The Philadelphia Zoo works with partners and colleagues around the world to save wildlife. From South America to Asia to Africa, these projects are conducting research, protecting habitat, educating communities and building capacity. We are proud to support them and the important work they do.
Snow Leopard Trust
The Snow Leopard Trust excels in integrating scientific data with community-based conservation strategies.
Their work includes mapping and monitoring habitat, assessing human-wildlife conflict levels and identifying potential resources for conservation initiatives.
Many of the Snow Leopard Trust's conservation programs are designed to help people in snow leopard areas increase their household income and raise their standard of living. As part of the program, these families agree to help protect the snow leopard and the unique habitat they share.
Giant Otters in Brazil
Giant otters are very susceptible to human disturbance. With increasing human activity in the Amazon, research is needed on their adaptability to these changing conditions.
Dr. Fernando Rosas studies otters in the Balbina Hydroelectric Lake where they inhabit an area with human-constructed dams. By using radio telemetry, several groups of otters can be more easily monitored to obtain data on their movements and behavior.
Dr. Rosas’ research will help document the effects of human presence on giant otter populations and find ways to minimize impacts.
Polar Bears International
Climate change is impacting habitats and animals across the globe. In May 2008, polar bears were listed as “Threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. This was the first time an animal had been listed as threatened or endangered due to climate change. Because polar bears depend on sea ice for hunting, breeding, and in some cases, denning; decreased amounts of ice means fewer hunting opportunities and increased scarcity of food.
Philadelphia Zoo partner Polar Bears International (PBI)
is conducting research, education and action-based programs that address the issues that are endangering polar bears.
International Rhino Foundation
At the beginning of the 20th century there were 500,000 rhinos across Africa and Asia. Today, only approximately 29,000 are left in the wild. There is good news though. The global rhino population has been increasing in recent years, due in part to great work by conservationists like our partners at the International Rhino Foundation (IRF)
. The International Rhino Foundation is dedicated to the survival of the world’s rhino species through conservation and research. At the heart of IRF’s vision is the belief that these magnificent species should endure for future generations, and that protecting rhinos ensures the survival of many other species that share their habitat, including people.