Conservation is a primary concern at Oakland Zoo. We take Action for Wildlife in North America by supporting in-the-field conservation programs such as the Ventana Wildlife Society, Bay Area Puma Project, Marine Mammal Center, and more
Bison, North America's largest land mammal, once roamed the continent and played an important role in the prairie landscape. But today, wild bison are absent from most of their historic range, and their genetic diversity is threatened by isolated herds. Native Americans have long had an important spiritual and cultural relationship with bison. Oakland Zoo has partnered with the Blackfeet Nation through the Iinnii Initiative, which will return bison to tribal lands in Montana, provide educational programs, and promote bison conservation and cultural preservation.
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.
Since 1984, The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has been at the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide appropriate, humane sanctuary for animals who have been the victims of the exotic and performing animal trades. PAWS investigates reports of abused performing and exotic animals, documents cruelty, and assists in investigations and prosecutions by regulatory agencies to alleviate the suffering of captive wildlife.
Home to grasslands, woodlands, sand dunes, saltwater and freshwater wetlands, and many other unique ecosystems, the San Francisco Bay Area supports a wide variety of endemic bird species. It is also an important stop on the migratory pathway for birds known as the Pacific Flyway. The Golden Gate Audubon Society, local chapter of the National Audubon, is dedicated to preserving these native birds and other wildlife. They will celebrate 100 years of efforts in 2017.
Wolves were eradicated in the Golden State by humans almost a century ago, but now they are moving back into their historic range. The California Wolf Center is leading the way to welcome wolves back home, by providing innovative solutions to wolf-livestock conflicts, and education programs that help people successfully share the landscape with this iconic species.
Keystone Conservation is dedicated to conserving and protecting North America’s native predator species, including wolves and bears as well as other lesser-known species such as the northern goshawk and swift fox. The project works to create habitat for wildlife, increase rangeland biodiversity, and sustain and restore the working landscape in rural communities. 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.
The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit rescue and rehabilitation hospital in Sausalito, California, that cares for sick, injured and orphaned marine mammals, primarily California sea lions, northern elephant seals and harbor seals.
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
Golden Gate Audubon Society
California Wolf Center
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