Each time you visit the animals at Oakland Zoo, you conserve animals in the wild! Oakland Zoo’s "Quarters for Conservation" program makes you the conservation hero by dedicating 50 cents of your admission and 2 dollars of your membership fee to support wildlife conservation. You, our members and visitors, are part of this incredible team effort to take action for wildlife.
The Illegal Wildlife Trade
The illegal wildlife trade is one of the top most destructive and illicit transnational crimes of our times, along with drugs, arms and human trafficking. Illegal wildlife trafficking, for the pet industry and for products and souvenirs, has a devastating impact on animal welfare, species conservation, and ecosystems. It is a major cause of species extinction, second only to habitat loss. Ninety percent of animals smuggled for the pet trade die in transit, and those that survive need constant care and attention.
Harvesting of Turtle Eggs
The Pacific leatherback turtle is nearly extinct with only 1,438 mature individuals remaining in the entire Pacific ocean. Despite their endangered status, virtually all sea turtle nests in Guatemala are harvested by poachers and the eggs sold as a supposed aphrodisiac.
Your Vote Counts
Each October, the funds collected are calculated. One third of the funds support our three featured Q4C projects. Each project will get a substantial funding gift, determined by the distribution of tokens or “votes”. One third of the funds are dedicated to our conservation projects and partners around the globe, and the other third supports our on-site conservation projects.
Making a Difference
A remarkable shift in the role zoos play in the world of conservation emerges as Quarters for Conservation takes the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) by storm. With over eighteen zoos already involved and more planning to launch, saving wildlife is possible!
Oakland Zoo's 2019-2020 Quarters for Conservation Programs
Since 2018, Oakland Zoo has rehabilitated eight orphaned cougars from all over California, all casualties of the human-wildlife conflict.
Through a unique camera trap research program, the Bay Area Puma Project engages and empowers communities to collect critical data, becoming citizen scientists and stewards for cougar survival and human coexistence.
Animals of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala are often poached for the illegal wildlife trade, threatening populations of birds, monkeys and other species.
ARCAS’s new world-class Biodiversity Education Center will provide citizens, tourists and officials the inspiration, knowledge, and tools to protect the Mayan jungle and all of the wildlife that lives there.
For people living near the Kibale Forest of Uganda, resources must be used sustainably for the jungle that chimpanzees call home to survive and flourish.
The New Nature Foundation empowers communities to live sustainably through education, tree planting, biomass briquettes and eco-stove use, ensuring a connected society that celebrates and protects the chimpanzees that live in the Kibale Forest.