VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Greater Vancouver Zoo today announced they have raised and donated more than $31,000 to three charitable wildlife organizations focused on animal conservation over the past year.
In Canada, there are 350 wildlife species currently at risk of extinction and earlier this year the United Nations sparked worldwide concern by releasing a report which outlined the unprecedented and potentially detrimental decline of one million species worldwide. To help counter this threat, the Greater Vancouver Zoo has raised and donated over $10,000 to each organization to fund conservation projects at Wildlife Preservation Canada, the Alberta Grizzly Bear Foundation and the International Rhino Foundation.
“We are proudly committed to the preservation and conservation of wildlife species,” stated Alex Jin, Director of the Greater Vancouver Zoo. “Through continuing to educate and inspire our guests on conservation, we are able to support foundations such as these which are making a significant impact in creating a prosperous future for wildlife.”
The Alberta Grizzly Bear Foundation used the donated funds to assist with land-use planning management frameworks for grizzly bear recovery and to increase public awareness and support through digital and media outreach. The donation to Wildlife Preservation Canada focused on the Fraser Valley Wetlands Endangered Species Recovery Program and was equally distributed between the Oregon Spotted Frog and Western Painted Turtle breeding and release programs. Finally, the International Rhino Foundation has used the donation to continue to protect all five species of rhinos from poaching and habitat loss through efforts such as education.
“The Greater Vancouver Zoo’s generous funding has directly benefitted our work to recover endangered species here in BC,” stated Lance Woolaver, Executive Director of Wildlife Preservation Canada. “Our collaboration is an excellent model demonstrating how zoos and conservation organizations can work closely together for successful ‘hands-on’ species conservation. Together through conservation breeding and releases, we have been able to bolster populations of the Oregon Spotted Frog and Western Painted Turtle here in the Fraser River Valley.”
On September 14, 2019, the Greater Vancouver Zoo will host its inaugural Turtle Dash, a 5 kilometre turtle dash and 1 kilometre hatchling run to get the community moving for conservation. Proceeds from the event will be donated to wildlife conservation programs and organizations. Guests can sign up to the event to support the cause on the Zoo’s website: http://bit.ly/TurtleDashGVZoo
About the Greater Vancouver Zoo
Since 1970, the Greater Vancouver Zoo has been dedicated to preservation, conservation and the protection of endangered species. Home to over 140 native and exotic animal species on 120 acres, the Greater Vancouver Zoo is the only zoo destination in British Columbia. The Greater Vancouver Zoo supports conservation efforts by actively participating and supporting new and existing projects through captive rearing and animal husbandry as well as through in-kind donations and fundraising efforts. In 2015, the Zoo was honoured to win Peter Karsten’s Conservation Award for its work with the Western Painted Turtle. The Zoo is a member of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA). For more information, please visit https://gvzoo.com/.