Conservation

As an institution dedicated to conservation and the preservation of the world’s animal species, the Zoo participates in the following conservation efforts.

AZA

1% for the Planet
1% for the Planet
- 1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of more than 1000 companies that donate 1% of their sales to a network of more than 3000 approved environmental organizations worldwide. - See more at: www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/en

 

96elephants.org logo
96 Elephants
- 96 elephants are killed every day in Africa.  You can stop it.  Increasing demand for ivory is fueling the killing of African elephants.  Approximately 25,000 elephants were killed by poachers in Africa in 2012—an average of 96 elephants each day. - See more at: www.centralfloridazoo.org/96-elephants

 

AZA
AZA Field Conservation Committee –
David Tetzlaff, V.P. of Operations, is a member of the AZA Field Conservation Committee. The AZA Field Conservation Committee (FCC) defines "Field Conservation" as actions that help secure the long-term survival of species in natural ecosystems and habitats. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums coordinate, participate, or support conservation projects that: directly support field work, species recovery, veterinary care for wildlife disease issues, and assurance populations; focus on in situ and ex situ research on ways to protect species or ecosystems in the wild; and increase opportunities to increase conservation awareness, advocacy, action, capacity, and fundraising. - See more at: www.aza.org/Membership/detail.aspx?id=431

 

AZA
AZA Population Management Program –
A large part of any successful animal conservation program is the tracking and management of the population under zoo care. The Zoo has two programs that are managed by Zoo staff. Heather Holtz, Bird Keeper, is the Whited-cheeked Turaco Studbook Keeper, and Cyndi Dupree, Bird Keeper, is the Silvery-cheeked Hornbill Studbook Keeper. - See more at: www.aza.org/animal-management

 

Bat Conservation International
Bat Conservation International
– Bat Conservation International’s (BCI) mission is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet. Based in Austin, Texas, BCI is devoted to conservation, education, and research initiatives involving bats and the ecosystems they serve. The Zoo conducted two bat house building workshops with all the proceeds donated to Bat Conservation International. - See more at: www.batcon.org


     American Association of Zoo Keepers
Bowling for Rhinos
– Our Zoo Keepers participate annually to raise funds for the conservation and preservation of rhinos in the wild in partnership with the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). The AAZK realized that the zoo keepers of the world were extremely conservation oriented and wanted to help save rhinos and their habitats, yet did not have the financial resources themselves to make any significant impact. From this realization came the National bowl-a-thon called Bowling For Rhinos. The AAZK supports the protection of all 5 remaining species of rhinos. - See more at: www.aazkbfr.org


City Bats Conservancy
City Bats Conservancy
– The Zoo has partnered with City Bats Conservancy, a Florida non-profit organization dedicated to bat and gopher tortoise education, rescue, rehabilitation, and research. - See more at: www.citybats.org


Clouded Leopard Consortium
Clouded Leopard Consortium
– This conservation effort is directed at saving the endangered clouded leopard in Thailand by linking zoo breeding programs with field surveys. The Zoo is a contributor to this program. - See more at: www.cloudedleopard.org


Wildlife Conservation Commission
Disease Surveillance in Selected Species of Greatest Conservation Need - The Zoo’s staff supported the amphibian survey in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC). The critical survey helped determine the status of native amphibians in Florida. The Zoo is also a FFWCC accredited Zoo. http://myfwc.com/media/1529397/Landsburg-poster.pdf


Gopher Tortoise Council
Gopher Tortoise Council
– The Zoo partners with the Gopher Tortoise Council through the Zoo Education Action League. The Council offers professional advice for management, conservation, and protection of gopher tortoises; encourages the study of the life history, ecology, and management of gopher tortoises and other upland species; conducts active public information and conservation education programs, and seeks effective protection of the gopher tortoise and other upland species throughout the southeastern United States. www.gophertortoisecouncil.org


