East Africa

African Elephants • Southern White Rhino • African Lions • Masai Giraffes

Seneca Park Zoo partners with organizations like  International Rhino Foundation (IRF), African Parks, Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), and more to the support the conservation of wildlife throughout Africa.

African Elephant

African elephant population has declined by over 60% since the 1970s.

The main cause of this decline is poaching for their ivory tusks – 96 elephants are killed in Africa each day.

How We Help

Seneca Park Zoo partners with organizations like African Parks to address elephant conservation. One of the efforts we support is the operation of Garamba National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Garamba National Park is a World Heritage Site that

The Zoo raises thousands of dollars each year for elephants and their habitat, in support of initiatives like this.

What You Can Do

You can help eliminate the pressures of poaching by not buying real fur or bone products. You can also visit the ZooShop to purchase handicrafts from Snow Leopard Trust, which will provide additional income to women living in rural areas near snow leopards.

You can also make a donation to support snow leopard conservation.

 

Southern White Rhinos

Southern white rhinos were poached to the verge of extinction in the late 1890s.

Although their population is rebounding, they still face a constant threat of poaching for their horns, which are falsely believed to have medicinal purposes.

How We Help

The Zoo partners with organizations like the International Rhino Foundation (IRF), which is dedicated to the survival of the world’s rhino species through conservation and research. With our partners, we support anti-poaching programs in Southern Africa. These include:

Additionally, the Zoo hosts annual events including Cinco de Rhino, Bowling for Rhinos, and World Rhino Day that raise awareness and funds to support Rhino conservation.

What You Can Do

You can be an advocate for rhinos by spreading the word about poaching and rhino horn. Rhino horn is made of keratin, the same material that makes up human hair and fingernails, and there is no research showing that keratin has medicinal properties.

You can also make a donation to help our rhino conservation efforts.

African Lion

Lion population has plummeted from 200,000 to just 20,000 over the last century, and their population continues to decrease every day.

Causes of their steep decline include habitat loss, indiscriminate killings, and hunting.

Many parts of Africa have fenced in their reserves to protect both the lions and the people living around lion territory. This requires intensive and proper reserve management, which is difficult to accomplish in a time where conservation funding is virtually non-existent.

How We Help

Seneca Park Zoo partners with organizations like Lion Landscapes to fund The community Camera Trapping Program. This camera trap program directly links the presence of wildlife on village land to tangible community benefits. Villagers monitor their own wildlife populations through camera traps, and villages with more wildlife receive the most additional benefits.

What You Can Do

You can support our lion conservation efforts by making a donation.

Masai Giraffes​

Masai giraffe population quietly declined by 50% over a 30-year period.

Habitat fragmentation, human-wildlife conflict, and illegal hunting are all problems that giraffes are facing.

How We Help

Seneca Park Zoo partners with organizations like the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), an international conservation organization that provides innovative approaches to saving giraffe in their natural range.

Scientists are tracking spatial movement and giraffes use of habitat through Twiga Trackers – small GPS devices that attach to giraffe ossicones (the horn-like protuberances on the heads of giraffes). These devices are lightweight and solar powered, allowing researchers to closely track giraffes without being intrusive.

What You Can Do

You can support giraffe conservation by spreading the word about their declining population. Without the proper attention, funds for conservation and projects to stop the decline are limited.

You can also donate to giraffe conservation at the Zoo or participate in Jungle Jog 5K.

Every day is a great day to visit the Zoo. Experience life on the wild side, enjoy up-close animal interactions and support global conservation efforts—right here at the Zoo. Reserve your tickets now for quick and easy entry, and enjoy more time connecting with wildlife.

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November 1 through March 31

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