The Gulf Breeze Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation through public education, captive breeding programs, habitat preservation, and providing financial aid and assistance to projects in the wild. Gulf Breeze Zoo has provided aid in 25+ countries around the globe. Trying to solve the world’s continually changing wildlife concerns, the Gulf Breeze Zoo collaborates with other zoos and field experts to support Rhinoceros and Elephant anti-poaching units, install artificial nest sites for wild Penguins, and translocate Giraffe across the Nile to boost sustainable genetics. Conservation is important not just for the species in foreign countries; but, also for many of our local animal friends. Our goal is to assist in the conservation of local and national species, by giving them as much attention as we do to the larger, more well-known species.
The Gulf Breeze Zoo is privately owned and receives zero tax dollars. Funding for conservation programs are made possible through the continued support of zoo guests. Conservation is fundamental in our daily operations and visitors are encouraged to join us in making a difference on this journey.
2018 Conservation Grant Recipients
The Gulf Breeze Zoo partnered with the Zoological Association of America for some of our 2018 Conservation Grants. We are pleased to announce this year’s grants were awarded to the International Rhino Foundation, International Elephant Foundation, and the Grevy’s Zebra Trust.
The International Rhino Foundation operates in all areas of the world where rhinos live in the wild.
- South African programs implement heightened protection, enhanced intelligence, strategic translocations, dehorning, and digital radio systems that lowered rhino poaching.
- Zimbabwe’s Rhino Conservation Awareness Program works with 145 schools in buffer zones, providing school supplies in exchange for successful local rhino conservation results. ·
- Javan Rhino Protection Team’s maintained zero rhino losses due to poaching for 20+ years ·
- Camera traps showed two new Javan Rhino calves born in 2017 at the Ujung Kulon National Park. ·
- The Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary expansion completed new roads, gates, fences, quarantine facility, and upgraded laboratory for the new Rhino Research and Breeding Center.
The International Elephant Foundation supports elephant management, protection and scientific research.
- Sumatran Elephant Conservation Response Units (CRUs)
- Mounted Horse Anti-Poaching Patrols, Mount Kenya
- Big Tusker Project provides aerial surveillance for law enforcement and rangers in Tsavo, Kenya
- Building local support for conservation, Tanzania
- Fostering Human-Elephant Coexistence, India
- Anti-Poaching Units in the corridor between Nepal and India
- EEHV Genomics Research to understand this deadly virus in hopes that one day a vaccine may be produced
Grevy's Zebra Trust conserves the endangered Grevy’s Zebra and their fragile habitat.
- Grevy’s Zebra Scouts trains locals to monitor herds and report back
- Holistic Rangeland Management helps manage grazing cattle and land management
- Grevy’s Zebra Ambassadors hires local tribesman to assist with data collection and security
- Education and Outreach Scouts go into communities and perform conservation storytelling
The Zoofari Parks Conservation Grants (ZPCG) support both wildlife and habitat programs in the U.S. and abroad. Eligible projects focus on research, education, and local involvement. Grants vary in size depending on the project needs, from $100-$5,000. Conservation grants are awarded in the following categories; native Florida wildlife programs, programs spanning singular or multiple locations within the United States, and programs internationally based.
Grant submissions should be addressed to Katy Massey, Corporate Conservation Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. The 2019 submission deadline is September 1, 2019.