“Would you like to Round Up for Conservation?”
Guests at the OKC Zoo have become accustomed to hearing that phrase when they purchase a ticket, an item at the gift shop or a meal at one of the Zoo’s food and beverage locations. But what does it mean and how does it help fulfill the Zoo’s mission to connect people and the world’s vanishing wildlife and wild places?
Round Up for Conservation is a grassroots program created to allow Zoo guests to become everyday conservationists by simply rounding up their purchases to the next dollar or chipping in an few extra cents when visiting the Zoo. We know that Zoo guests care deeply about the decline of wild animals and natural places, but sometimes don’t have the time or resources to make a difference on their own. Round Up for Conservation is an easy way to connect to conservation projects around the world, enabling guests to help save species and their habitats when they donate.
Lancer Hospitality, the Zoo’s food and beverage partner, is also involved with the Zoo’s conservation initiatives – now encouraging guests to donate 50 cents or a dollar with their purchase at the Safari Gift Shop, Lakeside Café, Canopy Restaurant, Safari Café or Big Rivers Café.
Funding from Round Up for Conservation has made it possible for the Zoo to partner with conservation programs in Oklahoma and around the world. This includes the Rainforest Trust projects, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Myanmar, the Painted Dog Research Trust, International Rhino Foundation, Snow Leopard Trust and Conservation Action Round-Up Engagement (CARE) grants.
For the fiscal year 2018 (July 2017 through June 2018), Round Up for Conservation funds generated totaled $108,868.64. For the calendar year, through June 30, 2018, Round Up has earned $67,821.37. Since Round Up for Conservation began in 2011, it has generated more than $475,000 to support wildlife and wild places.