Daily Conservation Voting

In 2010, Zoo Boise announced a new conservation initiative aiming to significantly increase the zoo’s conservation efforts and the help the Treasure Valley community raise $1 million every 4 years for wildlife conservation worldwide. In addition to the conservation fee included in daily admissions and Annual Passes, currently $.50 and $5.00 respectively, proceeds from the new Zoo Farm, Conservation Cruise and Giraffe Encounter all help the zoo to reach this goal.

Proceeds from the Conservation Cruise are supporting various wildlife conservation programs through monthly grants of $1,000 to the winner on the Daily Conservation Voting. When you visit Zoo Boise now, everyone in your group will be given a conservation token. These tokens may then be used to vote at the Conservation Station for your favorite species or program. Each month features 3 separate programs and the winner receives a $1,000 grant. Next time you come to Zoo Boise, don’t forget to vote!

Here is who you’ve helped support in the past year:

June 2010 Winner – Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program

The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program, in conjunction with Woodland Park Zoo, fosters wildlife and habitat conservation and supports local community livelihoods in Papua New Guinea to save the endangered tree kangaroo. The have worked with the Papua New Guinea government to create a conservation area that protects 180,000 acres of the tree kangaroo’s habitat from hunting, mining and other resource extraction. For more information you may visit www.zoo.org/Page.aspx?pid=1309.

July 2010 Winner – Florida Aquarium Center for Conservation

The Florida Aquarium Center for Conservation works to rescue and rehabilitate injured and sick dolphins, river otters, sea turtles, bird and other animals in the Gulf of Mexico. The $1,000 will help fund veterinary care and supplies to help these animals. For more information you may visit www.flaquarium.org/conservation/.

August 2010 Winner - Panthera

Panthera works around the globe to save the world's largest, most endangered cats including tigers, lions and snow leopards.  The $1,000 grant will help support Panthera's Year of the Tiger efforts to help ensure that this incredible species will survive in the wild.  For more information you may visit http://http://www.panthera.org/tiger_programs_projects.html.

September 2010 Winner – Red Panda Network

The Red Panda Network works to save wild red pandas and preserve their natural habitat through the empowerment of local communities. In Nepal, they have worked with villagers to monitor their community forests and educate people about red pandas and their habitat. The Red Panda Network has supported livestock management and reforestation programs that help the local communities to support themselves while simultaneously protecting red pandas. For more information you may visit www.redpandanetwork.org.

November/December 2010 Winner – Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society's Ibis Rice Project
is an eco-agricultural scheme offering farmers preferential prices for their produce linked to conservation and land-use agreements, with the aim of regulating human impact on protected areas. This project works to protect the giant ibis, sun bear, pileated gibbon and other species.  For more information you may visit http://www.wcscambodia.org/home.html.

January/February 2011 Winner - Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo's Butterflies of the Northwest project works to save the Oregon silverspot butterfly.  Through a method called head-starting, butterflies are collected from the wild and brought to Woodland Park Zoo where they lay eggs. Once they form their chrysalis (pupa), they are be re-released into the wild at Cascade-Head Preserve in Oregon. Woodland Park Zoo works with Oregon Zoo, the Nature Conservancy and the US Fish And Wildlife Service on this project.  For more information you may visit http://www.zoo.org/conservation/PFW/nw-species.

March 2011 Winner - Polar Bears International

Polar Bears International is "a nonprofit organization dedicated to the worldwide conservation of the polar bear and its habitat through research, stewardship, and education. [They] provide scientific resources and information on polar bears and their habitat to institutions and the general public worldwide."  For more information you may visit http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/.

April 2011 Winner - Sahara Conservation Fund

The Sahara Conservation Fund is “the only non-governmental organization devoted to conserving Sahelo-Saharan wildlife.” With support from partners like the St. Louis Zoo, the Sahara Conservation Fund is making strides to protect the Saharan Cheetah from certain extinction. These cheetahs are threatened by over hunting and habitat degradation. The Sahara Conservation Fund is working with the government of Niger to establish a nature reserve that would legally protect the fewer than 200 cheetahs left in the Sahara.  For more information, you may visit http://saharaconservation.org/

May 2011 Winner - Patagonia Natural Foundation

The Patagonia Natural Foundation's "Esperanza" project is working to restore land in Argentina that was once used for grazing.  Restoring this land to its original state will help to project Patagonian cavys, guanacos, rheas, armadillos, sea lions and other species.  For more information, you may visit http://www.patagonianatural.org/