Abilene Zoo, Texas, Donates $5,000

Abilene Zoo, Texas, Donates $5,000

From the left: Stephanie DeLaGarza; Sandra Turner; Bill Gersonde; Paige Rudasics; Roy Greer; Joy Harsh; John Black; Jessica Scherry. The Abilene Zoo is a small 16-acre (6.5 ha) zoo in Abilene, Texas that is making a big difference to conservation efforts around the world. Recently, it donated $5,000 to the Chipembere Rhino Foundation to support its efforts in protecting the rhinos in Southern Africa. The Abilene Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals, representing 250 species. Primarily funded by the City of Abilene and the Abilene Zoological Society, the zoo has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1985. The Abilene Zoo participates in and supports a variety of conservation programs including the AZA Species Survival Plan. The mission of an AZA Species Survival PlanĀ® (SSP) is to manage and conserve a select and typically threatened or endangered captive population of a certain species. AZA institutions currently manage more than 115 SSP Programs, each of which is responsible for developing a Master Plan that identifies population management goals and recommendation to ensure the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied population. Through the Abilene Zoo Conservation Fund, financial support is provided to reputable organizations that perform a variety of conservation-based activities, research and support. One such project is the Abilene Zoo Quarters for Conservation initiative. Abilene Zoo Quarters for Conservation Since October 2015, $.025 of each admission to the Zoo is donated to the Abilene Zoo Conservation Fund. Each year, three organizations are selected as beneficiaries of the funding raised. Zoo guests vote for one of the three featured organizations...

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