Atlanta Zoo World Wildlife Day | Quarters to save

A quarter of all admissions will go to wildlife conservation programs.

Atlanta – Editor’s note: The video above is from a previous report.

Zoo Atlanta is celebrating World Wildlife Day with a renewed conservation effort to help save endangered animals out of the Peach State.

To mark the occasion Thursday, zoo leaders announced the Quarters to save The initiative, which means that 25 cents per admission will go to saving species that are experiencing a decline in their numbers.

“It is very important for us that our visitors know that when deciding to visit Zoo Atlanta, they are doing more than just enjoying an unforgettable experience and connecting with species from all over the world,” Vice President of Collections and Conservation Jennifer Meckleberg said in a new release.

This year, the Quarters for Conservation program will support three sponsored projects Atlanta Zoo Team members.

Guests who visit Zoo Atlanta will receive revenue from their ticket going to Colobus conservation in Kenya. According to the zoo, the country’s local population of Angolan colobus monkeys has declined due to habitat fragmentation, largely due to increased traffic, exposed power lines, and road construction.

Funds raised by Zoo Atlanta will help build 32 “Colobridge Bridges” that will allow the monkeys to safely access forest areas across the road in Kenya. Zoo Atlanta is home to a group of Angolan colobus monkeys, housed in the Makoko monkey complex in the zoo’s African Ford Rainforest. Monkeys are classified as a vulnerable species.

Zoo Atlanta is famous for its western plains gorillas. However, the species is expected to become extinct in about 20 years if population trends continue, according to the zoo. Conservationists add that in the wild, the biggest threats to their survival are habitat loss, poaching and disease.

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This is the reason for collaborating with Zoo Atlanta Gorilla Fernan-Vaz . Project (PGFV) in Gabon, Central Africa. The organization helps protect local gorilla habitats and operates a sanctuary that provides care and a new home for orphaned and homeless gorillas. Quarters for Conservation will help support conservation research and sanctuary operations, according to Zoo Atlanta leaders.

“Zoo Atlanta is home to one of the largest populations of western plains gorillas in North America and has elevated it to international leadership level in the study of the care and behavior of these great apes,” a press release said.

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Western lowland gorillas are considered an endangered species. Zoo Atlanta said 24 gorillas They were born in their facilities. Its staff is dedicated to researching and improving gorilla care in zoos, as well as understanding more about their biology.

Zoo Atlanta is also trying to help save African vultures and is donating the proceeds from entry to VulPro in South Africa.

“African vultures are in crisis,” a zoo spokesman said. “As a result of poisoning, poaching, habitat loss, and power line collisions, most species of South African native vultures face a high risk of extinction in the wild – resulting in similarly high risks to the ecosystems in which these birds play a vital role.”

VulPro . Rehabilitation It works to protect populations of vultures and release birds raised in human care into the wild. Support from Zoo Atlanta will help expand VulPro’s breeding program to include hooded vultures and little-faced vultures, both of which are housed at the famous Georgia zoo. Both species are classified as endangered.

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