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In August 2011 we officially launched a new program called "Quarters for Conservation". With this program we are increasing our commitment to conservation, by stepping it up a notch to support exciting "field conservation" projects from around the globe.

Through the collection of quarters, the Zoo will provide funding for new and existing conservation projects. At each visit, part of the contribution to the conservation projects includes $0.25 of each general admission is allocated to the general funds of the "Quarters for Conservation" programs. Additionally, guests are encouraged to learn more about each program by visiting the 3 interactive spiral wishing wells near the front entrance. The guest can select the project of their choice that has inspired them the most and may deposit additional coins in the spiral wishing well to further make a difference by contributing to save the endangered species in the wild!

The Zoo has selected the following 3 worthy projects to devote all conservation fundraising efforts for the year:


THE IRANIAN CHEETAH PROJECT (Panthera, International Wild Cat Conservation)

Critically Endangered

Cheetahs live in open plains and semi-desert areas in Africa and Asia. They feed on wild antelope, gazelles, sheep and goats. While Asiatic Cheetahs used to range across the Middle East and Central Asia, now they only live in a small area in Iran. The Iranians consider the cheetah an important part of the country's natural and cultural heritage.

Major threats:
There are now only 70-110 Asiatic Cheetahs left in the wild, all occupying the arid, central plateau of Iran. Among the main reasons for the decline of the population are: overhunting of the cheetah's prey, habitat degradation (overgrazing by livestock and severe drought) and poaching (for livestock protection and the pet trade).

Your support will help:
- research cheetahs, other predators and their prey using camera traps and radio collars.
- find out how much the cheetah's prey and local rancher's live stock compete for the same land.
- work with local communities, conservation organizations and government to protect cheetah habitat.

Project Location:
Central Plateau of Iran

Together, let's ensure the Asiatic Cheetah survives in the wild!

* this progam is in collaboration with "IR of Iran D.O.E/CACP" (Islamic Rep if Iran Dept of Enivironment/Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah Project)





THE GUATEMALAN YELLOW-NAPED AMAZON PARROT (ARCAS - Wildlife Rescue & Conservation Association)

Seriously Threatened

Yellow-naped Amazons are parrots that live along the Pacific coast of Central America. They nest in the cavities of living and dead trees. Because they can mimic the human voice, Yellow-naped Amazons are a favorite bird of the pet trade.

Major Threats:
The population may have been reduced by as much as 95% in the last 15 years due to: deforestation and agriculture (especially sugar cane, palm oil and banana), cattle ranching and poaching for the illegal wildlife trade.

Your support will help:
- identify and protect remaining parrot populations across Guatemala
- educate local residents about habitat protection and rehabilitation
- promote ecotourism and create a Parrot Pathway of the South Coast for wildlife viewing opportunities.

Project Location:
South Coast of Guatemala

Together, let's pave the way for the Parrot Pathway of the Guatemalan South Coast!





THE INDIAN HORNBILL NEST ADOPTION PROGRAM(Nature Conservation Foundation - India)

Depends on the type of Hornbill - from Critically Endangered to Least Concern.

Hornbills are exotic birds found in tropical areas of Africia, Asia and one species in Papua New Guinea. They have long, down-curved bills which are usually brightly-colored. Hornbills nest in the cavities of trees. They are an important part of local folklore and traditions in Arunachal Pradesh, a state of Northeast India.

Major Threats:
A number of species of hornbills are threatened with extinction because of: hunting for meat and body parts and habitat degradation (deforestation and cutting of nest and roost trees).

Your support will help:
- adopt hornbill nests to help local villagers in their efforts to conserve hornbills
- collect ecological information on hornbills for research and conservation
- monitor and protect long-term hornbill populations

Project Location:
Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary & Tiger Reserve in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Help urban and local people join hands to protect hornbill homes!





The Greater Vancouver Zoo is involved in a number of significant conservation efforts. Click on the buttons below to read more about each of our conservation programs.