Zoos provide the opportunity for visitors to develop an appreciation and respect for the other animals with whom we share the Earth. With these connections comes the recognition that many wild populations are declining because of human impacts on their environments. As part of its connection to wildlife, Sequoia Park Zoo is committed to supporting the continued existence of wild animal populations and the protection of their habitats.
Although we are a small zoo, we can make a significant conservation impact. We participate in several captive breeding programs called Species Survival Plans, which help to ensure the long term genetic health of endangered species. Green practices at the zoo, like composting and recycling, conserve natural resources and set an example for our visitors to do the same. We educate the public on conservation issues through our conservation lecture series and other conservation-related events. We also raise funds to support field conservation projects that benefit wildlife and their habitats.
Conservation Fund and Advisory Committee
Established in 2011, Sequoia Park Zoo’s Conservation Fund enables the zoo to directly impact local and global conservation by providing financial support to select organizations and field projects. One dollar of each zoo membership goes into the fund. However, because we are a small zoo, additional fundraising is needed to make a significant conservation impact. The zoo solicits funds for conservation through the Quarters for Conservation program, sale of Red Panda Paintings, and fundraising events like International Red Panda Day. At its current level of fundraising, contributions to the Conservation Fund have allowed the zoo to support 3-4 conservation grants each year, offer a conservation lecture series each winter, and support red panda conservation through a donation to the Red Panda Network. A Conservation Advisory Committee, comprised of zoo staff, foundation board members, scientific advisors, and community members recommends the projects and organizations to receive funding, and implements ideas to grow the conservation fund and raise public awareness on relevant conservation issues.
Would you like to join the Conservation Advisory Committee? Letters of interest may be sent to SPZF Conservation Committee, P.O. Box 123, Cutten, CA 95534.