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Blank Park Zoo is proud to be an organization committed to conservation. Blank Park Zoo Conservation Committee is made up of dedicated Blank Park Zoo employees and volunteers. The committee continually works to raise funds to support organizations and projects around the world dedicated to the same conservation ideals.

The following is a partial list of the organizations and projects supported by Blank Park Zoo Conservation Committee.

Warren County Conservation Board's Annett Nature Center Osprey Project (2009)
Conservation organizations throughout Iowa, assisted by the Iowa DNR, have been working to re-establish the osprey population in the state. Warren Couny Conservation Board joined the osprey project in 2009. Their Annett Nature Center Osprey Project planned to place four osprey chicks, relocated from Wisconson. As the chicks were being collected, however, a nest was discovered that had recently been visited by a Great Horned owl. The chick collected from this nest became the unexpected fifth osprey chick at the Annett Nature Center. The chick, referred to as Baby Blue, was a wecome addition, however, funds had only been raised for four chicks. The Blank Park Zoo Conservation Committee was proud to become Baby Blue's sponsor and aid the conservation organization.

Polar Bears International (2008)

International Elephant Foundation (2008)

Seafood Watch (2008)

 International Snow Leopard Trust (2004-2008)
The International Snow Leopard Trust has had amazing success working with local communities to eliminate poaching, provide positive economic solutions for sustainable income and protect the habitat of the endangered snow leopard. The Blank Park Zoo housed an interactive Snow Leopard display telling the story of snow leopards, the threats to their populations, as well as how ISLT works with local communities to find solutions. Monetary support has also assisted in upgrading Snow Leopard Information Management System (SLIMS), one of the most important tools available for researching these elusive cats, as well as to support educational conservation programs in the villages of Inilchek and Ak-Shyirak in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Project Golden Frog (2006, 2008)
Project Golden Frog is a conservation consortium among scientific, educational and zoological institutions in the Republic of Panama and the United States joining forces to better understand and protect the declining Panamanian Golden Frog populations. The project also looks for this charismatic species to rally public support for amphibian conservation throughout the Neotropics.

Hornbill Research Foundation, Thailand (2004, 2006, 2007)
The Hornbill Research Foundation works not only to protect Thailand’s hornbills, but to also empower local communities in their success. Former poachers, with extensive knowledge regarding the illegal trade as well as the hornbill species, are now employed by the foundation to protect hornbill nests and gather research.
Monetary support paid for the adoption of two Helmeted and White crowned Hornbill families (2004)
Two hornbill nests in the Southern Provinces of Thailand

Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (2007)
Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) sanctuaries have been created throughout Africa to accommodate the staggering numbers of orphaned chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and other endangered primates. They all unite under common ideals, including integrity, transparency, fairness as well as personal and institutional commitment to conservation. Monetary support as well as keeper uniforms and tools have been donated to the sanctuaries.

Center for Great Apes (2007)
The Center for Great Apes provides a sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees in need of lifelong care. Many of the center’s residents have been pets by private owners, in the entertainment industry or served as research subjects. As the center was in need of an anesthesia machine, John and Kathy Krogmeier of Blank Park Zoo delivered a machine our clinic no longer needed.

Partners in Conservation (2007)
Partners in Conservation is a grass-roots project focusing on conservation and humanitarian programs in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project also provides educational programs for children and adults addressing local populations and wildlife. During the 2007 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Regional Conference, hosted by the Blank Park Zoo, participants were given handmade bags purchased from Partners in Conservation by the Zoo to support the project and raise awareness.

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conservation Endowment Fund (2007)
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conservation Endowment Fund provides financial support for conservation and related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA accredited institutions. Projects include those focused on animal health, animal welfare, breeding and reintroduction, education and field conservation.

Kibale Community Fuel Wood Forest Project (2007)
Uganda’s Kibale National Park is rich in biodiversity that includes many endangered and endemic species of plants and animals. The locals, in search of firewood, began to log illegally within the park boundaries destroying its delicate habitats. The Kibale Community Fuel Wood Forest Project works to protect Kibale National Park by introducing local communities to native, fast-growing species that they can produce as alternate firewood, energy innovations to conserve firewood and also providing education about nature and conservation.

African Predator Conservation Research Organization (2007)
The African Predator Conservation Research Organization is comprised of researchers, primarily in veterinary medicine and genetic fields. The organization is dedicated to the protection of African carnivores including lions, leopards, African wild dogs, cheetahs, spotted hyenas and jackals. Members examine the current viability and health of these animals to evaluate the potential for long-term survival.

California Wolf Center (2007)
The California Wolf Center is dedicated to increase awareness and conservation efforts to protect all wildlife and wild lands by focusing on the history, biology and ecology of the North American Gray Wolf. The center offers education programs, exhibition and reproduction of endangered species as well as studying captive and wild wolf behavior.

Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Program (2006)
The Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Program is working to establish a viable population of golden lion tamarins in their native Atlantic Forest habitat in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The program also works with local communities to plant forest corridors linking isolated patches of forest where tamarins live. Monetary support was given in honor of Dr. Ben Beck and the Great Ape Trust in support of the Associacao Mico-Leao Dourado.

Penguin Research Fund (2004)
Dr. Dee Boersma, with her students, has studied the largest Magellanic penguin colony in the world. Monetary support helped purchase satellite tags needed to follow the migration and breeding success of these birds. Such information is critical to penguin survival as it aids in understanding their needs as well as human impacts.

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