Press Release: 11/17/2015

Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 ext. 130

Oakland, CA,November 19, 2015…Oakland Zoo raised more than $100,000 in one year through a program called Quarters for Conservation. "We are so excited to hear that Oakland Zoo will be able to fund our lemur project in the rain forests of Madagascar, including the two species of bamboo lemurs at Ranomafana,” stated Patricia Wright, Founder of Centre Val Bio. Fifty percent of the funds will go directly to three featured conservation programs in the field that help save elephants, lemurs, and California condors. The three recipients of the funds this year are Centre ValBio, Ventana Wildlife Society, and Big Life. "Big Life is very grateful to receive these funds from the Oakland Zoo's Quarters for Conservation program,” said Richard Bonham, Co-Founder and Director of Operations in Africa for Big Life. “We plan to put the funds to use immediately to help cover operational costs for our remote but critically important Ossewan outpost. “The impact of Oakland Zoo’s support is significant towards establishing a self-sustaining population of condors in California,” said Kelly Sorenson, Executive Director, Ventana Wildlife Society.

Twenty-five percent of the funds raised will be used towards Oakland Zoo’s onsite conservation programs such as veterinary care for California condors, the Western Pond Turtle head-start program, the Puerto Rican Crested Toad breeding program, and the Yellow-legged frog head-start program. The remaining twenty-five percent of the monies helps support additional conservation filed partners, like: ARCAS, Africa Matters, the Bay Area Puma Project, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center, the California Wolf Center, the Kibale Fuel Wood Project, the Reticulated Giraffe Project, the Marine Mammal Center, the Mountain Lion Foundation, Project Golden Frog, Project Tamarin, EWASO Lion, and the Uganda Carnivore Program.

Oakland Zoo will be giving thanks to guests, zoo members, volunteers, and staff for donating to the Quarters for Conservation program by hosting an Action for Wildlife event on November 19, 2015 from 11:00am – 12:00pm. Activities will include engaging activities for the lemurs at 11:15am and special treats for the elephant herd at 11:45am. There will also be a conservation station featuring interactive fun for guests. The Bay Area’s Oakland Zoo believes now is a crucial time to care about and take action for wildlife and the environment. “We are so thrilled with the results of Quarters for Conservation,” exclaimed Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director at Oakland Zoo. “To be able to send that kind of money into the field is wonderful. It’s the boots on the ground wildlife conservation that is making a difference for wild animals, and all support it needed. How exciting that Oakland Zoo and our visitors are taking action for lemurs, elephants and condors!”

The Action for Wildlife event will also kick start a new year of Quarters for Conservation (Q4C). The beneficiaries of 2016 efforts will be the Golden Gate Audubon Society, the Budongo Snare Removal Project, and the California Wolf Center. See below descriptions for additional information about the 2016 partners. Oakland Zoo’s Quarters for Conservation has raised more than $400,000 dollars since its inception in 2012.

Dig Deep for Burrowing Owls: “Golden Gate Audubon is delighted to be featured in Oakland Zoo’s Quarters for Conservation program,” said Cindy Margulis, Executive Director, Golden Gate Audubon Society. “Now, zoo visitors can help save wonderful local birds — including those precious Burrowing Owls!” Watch your step – you might be in owl territory! The burrowing owl is in need of our awareness and care, with a population decrease of eighty-six percent in some parts of the Bay Area due to habitat loss. Golden Gate Audubon Society is partnering with city marinas, state parks, and local nature centers to monitor the owls in the few areas they remain. Golden Gate Audubon works to conserve burrowing owls by restoring vital shoreline habitats, conducting citizen-science events, and educating the public about this unique, native bird.

Be a Champion for Chimps: “Fantastic for all of us at BCFS to be chosen as a partner project for next year,” said Vernon Reynolds, Founder of the Budoongo Snare Removal Project. “We are expanding our vet work with other chimp communities. We are renovating a new house at camp. The new funds will go a long way to help with these objectives, and will help our chimps which still suffer too much from injuries from snares set by locals in the forest.” Chimpanzees and humans are so much alike, yet we face challenges sharing our planet. In the forests of Uganda, it is estimated that thirty percent of chimpanzees have injuries from being caught in snares set illegally by poachers. The Budongo Snare Removal Project helps chimpanzees by employing eco-guards to remove the snares, supplying goats as sustenance to ex-hunters, and educating the community about the environment. This project serves as a model for others facing the growing challenges around human-wildlife conflict.

Welcome Wolves Home: “Imagine hearing that wolf howl once again in California’s wilderness,” stated Karin Vardaman, Director of California Wolf Recovery. And, with this howl comes no fear nor dread from those that share the landscape with this iconic species. This is our vision. And, thanks to Oakland Zoo we are that much closer to seeing this vision become a reality. California Wolf Center is honored and excited to partner with Oakland Zoo in paving the way for the peaceful return of this native and charismatic species to our state!” Wolves were eradicated in the Golden State by humans almost a century ago, but now they are moving back into their historic range. Human-wildlife conflict is the primary threat to wolf recovery in California. 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.


The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.