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
African People & Wildlife
African People & Wildlife’s Northern Tanzania Big Cats Conservation Initiative is helping to protect one of the last remaining strongholds for lions, cheetahs and leopards. It will use its Q4C grant to support local big cat champions and install “living walls”—fortified corrals that keep livestock safe from big carnivores and keep lions out of the way of would-be poachers.
With just 6,600 African wild dogs left, this endangered species is in dire need of help. African Wildlife Conservation Fund works to safeguard a critical population of wild dogs in Zimbabwe. This organization will use its funds to proactively tackle the major threats to this highly social and intelligent species, such as snares, disease and habitat loss.
Unfortunately, the third organization we had chosen for this cycle recently dissolved. While we search for an alternate, we are collecting donations to support the implementation of wildlife corridors—“highways” connecting undeveloped spaces that allow wild animals to travel throughout more of their range. The grantee we ultimately select will be another fiscally responsible organization with a successful track record.
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.