Conservation and Capron Park Zoo
Serval kitten born at CPZ!
Why is Zuberi so important? It’s not just because he’s an adorable little guy…
Servals, while not currently endangered, are included in the AZA’s SSP program. Their breeding is closely monitored to ensure the genetic diversity and health of the captive population.
Summer (the mother) and Sav (the father) are BOTH considered breeding priorities. They are closely related to the founding population of Servals in North American zoos. This means it’s EXTREMELY important to make sure that their genetics are included in the next generation. With Zuberi’s birth, Capron Park Zoo has ensured that happens.
In addition to the genetic importance of this birth, it’s also an important milestone for the captive population. Sav has only three legs due to a catastrophic leg injury as a kitten. Although he is a very important animal genetically, it was unclear whether or not he would be able to produce young. Zuberi’s birth illustrates that despite his physical challenge he is more than capable of contributing to the next generation!
The Paradox of Palm Oil
Since the beginning of the British Industrial revolution, the amount of palm oil produced/exported to support the needs of the world has risen 2400%. This increase in demand has resulted in several countries in southeast Asia - most notably Indonesia - committing to become the largest palm oil producers in the world.
In order to meet this commitment, the rainforests of Southeast Asia are now under renewed and determined assault. Thousands of acres are cut and converted to monoculture plantations of oil palm, displacing or killing outright hundred of species, including critically endangered ones like ORANGUTANS, TIGERS and SUMATRAN RHINOS.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
The biggest thing you can do to help is become an EDUCATED CONSUMER. Palm Oil is in a wide variety of products you use daily. Purchase products made by companies who have committed to using ONLY Sustainable Palm Oil.
LEARN MORE: COMPANIES COMMITTED TO CONSERVATION
What we do...
Conservation is not just something that the modern zoo pays lip service to...it is a vital and integral part of our mission. Some zoos fulfill this mission by sending people and supplies overseas. Capron Park Zoo fulfills this mission by raising funds for various projects, participating in SSP's (Species Survival Plans) and educating the public about a variety of topics.
Mabula Ground Hornbill Project
The charismatic Southern Ground-Hornbill is a bird that many people already know well. They are culturally important as the ‘thunder' or 'rain’ birds and are a flagship species for the savannah biome.
At present, Southern Ground-Hornbills are considered internationally as ‘Vulnerable’ throughout their range in Africa, but within South Africa they have been classified as ‘Endangered', with numbers outside of formally protected areas still declining. It is even likely that the birds will soon meet criteria for being ‘Critically Endangered’ in South Africa.
It is estimated that there are only about 1500 Ground-Hornbills left in South Africa, of which half are safe within the protected areas of the greater Kruger National Park The birds live in social, cooperatively breeding groups of one alpha male and one breeding female per group and the rest of the group as helpers.
There are about 417 breeding groups in South Africa. Since only one chick is raised to adulthood every nine years, it will take a great deal of time for population numbers to recover, even if all conservation efforts enacted are entirely successful.The Mabula Ground-Hornbill Project is working to slow the decline by:
PAST FUND-RAISING EFFORTS BENEFITTED:
Species Survival Plans
Because Capron Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), we are able to participate in the AZA's Species Survival Plan programs. The goal of an SSPis to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species population within accredited facilities. Not all animals that have SSP's are considered endangered; for example, Servals are not classified (yet) as endangered. However, by closely managing the captive population, it ensures the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied AZA population.
LEARN MORE!: Species Survival Plans
SSP ANIMALS AND PROGRAMS AT CAPRON PARK ZOO: Capron Park Zoo participates in 22 SSP programs: Crested Wood Partridges, Red-Crowned Cranes, Nicobar Pigeons, Victoria Crowned Pigeon, Violet Turaco, Brush-tailed Bettong, Red Kangaroo, Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth, Ringtailed Lemur, Red Ruffed lemurs, Pygmy Loris, DeBrazza’s Monkey, Indian Crested Porcupine, Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Serval, Lions, Slender-tailed Meerkats, Fennec Fox, Sloth Bear and North American River Otter.
Helping you learn more!
Here at Capron Park Zoo we strive to provide visitors with the opportunity to education themselves about various conservation topics. This is done through various progam offerings (Education Programs at Capron Park Zoo) and graphics around the zoo. When you are enjoying a visit to the zoo, take a few minutes to read what you see and pass on the knowledge you gain.
In addition to graphics and programs, during the busy season you will often see our volunteers, both teen and adult, around the zoo with various biofacts and even live animals. These adults and teens are as passionate about conservation as the zoo staff and will be happy to answer questions you may have about our collection, the zoo or the conservation efforts the zoo continues to participate in!