WILDLIFE SURVIVAL PROGRAM

Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 

Of the 62,000 species of vertebrate animals, scientists estimate that about 20% are at risk of extinction before the end of the century. This loss of species diversity is unprecedented and in almost all cases human caused. But humans can also be part of the solution.

The Wildlife Survival Fund provides grants to field projects and initiatives recommended by Woodland Park Zoo curators and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Species Survival Programs. Projects awarded through the Wildlife Survival Fund represent animals in the zoo’s collection. 

 

 

PROJECTS IN AFRICA

 



Amphibians of Andasibe

Location: Andasibe, Madagascar

Project Since: 2011

Mission:
To link biodiversity conservation with sustainable rural development in Andasibe, Madagascar, the frog capital of the island.

Highlights:
Negotiations are now underway to raise a second Mantella species for reintroduction to the wild.



Colobus Conservation Ltd.

Location: Diani, Kenya

Project Since: 2014

Mission:
To promote, in close cooperation with other organizations and local communities, the conservation, preservation and protection of primates, in particular the Angolan colobus monkey and its associated coastal forest habitat in Kenya.

Highlights:
Colobus Conservation operates a successful 24-hour primate injury response service for all primate species in Diani. In 2018, they responded to 177 welfare call outs.



Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Location: Rwanda

Project Since: 2018

Mission:
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund operates daily protection for approximately half of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas, as well as daily behavioral data collection, scientific research on gorillas and their conservation, and biodiversity research.

Highlights:
New census results revealed growth of the population from 480 to 604 individuals.



Giraffe Conservation Foundation

Location: Africa

Project Since: 2015

Mission:
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation is the only NGO in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild throughout Africa.

Highlights:
In its first three years, over 6,500 school children and their teachers participated in KEEP (Khomas Environmental Education Programme), experiencing an educational day in the field learning about giraffes and other African wildlife.



Madagascar Fauna & Flora

Location: Toamasina, Madagascar

Project Since: 2018

Mission:
The Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group protects the rich biodiversity of Eastern Madagascar through conservation, research, education and capacity building.  

Highlights:
The program is beginning to see success in captive breeding for release of the critically endangered Blue-eyed black lemur, and the Greater bamboo lemur.

 

PROJECTS IN ASIA

 



Asian Elephant Support

Location: Indonesia & Sumatra     

Project Since: 2014

Mission:
To establish a department for wildlife and conservation medicine at Syiah Kuala University in order to train veterinarians and veterinary students in the skills and services needed for wildlife conservation and welfare in the field.  

Highlights:
Over 220 students have attended classes on elephant, orangutan, sun bear and crocodile medical management and wildlife conservation laws.



Komodo Dragon Survival Program

Location: Indonesia

Project Since: 2018

Mission:
To provide sound information on wildlife biology to help in devising management and conservation plans for the Komodo dragon and its natural habitat.

Highlights:
Komodos on Flores Island have been confirmed as genetically different from the populations on Komodo and Rinca, making them more sensitive to extinction.



MYCAT: Citizen Action for Tigers

Location: West Malaysia

Project Since: 2014

Mission:
To protect and recover the tiger population in and around Taman Negara and to monitor the movement of tigers and other wildlife within the corridor linking the National Parks to the Main Range, which forms the world’s fourth largest tiger landscape.

Highlights:
Since its inception in 2018, 1,813 CAT walkers from 35 countries have patrolled 3,387 km of rainforest and deactivated 166 snares or traps.



Partula Recovery and Reintroduction Project

Location: Society Islands, French Polynesia    

Project Since: 2004

Mission:
To preserve and enhance the survival prospects of all surviving endemic tree snail species of the family Partulidae within their natural range in French Polynesia, and to re-establish the International breeding program’s Extinct in
the Wild Partula species on their natural range islands.

Highlights:
6 species were released in 2018 on Tahiti and Moorea islands, and there is evidence of survival.



Red Panda Network

Location: Nepal

Project Since: 2012

Mission:
Red Panda Network saves wild red panda and preserves the habitat in the temperate mountain forest of Himalaya through adaptive community based research, education, habitat restoration and sustainable livelihoods by involving and empowering local people themselves.

Highlights:
In 2018, six red pandas bound for the pet trade were rescued from smugglers. Thanks to RPN’s field work there has been a 60% decrease in traps and snares in the PIT corridor of Eastern Nepal.



Silent Forest: Asian Songbird Crisis

Location: Bali, Indonesia

Project Since: 2015

Mission:
To improve the situation of Asian songbirds in their natural habitat and to develop an increased knowledge and understanding of the threats to these birds and how zoos can contribute to save them.

Highlights:
The Bali Myna exists now in its native range only as a result of annual supplementations of captive-bred birds in Bali Barat National Park.



Steller’s Sea Eagle Survey & Tracking Project

Location: Magadan Region, Russia   

Project Since: 2004

Mission:
To maintain the annual monitoring of the Steller’s Sea Eagle population within the Kava-Chelomdze segment of the Magadan State Reserve.

Highlights:
Drones are currently being used to monitor nest productivity.



Turtle Survival Alliance

Location: Cambodia

Project Since: 2005

Mission:
Transforming passion for turtles into conservation action.

Highlights:
Recent increases in the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center will allow for additional bre4eding and rearing of the critically endangered Southern River Terrapin.



Wildlife SOS

Location: Chhattisgarh, India

Project Since: 2015

Mission:
Wildlife SOS aims to protect and preserve India’s wildlife, run rehabilitation and rescue centers for wildlife, conserve habitats, raise awareness, conduct research, study biodiversity and provide sustainable livelihoods for communities otherwise dependent on wildlife to earn a livelihood.

Highlights:
This new project will allow us to learn about the base causes of human-sloth bear conflict, and how to take steps to minimize them.

 

WORLDWIDE PROJECTS

 



Amphibian Ark

Location: Norfolk, England

Supported Since: 2011

Mission:
Ensuring the survival and diversity of amphibian species focusing on those that cannot currently be safe-guarded in their natural environments.

Highlights:
Once extinct in the UK, the Northern Pool Frog is now being released in to its second protected location, slowly rebuilding the wild population.



AZA Ape TAG

Location: Various countries

Supported Since: 2006

Mission:
To increase the role of zoos in ape conservation by providing long-term, sustainable funding to ongoing projects.

Highlights:
800 snares removed from Volcanoes National Park where Mountain gorillas live.
Trained 22 Honorary Wildlife Wardens in Borneo; supported legal cases brought against palm oil companies working illegally.



Red-breasted Goose International

Location: North – East Bulgaria

Supported Since: 2019

Mission:
Reduce illegal killing of the Red-breasted goose and contribute to the improvement of its population conservation status.

Highlights:
Mixed patrols have helped prevent poaching incidents and illegal killing, for the past two winters, there have been no registered cases of injured or killed Red-breasted geese.

 

PROJECTS IN SOUTH AMERICA

 



Chacoan Peccary Project

Location: Paraguay

Project Since: 2018

Mission:
Conservation management of the endangered endemic species as well as protection for Chacoan biodiversity.

Highlights:
Work in the project is now expanding beyond peccaries to include lowland tapirs and amphibians.