East Africa

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

African Elephants

The Problem

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.

What You Can Do

When the demand for ivory stops, the poaching can stop. If you are unsure if a product is ivory or not, avoid buying it. You can also contribute to elephant conservation through the Zoo by attending events like ZooBrew and World Elephant Day.

How We Help

Seneca Park Zoo partners with organizations like the International Elephant Foundation (IEF) to create a sustainable future for elephants. The Zoo raises thousands of dollars each year for elephants and their habitat, which supports anti-poaching initiatives.

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Southern White Rhinos

The Problem

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.

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.

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. 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.

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African Lions

The Problem

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.

What You Can Do

Snapshot Safari depends on volunteers around the world to classify the numerous camera trap images captured on reserves. You can become a citizen scientist by taking part in the project directly at snapshotsafari.org.

How We Help

Seneca Park Zoo partners with organizations like the University of Minnesota’s Lion Center in support of Snapshot Safari, a camera trap initiative that analyzes thousands of images which help researchers determine the best methods of managing reserves. Lion populations have successfully rebounded in areas that are properly managed.

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Masai Giraffes

The Problem

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.

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.

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.

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