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Conservation Grants Surpass $1 Million Milestone

December 1, 2014

Donations fund projects large and small at home and around the world.

Small hands drop pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters in coin collection machines at your Zoo.

Aging, energy-hog holiday lights are dropped off during Zoolights for recycling - and turned into a bit of cash, too.

Herald, the superstar wonder dog, helps secure donations at Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater shows.

cloudedleopardNov2014Zookeepers hold fund-raisers.

Zoo Society donors write checks. Answer appeals. Adopt animals. Sign on as Vision Keepers.

Members provide contributions.

It all adds up.

The total in just a dozen years: $1 million and growing.

The Dr. Holly Reed Wildlife Conservation Fund administers these donations and awards funds annually to research, conservation and education missions.

This year, more than $171,000 was awarded to 35 projects.

This includes programs that:

  • Benefit Clouded leopards and other endangered species
  • Prormote shark conservation
  • Provide for crucial research by Zoo staff to aid in the reproduction of Red wolves and address diseases in this endangered species.

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"We're proud of the commitment to conservation our staff, Zoo members and other visitors make every day," said Zoo Deputy Director John Houck. "The $1 million in funds raised and granted in support of endangered species, threatened habitat and environmental education is a milestone we can all celebrate."