Conservation

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International Red Panda Day Brings Awareness to Endangered Animal

158_5869Thank you to all our guests who participated in Red Panda Day 2014 at the Birmingham Zoo on Saturday, September 20! This year, 84 guests participated in Red Panda Day and helped raise funds for the Red Panda Network. The red panda is a part of the Species Survival Plan® Program, whose mission is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species population within AZA- accredited Zoos and Aquariums which includes the Birmingham Zoo. The funds raised are used to support the Red Panda Network through a sponsor adoption for these endangered animals. Thank you again to everyone who came to the Zoo and helped make this event a success!

On May 28, 2014, the Birmingham Zoo and Multiple Partners Cut Ribbon on New Solar Energy
Demonstration Project

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The Birmingham Zoo and Alabama Power recently partnered together, along with TradeWind Energy and Enel Green Power North America, to install solar panels atop the pergola in the Junior League of Birmingham-Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo, creating a roof over the pavilion. This demonstration project supports the Zoo’s conservation mission by exploring the potential of solar generation as a future, economic, energy option. As part of the project, Alabama Power has installed an interactive kiosk where Zoo visitors can monitor the energy generated by the system. Read more details about this conservation action here: Birmingham Zoo Solar Project Ribbon Cutting Media Advisory

The Birmingham Zoo Supports Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

SigourneyWeaverGorillaCouncilPSA_10-2-13The Birmingham Zoo is proud to announce its support of Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, an organization dedicated to conservation education. Celebrity actress, Sigourney Weaver, is the Honorary Chair of Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and portrayed Dian Fossey in the 1988 film “Gorillas in the Mist.” Recently, Weaver was featured in a Public Service Announcement that recognizes Birmingham Zoo’s support.

She states, “We continue to work towards a future where gorillas can survive and flourish in a safe and peaceful environment.” Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is committed to promoting continued research on gorillas and their threatened ecosystems, while providing knowledge about their relevance to the world. As a proud member of the Fund’s International Gorilla Council, the Birmingham Zoo is dedicated to advancing Fossey’s work. For more information, please click here or listen to the podcasts below.

15 second Sigourney Weaver PSA

30 second Sigourney Weaver PSA

60 second Sigourney Weaver PSA

 

Join the Birmingham Zoo in Supporting 96 Elephants

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has joined the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as a partner on the recently launched 96 Elephants Campaign – an effort focused on securing a U.S. moratorium on ivory sales, bolstering protection of African elephants and educating the public about the link between ivory consumption and the elephant poaching crisis. Your signature can make a difference in ceasing the ivory trade and ensuring the continued survival of these animals. To support this important cause and sign the 96 Elephants petition, please visit www.96elephants.org.

Download the Palm Oil Shopping Guide App Today!

As a part of Birmingham Zoo’s conservation efforts, we have shared a convenient, sustainable palm oil app for all Android and Apple devices. What is palm oil? Palm oil is the most widely produced edible oil and can be found in every day products such as cookies, crackers, candy, frozen dinners, shampoo, lotions, cosmetics and pet food. The high demand for palm oil has led to a rapid destruction of the rainforest habitat, home to endangered Sumatran and Bornean orangutans. By downloading the Palm Oil Shopping Guide app, you can find out how to take the next step in making a difference for orangutans and other species affected by the palm oil crisis. To download the app and learn more about palm oil-friendly shopping decisions, please click the appropriate links below.*

*App provided courtesy of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

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Download the Seafood Watch App Today!

As a part of the Birmingham Zoo’s conservation efforts, we have shared the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch app, available for all Android and Apple devices. This app shares recommendations that help consumers, chefs and businesses choose seafood that is caught or farmed in ways that do not harm the environment. Seafood Watch indicates which seafood items are “Best Choices,” “Good Alternatives,” and which ones you should “Avoid.” By downloading the Seafood Watch app, you can find out how to take the next step in making a difference to create a better future for our oceans. To download the app and learn more about ocean-friendly shopping decisions, please click the appropriate links below.*

*App provided courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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