Future for Wildlife program

What began as an effort to protect penguins in Peru has grown into a worldwide conservation program for threatened and endangered species and ecosystems.

The Future for Wildlife program is an ongoing partnership between the Oregon Zoo and the Oregon Zoo Foundation that provides grants to local and global conservation efforts.

Community support has played a crucial role throughout the program's history. In 1998, Dr. David Shepherdson, deputy conservation manager, visited Punta San Juan, Peru, where he learned about the desperate need for funding to protect a colony of endangered Humboldt penguins. When he returned to the zoo, he worked with the foundation to raise funds for the project, forming the basis of the Future for Wildlife program.

Future for Wildlife grants have helped to protect species ranging from the California condor to the giant panda. A portion of the funding is dedicated to helping species in the Pacific Northwest. The 2015 grant recipients are:

High Desert Museum

Enhance understanding of Deschutes National Forest carnivores, including the Sierra Nevada red fox, wolverine, Canada lynx, American marten and Pacific fisher.

University of Washington

Assess the conservation status of the Olympic mudminnow — the only known freshwater fish endemic to Washington.

Xerces Society

Workshops on maintaining monarch butterfly habitat and restoring native milkweed on public lands in the western United States.

Sandy River Basin Watershed Council

Enhancement and conservation of Sandy River Delta habitat, home to a threatened colony of western painted turtles.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Re-establishing the pygmy rabbit population and enhancing reintroduction techniques in central Washington's Columbia Basin.

In this video, learn more about the Future for Wildlife program and hear from community members who are inspired to support the Oregon Zoo's conservation efforts.