Poaching and habitat loss due to urbanization are the two most important factors that jeopardize biodiversity on which the ecological system is built. The conservation activities carried out in natural habitats in order to protect endangered species from these factors can be maintained with the support of various organizations and especially zoos. In this context, FYZoo contributes to biodiversity conservation efforts by supporting a total of 7 conservation projects for the endangered Giraffe, Indian Rhino, African Black-footed Penguin, Red Panda, Hornbill and Brown Bear.
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Your donations will be transferred to the following projects that we support.
Giraffe Conservation Foundation
The contributions we made to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation actively conducting field studies in Africa will be transferred to the conservation project named “Operation Twiga III” of the foundation. Within the scope of the project, Giraffes will be transported from the population of Murchison Falls to Kidepo Valley National Park, which has only 35 giraffes and which is one of the three separate regions of Uganda that have giraffe populations. The number of Nubian (Rotschilders) giraffes living in the Kidepo Valley area had fallen to only 3 individuals in the 90s, but as a result of the interventions, the total population had risen to 35. However, in order to sustain their generations, they are in need of the population support that is expected to be realized with the “Operation Twiga III”. The status of giraffe was set by IUCN Redlist as Vulnerable. Rothschild Giraffes, which are under protection in our park, are the most seriously endangered giraffe species among the giraffe sub-species with approximately 1,600 individuals left in the wild. The details of the Twiga III operation carried out by GCF, which we support to keep these delicate creatures under protection, and all the activities of the foundation in Uganda, can be found on the following links:
Wildlife Trust of India / Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation
Kaziranga National Park, which is located in Assam state of India and listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site, hosts two-thirds of the Indian Rhino population living in the wild. The park, which is exposed to floods through monsoon rains, also hosts many different species such as Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant and Indian Bison. However, the progeny who lose their families during floods being experienced every year are in need of external interventions. The CWRC, which is established for this purpose, is the only facility in India that conducts studies for orphaned or injured animals. The animals rescued by CWRC are returned to the closest possible location to their rescued area after completion of their treatment. However, in some cases, there are also living spaces for animals that need long-term care. The center, which has been dealing with about 4,500 cases since its establishment in 2002, released 60% of the cases back to nature.
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As FYZoo; as a result of the cooperation initiated in the first days of 2019, we officially started to support the conservation efforts against the Indian rhinos, who are in danger of extinction, that was carried out by the CWRC: Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation within the WTI: Wildlife Trust of India organization. Within the scope of the cooperation, we will provide field support with our veterinarians besides the financial contribution that will continue to increase every year. In other words, the Indian rhinos, Samir and Komala, who are under protection in our park, will be able to help their species in nature with the support of our visitors.
Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB)
The African Penguins, which are also under protection in our park are in Endangered category of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Redlist. The number in wildlife of African Penguins who were moved from Vulnerable category to the “Endangered” category in 2010 continues to show a serious decline due to reasons such as loss of habitat as a result of commercial fishing and oil spills.
As FYZoo, we are proud to support SANCCOB, which has been working in South Africa since 1968, to protect African Penguins and to stop the downward trend in question. As in all conservation projects that we made business relations with, our purpose is not only to provide material support, but also to raise awareness of our visitors with activities that will raise awareness about this issue, and also to provide field support by participating in projects de facto.
Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) that carries out rescue, rehabilitation and recovery activities for sea birds, especially for penguins, which were injured, sick, abandoned and exposed to oil as a result of spills is a world leader in rescuing oil-exposed creatures. SANCCOB rescues nearly 2,500 seabirds every year, out of which about 1,500 are penguins. However, this figure applies to the years without oil spills. In case of oil spills, the organization has to deal with more serious quantities. Approximately 24 different sea bird species, including penguins, get their share of the rescue work of the organization. The South Africa-based organization operates in the field of education in addition to rescue efforts, trying to instill to the society the importance of seabirds and the wildlife at sea.
