Act For Wildlife

The Virginia Zoo's Conservation Fund


The Virginia Zoo will create a world where everyone values wildlife and the environment.

Act for Wildlife is the Virginia Zoo's conservation fund, which supports local and global conservation efforts for threatened species. Our animals connect us to a shared Earth that needs protecting. Now is your chance to Act for Wildlife and help tackle the challenges facing endangered species. Together, we have the power to save wildlife and their habitats!


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Big Cats

The Virginia Zoo provides funding for cheetah and lion conservation in Africa and tigers in Malaysia. These programs include creating awareness in local communities in base countries to value and safeguard their wildlife and wildlife habitats, supporting anti-poaching patrols and land management. The Virginia Zoo supports the following groups: Action for CheetahsCheetah Conservation FundAZA Tiger SSP Tiger Conservation CampaignPride Lion Conservation Alliance.
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The Virginia Zoo helps support efforts to combat the primary cause of amphibian extinctions which include pollution, loss of habitat, climate change, invasive species, road mortality, and infectious disease spread by human activity. The Virginia Zoo supports a chapter of Frog Watch, a citizen science initiative mapping frog populations in the United States.
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The Virginia Zoo has given long-term support to the giant hornbill species of Africa and Asia, providing significant funds and equipment, to help strengthen the numbers of these fragile populations of unique birds. Conservation funds have supported the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project which supplies scientists with necessary chick-rearing equipment and support for nest site adoptions that help protect giant rainforest tree nest sites.
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Destruction of tropical rain forests, due to illegal logging, the creation of palm oil plantations and mining are these animals’ biggest threats. The Virginia Zoo works with the AZA Ape TAG Conservation Initiative and Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation to help conserve wild populations of great apes.
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Red Pandas

The Virginia Zoo supports Red Panda Network, which helps preserve the habitats of red pandas through community-based research and education, thus benefiting the livelihoods of the locals and saving this incredibly cute species.
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The Virginia Zoo supports the International Rhino Foundation with donations that provide support for land protection, the translocation of rhinos to more suitable habitats, and work being done to end the trade in rhino horns.
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Turtles & Tortoises

The Zoo supports the science-based centers for rare turtle breeding and recovery programs that are saving these dwindling populations. The Virginia Zoo assists efforts by the Turtle Survival Alliance with building, programming, horticulture education and donations to expand global outreach and impact.
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Virginia Waterways

Healthy rivers, inlets and bays thrive as healthy ecosystems for countless species, including our local fish, crabs, seahorses, otters, plants and other aquatic friends. The Virginia Zoo supports the Elizabeth River Project and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
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If you have any questions about your donation or would like to dedicate your gift to someone else, please reach out to the Development department at 757-441-2374 ext. 226 or [email protected].