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CONSERVATION PROJECTS

Titi Conservation Alliance

The Elmwood Park Zoo has partnered with the Titi Conservation Alliance, a group focused on preserving the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s Central Pacific region.

Through a generous series of grants by the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation, the Zoo has been able to donate funds to the Alliance, which has in turn funded a number of critical projects. Some of these projects include the following:
 

Habitat Reforestation

Over 50,000 native tress have been replaced in watersheds, fragmented habitats, and areas where the trees serve as travel routes for wildlife.
 

Naranjo River Biological Corridor

The natural habitat located between Manuel Antonio National Park and Nara Hills has been regenerated. The area encompasses over 50 acres and includes over 20 communities and schools.
 

Environmental Education

Over 800 children within the Corridor have been introduced to this unique program that promotes learning while playing. The squirrel monkey is an inhabitant of the Costa Rica region that the Alliance is working to preserve. The Elmwood Park Zoo exhibits the squirrel monkey and manages its care through a Species Survival Plan (SSP) Program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). By supporting and promoting the species, the Zoo hopes to educate guests on the monkey’s struggle to survive, as well as bring attention to the work that the Titi Conservation Alliance is doing to replenish the monkey’s habitat.

Click here for more information about the Titi Conservation Alliance

 

“Wingwise” Feather Distribution Project

The Feather Distribution Project collects feathers from wild turkeys, macaws and parrots that have been naturally shed, or “molted”, and donates them to Native American groups for us in traditional religious ceremonies. The Project aims to protect these endangered birds from being captured, smuggled, and sold. By becoming a legitimate resource for these feathers, the Project hopes to eliminate the need for their illegal trade.

The Elmwood Park Zoo supports the Feather Distribution Project by supplying it with the molted feathers of the parrots and macaws in the Zoo’s collection

Click here for more information about the Feather Distribution Project

 

Monterey Bay Aquarium “Seafood Watch

Monterey Bay Aquarium “Seafood Watch”
Seafood Watch works to raise awareness amongst seafood consumers and businesses about the importance of buying seafood from sustainable sources. Elmwood Park Zoo has partnered with Seafood Watch to educate its guests about recommended seafood resources and the issues surrounding fisheries and fish farms.

Download the Seafood Watch app for your smartphone for on-the-go info on the program’s recommendations for safe seafood consumption.


You can pick up printed guides and materials in the Zoo’s Nature Shop. You can also visit Seafoodwatch.org for more information.
 
 
 
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