One of the cornerstones of our chapter’s mission is to contribute to both local and global conservation efforts through fundraising. Annually the members of our chapter nominate conservation organizations they believe in, then vote as a chapter to select one or two organizations to support for that year.
Action for Cheetahs in Kenya: www.actionforcheetahs.org
The mission of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya is to promote the conservation of cheetahs in Kenya through research, awareness, and community participation.
Andean Bear Project: www.andeanbear.org
Andean bears inhabit the cloud forests of the Andean Mountains in South America. Because of their reclusive nature and because they live at such high elevations, this species of bear can be very difficult to study. Little is known about Andean bears relative to other bear species, and without a thorough understanding of their needs, conservation is impossible. The Andean Bear Conservation Project is working to save the Andean bear from extinction through in-field research and the release of rehabilitated bears. Though this organization is a leader in the radio-monitoring of wild Andean bears, it relies on volunteers and donations to remain functional.
Free the Bears Fund, Inc.: www.freethebears.org
Free the Bears focuses on rescuing three Asian bear species – the sun bear, sloth bear and Asiatic black bear – from gruesome conditions. Some of these bears are kept in tiny cages with permanent devices inserted into their gall bladders to “milk” them of their bile. The bile is used in traditional Asian medical practices. Other bears in this region of the world are used for human entertainment. They are trained, using cruel practices, to “dance” on the streets. Free the Bears spearheads rescue projects in Cambodia, India, Laos, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Most of the bears rescued are not able to return to the wild, so they are set up in natural sanctuary settings where they can live the remainders of their lives as bears.
International Rhino Foundation (IRF): www.rhinos-irf.org
The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) is dedicated to the survival of the world’s rhino species through conservation and research. IRF provides the technical (scientific, educational, administrative) and financial resources necessary to facilitate the conservation of rhinos. The IRF focuses on the species most in need of, and most appropriate for, intensive protection and management. IRF works where conservation will have its most significant impact, and when possible, is a catalyst and facilitator, working with like-minded partners. Additionally, the IRF helps to provide linkages between captive and wild populations of rhinos, with the ultimate objective of helping captive populations become truly viable and hence an integral part of conservation strategies for rhinos.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy: www.lewa.org
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy aims to work as a catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat through the protection and management of species, the initiation and support of community conservation and development programmes, and the education of neighboring communities in the value of wildlife. One of Lewa’s fundamental objectives is to conserve threatened species within its area of operation by providing protected habitat for these species under pressure.
National AAZK: www.aazk.org
AAZK is a nonprofit volunteer organization (U.S. 501c3) made up of professional zoo keepers and other interested persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation.
AAZK’s purpose is to foster a professional attitude in animal keepers and aquarists by encouraging them to become active members of professional teams at today’s zoos and aquariums. AAZK supports the promotion and implementation of zookeeper education and strives to make the general public aware of our concern for all deserving conservation projects and the need for the preservation of our natural resources and the species that depend on those resources.
International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF): www.otter.org
Dedicated to the conservation, protection, and care of otters. Because the otter lives, feeds, and plays on land and in the water and is at the peak of the food chain it is an ambassador species to a first class environment. IOSF was set up to protect and help the 13 species of otter worldwide through a combination of compassion and science. We support projects to protect otters, which will also ensure that we have a healthy environment for all species, including our own.
Orang-Hutan: “People of the Forest” Orangutan Experience: www.phoenixzoo.org/orang-hutan
Bornean orangutans have called the Phoenix Zoo home virtually since it opened in 1962. Duchess, one of the oldest orangutans in the United States, is the matriarch of a unique family that resides at the Zoo. And this family desperately needs a new home.
We are 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. Since 1988 we have focused our efforts on protecting entire ecosystems and natural communities, not just individual species, to ensure a long term conservation strategy. We raise donations and awareness for these biologically diverse ecosystems through our Adoption Programs, Conservation Meters and Insect Discovery Lab. We partner with schools, universities, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, natural history museums, and science centers worldwide to protect wildlife and nature. We work in collaboration with businesses, and corporations to ensure the conservation of ecosystems for all future generations.
Run for the Cheetah: www.runforthecheetah.org
The Run for the Cheetah is a fun and competitive event for runners/walkers and families alike to raise awareness about the endangered cheetah and to raise funds to support the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s programs to ensure the survival of the cheetah in the wild. CCF’S mission is to be the internationally recognized centre of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems. CCF will work with all stakeholders to develop best practices in research, education, and land use to benefit all species, including people.
Amphibian Ark: www.amphibianark.org
Amphibians are an important component of the global ecosystem, as indicators of environmental health and contributors to human health. They watched the dinosaurs come and go, but today almost half of them are themselves threatened with extinction. Addressing the amphibian extinction crisis represents the greatest species conservation challenge in the history of humanity. The global conservation community has formulated a response in the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan, and an integral part of that response is the Amphibian Ark, in which select species that would otherwise go extinct will be maintained in captivity until they can be secured in the wild. Without immediate captive management as a stopgap component of an integrated conservation effort, hundreds of species could become extinct.
Sky Island Alliance: www.skyislandalliance.org
Sky Island Alliance is a grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the rich natural heritage of native species and habitats in the Sky Island region of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Working with volunteers, scientists, land owners, public officials, and government agencies they establish protected areas, restore healthy landscapes, and promote public appreciation of the region’s unique biological diversity.
African Wild Dog Conservancy: www.awdconservancy.org
The African Wild Dog Conservancy (AWD Conservancy), started in 2001, is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to working with local communities, and national and international stakeholders to conserve wild dogs through scientific research and education.
Bornean Orangutan Survival Foundation: www.savetheorangutan.org.uk
The Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation is the largest primate rescue project in the world, with nearly 1000 orangutans in its care. BOS actively rescues wild orangutans from oil-palm plantations, as well as rehabilitating orphaned orangutans, displaced as a result of the relentless devastation of their habitat to clear land for palm oil production. BOS is committed to protecting the orangutan and its rainforest habitat, and relies entirely on donations to achieve this.