Outreach Across the World
Developing Community-based Conservation
When committed communities get the support they need, the conservation results are truly inspiring. But communities in developing parts of the world must have a reason – largely an economic reason – to protect wildlife. So the Calgary Zoo starts by alleviating poverty: creating employment opportunities, focusing on education and improving the overall quality of life for community members. When people prosper, nature benefits.
We choose projects that apply sound science, include local communities and have the greatest conservation impact. Then, we determine the best way we can help. Sometimes it’s purely financial support. In other cases, it is the expertise of our staff in the field that is the most valuable contribution we can make
Our Collaborative Programs
– Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions
– Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary, Ghana
Mountain Bongos – Kenya
Sitatunga - Avu Lagoon, Ghana
Belief-based Conservation - Liberia and Ghana
Gorillas – the Democratic Republic of Congo
Red Pandas – Nepal
Snow Leopards – Central Asia
Amur Tigers – Russia
Bears – Alberta
The Calgary Zoo has North America’s largest indoor hippo tank. In the wild, tilapia fish swim alongside wild hippos in the Nile River. At the zoo, tilapia help us keep the tank clean by feeding on hippo waste.