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The Safari Zoo Nature Foundation (SZNF) is the overarching conservation project of Safari Zoo. It supports several conservation projects local to different areas. These are the STTCC, the ASGN, the SLT, Antongil Conservation, Project Titi, Ecosantsafe, Tambopata Macaw Project, the ASAEP, Chaparrí Ecological Reserve, and the APCPP.
Below are descriptions of each project. Click the picture to view a project’s page with more in depth information.
The Sumatran Tiger Trust Conservation Charity is Safari Zoo’s most focal and longstanding project. We manage and are the sole funder of this project. We are the largest fundraisers for Sumatran tigers in the world!
The Sumatran tiger is critically endangered with only around 350 individuals left in the wild. This is due to poaching and habitat loss. We combat this in several ways, one being the creation of peat forest for the relocation of tigers that are nearby villages and so a potential threat. We also plant tree nurseries to regrow forest, and hire anti-poaching teams to combat poachers and illegal loggers. Finally, our team carry out surveys to learn more about the plants and animals, and we provide education and healthcare to locals.
Donations to this charity go to staff wages and their vehicles, tools, and any other equipment they might need.
The Association to Safeguard the Giraffes of Niger is a west African giraffe conservation project. Peralta giraffes are the last giraffes in west Africa, and are in direct competition with locals due to low food availability. Unfortunately this means giraffes were dying from persecution or starvation.
We realised that by helping the local people, we could also help the giraffes. Whole families live on an average of 65p a day. We build freshwater wells for consumption and crop watering, help locals grow nutritious millet seed, and have boosted the local economy by providing a “micro-credit” scheme. We also award participants with cereals if they plant trees to reforest the land, run a giraffe-centred youth group named “CAGE”, and hire rangers to monitor the giraffes.
Donations can pay for crops, well building, equipment, and our rangers’ salaries.
The Snow Leopard Trust works in 5 countries in central Asia to protect snow leopards. It is thought there are 4,000-6,500 wild snow leopards left but they are extremely elusive so research is difficult.
Snow leopards come into contact with livestock as they replace their local prey. Unfortunately local people cannot afford to lose livestock and have committed revenge killing if a snow leopard kills some. This project aims to reduce poverty, provide education and livestock protection, and study the snow leopard. We taught local people how to make wool items that are then bought by the trust and sold for them to increase their income.
Donations go to equipment, education, ecological surveys and genetic research.
The Antongil Conservation project works in north-eastern Madagascar to protect lemurs, although this work also protects many other species in the area such as fossas, tenrec, and Indian civets.
The area this project works in is hard to access and very poor. People were forced to live off the land to survive, which included hunting lemurs. This project helps people dam water for the paddy fields to increase crop yield. More livestock can be raised, and people no longer hunt lemurs! We also hire rangers to research and protect the animals and forest, and have facilitated research, education, health care and created job opportunities.
Donations go to providing supplies and paying our rangers for their vital work.
Project Titi protects cotton-top tamarins in north-west colombia, the only place this species is still found. This project is based in the Santa Catalina forest. 98% of forest in this area has been lost in the last 7 years. Habitat loss and capture for the pet trade severely threatens these tamarins.
The area protected by this project also houses animals such as sloths, anteaters and ocelots, and many more species. Helping the locals gain a stable income improves their treatment of the forest and its animals as they no longer rely on poaching for income. This project also focuses on education by doing things like starting clubs and offering teacher training, and research by providing capture and release studies and radio telemetry.
Donations help this project to buy equipment and to teach locals to produce handcrafted goods.
Ecosantafe is a project based in Colombia that aims to help red howler monkeys as much as possible. These are the most trafficked animal in Colombia, with parents being killed and babies sold into the pet trade.
The environmental authorities have vastly increased their wildlife confiscations but unfortunately these animals often end up in zoos indefinitely, as there is no national plan for rehabilitating and releasing them. Ecosantafe aims to organise this, and to improve the lives of locals. The team keeps on the look out for permanent land to base and expand this project. There is also now an annual red howler monkey festival for a day of fun and education.
Donations to this project directly support rehabilitation centres, providing food and veterinary care, along with upkeep costs. The gift shop also sells crafts from these poor rural communities.
Amazon Shelter for Animal and Environmental Protection (ASAEP)
The ASAEP is one of our newer projects, as we started supporting it in 2014. It is a newer project based in the tambopata region. The focus of this project is the protection and rehabilitation of red howler monkeys.
This project currently houses howler monkeys at the shelter in the Rio Piedras forest. These animals are undergoing rehabilitation, and will be released into the wild when they are ready. This area is forestry certified, which means it is protected against preventable ecological impacts like poaching, but the area is secluded so even monkeys that walk by the borders should be safe. The project is working on education and ecotourism initiatives in the local area.
Donations to this charity go towards the monkeys food and shelter, and their eventual release into the wild.
Tambopata Macaw Project
The Tambopata project aims to improve current knowledge of macaws. For the best conservation/care, this is vital.
Macaws are badly affected by habitat loss and capture for the pet trade. These parrots need large old trees to nest in, so newly grown forest can’t help them expand their numbers. To make matters worse, poachers often cut down nesting trees to gain access to the chicks. As macaws often return to the same tree to breed, this poses a further problem. This project aims to conserve forest and clay licks, which parrots use on a daily basis. Our scientists also try to improve the reproduction of macaws by providing artificial nest sites and study why so many macaw chicks die of starvation.
Donations to this project provide workers’ salaries, and equipment such as radio collars and materials for artificial nests.
Chaparrí Ecological Reserve
The Chaparrí Ecological Reserve is a managed, community-owned conservation area in the dry forests of northern Peru. It was set up by the local community of Santa Catalina de Chongoyape in 2000 to protect their natural resources.
This area has many species with the fore-front of the conservation efforts being the protection of white-winged guan, guanaco, Andean condors, and Andean bears. The reserve generates employment for local people, and the reserve entrance fee paid by each visitor is distributed through the community. Additionally, projects to develop and implement sustainable alternatives such as organic honey production and native cotton production are being implemented. The reserve also provides opportunity for free enterprise through the selling of souvenirs and foods to visitors. Our focus on this project is Chaparri’s bear rescue centre. The bears of Chaparri are part of the last remaining viable population of bears in dry forests, and the Spectacled bear is globally threatened due to habitat loss and persecution.
Donations have supported the construction of buildings like their education centre and ecolodge, and supports the care of bears and the forest conservation.
Association for Protection of Condors and Penguins of Peru (APCPP)
The APCPP based in the equatorial dry forests of north-west Peru, named the Tumbesian region. There are two currents that control the climate of the area: the cold humboldt current and the hot equatorial current.
These areas are a biodiversity “hot spot”, but unfortunately much has been destroyed due to human population expansion, which has also resulted in poaching and over-fishing. The humboldt penguin has dramatically reduced in numbers and is considered vulnerable to extinction. There is a rescue centre for penguins that have been injured or illegally kept. This project also hires rangers to patrol the beaches, stopping pollution and poaching. This project also works with researchers, manages fishing and provides food for vultures. There is also now an ecolodge, which provides a place for researchers to stay, and also for ecotourism.
Donations to this project support the work of our rangers and provide food and rehabilitation for the birds.