Global Efforts

Global Efforts

When you visit Alexandria Zoo and contribute to Friends of the Alexandria Zoo, you are not only supporting the animals in our care, but also their wild counterparts.

Through FOTAZ, Alexandria Zoo contributes to projects in North America, South America, Central America, Asia and Africa.

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Projects the Zoo Supports

In Brazil, human disturbance and habitat fragmentation have left jaguars increasingly restricted to protected areas like Emas National Park. To help protect jaguars and better understand their use of fragmented habitat, ZCOG has partnered with the Jaguar Conservation Fund (JCF) to monitor a ‘jaguar corridor’ along the Araguaia River near Emas National Park in the Brazilian Cerrado.

The long-term project will map and monitor jaguar movements and develop a habitat suitability model for the corridor. Additionally, researchers will investigate jaguar predation impact on local cattle ranches and use monitoring data to identify key areas for managing human-jaguar conflict. ZCOG is supporting this important, long-term research and monitoring initiative though fundraising and the purchase of camera traps, GPS satellite collars, and related field equipment needed to advance Jaguar research and conservation activities in Brazil.

In an effort to protect the critically endangered Maned Wolf in Argentina, ZCOG has partnered with the Maned Wolf Conservation Alliance, a cooperative network that includes regional zoological institutions like Buenos Aires Ecoparque and Fundacion Temaiken.

The Maned Wolf Conservation Program aims to establish a recovery network to rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce wolves to their natural habitat, to learn more about wolf populations through field research, and to help preserve the species through community engagement, conservation education, and the development of a national conservation strategy.

ZCOG assists with funds to purchase necessary field research equipment, such as GPS collars and satellite data services, as well as providing support for workshops and educational materials.

To address extinction challenges facing the Andean Condor, ZCOG is working with the Fundación BioAndina (FBA) and the Buenos Aires Ecoparque on a collaborative, multi-institution conservation and research initiative designed to captive-breed and re-introduce condor populations in their former range in Argentina and Chile.

The Andean Condor Conservation Program (PCCA), under the leadership of Luis Jacomé, has spearheaded innovation in Andean condor captive-rearing, rescue, and rehabilitation; developed new release and monitoring methodologies; and promoted conservation education and local community partnerships. ZCOG has served as the administrative, management, and North American fundraising agency for this program, and helped outfit a remote research station, purchase research equipment, and acquire satellite data for the monitoring of condors released into the wild.

In Chile, ZCOG has partnered with the Zoológico Nacional del Parque Metropolitano de Santiago (National Zoo of Chile) to support an Andean Condor census, abundance, and distribution study in the country’s northern Arica region.

In the study, Guillermo Cubillos and researchers from the National Zoo are conducting field monitoring and interviews with local indigenous communities to determine the population status of condor in northern Chile and better understand how community perceptions of the species can help contribute to its conservation. Thanks to donor support, ZCOG has provided transportation, materials, and logistics funding for each of the first three research campaigns associated with the study.

To help protect the giant anteater and its vulnerable Cerrado habitat, ZCOG has partnered with Whitley-award winning conservation biologist Dr. Arnaud Desbiez and his experienced team of Brazilian field researchers to conduct a multi-year ecological study of giant anteaters in Brazil.

The "Anteaters and Highways Project" is a four- year effort to research why, when, and how anteaters interact with roadways in order to understand and quantify the impacts of road-kill and road barrier effect on giant anteater populations. Results will be used to create science-based action plans designed to conserve remaining giant anteaters and their habitat.

ZCOG supports this long-term initiative by providing GPS satellite harnesses, managing the project’s satellite data account, and serving as the program’s North American fundraising, financial management, and logistical agency.

In an effort to protect remaining Chilean flamingo populations, ZCOG has partnered with the Zoologico Nacional del Parque Metropolitano de Santiago (National Zoo of Chile) and Corporacion Nacional Florestal (CONAF) to conduct research on the health status and movement patterns of flamingo populations in northern Chile.