Red Panda Network
The number in the wild life of Red Pandas which were taken in “Endangered” category by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) due to illegal hunting and destruction of habitats is predicted to be between 7000 and 10,000. The number of the Red Pandas in Panchthar–Ilam–Taplejung (PIT), the world’s largest biodiversity area in Eastern Nepal, significantly increased through the activities of forest guards commissioned by the Red Panda Network. In this area, Red Pandas are one of the unique members of biological diversity. Clouded Leopards, Himalayan Black Bears and hundreds of bird species are found in the Red Panda Conservation Forest. FYZoo, as one of the supporters of the Red Panda Network, has taken a responsibility for ensuring the continuity of the species.
Nature Conservation Foundation
The Hornbill Nest Adaption Program that the Foundation carries out in India is another in-situ conservation project supported by FYZoo. Hornbill Nest Adaption Program, which is six years old today, started with 3 nesters in 3 villages following 9 Hornbill nests in 2012, and continues today with 13 Nesters in 10 villages following 39 Hornbill nests located in Papum Reserve Forest in Arunachal Pradesh Seijosa. The main concept has been ‘Shared Parenting Program since the beginning of the program. Each nest has three groups of parents: Biological parents, in other words, horbills themselves, local Nesters protecting the nest from human confusion and hornbill parents or citizens of the city who adopt the nests in terms of wildlife conservation. Successful implementation of the program from year to year has been possible with financial support from contributors, especially the Zoos.
Thanks to the efforts of our nest protectors in The Papum Reserve Forest in 2017, a total of 21 Hornbills grew up successfully in 25 active nests this year. (A pair of Oriental Pied Hornbills gave birth to 2 nestlings. In Pakke Tiger Reserve and Nameri Tiger Reserve, 18 nestlings in 23 active nests and 3 nestlings in 4 active nests were found. (5 nests placed distant were not approved by the forest personnel yet.)
Hornbill Research Foundation
Hornbill Research Foundation that was founded in 1978 to provide care for the hornbills, which are on the verge of extinction, in their own habitats and to collect data for scientific researches, carries out its activities in Western and Southern Thailand. In addition to Rhinoceros Hornbills which are under conservation in our park, the “Helmeted” and “White-Crowned” Hornbills are also kept under conservation in these regions by the foundation.
Kuzey Doga Association
In 2012, Kuzey Doga Association started observing 34 brown bears using transmitters in order to research the ecology of bear browns, which are biggest land animals of our country, to conserve them more efficiently and to reduce human-wildlife conflict. In addition, the National Geographic Foundation attached special cameras on bear browns and recorded how the world is seen from the perspective of bear browns. During this study, a new ground was broken, and the cameras developed by the National Geographic Foundation were attached by the experts of Kuzey Doga Association on the transmitters. This way, the GPS location data of bear brown and video images were merged. Thereby, the daily behaviors of bear browns were documented from their own eyes.
The first-obtained data revealed the absolute necessity of Turkey’s wildlife corridor that was recommended by Kuzey Doga Association in 2008 and approved by the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs in 2012.
The objectives of the project, in brief, are:
- To discover the life space sizes, seasonal behaviors of brown bears which are not studied enough in Turkey,
- To take measures to reduce the conflict between human and brown bear,
- To determine the estimated number of bear browns in Turkey in long term using the data to be obtained specific to Sarikamis
Within the scope of the Project on Researching Conserving the Wildlife of Eastern Anatolia that was conducted under the leadership of Assoc. Prof. Sekercioglu, the Chairman of Kuzey Doga Association, the first known migratory brown bears of the world were found in Sarikamis, Kars as a result of a follow-up made by satellite transmitters with the participation of researchers from Zurich, Caucasus, Zagreb and Bogazici (Bosphorus) Universities.
Within the scope of the project, researchers were asked to determine the mobility of bears by satellite transmitters mounted on sample bears selected from the population of the brown bear population in Sarıkamış, it was found that the brown bears living in Sarıçam forest in Sarikamis migrated before winter to Artvin, Savsat, where is located at approximately 250 kilometers thereto, and returned for hibernation.