Conservation Projects Supported by Jackson Zoo
The Grevy’s Zebra Trust was established to conserve Grevy’s zebra, an endangered species, across its range in collaboration with local communities. Located in Kenya, with extension to Ethiopia, we recognise the critical role played by pastoral people whose livelihoods are inextricably linked to the same landscape. The Grevy’s Zebra Trust holds community awareness workshops which are designed for knowledge exchange and discussion on Grevy’s zebra conservation.
Nyaru Menteng is an orangutan rehabilitation center located in Central Kalimantan near the city of Palangka Raya. The Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Project is situated 28 km (18 miles) outside of Palangka Raya, the Capitol of Central Kalimantan. It is located within the boundaries of the Nyaru Menteng Arboretum, a 62,5 hectare lowland peat-swam forest ecosystem, founded in 1988 by the Ministry of Forestry Regional office of Central Kalimantan. The clinic, quarantine facilities and socialization cages are inside a fenced area of 1.5 ha. while mid-way housing is at the farthest end of the Arboretum, which has good forest for the smallest orangutans and is undisturbed by visitors. Kaja Island for the larger orangutans is located only 8 km away by road.
Lone Droscher-Nielsen co-founded the project with Dr. Willie Smits. Lone is a Danish woman who spent 4 years volunteering in Tanjung Puting caring for small infant orangutans, before she and her Dayak husband Odom opened the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Project with the help of BOS Indonesia. The project is funded and managed by BOS and works in co-operation with The Department of Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam (a department within the Department of Forestry) for Central Kalimantan.
Collected funds in the “bear” donation box are donated to the Bear Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) which looks to the special needs and conservation issues involving the eight bear species in AZA accredited institutions, along with bears from zoos around the world and especially bears in their wild habitats. Jackson Zoo exhibits black bears.
In the tropical forests of Sumatra, the smallest subspecies of tiger is losing ground to habitat loss and poaching. Considered “critically endangered”, Sumatran tigers may number fewer than 500 in the wild. The Tiger Conservation Campaign is supporting Sumatran tiger conservation efforts in the 25,000 km2 Leuser Tiger Landscape in northern Sumatra. This area is thought to support about 70 tigers, but it has the potential to hold many more.
Sumatran Tiger & Prey Research
Monitoring tiger and prey densities is important not only for estimating how many remain, but also for understanding where conservation efforts should be focused, and how well those efforts are working. Funds being raised now for this project will support a large-scale camera trapping survey in Leuser in 2013. The survey will be conducted in two areas, totaling nearly 3,500 km2. For one area, a “tiger recovery site”, the results will be compared to a previous survey to assess tiger and prey population trends. The other area, a “tiger source site”, has not been surveyed previously using these techniques, so this research will provide baseline information about tiger and prey densities.
Red Wolf SSP/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Red Wolf SSP / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: As part of the SSP release program a female red wolf from JZP was returned to Bull's Island at the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina, with two of the four offspring from the female fostered into released dens.
Working through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service a total of 19 trumpeter swan chicks have been returned to release programs in Iowa and Minnesota.
Contribution made to the Third International Tapir Symposium, Jan. 2009, in Mexico. The IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialists group, along with the AZA Tapir TAG and the EAZA Tapir TAG works with hundreds of tapir experts from over 30 countries to help establish important initiatives and action plans to save tapirs and habitat, such as in Costa Rica and Panama.