Conservation is a primary concern at Oakland Zoo.
We take Action for Wildlife in Africa by supporting in-the-field conservation programs including the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, the Budongo Snare Removal Project, the Uganda Carnivore Program, 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. Oakland Zoo believes 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.
The future of the Kibale Forest nearby African communities is far from secure, due to the rapidly-increasing human population. One main issue is energy. Wood and charcoal are the sole sources of energy for more than 98% of the people surrounding Kibale; because of this, Uganda has lost an average of 91,000 hectares of forest per year, most of it felled for fuel. The Kibale Fuel Wood Project works to protect Kibale National Park from encroachment and deforestation, and to improve the relationship between the National Park and the local people by facilitating energy stability in surrounding villages.
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.
Illegal hunting for bushmeat can have devastating consequences for wildlife, and not just the hunters’ intended targets: species such as chimpanzees are severely injured when they are caught in snares and traps. The Budongo Snare Removal Project works in Uganda’s Budongo Forest Reserve, an important chimpanzee habitat, with the objective of removing the number of snares being set as well as the number of animals being caught in them. The project also seeks to increase public awareness and conservation education for local communities. Since 2011, Oakland Zoo has been the sole funder of the Budongo Snare Removal Project.
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. This reduction in numbers is mainly due to habitat loss and conflict with humans. Ewaso Lions works with local people to reduce livestock depredation and find ways for humans to peacefully coexist with predators.
Lemurs live only on the island of Madagascar, a unique ecosystem where 90% of the plants and animals are endemic. With over 100 species of lemurs, Madagascar is a place unlike anywhere else. In the past few years their habitat has become increasingly smaller, resulting in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declaring them the most endangered mammal on the planet. At present, 94% of lemur species are threatened with extinction.
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
The Green Zoo
Beads for Chimps