Cupcakes for Conservation
This year, we were proud to support the Turtle Survival Alliance and Save the Redwoods League.
- 2020 - Save the Redwoods League received $675 for protecting our native redwood forest habitat and the Turtle Survival Alliance received $675 for turtle rescue, rehabilitation, and breeding efforts.
- 2019 - Lemur Love received $600 for rehabilitating wild lemurs from the pet trade and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation received $550 for giraffe conservation
- 2018 - Monarch Butterfly Fund received $650 for monarch butterfly habitat restoration and conservation and the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center received $700 for local wildlife rehabilitation and release.
- 2017 - Proyecto Titi received $650 for Cotton-top tamarin conservation and Coral Restoration Foundation received $650 for coral reef restoration
- 2016 - the Honeybee Conservancy received $425 for honeybee conservation and the Andean Flamingo Conservation Society received $375 for Chilean flamingo conservation
- 2015 - the IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group received $450 for pangolin conservation and the Ventana Wildlife Society received $450 for California condor restoration
- 2014 - Sea Turtle Conservancy received $250 for sea turtle conservation and Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation received $400 for river otter conservation
- 2013 - Red Panda Network received another $150 for red panda conservation and Polar Bears International received another $100 for polar bear habitat restoration
- 2012 - Red Panda Network received $70 for red panda conservation, Polar Bears International received $100 for polar bear habitat restoration, graduate students from the HSU Wildlife Dept received $100 for river otter conservation, and the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand received $75 for gibbon conservation
Bowling for Rhinos
The beauty of these fundraisers are that they 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! As of 2017, over 7 million dollars had been raised by AAZK chapters for rhino conservation!
In 2012, our local Redwood Coast chapter held its first BFR event, "Wii Bowling for Rhinos" which raised $100 for rhino conservation. In 2013, our chapter raised another $100 for this cause. In 2014, we created our first major event called "Winos for Rhinos." It was wildly successful, raising over $1000 for rhino conservation! In 2015, we proudly raised another $1650, and in 2016 we donated over $1700. Last year, we switched event styles and created "Arts for the Animals" featuring handmade crafts and zoo animal paw-print paintings. Over the course of three mini-event nights, we once again donated $1700 to rhino conservation.
International Red Panda Day
Every year, RCAAZK teams up with Sequoia Park Zoo's Conservation Advisory Committee to create fun and educational activities celebrating International Red Panda Day. Activities include face painting, a raffle to win a unique red panda paw-print painting, red panda training demonstrations, and a "Become a Red Panda Guardian" station. Since 2012, we have collectively raised over $2000 for the Red Panda Network and their incredible efforts to save red pandas and their native habitat.
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 have raised over $300 to support Bat Conservation International Inc.
Oregon Silverspot Butterfly Habitat Restoration
Every March, 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.
The two main conservation concerns for this species include the fact that,
- It is isolated to only five sites in Oregon and California, with perhaps only two of those sub-populations being viable; it is therefore highly susceptible to extinction due to this patchy distribution
- Invasive plant species crowd out native plants and lead to habitat loss; therefore it is critical that what remains of its habitat be conserved and restored!
How can you help? Join us in the next scotch broom bash! Check our calendar 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 yearly on June 1, 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.