CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO UNVEILS NEW "QUARTERS FOR CONSERVATION" PROGRAMS THIS MORNING


April 30, 2010 –This morning Cheyenne Mountain Zoo revealed the next six projects selected for funding in their ground-breaking Quarters for Conservation program. Now entering the third year of the program, Quarters for Conservation empowers Zoo guests to make a difference for the preservation of wildlife.

Since the beginning of the program in the spring of 2008, Quarters for Conservation has cultivated hundreds of thousands of dollars, with guests voting one quarter at a time, that went to fund designated conservation programs both regionally and globally. The dollar amount collected for the just completed second year of the program, which runs annually May through April, is $103,786.79. Of this amount, 50% is designated for on-going flagship conservation programs at the Zoo. The other half is earmarked for the six Quarters for Conservation programs that guests have been voting for the past 12 months. Added to that amount, $51,794.52, is an additional $5,794.52 in donations that came to the program aside from the voting kiosks, bringing the grand total of funding for 2009-2010 programs to $57, 687.92.

A breakdown of funding for the past 12 months is as follows:

1) Help Rescue Amphibians in Panama - $7,277.00

2) Help Bats in Colorado and throughout North America - $8,639.00

3) Help Bring Native Pawnee Skipper Butterflies Back to Colorado - $10,769.00

4) Help Wild Andean Bears in Ecuador - $9,754.00

5) Help Endangered Wild Orangutans and their Forest Habitat - $13,630.00

6) Help Protect Wild African Vultures - $6,773.00

 

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a conservation organization that engages the community to help achieve Quarters for Conservation project goals. And challenging Zoo guests to be an active part of environmental solutions is critical to making that happen. Beginning Friday morning, guests at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo can begin to make a big difference with new selection of programs…every time they visit the Zoo!

How? The Zoo is contributing $.25 from each admission ($2.50 from each family membership) to expand our wildlife conservation work. With every visit, a Zoo guest receives a “quarter” token and is given the opportunity to vote for one of six conservation projects that inspires them. They will find two whimsical voting stations created by local artist Bob and Kat Tudor, located in the entry plaza near the Zoo’s front gates. Dropping the quarter token in their projects’ corresponding slot registers the guest’s $.25 vote. Each vote is important and will help Cheyenne Mountain Zoo determine how much funding each project receives. Informative graphics about selected projects are located throughout the Zoo to spark dialogue with family and friends. The Zoo will also offer additional suggestions as to how each guest can make a difference in preserving our planet’s limited resources.

These six projects were selected for funding in 2010-11: 

1) Help Protect Wild African Vultures

African vulture populations are in jeopardy. They are declining due to powerline collisions, poisoning from consuming medicated cattle carcasses and lack of adequate food. Vultures play a vital role in the environment by cleaning up carcasses and preventing the spread of disease. Quarters for Conservation supports The Vulture Programme’s field research, rehabilitation and release projects to safeguard a future for Cape Griffon Vultures.

2) Help Rescue Amphibians in Panama

Frogs and salamanders are dying around the world. Habitat loss, pollution and the spread of chytrid fungus threaten almost half of all amphibian species. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a founding partner of an international conservation effort to prevent amphibian extinctions in eastern Panama. Funding from Quarters for Conservation supports efforts to rescue amphibians, develop a cure for chytrid and return vanishing amphibians to nature.

3) Help Wild Orangutans and Their Forest Habitat

Clearing of forests in Borneo & Sumatra for exotic wood and palm oil plantations is continuing to devastate orangutan habitat. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is focusing on this issue and everyday ways people can help reduce the rainforest destruction. Funding from Quarters for Conservation supports our efforts to inform people with our Palm Oil Awareness campaign to help protect wild orangutans’ remaining habitat.

4) Help Save Wild Amur Leopards

Poaching for wildlife trade and habitat destruction are pushing Amur leopards toward extinction. The Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) is working with local communities to protect the few remaining cats in the Russian Far East. Quarters for Conservation funding will support ALTA’s anti-poaching teams and livestock reimbursement program for Amur leopards, helping ensure future generations of these endangered cats.

5) Help Protect Wild Snow Leopards

Poaching for wildlife trade and retaliatory killing by herders threaten snow leopards’ survival. The International Snow Leopard Trust (ISLT) has created innovative programs to help communities protect their livestock from snow leopards, provide alternative income and reduce unsustainable hunting of snow leopard prey. Funding from Quarters for Conservation will support ISLT’s grassroots efforts to develop and implement community snow leopard conservation plans.

6) Help Raise and Protect Wild African Penguins

Black-footed penguins and other South African Coastal birds are threatened by commercial fishing, human disturbance and oils spills. The South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) works to protect and rehabilitate South Africa’s seabird populations. Quarters for Conservation funds will support their efforts to rescue, hand raise and release orphaned and abandoned chicks back into the wild.

Learn more about the Quarters for Conservation program.