Proceeds of the Q4C will increase awareness of these three endangered species and help assist with conservation efforts to protect them in their wild places! The three field conservation programs that we have been supporting have some exciting progress to share as follows:
Guatemalan Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrot (ARCAS – Wildlife Rescue & Conservation Association)
ARCAS continues its collaboration in the COLORES the Yellow-Naped Amazon (amazona auropalliata) Conservation Project on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. Training local researchers, collecting parrot-monitoring data and coordinating education activities at 6 monitoring sites; is just some of the current work being done within the program. The Yellow-Naped suffers from habitat loss due to agribusiness, and COLORES estimates that just 2,000 of these charismatic parrots remain on the Pacific coast. It is highly sought-after on the illegal pet trade due to fact that, after the African Grey, it is the parrot most able to imitate the human voice and other sounds.
Colum Muccio, Administrative Director of ARCAS, says, “It’s a complex project. We are working with interested landowners and agribusiness associations to use the Yellow-Naped Amazon as a flagship species to protect the few wild places that still exist on the Pacific coastal plain of Guatemala, an area that has since colonial times been subjected to intensive farming.”
The Indian Hornbill Nest Adoption Program (Nature Conservation Foundation)
As part of the Hornbill Nest Adoption Program through the Nature Conservation Foundation – India, local villagers from the Nyishi tribe have now found 38 hornbill nests of three different species and have helped 82 hornbill chicks fledge successfully. Hornbills are threatened with extinction because of: hunting for meat and body parts along with habitat degradation (deforestation and cutting of nest and roost trees). The Hornbill Nest Adoption Program continues to locate and protect new nests while collecting ecological information on hornbills assisting in planning more effective conservation strategies.
Photo credits: Aparajita Datta
"Hornbill Nest Adoption Program is a unique partnership with the local community and government and built with urban citizen support and participation", commented by Aparajita Datta of Nature Conservation Foundation.
The Iranian Cheetah Project (Panthera, International Wild Cat Conservation)
As one of only two Western conservation NGOs with permission to operate in Iran, Panthera has been working with the Iranian Department of Environment’s Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah Project and other partners since 2008 to protect the last 50 Asiatic cheetahs in the world through the Iranian Cheetah Project. Panthera's Cheetah Program aims to protect cheetahs by addressing direct threats, prey base, and their habitats. To do this, Panthera gathers critical ecological data by surveying and monitoring populations and their prey, collaborating with local law enforcement officials and partners, working with local communities to mitigate conflict and create cheetah-positive landscapes within communities.
Panthera President and Chief Conservation Officer, Dr. Luke Hunter, shared, "The Asiatic cheetah is a fantastic animal that has been part of Persian culture for 2,000 years, and deserves to be for 2,000 more. But today we are running out of time to save this critically endangered species. We're grateful for contributions from organizations like Greater Vancouver Zoo that help support Panthera's work with Iran's Department of the Environment and other critical partners to conserve and grow the world's last remaining Asiatic cheetahs."
The “Q4C Program” success has been achieved by everyone who visits the zoo, as we collect $0.25 from each admission price and $2.50 from each membership purchased. And 100% of these proceeds go back to these programs! Guests are also encouraged to stop by the three interactive spiral wishing wells located near the front entrance, where they can learn a bit more about the program and can make a decision on which program they wish to truly make a difference to. We want to thank everyone who has been by in the last year and the past years, as this success and generous efforts would not have been possible without your support! THANK YOU!!
To learn more about the extremely important conservation efforts for these endangered species, please visit our website http://gvzoo.com/about/conservation/quarters-for-conservation/index.php.
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Aldergrove – Summer is almost here and we have welcomed a new member to our zoo family! Jester our 4 year old male moose is celebrating father’s day this year as a new first time father to his 3 week old female calf. The female’s mother is 4 year old Oakleaf who arrived at the Zoo back in April 2015.
Moose calves are helpless at birth and their mother’s keep them hidden from enemies for the first few days of their lives. The moose calf gains the most weight and is the fastest of all big North American animals, gaining more than a half a kilogram a day during the first month. In addition, a calf can outrun a human and swim only after a few days.
Photo credits: Delmar Jaldbert
The moose is the largest member of the deer family and the largest mammal in North America being one of the national animals of Canada. They are found in Canadian forests from the Alaska boundary to the eastern tip of Newfoundland and Labrador. The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species lists the Moose as “Least Concern”; however threats to the status of moose populations do exist and are primarily human-caused habitat alteration.
Photo credits: Amder Pedersen
Our new calf does not have a name as of yet, although you can come by to see her along with her parents, Oakleaf and Jester; although she might be at a distance for a while until everyone feels comfortable.
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:June 14 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RECOGNIZING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Aldergrove – There are many people around the world that have one form of disability or another. Some people with disabilities occur at birth, while other people acquire them later in their life. We have always embraced people with disabilities, although we made the decision 18 years ago; to host this special annual event called Access Day as our way of giving back to the community.
According to the Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD), conducted by Statistics Canada in 2012; an “estimated 3.8 million adult Canadians reported being limited in their daily activities due to a disability in 2012. This represents 13.7% of the adult population.” People who have disabilities face many challenges on a daily basis, so we feel very strongly about ensuring that this is an enjoyable day just for them, filled with lots of laughter and one that they won’t forget!
Yesterday we welcomed almost 2,000 people of all ages (almost double from last year) to this event with groups from many of the same groups that attend each year such as Thompson Community Services, Communitas Supportive Care Society, Joy Fellowship, Argyll Lodge, Langley Association for Community Living, Chilliwack Starfish, various school district resource rooms, etc.
Photo credits: Davina Graham
Photo credits: Dave Hale
One of the organizers from Joy Fellowship commented that “he was very thankful to the Zoo for holding the event every year and that it is something they look forward to, as they enjoy having a day at the Zoo especially for them”.
"Our group had a very wonderful time, despite the rain. We so deeply appreciate your willingness to open the zoo for special kids for one day a year. It makes it attainable for our specific group, who would not otherwise be able to afford the visit! I could also say it is so much easier for us to be at the zoo with other special kids because nobody gets upset when my kids squeal in delight!" said Esther King from Chilliwack Starfish.
We are very proud that we can offer a beautiful outdoor venue for our guests of all ages to connect and learn about some of the world’s most amazing animals. Many thanks to our amazing staff and wonderful volunteers, who always are keen to come out for this most rewarding day for all!
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