Target: Dr. Allison Alberts, Chief Conservation and Research Officer for San Diego Zoo Global
Goal: Commend San Diego Zoo Global for conservation and education efforts
San Diego Zoo Global includes the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The work these facilities conduct is not only done within the nation, but within thirty-five other countries as well. Each makes it a point to partner with outside organizations, and collectively contribute to over 100 conservation field projects.
The San Diego Zoo houses over 4,000 rare and endangered animals and more than 700,000 exotic plants. This facility focuses on carrying out research and conservation efforts that would be difficult to achieve in natural settings. A notable achievement is its work with giant pandas. Researchers developed thermal imaging techniques for early pregnancy diagnosis and were able to produce a giant panda cub through artificial insemination. This research has contributed to the increase in the panda population in zoos and breeding centers, a number which is now high enough to sustain the giant panda population into the future.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a 1,800 acre wildlife sanctuary that houses over 3,500 animals and over 3,500 botanical species. This facility is a driving force in California condor conservation. In 1982, only twenty-two of these birds remained in the wild. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park began the first conservation program for them, introducing the zoo-bred birds into the wild in 1992. Today, there are at least 417 condors in the world, with over half of them surviving in the wild.
The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is the largest zoo-based multidisciplinary research effort in the world. It focuses on identifying the most dire and important conservation needs, and then developing the techniques needed to address these needs.
In addition to the extensive scientific work the organization conducts, it also focuses on educating the public about endangered species and how they can help. The zoo and park facilities function as family and tourist destinations, with admission costs going towards conservation efforts. By personally involving the public, San Diego Zoo Global increases support for its many projects, and allows people to get a firsthand look at how much these animals need their help.
By signing the petition below, you will commend San Diego Zoo Global on its extensive conservation work and its efforts to educate the public and engage them in these issues.
Dear Dr. Allison Alberts,
The conservation work conducted by San Diego Zoo Global is highly commendable. Without this organization’s researchers and their efforts, many unique and important animals and species would be extinct. Many of the animals the organization works to sustain contribute to the survival of other animals as well as to the maintenance of the ecosystems in which they live.
In addition to the research conducted, San Diego Zoo Global is a leader in educating the public about endangered species and conservation initiatives. By allowing people to visit the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park facilities, and to participate in activities such as feeding and petting wild animals, they become more personally connected to the animals, and depart as greater supporters of conservation efforts. By focusing on conservation and education, San Diego Zoo Global ensures its effectiveness in accomplishing its goals.
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