Conservation is a Primary Concern at Oakland Zoo We make a commitment to support In-the-Field Conservation programs in North America such as: American Bird Conservancy, Butterfly Conservation Initiative, the Seafood Watch Program, and more.
Oakland Zoo is a strong supporter of elephants and the work the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee provides for rescued elephants.
The Bay Area Puma Project, piloted in spring 2009, is a pioneering study of pumas in the Santa Cruz Mountains that will generate unprecedented insights into the behavior of one of our region's top predators. The Bay Area Puma Project will utilize novel GPS technology to answer questions that have so far evaded scientists.
The Performing Animal Welfare Society is a place where abandoned or abused performing animals and victims of the exotic animal trade can live in peace and contentment. The Oakland Zoo is a strong supporter of PAWS and the efforts of its founder and president, Pat Derby.
Keystone Conservation is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring predators and their habitats in the Northern Rocky Mountains and the Northern regions of the Great Plains. At the present time, Keystone is committed to protecting the future of fourteen primary native predators, including black bear and black-footed ferret, as well as lesser-known species such as the northern goshawk and swift fox. At the same time, Keystone strives to raise public awareness of native predators and to ensure that humans and predators can peacefully co-exist. The organization has carved out a unique niche by combining sound ecological monitoring techniques with a deep understanding of social and political forces and patterns. Founded in 1991, Keystone Conservation is based in Bozeman, Montana.
The Butterfly Conservation Initiative was formed in 2001 by members of the AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums.) The formation of the BFCI represents a synchronization of many habitat and wildlife conservation efforts that had been underway for years in various institutions and organizations.
The Oakland Zoo, working in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, is committed to raising public awareness of marine conservation issues. While Africa's bushmeat crisis involves chimps, gorillas, and forest antelopes, North America's very own bushmeat crisis is gathering momentum in the form of overfishing and unsustainable ocean harvests. Fish represent the last group of wild animals that is still hunted on a large, commercial scale in North America, and many fish populations are feeling the pressures of unregulated or underregulated commercial fishing.
The Ventana Wildlife Society Research and Education Center was established in Big Sur's Andrew Molera State Park in January 1992. Inspired by the desire to reach out to the public, and with support from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, VWS expanded its programs to include bird research at the Big Sur Ornithology Lab, environmental education, and habitat restoration. Today, their current program areas include Species Recovery focusing on California Condor reintroduction, Conservation Ecology, Conservation Education, and Habitat Restoration.
In the Field N. America
Bay Area Puma Project
The Marine Mammal Center
Seafood Watch Program
Ventana Wildlife Society
In the Field Africa
In the Field Asia
In the Field L. America
In the Field Global
The Green Zoo