Conservation is a Primary Concern at Oakland Zoo We currently support several In-the-Field Conservation Programs, such as: Africa Matters, Amboseli Trust for Elephants, the Budongo Snare Removal Project, and more.
96 is the number of African Elephants that are currently being killed every day for their tusks. Oakland Zoo is proud to announce a new partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society through their campaign called ‘96 Elephants’. 96 Elephants brings together world citizens, partners, thought leaders, and change makers to leverage collective influence to stop the killing of elephants for their ivory.
It is the goal of AFRICA MATTERS to promote wildlife conservation by encouraging the interaction of artists, teachers and scientists. They directly offer financial and logistical assistance to individuals and organizations whose work not only expands scientific knowledge from the field, but also makes that knowledge available to others, particularly young Africans. We believe that art and youth have a key role to play in the world of conservation.
African elephants, which numbered 1.2 million across the continent in 1984, are now down to 450,000, primarily due to intensive poaching for ivory. Heavily armed and using a variety of methods - from poison spears to automatic weapons - poachers, who often work for organized criminal networks, or terrorist organizations, are killing 35,000 elephants a year. Big Life was the first organization in East Africa with co-ordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations to protect elephants.
With a human population that has increased seven-fold since 1920 and that continues to grow at 3-4% each year, the future of the Kibale Forest and its surrounding African communities is far from secure. One main issue is energy. Wood and charcoal are the sole sources of energy for more than 98% of the people surrounding Kibale, far exceeding the average reliance on fuel wood in Africa of 40%. From 1990-2000, Uganda lost an average of 91,000 hectares of forest per year, most of it felled for fuel.
Kenya's Amboseli National Park is home to more than 1700 African elephants who have been studiously observed, catalogued, and protected by the Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP) since 1972, when internationally-renowned researcher Cynthia Moss founded the project.
In January 2000, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in collaboration with the Budongo Forest Project (BFP) initiated a snare removal program in the Budongo Forest Reserve in Uganda. The objective was to reduce the number of snares being set as well as the number of animals being caught in them. The Project also sought to increase public awareness regarding this issue, ensuring that more local people would obey wildlife laws and understand the need for protecting wildlife.
The Reticulated Giraffe Project, a partnership between Queen’s University Belfast and the Kenya Wildlife Service, aims to research, study and learn about this species by investigating aspects of the animals’ behavioral ecology and of the population processes operating upon them.
The Uganda Carnivore Program is dedicated to the research and conservation of lions, leopards and hyenas in the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is located in southwest Uganda. In addition to scientific research and monitoring activities, an important component of the conservation activities involves working closely with the local communities to improve human-wildlife coexistence.
Africa’s lions are in trouble. The lion population has declined by 90% in the last 75 years and lions have disappeared from approximately 80% of their historical range in Africa.
In the Field N. America
In the Field Africa
Sign the Ivory Petition
Kibale Fuel Wood
Amboseli Trust for Elephants
Budongo Snare Removal
Reticulated Giraffe Project
Uganda Carnivore Program
In the Field Asia
In the Field L. America
In the Field Global
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