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Lion Country Safari works with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help save animals from extinction. One of these ways is involvement in the AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) programs, which are conservation and breeding programs for threatened species that helps to ensure the long-term survival of a healthy, sustainable population of threatened species in human care. By working cooperatively with other facilities in the SSP, Lion Country Safari helps to contribute to field conservation, species recovery, veterinary care for wildlife disease issues, establishment of assurance populations, and many other species-focused conservation efforts. Lion Country Safari is a participant in 35 different Species Survival Plan programs. Lion Country Safari has also hosted SSP workshops for chimpanzees and maned wolves.
Several Lion Country Safari staff members sit on AZA committees for SSP and other animal programs:
For more information, please go to the AZA’s website: www.aza.org/species-survival-plan-programs
SAFE programs focus the collective expertise of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and leverages their audiences to work together to save species. Lion Country Safari is proud to be a partner facility for several SAFE programs, including:
For more information, please go to the AZA’s website: www.aza.org/aza-safe
The Lion Country Safari Conservation Committee [LCSCC] was implemented in 2015 and consists of contributing members from our Wildlife, Marketing, Education and Retail departments. The committee was formed to assist any LCS employee in the design, production, and execution of any conservation-related project, fundraising event, or park-wide change. The mission of the Conservation Committee is to implement conservation actions and ideas that will preserve wildlife and their natural habitats. We strive to endow communities with the necessary tools to sustain and care for the natural environment through education and outreach.
Lion Country Safari participates in several fundraising efforts coordinated through retail operations. Retail Round Up efforts collect small monetary donations that amass to larger sums in support of conservation projects and organizations. This is achieved by providing guests with the opportunity to round their retail purchase total up to the next whole dollar. Lion Country Safari has been able to provide numerous organizations with monetary support using this system and a rotating monthly calendar of recipient organizations.
Lion Country Safari also sells unique, one-of-a-kind art pieces created by animal artists as part of their enrichment program. Art works produced by giraffe, macaws and chimps as well as paw and other paint prints from lions and rhinos have been sold, with 50% of the proceeds from these sales supporting conservation organizations including the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, World Parrot Trust, Tonkolili Chimpanzee Project, Lion Recovery Fund and the International Rhino Foundation.
The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is a nonprofit (U.S. 501c3) membership association composed of animal care professionals and interested persons. It is dedicated to advancing excellence in the animal keeping profession, supporting conservation projects, and promoting the preservation of natural resources and wildlife.
POP Art [Partners of Preservation] is a recently developed, annual fundraiser based out of central Florida that helps raise money to assist in bird preservation efforts across the globe. Staff have enthusiastically donated numerous art pieces to the cause; all funds raised are donated to reputable facilities that work to save endangered birds.