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Quarters 4 Conservation

Visiting Sedgwick County Zoo gives guests an opportunity to see wild animals up close and thus gain understanding, appreciation, and respect for some magnificent creatures that many people may never get to see in the wild. But another way we strive to help animals is by donating to conservation programs, which allows us to play a part in safeguarding the world’s wildlife. Conservation initiatives such as those listed protect wild animals both in captivity and in their natural habitats.

Sedgwick County Zoo has been recognized with national and international awards for its support of field conservation programs and successful breeding of rare and endangered species.

Where Do the Conservation Dollars Come From?

In 2013, Sedgwick County Zoo was able to designate $79,266.25 for various conservation programs through the Quarters for Conservation. The Q4C program gives .25¢ of every gate admission to support Sedgwick County Zoo conservation efforts in the wild. Another $19,968.59 was collected from the donation boxes in the Zoo and through our Gift Shop program that allows guests to round up purchases to help fund conservation programs. Just by coming to the Zoo, our guests help support our contributions to worldwide animal conservation.

Quarters 4 Conservation (admission and membership sales) - $79,266.25

Gift Shop Round-up for Conservation - $8,391

Slawson Family Tiger Trek Tiger Donation Box - $1,270.64

Cessna Penguin Cove Penguin Donation Box - $592.12

Rhinoceros Donation Box - $4,291.76

The Downing Gorilla Forest Gorilla Donation Box - $1,897.74

Jungle Donation Box - $2,660.82

Amphibian & Reptile Donation Box - $409.21

Jane Goodall institute - $455.30 

Where Do the Dollars Go?


2013 Conservation Partners

CONTRIBUTED: $2,055.41
The Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) is formed of 14 international and Russian Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) all working to support conservation of Amur leopards and tigers in the wild.

The Livestock Breeds Conservancy Mission: Ensuring the future of agriculture through genetic conservation and the promotion of endangered breeds of livestock and poultry.

Amphibian Ark's mission is ensuring the global survival of amphibians, focusing on those that cannot currently be safeguarded in nature.

The African Predator Conservation Research Organization's (APCRO) mission is to initiate and facilitate multidisciplinary conservation research on a number of African predator species throughout the continent. This organization will provide a vehicle for the gathering of scientific information and sponsor new projects that will increase the potential long-term survivability of native carnivores. Currently Sedgwick County Zoo's Curator of Mammals, Mike Quick, serves on the Board of Directors.

The Ape TAG Conservation Initiative represents a collective effort by zoos to help conserve wild populations of apes. The Sedgwick County Zoo supports projects for all three of the great ape species: chimpanzee, Sumatran orangutan and lowland gorilla.

The AZA Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF), established in 1984, supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and their collaborators through a yearly competitive grant program. 


CONTRIBUTED: $1,834.17
Kansas has the opportunity to play a part in bringing one our nation’s most endangered mammals back from the brink of extinction. Sedgwick County Zoo staff participate in fieldwork and in providing equipment that supports this effort.

The Center's mission is to facilitate the designation of Punta San Juan as a Marine Reserve under the Peruvian Protected Areas System and secure the future of the Humboldt penguin in Punta San Juan. Additionally Sedgwick County Zoo staff are participating in fieldwork and monitoring of this important penguin population.

Chacoan Peccary SSP CONTRIBUTED: $500

For over 30 years, the International Union of Conservation Nature/Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC) Conservation Breeding Specialist Group has been a mechanism through which zoos, aquariums, and other organizations with intensively managed populations provide expertise. They have assisted in the development of conservation plans for more than 200 species - from corals and frogs to jaguars and orangutans - in 67 countries, and facilitated partnerships of more than 190 zoos and aquariums, 160 NGOs, 65 universities, 50 government agencies and 35 corporations.

This orginization is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. They are committed to promoting continued research on the gorillas and their threatened ecosystems and to providing education about their relevance to the world in which we live. In collaboration with government agencies and other international partners, they also provide assistance to local communities through education, health, training and development initiatives.


El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center's mission is to rescue and establish assurance colonies of amphibian species that are in extreme danger of extinction throughout Panama. They also focus efforts and expertise on developing methodologies to reduce the impact of the amphibian chytrid fungus (Bd) so that one day captive amphibians may be re-introduced to the wild.

Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE) aims to create an in situ facility where orphaned Grauer’s gorillas can receive the care they need and also learn the skills for reintroduction back into the wild. GRACE also strives to provide educational opportunities for local communities to promote gorilla conservation around Tayna Nature Reserve.
Greater Flamingo Banding
Yucatan, Mexico
CONTRIBUTED: $2,699.41

The Grevy’s Zebra Trust conserves the endangered Grevy’s zebra and its fragile habitat in Kenya and Ethiopia. The Grevy's Zebra Trust, in partnership with local communities, support projects that directly benefit community conservancy development, education and grassland rehabilitation.

