Redwood Coast AAZK is committed to supporting local and international conservation efforts. We fulfill this aspect of our mission by raising funds for organizations that are committed to conserving and protecting our environment.

Cupcakes for Conservation

Our Cupcakes for Conservation fundraiser takes place in February, just in time for Valentine's Day. We offer delicious cupcakes topped with handmade fondant animals which represent the species benefiting from your purchase. The recipient receives the cupcake and a card from their Valentine with a special keepsake photo of the species represented on their cupcake. All proceeds from this fundraiser go directly to conservation organizations working with the species you selected.

In 2015, 150 cupcakes were sold to the Humboldt community, raising $450 for the IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group (working with pangolins) and $450 for the Ventana Wildlife Society (working with California condors). Thank you for making this fundraiser such a huge success! These conservation donations go directly to on-the-ground projects working to save species. 

In 2012, we offered cupcakes featuring 4 species: polar bear, North American otter, red panda, and gibbon. In 2013, we simplified in order to donate more money per charity and offered polar bears and red pandas. In 2014, we offered North American otters and sea turtles. In 2015, we offered California condors and pangolins. What species would you like to see supported next year? Email us your ideas!

Bowling for Rhinos

AAZK’s "Bowling for Rhinos” fundraiser began on a small scale and is now an AAZK-sponsored North American event raising around $500,000 annually. In 1990, we began by supporting the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (formerly Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary) in Kenya.

The beauty of the idea is that these fundraisers are organized by volunteers who donate their time and organizational skills to help raise money to send directly to the places in need. Since all of the people involved are volunteers, 100% of all donations are sent directly to these in situ rhino conservation areas!

In 2012, our local chapter held a "Wii Bowling for Rhinos" event which raised $100 for rhino conservation. In 2013, our chapter raised another $100 for this cause. In 2014, we held our first major event called "Winos for Rhinos." It was wildly successful, raising $1000 for the rhinos! This year, we proudly raised and donated $1650 to Bowling for Rhinos. Learn more about our event and Bowling for Rhinos here.

International Red Panda Day

RCAAZK teams up with Sequoia Park Zoo's Conservation Committee every year to create fun and educational activities to celebrate International Red Panda Day. Activities include face painting, a raffle to win a unique panda pawprint painting by Sumo (see photo), red panda training demonstration, and a "Become a Red Panda Guardian" station. Our first year was a huge success with over $530 raised and donated to the Red Panda Network. In 2015, we volunteered to raffle a red panda feeding for the zoo; all together, the Sequoia Park Zoo was able to donate $850 to the Red Panda Network!

Bat Conservation Station

During Sequoia Park Zoo's annual Boo at the Zoo event, we set up a Bat Conservation Station where we offer fun games and educational materials about bats. Through donations, crafts, and bat video sales, we are able to raise funds to support Bat Conservation International Inc.

Oregon Silverspot Butterfly Habitat Restoration

We participate in a habitat restoration project for the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly (Speyeria zerene hippolyta). Invasive scotch broom shades out violets that are critical for this butterfly's survival. We help remove scotch broom from the butterfly's small habitat in Crescent City, CA. We collaborate with volunteers from the Tolowa Dunes Stewards, US Fish and Wildlife, and the Sequoia Park Zoo. In 2015, twenty-five volunteers were able to fill an entire dumpster with scotch broom!

Conservation concerns for this species: 
This butterfly is very susceptible to extinction due to its patchy distribution. Habitat loss and invasive plant species are huge concerns. The silverspot is isolated to only five sites in Oregon and California, and perhaps only two of those subpopulations are viable. It is critical that what remains of its habitat be conserved and restored!

How you can help:
Join in the next annual scotch broom bash! Check our calendar in the spring of 2016 for details.

Bowling for Rhino's Conservation Resource Grant

We are excited to announce that AAZK National offers a Conservation Resource Grant for up to ~$10,000!

Applications are due June 1, 2015, and will be accepted for projects meeting one or more of four criteria:

1.    In-situ Rhino Conservation and Research 
2.    In-situ Community, Educational, or Medical Program
3.    In-situ Species Conservation
4.    Ex-situ Rhino Conservation and Research (e.g. zoological research)

For details, refer to AAZK's Bowling for Rhino's FAQ page.