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Field Conservation

Saving Animals and Landscapes Using a Holistic Approach

Denver Zoo's Field Conservation Department applies a holistic, adaptive approach to wildlife conservation. We prioritize landscapes and species with significant conservation needs, in places where we can make long-term commitments, engage partners, and efficiently and responsibly address urgent threats to wildlife. We believe it is equally important to engage local people in these efforts, and our projects are designed to incorporate their input and address their needs. We also make it a priority to involve members of the Denver Zoo family in this work and ensure strong connections between our field work and the Denver Zoo campus, programs, and animals.

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BOTSWANA

PRESERVING MULTIPLE VULTURE SPECIES, AFRICAN WILD DOG & LION.  

In Botswana, human-wildlife conflict usually centers around efforts to protect livestock, a huge part of the country’s culture and economy. Denver Zoo works to reduce human-wildlife conflict by promoting coexistence between people and animals by researching the ecology and effectiveness of conflict mitigation measures. Our work currently focuses on African wild dogs, wildebeest, vultures, elephants and lions.

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MONGOLIA

PRESERVING CINEREOUS VULTURE, ARGALI SHEEP, SIBERIAN IBEX, MONGOLIAN GAZELLE, GOITERED GAZELLE.

Mongolia is one of the least developed and last wild places on earth. Denver Zoo has created a model for effective protected area management that includes education and outreach programs, local livelihood enhancement and partnerships with local governments. Research and conservation efforts focus on such species as argali sheep, cinereous vultures and Bactrian camels, among others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ROCKY MOUNTAINS/GREAT PLAINS

FOCUSED ON BISON & PRESERVING NORTH AMERICAN PIKA.

Denver Zoo thinks globally and acts locally to preserve native species through education, scientific study and promoting biodiversity on private lands. Focus species include bison, pika and prairie dogs. The zoo also currently manages the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge in northern New Mexico and oversees restoration efforts, education and outreach activities as well as a number of important research projects.

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THE ALTIPLANO OF PERU & BOLIVIA

Preserving Lake Titicaca frog.

High in the heart of the Andes, the critically endangered Lake Titicaca frog struggles to survive in the face of increased mining, over-harvesting for supposed medicinal uses and introduced disease. Denver Zoo conducts research and raises awareness about the global amphibian crisis and empowers local communities to prevent the extinction of unique animals like Lake Titicaca frogs.

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VIETNAM

Preserving Tonkin snub-nosed monkey.

Vietnam is home to 16 percent of the world’s species of animals, many of which are threatened with extinction. Denver Zoo is working to address the growing problem of trade in wildlife and wildlife products. Projects include research on the critically endangered Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, of which there are fewer than 200 individuals left on the planet.