Quarters for Conservation is an exciting program that raises money to support wildlife conservation all over the world!
Upon entry to the Zoo, each guest is given a token representing 25 cents and asked to “vote” for their favorite project or organization at the Quarters for Conservation station. Additional contributions can be made with legal tender coins or bills. Three projects are featured at a time, rotating every three months.
Zoo guests funded the following projects in 2016:
Northern Jaguar Project
Jaguars once roamed much of the southwestern United States, but are rapidly vanishing from the continent. In Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range, 55,000 acres of land has been established as the Northern Jaguar Reserve. The Northern Jaguar Project is working to protect jaguars from very real threats, including poaching, lack of law enforcement when jaguars are killed, the indiscriminate effects of poison use, ongoing effects of drought on wildlife and livestock, shifting weather patterns and invasive species. Contributions made through Quarters for Conservation will go towards setting up a lending library of cameras and field guides for an educational program for those wanting to learn more about jaguars and their importance.
Snow Leopard Trust
Found in the rugged mountains of central Asia, the snow leopard is perfectly adapted to the cold, barren landscape of their high-altitude home, but human activities have threatened the future of this species. These threats include, but are not limited to, increasing numbers of livestock, habitat loss and mining activities. With as few as 3,290 snow leopards left in their native range, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed these cats as endangered. About 1,000 of these wild cats live in Mongolia, where Snow Leopard Trust has created Snow Leopard Enterprises (SLE), which aims to provide rural families with reliable income in exchange for conservation commitments. Snow Leopard Trust will use funding from Quarters for Conservation to financially aid conservation efforts.
Giraffe Conservation Foundation
Giraffe are considered one of Africa’s most popular species, but population has declined about 35% in the last three decades—there are only an estimated 100,000 individuals left in the wild. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) seeks to reconnect local students with the environment and assist them in understanding the importance of conservation, especially for giraffe in their natural habitat. Support from Quarters for Conservation will be used to fund environmental education field trips for students, camera traps for population monitoring and vehicle support, all to help further conservation efforts to help protect this awe-inspiring species.
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.