Quarters for Conservation is an exciting program that raises money to support conservation projects around the world! The program is funded by each visit you make to the Zoo, and you get to choose which project you’d like your visit to support.
Quarters for Conservation is funded with 25 cents from each Brevard Zoo guest admission and $5 from each membership purchased. On every visit to the Zoo, you’ll receive a “quarter” token that enables you to vote for a conservation project that inspires you. Every three months, three different conservation projects are featured at the Quarters for Conservation voting station located just after passing through the Zoo’s entrance turnstiles. The percentage of votes made with tokens for each project determines how much funding the project receives. Additional votes can be made with additional quarters (actual coins or bills).
We funded the following projects in 2016:
Fewer than 10% of the forests once occupied by wild lemurs remain today. Conservation Fusion works with Madagascan students and teachers to foster an understanding of and appreciation for the local ecosystem through community reforestation projects and educational programs.
ARCAS is a non-profit organization in Guatemala created for a very specific and urgent purpose—to care for and rehabilitate animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. ARCAS will use funds from Quarters for Conservation to develop more wildlife rescue and holding centers, environmental education facilities and central offices.
Off Panama’s Caribbean Coast is the tiny island of Escudo de Verguas (Verguas Shield), home to the most endangered sloth species, the pygmy three-toed sloth. Poaching and deforestation threaten to wipe out this animal, but with help from Quarters for Conservation, CONAVI will work with locals to prevent poaching, conduct field surveys, increase community awareness and promote sustainable use of sloth habitat.
The Zoo seeks holistic projects that incorporate the community, education, and wildlife conservation. Although we recognize that research is a critical step in conservation initiatives, preference is given to projects with a significant conservation action component in addition to research. The Zoo does not support graduate research projects unless applicants are affiliated with an established non-profit conservation organization.
The Brevard Zoo Wildlife Emergency Fund is a small grant program that provides emergency funding of up to $2,500 to address severe and time-sensitive threats to wildlife. Emergency funding is focused on saving wildlife impacted by natural or man-made catastrophes such as earthquakes, flooding, fires, severe storms, poaching, civil conflict and unanticipated habitat destruction.
This program has been made possible by the fundraising efforts of Zoo staff and volunteers.