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Conservation at the Park, Changing Minds by Touching Hearts

Virginia Safari Park is dedicated to wildlife conservation through public education, captive breeding programs, habitat preservation, and providing financial aid and assistance to projects in the wild. Virginia Safari Park is one of three zoological facilities operated by the Zoofari Parks Corporation, working in conjunction with the Gulf Breeze Zoo and the Alabama Safari Park to provide aid to over 130 countries around the world. Trying to solve the world's continually changing wildlife concerns, Virginia Safari Park collaborates with other zoos and field experts to support Rhinoceros and Elephant anti-poaching units, install artificial nest sites for wild Penguins, and translocate Giraffe across the Nile to boost sustainable genetics. Conservation is important not just for the species in foreign countries but also for many of our local animal friends. Our goal is to assist in the conservation of local and national species by giving them as much attention as we do to the larger, more well-known species.

Virginia Safari Park is privately owned and receives no state or federal tax support. Funding for conservation programs is made possible through the continued support of Park guests. Conservation is fundamental in our daily operations and visitors are encouraged to join us in making a difference on this journey.

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  1. International Rhino Foundation

    International Rhino Foundation The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) began in 1989 as the International Black Rhino Foundation in response to organized poaching decimating Black Rhino populations. In 1993, the organization recognized the escalating crisis facing all five Rhino species, expanded its mission, and changed their name. The IRF works in habitats across Africa, Indonesia, and India solving issues with poaching, forest loss, agricultural development, and human settlement conflicts. Dedicated to the survival of the world’s Rhino species through conservation and research, IRF provides technical (scientific, educational, administrative) and financial resources necessary to facilitate the conservation of rhinos. Virginia Safari Park is honored to have 4 successful calves born since 2016, while participating with the Zoological Association of America’s Southern White Rhino Animal Management Program. Our Rhino ambassadors also raise awareness and financial support for their wild counterparts through our encounter programs.

  2. Giraffe Conservation Foundation

    Giraffe Conservation Foundation The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is the only organization in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of Giraffe in the wild throughout Africa. The GCF focuses on increasing Giraffe numbers through anti-poaching units, educational awareness, translocating animals for improved genetics, research, and equipment. There has been a 40% decline in wild Giraffe populations since 1999 due to habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, human population growth, and illegal hunting (poaching.) Virginia Safari Park is committed to protecting Giraffe and participate in captive breeding programs. Park guests assist us in this mission each time they participate in our Giraffe romaine feeding experience or by attending the annual World Giraffe Day celebration.

    Learn more: As seen in the National Zoological Association of America Journal, "No Tall Tale: The Silent Plight of Giraffe" by Katy Massey, Conservation Coordinator.



  3. Cheetah Conservation Fund

    Cheetah Conservation Fund The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) was founded in Namibia in 1990 and has become a world-class research facility providing groundbreaking research in the biology, ecology, and genetics of the Cheetah. With a 90% loss of Cheetah populations in the last 100 years, organizations like CCF are imperative for Cheetah survival. The majority of Cheetahs are found outside protected areas in areas populated by humans. Saving Cheetahs requires innovative conservation methods that address the welfare of both Cheetah and human populations. CCF is a global leader in Cheetah conservation and has been able to effectively stabilize and even increase the wild Cheetah population in Namibia.

  4. Dyer Island Conservation Trust

    Dyer Island Conservation Trust Founded in 2006, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) is located on the southern tip of South Africa, to address the growing issues facing local wildlife. The Dyer Island ecosystem is home to thousands of seabirds including the iconic African Penguin, Cape Fur Seals, Great White Sharks and Southern Right Whales. Many of these species have been labeled as Endangered, (likely it will become extinct.) Populations are threatened by pollution, decline in fish abundance, coastal development, and oil spills. Virginia Safari Park has had 3 healthy chicks hatch between 2017-2018 alone. We also work with the Zoological Association of America’s African Penguin Animal Management Program and provides financial assistance to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust to help save wild Penguin populations.

    Learn more: As seen in the National Zoological Association of America Journal, "African Penguins: The Cold Truth" by Katy Massey, Corporate Conservation Coordinator.

  5. BirdLife International, Vulture Crisis

    BirdLife International, Vulture Crisis The BirdLife International Partnership striving to conserve birds, habitats, and global diversity, work with people toward sustainability in the use of natural resources. Eleven out of 16 species of Vultures are at risk of extinction, experts believe over 60% of Vulture deaths are due to poisoning. In 2017, BirdLife International assisted with the first-ever Multi-species Action Plan for African-Eurasian vultures. This ambitious plan outlines steps to conserve all threatened vultures over 128 countries. The Virginia Safari Park recognizes the important role vultures play in minimizing the spread of disease and maintaining a healthy ecosystem. The Virginia Safari Park has one of the most successful breeding programs in the U.S. for the critically endangered Ruppell's Griffon Vulture.

  6. Anteaters & Highways, Zoo Conservation Outreach Group

    Anteaters & Highways, Zoo Conservation Outreach Group The grasslands and forests of Brazil's Cerrado biome support some of the largest remaining populations of the iconic New World species, Giant anteaters. Today the Cerrado is undergoing rapid agricultural development and is fragmented by an ever-increasing network of roads. Unfortunately, Giant anteaters are among the animals most frequently killed on these roads, and road mortalities now pose a serious threat to species' long-term survival. The Anteaters & Highways project works to address this threat by collecting data on how anteaters interact with the roadways. The Virginia Safari Park works to save Vulnerable Giant anteater species by ensuring genetic diversity through managed breeding programs and providing financial aid to programs in the field.

