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 four 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:
Although elephants are protected on the island of Borneo, conflicts with humans are rising due to habitat loss and fragmentation. As they move into human areas, they often consume vast amounts of crops, leading farmers to harm or kill the offending elephants. HUTAN is working to prevent these interactions by alleviating migration barriers, restoring forests, patrolling conflict areas, facilitating educational programs and much more.
Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE)
Poaching and habitat loss have pushed Grauer’s gorillas to the brink of extinction. GRACE rehabilitates and releases orphaned gorillas, supports gorilla research and educates the community about the need to protect these animals. GRACE is now building a farm to grow the plants needed to feed their resident gorillas.
Sea turtles all over the world are threatened by marine debris, pollution and poaching. Watamu works to rehabilitate and release injured sea turtles in Kenya’s waters. BBFFS protects and monitors nesting sea turtles on Jamaican beaches. Both organizations are looking to expand their operations to save even more marine life in their respective countries.
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.