Quarters for Conservation

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About the Organization

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 Conservation Challenge

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.

Conservation Approach

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 Takes Action

Keep Jaguars and Jungles Connected

Jaguars are important indicators of ecosystem health, as they need connected jungles to thrive. In Panama, where the landscape is highly fragmented by human development, these cats and their biodiversity are in jeopardy.

Kaminando employs the largest camera trap research initiative in the country, empowers the community through environmental education and alternative income generation, and works to ensure a connected and flourishing jungle home for jaguars.


Help California Condors Make a Comeback

California condors are one of the most endangered species in the world, with only 260 in the wild today. Threats include lead poisoning from contaminated carcasses they feed on, and the ingestion of micro-trash.

Pinnacles California Condor Program tracks the condors using GPS technology across their range in central California. Monitoring their nests, habitat use, flight activity and survival provides the knowledge needed to reduce human-caused issues and save these amazing birds.


Look Out for Lions

Lions in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park face the challenge of sharing their habitat with people, resulting in human-wildlife conflict that has pushed these African cats into crisis.

The Lion Recovery Fund responds to these issues through swift support for projects that reduce the conflict by hiring community lion scouts and rapid response teams to monitor, protect, and ensure a safe future for lions.

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