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.
Thanks to your donations in 2018, we were able to successfully fund 12 Quarters for Conservation projects! Here is where your quarters went:
Madagascar Wildlife Conservation – $7,425
Wildtracks – $7,425
Borneo Nature Foundation – $7,650
Dominica Sperm Whale Project – $6,525
Endangered Wildlife Trust – $9,675
Whales of Guerrero Research Project/Oceanic Society – $6,300
Pan African Sanctuary Alliance – $6,007.50
Game Rangers International – $9,000
Landscape and Conservation Mentors Organization – $7,492.50
Florida Keys Wildlife Society – $5,625
African Bats – $5,625
Marine Megafauna Foundation – $11,250
Elephant Connection Research Project
Elephant Connection Research Project (ECRP) aims to save diminishing elephant and giraffe populations through transfrontier conservation areas, which reconnect isolated wildlife. Focused on Zambia, this organization monitors landscape networking through satellite tracking of animals, which allows them to identify threats to the survival of local elephant and giraffe populations. ECRP will use its Q4C funds to cover field trips to the study area and allowances for staff, and purchase digital maps for GPS tracking.
Okapi Conservation Project
Established in 1987, Okapi Conservation Project (OCP) works to protect the natural habitat of the endangered okapis living in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo. OCP will use its funds to establish its second Team Okapi, a camera trap group that monitors and documents the reserve’s wildlife. It will also cover travel expenses to new areas of the reserve and new camera traps.
Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust
Zimbabwe is home to approximately 350 black rhinos—10% of the world’s population. Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust (VFWT) works with Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority to monitor the health and genetics of the country’s rhinos by collecting tissue, hair and blood samples. This information is used to assist in increasing the rhino population five percent each year. Funding will be used for travel expenses, veterinary costs, DNA banking and more.
The Quarters for Conservation program has been restructured. For information about updates to the program or to apply, click here. The application deadline is September 1 annually.