Keep Seminole Beautiful
Keep Seminole Beautiful
– The Zoo is a partner with Keep Seminole Beautiful (KSB). KSB is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 2007 by Mike Barr. KSB has since provided a variety of services for Seminole County, including the initiation of anti-litter campaigns, river, lake, and retention pond clean-ups, creation of educational gardens, and establishment of water conservation and recycling programs. - See more at: www.keepseminolebeautiful.org


The Orianne Society
The Orianne Society
- The Orianne Society and The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens have partnered together to conserve Eastern indigo snakes, with the Central Florida Zoo taking over operations of the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC) in Eustis, Florida. The Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation was built and formerly operated by the Orianne Society, the world's foremost comprehensive-based conservation organization dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians around the world. - See more at: www.centralfloridazoo.org/orianne-center

Round Up for Rhinos
Round Up for Rhinos -
The Zoo is asking all our visitors to “round up” their Zoo admission by 5 cents to help protect the last of Manas National Park’s rhinoceros. Conservationists in India are building enclosures to protect them from poachers and providing round the clock security. All funds received will go directly to the International Rhino Foundation. - See more at: www.rhinos.org.

 Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch®
Seafood Watch® -
The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens partners with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® program to promote sustainable seafood messaging. Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® programs empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for healthy oceans, helping support diverse marine ecosystems for the future. - See more at: www.centralfloridazoo.org/seafood-watch

Species Survival Plan
Species Survival Plan -
Today, zoos are playing an increasing role in wildlife conservation by acting as an "ark" for species in jeopardy. Biologists estimate that thousands of plant and animal species will become extinct during the next 25 to 50 years. Breeding programs outside the wild may be their only hope for survival. To strengthen and coordinate captive programs in North America, the Species Survival Plan (SSP) was developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 1981. Each SSP manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain healthy and self-sustaining zoo populations that are both genetically diverse and demographically stable. Beyond this, SSPs participate in a variety of other cooperative conservation activities such as research, public education, reintroduction, and field projects. - See more at: www.centralfloridazoo.org/speciessurvivalplan

 

River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Scenic Highway
River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Scenic Highway
- The Central Florida Zoo located on Highway 17-92 are a part of the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor. The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The Program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. The program was established in 1991. The Zoo assists in these grass-roots efforts and promotes day excursions to the historical entities and attractions along the River of Lakes corridor, of which the Zoo comprises.

 

SaveNature.org
SaveNature.org
– 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. - See more at: www.savenature.org

 

The St. Johns River Alliance

Preserving, Protecting and Promoting America’s First River  – The Zoo has partnered with the St. Johns River Alliance to encourage you to get outside, get active and get to know the St. Johns River and its tributaries on foot, bike, horse or in a kayak or canoe. There are "blue" (water) and "green" (land) trails in every county.  The St. Johns River Alliance (SJRA), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, was formed in 2003. Governed by a regional, 34 member Board of Directors that includes elected officials, agencies, citizens and businesses, the SJRA's board members represent the entire 310 miles of Florida's river that uniquely flows north.   - See more at: www.stjohnsriveralliance.com

Wekiva Island
Wekiva Island
- Wekiva Island was conceived as an environmentally responsible oasis, a gathering spot, a place that through its natural splendor brings people together. By providing unique natural experiences and eco-learning opportunities we hope to preserve the river, educate our guests, and have a tremendous amount of fun in the process. Wekiva Island is dedicated to making a difference for the future generations. - See more at: www.wekivaisland.com


U.S. Green Chamber
U.S. Green Chamber -
 The Zoo is a member of the US Green Chamber of Commerce (USGCC).  The USGCC is a collective voice of green thinking businesses nationwide, that formulates comprehensive policy positions with the aim of creating a better regulatory environment for business to invest in sustainability measures, create new jobs and develop more efficient operating practices. - See more at: www.usgreenchamber.com


Bearded dragon
ZOO Education Action League – Z.E.A.L.
The Central Florida Zoo, in partnerships with the Gopher Tortoise Council, the Center for Ecosystem Survival, and our own Conservation and Science Fund, offers four programs that directly impact conservation efforts both locally and globally. - See more at: www.centralfloridazoo.org/zealanimaloutreachprograms