Oakland Zoo shows a commitment to conservation projects in Asia. Below are a list of programs we currently support.
All across China, Asiatic black bears, known as "Moon Bears" because of the beautiful golden crescent on their chest, are imprisoned for more than 20 years in tiny metal cages no bigger than their bodies. The bears live a life of torture and die a slow agonizing death because of the market for the bile from their gall bladders, which is used in traditional medicine.
The Oakland Zoo participates in the Hornbill Nest Adoption Project through Thailand's Hornbill Research Foundation, which is led by Dr. Pilai Poonswand. Funding sent to this project helps the foundation collect data on the biological and ecological aspects of these birds, including their important ecological role in dispersing seeds throughout the forest. It is said that the forests need the hornbill as much as the hornbills need the forests!
Asia's most iconic predator, the tiger, is vanishing. At the turn of the 20th century, an estimated 100,000 wild tigers inhabited a range extending across Asia. There are only an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 wild tigers left, and a mere seven percent remains of the tiger's once vast geographic range.
Threatened by habitat loss, diminished prey, human-wildlife conflict, and poaching for its stunning pelt, bones and other body parts, tigers are now classified as Endangered.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) provides solutions to tiger conservation in nine countries where tigers remain and could potentially repopulate: Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Russia, and Thailand. WCS does this by creating protected areas, supporting law enforcement that apprehends poachers, managing prey populations and human activity in tiger habitats, and increasing tiger conservation awareness.
The Malayan Sun Bear is the world's smallest bear. Originally widespread through Southeast Asia, Borneo is now one of the few remaining strongholds of this charismatic jungle-dependent mammal.
In the Field N. America
In the Field Africa
In the Field Asia
Hornbil Nest Project
Wildlife Conservation Society
In the Field L. America
In the Field Global
The Green Zoo