ZSL America, Inc. works closely with the Zoological Society of London on projects which are creating significant change for the future of species across the globe, creating a world where wildlife thrives.
Areas which have previously been supported by ZSL America, Inc. are included below.
ZSL America, Inc. is grateful to have created impact through the generous support of our donors.
Illegal Wildlife Trade
The current level of poaching is devastating wildlife populations at rates never previously witnessed. 30,000 elephants are killed in Africa every year. 3 rhinoceroses are killed every day. A pangolin is taking from the wild every five minutes. We risk future generations living in a world deprived of some of its most iconic species. The illegal wildlife trade is worth $20 billion annually and is the fourth most lucrative criminal network, driving instability with the poorest often the most affected.
ZSL teams are dedicated to protecting wildlife from this barbaric trade on a global scale. ZSL works closely with Governments, non-Government organizations, the private sector and local community members to implement true change.
The Snowdon Aviary at ZSL London Zoo
ZSL has launched a vital campaign to re-develop the Snowdon Aviary, a Grade II* heritage listed building and a structure of considerable architectural and cultural significance. Originally conceived by Lord Snowdon, the exhibit is being architecturally re-stored by architects Foster + Partners.
A key pillar of the Snowdon project is the implementation of key engagement opportunities with underserved groups, ensuring that all people have an opportunity to connect with nature. Education programs form a crucial pillar of this project with dedicated learning spaces, apprenticeships, work placements and events.
The focal species will include the eastern black and white colobus monkeys (Colobus guereza) and African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) serving as ambassadors for their wild cousins.
By 2050 there will more plastic in the ocean than fish, resulting in profound impact on human health and the marine ecosystem, with the poorest most affected, living in coastal communities in the biodiversity hotspots of developing countries.
Operating in over 40 coastal communities, ZSL’s Net-Works project re-designs global supply chains to create sustainable and scalable solutions to reduce marine plastic, increase fish stocks and improve the lives of local communities. Net-Works has successfully established a community-based supply chain for discarded fishing nets, diverting hundreds of tons of end-of life fishing nets converting them into carpet tiles by partner Interface, Inc, provided thousands of families with access to finance and improved the marine environment for tens of thousands of people.
Pangolins in Nepal
Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked wild mammal, with more than a million estimated to have been taken from the wild over the past decade Research suggests that Nepal is one of the last remaining strongholds for the species, but is bordered by China, the largest consumers of pangolin, and India and therefore suffers both as a source and transit route for the illegal trade in this species.
ZSL’s teams are providing training to police officers and custom officials for improved pangolin trade interventions and border control and workshops for legislators, judiciary and law enforcement agencies to increase prosecution rates for pangolin crime. ZSL is also leading on establishing a Community Managed Pangolin Conservation area, increasing local support.
EDGE of Existence
ZSL’s EDGE of Existence program highlights and protects some of the most unique species on the planet which are on the verge of extinction. These weird and wonderful species are Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered, representing a unique and irreplaceable part of the world’s biodiversity.
This ZSL program has a key focus on driving and nurturing the next generation of conservation leaders, supporting aspiring in-country scientists through ZSL’s EDGE Fellowship program which offers financial, institution and logistical support by ZSL. This strategy will significantly benefit these unique EDGE species in the wild, creating robust conservation strategies supported by ZSL expertise, and nurturing conservation leaders of the future.
African Wild Dogs
One of the most important wildlife populations in Africa is on the brink of extinction. The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is one of the world’s most endangered top predators – with fewer than 700 breeding packs remaining worldwide, the species remains in just 7% of its former range. Habitat loss, climate change, and disease threaten the few populations that remain.
ZSL teams are working on long-term conservation planning to foster a recovery of a group in Laikipia which was decimated due to canine distemper, and devise conservation strategies to avoid further epidemics for this species across all home ranges.