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Quarters 4 Conservation

Visiting Sedgwick County Zoo gives guests an opportunity to see wild animals up close and thus gain understanding, appreciation, and respect for some magnificent creatures that many people may never get to see in the wild. But another way we strive to help animals is by donating to conservation programs, which allows us to play a part in safeguarding the world’s wildlife. Conservation initiatives such as those listed protect wild animals both in captivity and in their natural habitats.

Sedgwick County Zoo has been recognized with national and international awards for its support of field conservation programs and successful breeding of rare and endangered species

Where Do the Conservation Dollars Come From?

In 2016, Sedgwick County Zoo was able to designate $133,678.29 for various conservation programs through the Quarters for Conservation and other fundraising efforts. The Q4C program gives .25¢ of every gate admission and $2.50 of every membership to support Sedgwick County Zoo conservation efforts in the wild.

Just by visiting the Zoo, our guests help support our contributions to worldwide animal conservation.

Where Do the Dollars Go?


2016 Conservation Partners
Ninety-six elephants are killed in Africa every day for their ivory. Together, we can help save them.
African Predator Conservation Research Organization (APCRO) strives to provide specific scientific information to the wildlife and conservation community to better understand the problems and thus, ultimately the solutions to best conserve Africa's predators. The groups' primary focus is on lions, spotted hyena, cheetah, African painted dog, leopard and both black-backed and side-striped jackal.

The Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) is formed of 14 international and Russian Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) all working to support conservation of Amur leopards and tigers in the wild.

Amphibian Ark's mission is ensuring the global survival of amphibians, focusing on those that cannot currently be safeguarded in nature.

The Ape TAG Conservation Initiative represents a collective effort by zoos to help conserve wild populations of apes. The Sedgwick County Zoo supports projects for all three of the great ape species: chimpanzee, Sumatran orangutan and lowland gorilla.

The AZA Conservation Grants Fund (CGF), established in 1984, supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and their collaborators through a yearly competitive grant program. 


CONTRIBUTED: $2,279.46
Kansas has the opportunity to play a part in bringing one our nation’s most endangered mammals back from the brink of extinction. Sedgwick County Zoo staff participates in fieldwork and in providing equipment that supports this effort.

The Center's mission is to facilitate the designation of Punta San Juan as a Marine Reserve under the Peruvian Protected Areas System and secure the future of the Humboldt penguin in Punta San Juan. Additionally Sedgwick County Zoo staff are participating in fieldwork and monitoring of this important penguin population.

CONTRIBUTED: $4,785.54
Support of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums delegation at the CITIES Congress of the Parties 2016 meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa.

For over 30 years, the International Union of Conservation Nature/Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC) Conservation Breeding Specialist Group has been a mechanism through which zoos, aquariums, and other organizations with intensively managed populations provide expertise. They have assisted in the development of conservation plans for more than 200 species - from corals and frogs to jaguars and orangutans - in 67 countries, and facilitated partnerships of more than 190 zoos and aquariums, 160 NGOs, 65 universities, 50 government agencies and 35 corporations.

The Crocodilian Advisory Groups mission is to enhance and promote the preservation and understanding of the world's crocodilians and their habitat through excellence in education, animal management and scientific endeavor.

This organization is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. They are committed to promoting continued research on the gorillas and their threatened ecosystems and to providing education about their relevance to the world in which we live. In collaboration with government agencies and other international partners, they also provide assistance to local communities through education, health, training and development initiatives.

Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is dedicated to a sustainable future for all giraffe populations in the wild.
Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE) aims to create an in situ facility where orphaned Grauer’s gorillas can receive the care they need and also learn the skills for reintroduction back into the wild. GRACE also strives to provide educational opportunities for local communities to promote gorilla conservation around Tayna Nature Reserve.

The Grevy’s Zebra Trust conserves the endangered Grevy’s zebra and its fragile habitat in Kenya and Ethiopia. The Grevy's Zebra Trust, in partnership with local communities, supports projects that directly benefit community conservancy development, education and grassland rehabilitation.

Guam Rail Species Survival Plan CONTRIBUTED: $6,652.03
Helps fund the management programs of the Guam rail SSP on the island of Guam.

CONTRIBUTED: $6,383.00
The mission of the International Iguana Foundation is to ensure the survival of iguanas and their habitats through conservation, awareness and scientific programs that enhance the survival of wild iguanas and their habitats. Currently our Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles, Nate Nelson, serves on the Board of Directors of IIF.

International Rhino Foundation (IRF) protects particularly threatened rhino populations in the wild, while also supporting applied research that can help to improve the chances for long-term survival of all rhino species.

CONTRIBUTED: $1,063.85
Founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. Their work builds on Dr. Goodall’s scientific work and her humanitarian vision. Our funds are being directed towards the Gombe Research Station in Tanzania.

The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) promotes and provides effective, non-biased and science-based environmental education for all Kansans.
The Livestock Breeds Conservancy Mission: Ensuring the future of agriculture through genetic conservation and the promotion of endangered breeds of livestock and poultry.

The Mabuwaya Foundation aims to protect and conserve the Philippine crocodile, the rarest in the world, in its natural habitat.

