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 2017:
Madagascar Wildlife Conservation
Alaotran gentle lemurs are the only species of primate adapted to living in the reed and papyrus beds and are in and around Madagascar’s largest lake, Lac Alaotra, settled in the central-eastern region of the island. They inhabit one of the most restricted ranges of any lemur species, mainly on the southwest corner of the lake. Due to such a specialized habitat, this species of lemur is extremely threatened. The area around the lake is drained and burned for agricultural purposes and the lemurs are often hunted for food as well as the pet trade. The goal of Madagascar Wildlife Conservation is to protect the ecosystem of the Alaotra region by promoting initiatives that integrate conservation, education and development. Contributions from Quarters for Conservation will go towards educational workshops and a lemur festival to raise awareness in local communities.
Belize is home to two species of primate—the Yucatan black howler and Geoffroy’s spider monkey. Though globally endangered, the populations of these monkeys are especially pressured in Belize due to increasing tropical deforestation and the capture of young animals for the illegal pet trade. Wildtracks, a conservation nonprofit organization, works closely with the Belize Forest Department to enforce wildlife legislation. Their main focus is to develop and support conservation initiatives to increase the viability of primate populations in the country and prepare confiscated and rescued primates for reintroduction back into the wild. Wildtracks hopes to use contributions from Quarters for Conservation to engage and inspire Belizeans of all ages through action-based primate conservation activities that provide these endangered species with a brighter future.
Borneo Nature Foundation
Orangutans reside in lowland forests in Borneo, making nests in trees for sleeping at night and resting during the day. Bornean orangutan populations have declined by more than 50% over the past 60 years and their habitat has rapidly reduced by at least 55% just over twenty years. In northwest Borneo, their habitat has been severely affected by logging and hunting and the species is listed as critically endangered. Borneo Nature Foundation aims to develop a major conservation program with the goal of protecting and restoring this critical orangutan habitat. To do so, the entire landscape of the Rungan Forest, their primary objective area, must first be mapped and described, including orangutan population distribution and abundance. Funds from Quarters for Conservation will help finance survey logistics and personnel that will enable this organization to accurately document the region.
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.