Partnerships are critical to making positive, long-lasting change for wildlife.
Worldwide, passionate individuals are dedicating their lives to fighting extinction, resolving human-wildlife conflict and protecting habitat. Every visitor that walks through the Oregon Zoo's gates helps bolster on-the-ground efforts to save species ranging from Canadian polar bears to Bornean orangutans.
The Oregon Zoo is proud to support these organizations:
Polar Bears International
Focus: polar bears, Arctic fauna
As climate change keeps the Arctic ice-free for increasingly longer periods, polar bears struggle to find enough prey. PBI works to protect the Arctic ecosystem through research, education and action. As a member of PBI's Arctic Ambassador program, the Oregon Zoo collaborates with climate scientists, takes part in Arctic research projects and develops educational programs.
Chipangali Wildlife Trust
Focus: leopard, brown hyena
Zimbabwe-based Chipangali Wildlife Trust works to better understand and manage natural ecosystems and biodiversity through research and monitoring. Current research projects focus on carnivore distribution and feeding habits within Matobo National Park, and predator impacts on livestock in surrounding areas.
Focus: Native Ugandan fauna
Children in Uganda's Kasese district share their land with some the world's most magnificent wildlife, but there is little cultural impetus to protect them. Oregon Zoo senior keeper Asaba Mukobi founded Kasese Wildlife Conservation Awareness Organization in 2002 to help foster among Ugandan children, teachers and parents an ethic of conservation and stewardship.
KOCP - Hutan
Focus: Bornean orangutan, Bornean pygmy elephant
Sabah's Lower Kinabatangan is a rare jewel of biodiversity threatened by the unsustainable production of palm oil. Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme works to protect orangutans, elephants and other species through research, habitat protection, awareness campaigns and community development.
Cheetah Conservation Fund
The cheetah has disappeared from an estimated 76% of its African range and nearly all of its Asian range due to habitat loss, scarcity of prey and persecution. Founded in 1990, Namibia-based Cheetah Conservation Fund works to protect this iconic predator by working with stakeholders to develop best practices in land use, research and education.
Painted Dog Conservation
Focus: African wild dog
Painted dogs may be Africa's most efficient predator, but they cannot outrun the habitat fragmentation, persecution and domestic canid diseases that threaten their existence. Based in Zimbabwe, Painted Dog Conservation works to protect and expand the range and population of African wild dogs through conservation, education, community involvement and international support.
International Elephant Foundation
Focus: African and Asian elephants
IEF is dedicated to saving African and Asian Elephants by supporting and operating elephant conservation and education programs both in managed facilities and in the wild. Through IEF, the Oregon Zoo has supported programs from South Africa to Myanmar focusing on research, human-elephant conflict and anti-poaching efforts.
International Rhino Foundation
Focus: Black, white, Sumatran, Javan and greater one-horned rhinos
All five rhino species are facing an extinction crisis. One – the Javan rhino – has been reduced to an estimated 50 individuals. International Rhino Foundation efforts focus on the species most in need of intensive protection and management in areas where conservation will have its most significant impact.
Tiger Conservation Campaign
Focus: Malayan, Sumatran and Amur tiger subspecies
Today, these powerful symbols of the wilderness live in only seven percent of their historic range, largely due to habitat loss and degradation and poaching. Through the Tiger Conservation Campaign the Oregon Zoo is helping to support projects such as tiger-proof livestock pens in Sumatra and anti-poaching efforts in Russia.
Focus: habitat worldwide
Today, wildlife around the world face no greater threat than habitat destruction. In order to survive, wild animals require the preservation and protection of habitat. SaveNature.Org works in 11 countries to protect the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth.