Conservation Projects Supported by Jackson Zoo
The Grevy’s Zebra Trust was established to conserve Grevy’s zebra, an endangered species, across its range in collaboration with local communities. Located in Kenya, with extension to Ethiopia, we recognise the critical role played by pastoral people whose livelihoods are inextricably linked to the same landscape. The Grevy’s Zebra Trust holds community awareness workshops which are designed for knowledge exchange and discussion on Grevy’s zebra conservation.
Nyaru Menteng is an orangutan rehabilitation center located in Central Kalimantan near the city of Palangka Raya. The Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Project is situated 28 km (18 miles) outside of Palangka Raya, the Capitol of Central Kalimantan. It is located within the boundaries of the Nyaru Menteng Arboretum, a 62,5 hectare lowland peat-swam forest ecosystem, founded in 1988 by the Ministry of Forestry Regional office of Central Kalimantan. The clinic, quarantine facilities and socialization cages are inside a fenced area of 1.5 ha. while mid-way housing is at the farthest end of the Arboretum, which has good forest for the smallest orangutans and is undisturbed by visitors. Kaja Island for the larger orangutans is located only 8 km away by road.
Lone Droscher-Nielsen co-founded the project with Dr. Willie Smits. Lone is a Danish woman who spent 4 years volunteering in Tanjung Puting caring for small infant orangutans, before she and her Dayak husband Odom opened the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Project with the help of BOS Indonesia. The project is funded and managed by BOS and works in co-operation with The Department of Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam (a department within the Department of Forestry) for Central Kalimantan.
In the tropical forests of Sumatra, the smallest subspecies of tiger is losing ground to habitat loss and poaching. Considered “critically endangered”, Sumatran tigers may number fewer than 500 in the wild.
The Tiger Conservation Campaign supports the Wildlife Conservation Society’s efforts to reduce tiger-human conflict by constructing tiger-proof livestock pens in villages, increasing outreach and awareness, and responding with veterinary assistance to tigers caught in snares. They support efforts to combat tiger-related wildlife crime and illegal habitat loss.
RED WOLF COALITION
Red wolves have gained a foothold in the wild, but the support of the public is desperately needed to ensure their continued survival. The Red Wolf Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting red wolf recovery through education, outreach, and research. The Red Wolf Coalition also works closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Red Wolf Recovery Program and various captive breeding centers and other organizations to expand its outreach potential. The Coalition maintains a year-round presence in red wolf country, with a full-time employee and an office in Columbia, North Carolina. To continue to do so, the Coalition requires financial support to pay rent, utilities, a full-time salary, travel—all of the costs associated with a growing non-profit.
In short, the future of the red wolf is in our hands.
RAPTOR REHAB WORK
Mississippi is a haven for migratory birds and home for a variety of raptors. The Jackson Zoo, in partnership with other licensed rehab individuals, houses, feeds, rehabilitatse and releases indigenous birds of prey back into their wild habitat.
Environmentally sustainable or "green" practices are becoming an increasingly important focus of the Jackson Zoo. Our Education Department provides programs and materials for you to learn how to be more green, and at the same time expand the Zoo’s Conservation Committee work for your Zoo to be more green!