protected areas of continuous habitat, called biological corridors, to connect fragmented habitats and minimize human-wildlife conflict. Specifically, Project Bush Dog will use trained detection dogs to sniff out and locate bush dog feces, which tell us where they live. With this field research, the project will be able to form this biological corridor, with the potential to save bush dogs as well as other endangered species in the region.

How YOU can help

  • Vote for Bush Dog at the Quarters for Conservation kiosk.
  • Create your own backyard wildlife corridor for local species by planting native plants.
  • Learn more about bush dogs and their unique environment and spread the word using #changetheworld.

Want to know more about how the Zoo’s conservation efforts protect wildlife and wild places? Learn more about other conservation programs at Zoo Atlanta.

2016-2017 Quarters for Conservation projects

Golden Lion Tamarin Association
Atlantic Coastal Forest, Brazil

Golden lion tamarins are a flagship species in Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal Forest, but only two percent of their original habitat remains. When the Golden Lion Tamarin Association began its work, habitat loss and the illegal pet trade had reduced wild populations to only around 200 individuals.

Their numbers are now estimated to be about 3,200, but there’s still much work to be done to protect their forest for all who need it, including humans.

Visit our golden lion tamarins in the KIDZone and learn more about the Golden Lion Tamarin Association

Elephants for Africa
Botswana

Elephants for Africa works to protect Earth’s largest land mammals from habitat loss, ivory poaching and the growing conflict between elephants and farmers. Fewer than 500,000 African elephants remain, and 60 percent of the surviving population relies on land that’s currently unprotected.

The project seeks to educate and inspire the people of Botswana to live in harmony with elephants who share their land and natural resources.

Visit our African elephants in the Zoo’s African Savanna, and learn more about Elephants for Africa.

Project Golden Frog
Panama

Revered for centuries as a symbol of good luck but now believed to be extinct in the wild, the Panamanian golden frog has vanished from its native habitat as a result of the amphibian chytrid fungus, habitat loss and the illegal pet trade.

Project Golden Frog works in the wild and in zoos to ensure the species’ survival through captive breeding, with the ultimate goal of restoring these icons to the wild.

Visit our Panamanian golden frogs in Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience and learn more about Project Golden Frog.

 

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