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
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
The world’s rarest duck needs our help. Just 25 Madagascar pochards survive on a single lake in the African country. Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is dedicated to working with local communities to restore Lake Sofia and release 32 pochards that were bred in human care onto a managed lake. The Trust will also use their funds to study the ducks’ behavior and learn more about their needs in order to return more of these magnificent birds to their natural range.
Institute for Development, Ecology, Conservation & Cooperation (IDECC)
The Institute for Development, Ecology, Conservation & Cooperation (IDECC) is an organization dedicated to saving the critically endangered Nubian flapshell turtle from total extinction. This species was just rediscovered in South Sudan in 2017. IDECC will use its Q4C funds to conduct research on this turtle species, bring awareness to local communities and encourage the protection of this exceedingly rare turtle.
Little Fireface Project
The Javan slow loris is as critically endangered as it is cute. The species faces two main problems: lack of a suitable place to live, and its appearance leading to capture and trade as pets in Indonesia. The Little Fireface Project aims to solve both of those issues by understanding these interesting creatures and preventing wildlife trafficking on the island of Java.
The Quarters for Conservation program is currently under review and may experience some changes for the cycle of funding beginning in 2020. Please check back here for updates.