In Guatemala

Greater Vancouver Zoo supports overseas conservation efforts

Through the Quarters for Conservation Q4C program, the Greater Vancouver Zoo raised a bit more than $25,000 this year.

Through the Quarters for Conservation Q4C program, the Greater Vancouver Zoo raised a bit more than $25,000 this year.

For every admission into the zoo, 25 cents is donated to the program, as well as any donations made in three wishing wells inside the zoo.

Proceeds from the program are being used to increase awareness on three endangered species: the Guatemalan yello-naped amazon parrot, hornbills, and the Iranian cheetah.

The zoo supports these animals through three field conservation programs.

In Guatemala, members of the ARCAS Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association have been training local researchers, collecting parrot-monitoring data, and coordinating education activities at six monitoring sites.

“It’s a complex project,” said Colum Muccio, Administrative Director of ARCAS.

“We are working with interested landowners and agribusiness associations to use the Yellow-Naped Amazon as a flagship species to protect the few wild places that still exist on the Pacific coastal plain of Guatemala, an area that has since colonial times been subjected to intensive farming.”

In India, members of the Nature Conservation Foundation found 38 hornbill nests of three different species and have helped 82 hornbill chicks fledge successfully.

“Hornbill nest adoption program is a unique partnership with the local community and government and built with urban citizen support and participation”, commented by Aparajita Datta of Nature Conservation Foundation.

Over in Iran, as one of the two Western conservation organizations that have permission to operate in the country, members of the Panthera International Wild Cat Conservation have been working with the Iranian Department of Environment Conservation.

Since its inception in 2008, the organization has protected the last 50 Asiatic cheetahs in the world.

“The Asiatic cheetah is a fantastic animal that has been part of Persian culture for 2,000 years, and deserves to be for 2,000 more,” said Panthera President and Chief Conservation Officer, Dr. Luke Hunter.

“We’re grateful for contributions from organizations like Greater Vancouver Zoo that help support Panthera’s work with Iran’s Department of the Environment and other critical partners to conserve and grow the world’s last remaining Asiatic cheetahs.”

To date, the zoo’s conservation program  has raised $115,000.

Just Posted

Langley Rams downed by Saskatoon Hilltops at Canadian Bowl

Four-time Canadian Junior Football League champions built up an insurmountable lead

VIDEO: Crash on 88 Avenue in Langley

At least one car suffered extensive damage

Extreme weather alert issued by Langley shelter

Gateway of Hope offers homeless warm place to sleep

VIDEO: Autographs with Hockey Hall of Fame member, Marcel Dionne

Marcel Dionne, as well as other NHL greats, have arrived to the Langley Events Centre for the 2018 Legends Weekend

Giants serve up major defeat to Pats at Langley Events Centre

On the ice, Vancouver G-Men wrap up home stand with a 10-4 win over Regina Friday night.

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

1 woman dead, man in hospital after ‘suspicious’ crash: police

Homicide investigators and Burnaby RCMP are investigating the fatal collision

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

Most Read