Think Global, Act Local, Pass it on
At the Sacramento Zoo, visitors make a difference every time they visit by participating in Quarters for Conservation. This program provides funding for local and global wildlife conservation projects. As guests enter the Zoo, they receive a token representing their contribution to conservation. The token 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 three programs selected by the Sacramento Zoo for 2013 program are the 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 play an important part in their local ecosystem.
In 2012, the inaugural year of Quarters for Conservation, 283,653 votes were cast for the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, the Mabula Ground Hornbill Conservation Project and, locally, the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society. $50,000 was divided amongst the three projects, with the amount determined by the number of votes each project received. The Quarters for Conservation program is replicated at other zoos throughout the U.S.
Along with Quarters for Conservation, the Zoo’s Conservation Committee supports more than two dozen projects worldwide. The Committee is comprised of Zoo staff and veterinarians from UC Davis who also care for the animals at the Sacramento Zoo. One of the largest conservation efforts is focused on protecting Grevy’s Zebras in Kenya. The Grevy’s Zebra Trust raises awareness of conservation issues in local communities, monitors populations, coordinates productive partnerships with local organizations and secures resources for the fewer than 1,900 Grevy’s Zebras that remain in the wild. In 2012 the Grevy’s Zebra Trust and AZA received top honors in International Conservation for 2012 as a model of collaborative endangered species conservation. The Zoo is glad to be a part of the award winning conservation program.
To learn more about Quarters for Conservation, the 2013 recipients of the program and other conservation efforts that the Zoo supports visit saczoo.org.