By Tonja Swank, Public Relations Coordinator
Earth Day is a time to reflect on ways to make a positive impact through everyday decisions. At the Sacramento Zoo, visitors make a difference every time they visit by participating in the Quarters for Conservation Program. Through the collection of quarters, the Zoo provides funding for local and global wildlife conservation projects. The Quarters for Conservation program is replicated at other zoos throughout the U.S.
As guests enter the Zoo, they receive a token representing their contribution to conservation. The token enables visitors to vote for one of three conservation projects at the wishing well in the Zoo’s Entry Plaza. Votes determine how much funding each project receives; every vote makes a difference. Each project is guaranteed $5,000 annually with additional funding based on the number of votes received.
The three conservation projects, selected by the Zoo’s Conservation Committee, are the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, the Mabula Ground Hornbill Conservation Project and, locally, the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society. The funds raised for the three organizations will help protect the endangered species and their natural habitats in the wild.
As you consider how you can make a difference this Earth Day, remember that every time you visit the Zoo you do make a difference. Learn more by visiting the Quarters for Conservation webpage or the Conservation Action webpage.