The Zoo has been working to protect wildlife around the world for the past two decades, and has dedicated more than 6 million dollars to wildlife conservation efforts around the world.
We began with a focus on conservation issues linked to human impacts on the planet - those involving wildlife, habitats, people, and the ecological and cultural activities that tie them together.
Today, that human-wildlife cornerstone remains. We continue to address human-wildlife conservation issues that threaten species survival in the wild - through programs that protect species today and benefit wildlife, local people, and habitats into the future.
- Focus on conservation impact and long-term significance
- Positively impact local people and build conservation capacity
- Operate in a holistic and collaborative way
- Consider local and regional cultures, practices, and values
- Produce results that are utilized to promote conservation science
Successful conservation requires sustained dedication, collaboration, and durable partnerships. Effective conservation partnerships help build in-country capacity and foster regional environmental leadership. Community-based efforts help promote effective long-term, conservation measures, cultivate initiatives that are mindful of local cultures and encourage regional best practices for sustaining wildlife. The Zoo works with a “host” of strategic conservation partners around the world.
RUAHA CARNIVORE PROJECT
Amy Dickman, Director
Ruaha Carnivore Project studies and monitors large carnivores (lions, hyenas, leopard, painted dog, cheetah) in and around Ruaha National Park and works to address human-carnivore conflicts, helping reduce the negative impacts of carnivore presence by providing important conservation-related benefits to local communities.
GIRAFFE CONSERVATION FOUNDATION
Julian Fennessey, Co-Founder & Co-Director
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation is dedicated solely to the conservation of giraffe and its habitat and works closely with African and international government and non-government organizations, universities and other partners. Two of the nine subspecies of giraffe have recently been listed as Endangered and of high conservation priority. The need for accurate information about giraffe populations and conservation threats across the continent has never been more important.
ANDEAN BEAR CONSERVATION ALLIANCE
Isaac Goldstein, Program Coordinator
The goal of the Andean Bear Conservation Alliance is to support the conservation of the Andean bear through innovative funding models, research, and the implementation of effective conservation strategies for the conservation of the remaining populations. Research, field explorations and capacity-building efforts are done in collaboration with government and non-government organizations in all Andean bear range countries. Efforts target the remaining wilderness areas within Andean bear range.
DIAN FOSSEY GORILLA FUND INTERNATIONAL
Tara Stoinski, President & CEO/Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Dian Fossey established Karisoke™ Research Center in 1967, launching one of the longest ongoing research and monitoring programs for any species in the world. DFGFI’s 50 years of successful conservation work in saving gorillas is based on a holistic model with four key parts: direct, daily protection of gorillas; scientific research on gorillas and their ecosystems; educating the next generation of scientists and conservationists in Africa; and helping local people with basic needs, so that communities can thrive and work together.
ASIAN TURTLE PROGRAM
Tim McCormack, Program Coordinator
The Asian Turtle Program works in collaboration with Indo-Myanmar Conservation, Education for Nature - Vietnam, and the Turtle Survival Alliance to implement strategic interventions that directly contribute to the conservation of Asian turtles - working to ensure that no further turtle species become extinct in the region.
LITTLE FIREFACE PROJECT
Anna Nekaris, Director
The Little Fireface Project aims to protect lorises from extinction through research, education, and conservation. By studying their behavioral ecology and promoting this knowledge in education programs, LFP aim to produce empathy and empowerment as well as help law enforcement. Their research has also led to international policy change and implementation of recommended conservation actions.
EDUCATION FOR NATURE - VIETNAM
Vu Thi Quyen, Executive Director & Founder
Education for Nature - Vietnam (ENV) was established in 2000 as Vietnam’s first non-governmental organization focused on the conservation of nature and the protection of the environment. ENV employs creative and innovative strategies to influence public attitudes and reduce demand for wildlife trade products, and works closely with government partners to strengthen policy and legislation, directly supporting enforcement efforts in the protection of endangered species.
AFRICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
Diva, Malanois Sniffer Dog
African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever. By working with partners at the local, regional, and national level, AWF works to address widespread conservation issues and protect the ecosystems, key species, and human communities at stake.
Future for Wildlife Partner Organizations