Thanks to the support of program donors, ZCOG has helped fund transportation costs for multiple field capture and tagging campaigns and purchased solar GPS satellite transmitters that are being used to monitor flamingo movement patterns in the Atacama Desert.

ZCOG also manages and finances the project's satellite data account, which allows our Chilean program partners to download and analyze important flamingo movement data -- critical information that is allowing us to better understand extinction challenges and design conservation solutions.

The Turtle Survival Alliance is an action-oriented global partnership, focusing on species that are at high risk of extinction, and working in turtle diversity hotspots around the world. Working in collaboration with zoos, aquariums, universities, private turtle enthusiasts, veterinarians, government agencies, and conservation organizations, the TSA is widely recognized as a catalyst for turtle conservation with a reputation for swift and decisive action.

The Tiger Conservation Campaign is coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Tiger Species Survival Plan. Currently, the Tiger Conservation Campaign focusing on six Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) projects that benefit wild Amur, Malayan, and Sumatran tigers.

In peninsular Malaysia, the campaign is supporting WCS's efforts to increase the effectiveness of anti-poaching patrols, and to strengthen anti-poaching laws. They are also supporting local education and outreach efforts in Malaysia, focused on tiger conservation.

In Sumatra, the campaign is supporting WCS's efforts to reduce tiger-human conflict by constructing tiger-proof livestock pens in villages, increasing outreach and awareness, and responding with veterinary assistance to tigers caught in snares. We also support efforts to combat tiger related crime and habitat loss.

In the Russian Far East, the campaign is supporting WCS's efforts to curb poaching using more effective patrolling and monitoring techniques. Also, a new Tiger Health Support Program is working to understand diseases that threaten Amur tigers and train veterinarians so they can respond to disease outbreaks.

Through Project Neofelis, S.P.E.C.I.E.S. (the Society for the Preservation of Endangered Carnivores and their International Ecological Study) aims to promote the clouded leopard as a flagship species, bringing much needed awareness and urgency to its conservation.

The project's program goals are to advance the conservation of clouded leopards and the many sympatric smaller felids across their broad range by (1) reducing or mitigating regional and global threats to their survival, (2) educating and integrating local communities, (3) collecting ecological information critical to conservation planning and action, (4) conducting surveys and sharing information on their population status, and (5) building local capacity and self-reliance in surveying and protecting these species.

Founded in Namibia in 1990, Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is the global leader in research and conservation of cheetahs.

The vast majority of wild cheetahs are outside protected areas, in areas populated by humans. Saving this magnificent animal from extinction requires innovative conservation methods that address the welfare of both cheetah and human populations over large landscapes.

CCF has developed a set of integrated programs that work together to achieve this objective. CCF's programs have effectively stabilized and even increased the wild cheetah population in Namibia.

FOTAZ's contibution will be used to purchase much needed vaccines and drugs.

Past projects the Zoo has supported

Andean Bear Andean Bear
Brazilian Tapir Brazilian Tapir
Whooping Crane Whooping Crane
Snow Leopard Snow Leopard
Vaquita Vaquita
African Lion African Lion
Lowland Anoa Lowland Anoa

Les Whitt Memorial Scholarship

The Les Whitt Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Robert Leslie "Les" Whitt, director of Alexandria Zoological Park from 1974 - 2008.

The Award, which promotes advanced training in animal husbandry and behavioral enrichment, provides full scholarship funding to participate in either of the following Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ (AZA) professional training program courses: Animal Training Applications in Zoo and Aquarium Settings or Best Practices in Animal Keeping.

Friends of the Alexandria Zoo (FOTAZ) provides annual funding for this scholarship award, which is part of Zoo Conservation Outreach Group's (ZCOG) scholarship program.

Les Whitt was a founding Board member of Zoo Conservation Outreach Group.

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