CONTRIBUTED: $12,938.39
The MAC project is intended to provide the avifauna of the Mariana archipelago with the best possible chances for long-term survival, with the objectives of preserving, maintaining, and establishing self-sustaining populations of native, free flying birds secure from the threat of the brown tree-snake. Our Curator of Birds, Scott Newland was able to be participants in the 2016 fieldwork. Watch a video about the project>

Mexican Wolf Fund
The Mexican Wolf Fund provides private funding to assist with restoring and coexisting with the endangered Mexican gray wolf in the southwestern United States.
Ngwenya Rhino and Elephant Fund
Swaziland, Africa
The Ngwenya Rhino & Elephant Fund was started to focus on addressing the plight of the rhino during the first rhino war in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s during which, in 4 years, Swaziland lost nearly 80% of her rhinos to poaching. The fund has now been diversified to address the needs of other endangered and threatened species, and as well as certain other vital conservation needs.

The objective of the Okapi Conservation Project is to partner with the Institute in Congo for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) to develop a secure, well managed and sustainable Okapi Wildlife Reserve supported and embraced by local communities.

CONTRIBUTED: $8,513.61
Support of the Orangutan SSP to use in priority conservation areas.
The painted dog population in Zimbabwe is one of the last strongholds of the species and we are committed to their conservation. The groups' conservation methods and work with the local communities are beginning to have a positive effect on the outlook of the painted dog species.
Painted Dog Research Trust USA was created to support African painted dog scientific research, educational outreach, educational opportunities for graduate students, and environmental and wildlife conservation efforts.
Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Project CONTRIBUTED: $5,349.15
Peninsular pronghorn are endangered. Once numbering in the thousands, today approximately 250 survive in the wild. Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Project in the Vizcaino Desert Biosphere Reserve of Baja California and Sur, Mexico are working to change that.

In an effort to save the Puerto Rican crested toad from extinction, a Species Survival Plan (SSP) was created. The SSP goals include island-wide education and outreach, research, the protection of existing habitat, the creation of new ponds, and the establishment of at least five self-sustaining populations in the wild. 2016 funds have gone toward the purchase of critical habitat for imperiled plants and animals including the Puerto Rican crested toad. The Sedgwick County Zoo has also provided over 13,000 Puerto Rican crested toads for release in their former ranges. Additionally, Zoo staff has been involved with fieldwork over the years.  Read 2016 National Geographic article>

The Red Panda Network saves wild red pandas and preserves their habitat through the empowerment of local communities by community-based research, education, and carbon mitigation.

The mission of the Sahara Conservation Fund is to conserve the wildlife, habitats and other natural resources of the Sahara and its bordering Sahelian grasslands. Our funds have gone towards slender horned gazelle conservation efforts.

  CONTRIBUTED: $564.17
SaveNature.org is committed to inspiring participation and awareness in the preservation of fragile ecosystems by providing opportunities for personal direct action to save the diversity of life on Earth. In our case, the parking meter near the giant anteater exhibit collects money for the enhancement and protection of the Pantanal National Park in Brazil.

The Save the Cassowary campaign is working hard to encourage local, state and federal government to commit the much needed funds towards protecting the endangered southern cassowary habitat in the Daintree and Mission Beach, Australia from further destruction and fragmentation for urban development. 

Support of field conservation initiated by the SSP in Mexico.

We have joined other AZA accredited Zoos' efforts in support of wild tiger conservation efforts and to raise public awareness about tiger conservation. Our funds support the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) tiger conservation initiatives surrounding anti-poaching and law enforcement efforts for Amur tigers. 

TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, is the leading non-governmental organization working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program fosters wildlife and habitat conservation and supports local community livelihoods in Papua New Guinea through global partnerships, land protection and scientific research.

The mission of the TSA is: Transforming passion for turtles into effective conservation action through a global network of living collections and recovery programs. Sedgwick County Zoo funds are supporting a long-term commitment to the establishment of the TSA Turtle Survival Center.


The Wattled Crane Recovery Programs aim is to reverse the trend towards local extinction of the wattled crane in South Africa.


Saving Animals From Extinction


We are excited to be a part of a new initiative, Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE)! For decades, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums have been leaders in species survival. We are already working to restore more than 30 species to healthy wild populations, including the American bison, the California condor and a variety of aquatic species.

SAFE will now combine the power of zoo & aquarium visitors with the resources and collective expertise of zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and its partners to save animals from extinction. Together we are working to save the most vulnerable wildlife species from extinction and to protect them for future generations. Through SAFE, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums will convene scientists and global stakeholders to identify the factors threatening species, develop Conservation Action Plans, collect new resources, and engage the public.

In 2015, SAFE will focus on 10 species and then add an additional 10 species each year for the next 10 years. The inaugural 10 species include: African penguin, Asian elephants, Black rhinoceros, cheetah, gorilla, sea turtles, vaquita, sharks and rays, Western pond turtle and Whooping Crane. With the commitment of 229 accredited zoos and aquariums, the hope is to save these species from extinction by restoring healthy populations in the wild. To learn more about what the AZA community is doing to help each of these inaugural species and what threatens them, visit AZAsavingspecies.org.

Ways you can help save animals from extinction:
• Keep visiting the Zoo and other AZA-accredited zoos or aquariums around the country. When you visit, you’re not only supporting the well-being of the animals you see, but also conservation efforts around the world!

Accessorize with jewelry designer ALEX AND ANI’s penguin bangle! 20% of proceeds go to AZA for conservation.

• Download our free TailsUp! app and play with your friends. It’s free to download but offers in-app purchases. 100% of AZA’s proceeds support conservation work. Available on the iTunes store and Google Play.

• Help spread the word. Let your friends and family know that endangered animals need our help. We post, tweet and pin information about endangered species and things you can do to help them on our social media channels. Feel free to share, repost, repin or retweet them anytime!

Hours of Operation
Summer8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(March – October)
Winter10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(November – February)
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 8, 2018 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee.