Quarters for Conservation kiosk


How it works

As you enter the zoo, you'll receive a token. Your token represents 25 cents of your admission fee (or a percentage of your membership). We use that 25 cents to strengthen our commitment to conservation projects in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

Half of your quarter goes to help fund all the field conservation projects we are involved in; the other half is applied to the project you choose! Your vote, combined with the votes and coins from our 1 million plus visitors each year, helps the zoo save endangered animals and their habitats.

Woodland Park Zoo is committed to wildlife conservation projects that also protect habitats and bring benefits to people. Your token tells us which projects you care about most--every time you visit.

Together we are making a difference for wildlife and people!

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Cast Your Vote on Your Next Visit

We regularly rotate our Quarters for Conservation featured conservation programs. When you next visit Woodland Park Zoo, you’ll have the opportunity to cast your vote for one of these six conservation programs:


Saving Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest

For more than 20 years Woodland Park Zoo has worked to protect habitats and recover endangered animals in the Pacific Northwest. Help us continue to save golden eagles, western pond turtles, Oregon spotted frogs, Oregon silverspot butterflies, and Northwest carnivores like wolverines, wolves and bears.

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Ensuring Survival of African Elephants: Parks without Borders

Project leader Dr. Charles Foley and his team have been studying and protecting the 2,000-plus elephants of Tanzania’s Tarangire National park for two decades. The team conducts vital anti-poaching efforts, and because these elephants migrate great distances, important new work is needed to identify and protect key private lands and wildlife corridors outside the park.

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Restoring Crane Populations of the Russian Far East

Hooded, white-naped and red crowned cranes are among the many wetland birds that benefit from our support of the Muraviovka Park for Sustainable Land Use and the Cranes of Asia Project. The park consists of 15,000 acres of wetlands with 1,700 acres of adjacent crop fields that together provide a living landscape for wildlife and people.

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Preserving Western Pond Turtles

By 1991, western pond turtles had dropped to 150 in the state of Washington. Initiated in 1991 at Woodland Park Zoo, the Western Pond Turtle Recovery Project has introduced over 2,000 turtles back into the wild through our ongoing efforts to restore the population and save the species from the brink of extinction. 

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Protecting Orangutans

Orangutans are the world’s largest tree-dwelling mammal, but with shrinking forest lands due to agriculture, logging and mining, the number of orangutans in the wild is decreasing, isolated to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Woodland Park Zoo is working to protect and preserve the natural environment and the “man of the forest.”

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Understanding Washington's Carnivores

Washington’s Cascade Mountains are one of the only places in the continental U.S. large and wild enough to support populations of all native carnivores. Wolverines, wolves, bears, cougars and fishers require connected wild habitat to survive. Understanding how they live in and move through the landscape is crucial if we are going to help them survive.

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2014 Results

The totals are in from 2014, calculated from your Quarters for Conservation votes. Here is how you voted:

Saving Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest – 31% - $17,342.19

Restoring Crane Populations of the Russian Far East – 14% - $9,265.68

Defending Tiger Survival – 30% - $18,688.69

Ensuring Survival of Borneo’s Asian Elephants – 24% - $14,586.29

Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in Endangered Species Before It’s Too Late – 14% - $8,279.18

Researching Raptor Ecology in the Shrub-Steppe – 14% - $8,023.12

Ensuring Survival of African Elephants – 23% - $13,056.30

Preserving Western Pond Turtles – 13% - $7,475.12

Protecting Orangutans – 16% - $9,126.21

Understanding Washington’s Carnivores – 22% - $12,750.95


2013 Results

The totals are in from 2013, calculated from your Quarters for Conservation votes. Here is how you voted:

Saving Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest – 10%  ($23,260.64)

Restoring Crane Populations – 7%  ($9,661.43)

Defending Tiger Survival – 23%  ($30,981.86)

Protecting Gorillas – 16%  ($21,940.60)

Protecting Orangutans – 15%  ($9,239.25)

Discovering Conservation Solutions for Asian Hornbills – 8% ($4,377.50)

Conserving PNG Forests and Tree Kangaroos – 14% ($8,644.61)

Ensuring survival of African Elephants – 21% ($12,875.16)

Ensuring survival of Asian Elephants – 18% ($24,740)

Securing Snow Leopards in Kyrgyzstan – 25% ($53,378)


2012 Results

In 2012, your Quarters for Conservation votes contributed $238,161 to the zoo's field conservation efforts around the world. Below you'll see how your votes tallied up. The remainder of the funds raised went to support all the rest of the conservation projects supported by Woodland Park Zoo. None of the money goes to administrative overheadit all supports field conservation projects in our Living Northwest, Wildlife Survival Fund and Partners for Wildlife programs. 

Thank you!

Living Northwest - $18,345

Tree Kangaroos - $7,959

Asian Elephants - $10,052

Western Lowland Gorillas - $9,552.85

Cranes of Asia - $4,563

Tigers - $33,426

African Elephants - $12,533

Orangutans - $9,316

Western Pond Turtles - $7,947

Humboldt Penguins - $8,658


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