The mission of the IEF is to support and operate elephant conservation and education programs in managed facilities and in the wild, with emphasis on management, protection and scientific research. Sedgwick County Zoo's support has gone to help protect African elephants from poaching in Uganda and currently our funds are working for elephant conservation in Zambia.

The mission of the International Iguana Foundation is to ensure the survival of iguanas and their habitats through conservation, awareness and scientific programs that enhance the survival of wild iguanas and their habitats. Currently our Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles, Nate Nelson, serves on the Board of Directors of IIF.

The International Rhino Foundation is dedicated to the survival of the world’s rhino species through conservation and research. At the heart of IRF’s vision is the belief that these magnificent species should endure for future generations, and that protecting rhinos ensures the survival of many other species that share their habitat, including people. Sedgwick County Zoo funds are going towards the conservation efforts to save the black rhino in Africa.

The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) promotes and provides effective, non-biased and science-based environmental education to all Kansans.

Malay Tapir Conservation Project (MTCP) is engaged in behavioral ecology research of the Malay tapir, which includes camera trapping at strategic sites and extensive radio-telemetry studies in order to estimate the tapir population in Krau Wildlife Reserve, Malaysia.

CONTRIBUTED: $1,706.75
Founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. Their work builds on Dr. Goodall’s scientific work and her humanitarian vision. Our funds are being directed towards the Gombe Research Station in Tanzania.

The Mabuwaya Foundation aims to protect and conserve the Philippine crocodile, the rarest in the world, in its natural habitat.


CONTRIBUTED: $4,360.90
The MAC project is intended to provide the avifauna of the Mariana archipelago with the best possible chances for long-term survival, with the objectives of preserving, maintaining, and establishing self-sustaining populations of native, free flying birds secure from the threat of the brown tree-snake. Our Curator of Birds, Scott Newland, is an annual participant in the fieldwork.

The objective of the Okapi Conservation Project is to partner with the Institute in Congo for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) to develop a secure, well managed and sustainable Okapi Wildlife Reserve supported and embraced by local communities.

Painted Dog Conservation's mission is to protect and increase the range and numbers of painted dogs through hands on conservation, education, community involvement and international support.

In an effort to save the Puerto Rican crested toad from extinction, a Species Survival Plan (SSP) was created. The SSP goals include island-wide education and outreach, research, the protection of existing habitat, the creation of new ponds, and the establishment of at least five self-sustaining populations in the wild. The Sedgwick County Zoo has provided over 9,000 Puerto Rican crested toads for release in their former ranges. Additionally, Zoo staff has been involved with fieldwork over the years.  

The Red Panda Network is committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities.

The mission of the Sahara Conservation Fund is to conserve the wildlife, habitats and other natural resources of the Sahara and its bordering Sahelian grasslands. Our funds have gone towards slender horned gazelle conservation efforts.

  CONTRIBUTED: $450.15 is committed to inspiring participation and awareness in the preservation of fragile ecosystems by providing opportunities for personal direct action to save the diversity of life on Earth. In our case, the parking meter near the giant anteater exhibit collects money for the enhancement and protection of the Pantanal National Park in Brazil.

The Save the Cassowary campaign is working hard to encourage local, state and federal government to commit the much needed funds towards protecting the endangered southern cassowary habitat in the Daintree and Mission Beach, Australia from further destruction and fragmentation for urban development. 

The National Elephant Center's Mission: To improve the North American elephant population’s long-term health and welfare by providing and promoting excellence in elephant care and management.


The mission of the Thick-billed Parrot SSP is to ensure the survival of the thick-billed parrot within its historic range. Now found only in Mexico, it once was also in New Mexico and Arizona.

We have joined other AZA accredited Zoos' efforts in support of wild tiger conservation efforts and to raise public awareness about tiger conservation. Our funds support the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) tiger conservation initiatives surrounding anti-poaching and law enforcement efforts for Amur tigers. 

The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program fosters wildlife and habitat conservation and supports local community livelihoods in Papua New Guinea through global partnerships, land protection and scientific research.

The mission of the TSA is: Transforming passion for turtles into effective conservation action through a global network of living collections and recovery programs. Sedgwick County Zoo funds are 'supporting a long-term commitment to the establishment of the TSA Turtle Survival Center. Additionally funds are directed to TSA India program.


The Wattled Crane Recovery Programs aim is to reverse the trend towards local extinction of the wattled crane in South Africa.


Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG) is a coalition of zoos, aquariums, and related partners dedicated to promoting wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the Americas.


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(Beginning March 1)
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*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 6, 2014 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).