Round Up for Conservation
Have you ever wondered how to get involved in conservation but worry that you don’t have the time or resources? The OKC Zoo enables you to care about saving species and habitats around the world when you donate to its grassroots program – Round Up for Conservation!
Saving Species One Penny at a Time
What is Round Up for Conservation? It is a program created to help wildlife and wild places! Zoo guests are encouraged to become everyday conservationists by simply rounding up their purchases to the next dollar amount when visiting the Zoo. For example, if a guest’s total purchase is $10.73, one of our Zoo team members will ask if they'd like to round up to the nearest dollar. If the answer to the above question is YES, 27 cents will then be donated to the Zoo’s overall conservation initiatives. It’s really that easy!
Round up opportunities are available all throughout the Zoo, this includes general admission and gift shop purchases. During your visit, you’ll find Zoo team members wearing their “Round Up for Conservation” buttons, which feature a newly designed logo to help promote the program.
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 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 and Conservation Action Round-Up Engagement (CARE) grants. This year’s Rainforest Trust projects benefit Cameroon in central Africa and Borneo in Southeast Asia. The money donated to these projects will help save forests in areas that are being destroyed by palm oil plantations. Saving these forests will help to protect several critical species of endangered wildlife.
• The WCS Myanmar helps support an Asian elephant conservation project in the Rakhine Yoma Elephant Range of southwestern Myanmar. Funds donated to this project go toward protecting elephants and purchasing educational materials to spread community awareness.
• Support of the Painted Dog Research Trust assists in providing funds for African painted dog research projects working to save this highly endangered species.
• Conservation Action Round-Up Engagement (CARE) grants provide full-time Zoo staff members the opportunity to identify conservation projects that they believe are worthy of the Zoo’s support.
In 2016 alone, more than $112,000 was raised through Round Up for Conservation, and we hope to raise even more in 2017! This goes to show… small change has the power to create big change!
– OKC Zoo's Public Relations and Marketing Department