Zoos provide visitors the opportunity 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 also 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 Lecture Videos
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.
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.
2018 Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Grant Program –
The Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Advisory Committee are currently accepting proposals for our seventh annual Conservation Grant Awards Program. Completed proposals are due by January 31, 2018. Proposals should be written by individuals or organizations for projects that have a clear direct impact on wildlife and/or habitat conservation. Appropriate projects include proposals for research, educational programs and/or habitat management. All types of conservation projects will be reviewed, with special consideration given to the following:
- Projects in line with the Zoo mission, conservation goals and species represented at the Zoo
- Projects conducting research and conservation in Humboldt County and northern CA
Support is limited to projects that can be completed within one year, and up to $1,500 will be awarded. Awardees will be notified in February 2018. A post-project completion report will be required upon completion of the funded projects.
For information and submission guidelines, please go to: www.sequoiaparkzoo.net/conservation/field-conservation
Past approved projects include: “Community Based Conservation of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle”, “Variables Influencing Fisher Den Attendance”, “Barn Owl Nest Boxes in Vineyards: An Ecological Trap?”, “Lake Earl River Otter Study”, “Improving the Marine Mammal Stranding Program at Humboldt State University Using Genetic Analyses”, “An Innovative Approach to Saola Detection in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam”, “Frogs & Coffee: Biodiversity Impacts on Jamaican Coffee Farms”, “Community-Based Conservation of the Rare Monkey Red-Capped Mangaby in the Ikpa Wetland of Southern Nigeria”, and “Pilot Study of Diet and Tracking Methods with North American Porcupines”.
What: Conservation Grant Program Application
When: Deadline: January 31, 2018
Where: Sequoia Park Zoo, 3414 W Street, Eureka
The Mission of Sequoia Park Zoo is to inspire conservation of the natural world by instilling wonder, respect and passion for wildlife.
As an AZA accredited facility, Sequoia Park Zoo incorporates wildlife conservation as an essential part of its mission. This includes spreading awareness about threats to wildlife and habitats, inspiring conservation action among our visitors, and helping to fund conservation field work.