  7. Wildlife Alliance

    Wildlife Alliance Wildlife Alliance is the leader in direct protection to forests and wildlife in the Southeast Asian tropical belt with the mission to combat deforestation, wildlife extinction, climate change, and poverty by partnering with local communities and governments. One of the most successful programs has achieved zero elephant poaching since 2006 while proving 24/7 ranger patrols across nearly 1.5 million acres of land. With a high success rate minimizing poaching in the region, the Wildlife Alliance is now working on a tiger reintroduction plan in Cambodia. The last recorded tiger in Cambodia was in 2007. Populations were wiped out largely due to poaching of tigers and their prey for the illegal wildlife trade

  8. Sahara Conservation Fund

    Sahara Conservation Fund The Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF) was established in 2004 to address the largely ignored and catastrophic wave of extinction threatening the large bird and mammal fauna in North Africa. SCF focuses on reserve management, humanitarian assistance, and providing regional expertise. SCF is a leading source of technical expertise in the conservation and restoration of highly threatened species in the Sahelo-Saharan ecosystem. They are known for their flagship project, reintroducing Scimitar-horned Oryx back into the wild. In January 2020, the Virginia Safari Park sent staff to the Republic of Chad to assist the SCF with their Addax and Dama Gazelle conservation programs in the field.

  9. Okapi Conservation Project

    Sahara Conservation Fund The Okapi Conservation Project (OCP) is devoted to protecting okapi and preserving its habitat. The OCP supports the management of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, helps local communities find sustainable ways of living, and provides an extensive refuge for the region's endangered creatures. The reserve contains 101 mammal species, some of the most notable are: Okapi, Chimpanzee, Forest Elephant, and the forest antelope Bongo. One of the lesser-known species found in the region is the De Brazza's monkey, which is facing growing concerns due to deforestation and hunting. The Virginia Safari Park houses De Brazza's monkeys to maintain healthy guenon populations and raise awareness about their wild counterparts.

  10. Source Population Alliance

    Source Population Alliance In 2010, it was determined that a new alliance was needed to create sustainable hoof stock populations in-order to prevent extinction. In the following years Source Population Alliance (SPA) was formed, creating a working relationship between wildlife parks and private landowners. SPA originally launched with four program species and now has successfully grown to 12 species, such as the Arabian Oryx, Dama Gazelle, Mountain Bongo, Roan, Addax, Scimitar-Horned Oryx, Sable, Anoa, Banteng, Grevy's Zebra, Nubian Ibex and the Trans Caspian Urial. All of the Zoofari Park's facilities work with the SPA program to ensure healthy captive populations of exotic ungulates and assist efforts to save their wild counterparts.

  11. Panthera, Jaguar Corridor Initiative

    Panthera, Jaguar Corridor Initiative Panthera is the only organization in the world devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world's 40 wild cat species and their landscapes with a team of biologists and law enforcement experts on the front lines developing strategies to protect habitat, address poaching and human conflict. The Jaguar Corridor Initiative is the most ambitious corridor project globally, working with 14 countries to connect habitat for jaguar and associated biodiversity habitat. Panthera partners with governments, corporations, and local communities to preserve genetic integrity and the future of wildlife threatened by habitat loss. The Virginia Safari Park supports the vital work of the Panthera team protecting wildlife in Latin America.

  12. Fundación Proyecto Titi

    Fundación Proyecto Titi Proyecto Titi combines field research, education, and community programs to protect critically endangered Cotton-top tamarins and their habitat in Colombia. The Cotton-top tamarin is a one-pound monkey found only in the tropical forests of northwestern Colombia. Populations are threatened by extensive forest destruction and the illegal pet trade. Proyecto Titi uses the Cotton-top tamarin as a flagship species to assist with the overall conservation of Colombia's natural resources. An estimated 6,000 individuals are left in the wild, making the Cotton-top tamarin one of the rarest species of primates in the world.

  13. Sumatran Orangutan Society

    Sumatran Orangutan Society The Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) works to protect Orangutans, their forests, and their future. Sumatran Orangutans are critically endangered and without urgent action could be the first Great Ape species to become extinct. SOS is dedicated to improving this situation by saving forests, supporting people and protecting Orangutans. Programs include: rescuing displaced animals, assisting with the rehabilitation process, protecting habitats, restoring forests, providing local education opportunities, teaching agroforestry as well as organic farming. SOS has rescued 132 orangutans, planted 1,775,153 trees, and reached 18,000 local people through education programs. The Zoofari Park’s conservation efforts work to save wild populations and develop captive breeding programs. In 2019, we assisted SOS in purchasing 180+ acres of palm oil plantation in an Orangutan buffer zone outside the Leuser National Park. Buffer zones like these are important in avoiding human conflict. With less than 300 Orangutans in North America the Gulf Breeze Zoo location is honored to care for such an incredible species.

  14. ECO-CELL, Electronic Gadget Recycling

    ECO-CELL, Electronic Gadget Recycling Electronic waste has a tremendous impact on the planet, more so than any other consumer product. It takes a lot of energy, resources and rare materials to make gadgets. Many gadgets contain conflict minerals (natural resources extracted in a conflict zone.) The four main African conflict resources, that are essential to creating cell phones are: Gold, Tantalum (Coltan), Tungsten and Tin.

    Many of these minerals are mined inside the Congo, home to the several species found at the Virginia Safari Park, including the DeBrazza's Monkey and the Bongo. This recycling program allows guests to directly impact troubled wildlife and provides a positive way for individuals to create actual results. The Park is a registered drop-off site for the ECO-CELL gadget recycling program, accepting items such as: cell phones, Ipods, Ipads, tablets, adapters, chargers, MP3 players, handheld gaming systems and their accessories.

    The Virginia Safari Park partners with ECO-CELL to help:

    - Extend technology lifespan
    - Reclaim gadget precious metals to create jobs
    - Reduce environmental stress
    - Deter landfill toxic waste
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