Engage Locally, Conserve Globally
Across the world, species are struggling with threats like deforestation, habitat fragmentation and climate change. LEO Zoological Conservation Center has created a unique network which builds bridges between impactful “boots on the ground“ conservation initiatives to our center worldwide. As an active participant, we are collaborating with other conservation organizations to address the imminent threat to our planet’s biodiversity and restore harmony between humankind and the treasures of our natural world.
The LEO Zoological Conservation Center is quickly earning recognition as one of the world’s leading modern “arks”, dedicated to the preservation of endangered wildlife and their genetic material for the future. The arks of today work together in a cooperative effort to save as many species and habitats as possible for generations to come. While the ultimate goal of conservation is the preservation of animals in their native habitat, this is not always possible. Therefore, we strive to give our animals the very best conditions in which to live and breed, with the hope of releasing offspring, in family groups, back into the wild when and where possible. Additionally, we focus on finding projects that offer a certain degree of educational opportunity. This involves working with and educating the indigenous populations so that they can become, and remain, involved in the conservation efforts in their areas.
All of our breeding and programs are customized to the individual behaviors of the species at risk. Our success, we believe, is that we have very large habitats that allow natural species behavior, and that our facility only operates non-invasive educational tours for students, teachers and supporters to our conservation education center.
Through our combined efforts of hands-on education and engaging the LEO community locally, we hope to inspire each individual to do what they can in order to make a difference for the future of animals and humans to conserve globally.
Our current Wild Partners
Tapir Symposium Group’s International Tapir Symposiums bring together a multi-faceted group of tapir experts including field biologists, environmental educators, captivity specialists, academicians, researchers, veterinarians, government authorities, politicians and other interested parties.
The National Forest Foundation brings people together to restore and enhance our National Forests and Grasslands. As the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, the NFF engages America in community -based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the National Forest System.
The objective of the Bongo Surveillance Project is to protect and conserve the critically endangered eastern or mountain bongo and its habitat, by working with local communities and stakeholders worldwide. Founded in 2004 in the Aberdare forests of central Kenya, experienced trackers have gathered scientific data on the presence and distribution of the remaining herds as well as tracking data on human activity within the indigenous forests in an effort to preserve the habitat and remaining populations. The Project is now actively conserving bongos in their last four wild refuges: Aberdare National Park, Mount Kenya National Park, Mau Forest Region and Eburu Forest Region.
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines. The Centre is activity involved in the breeding of endangered, vulnerable or rare animal species, the release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs into the wild and education and its activities.
At the forefront of saving African penguins and other threatened seabirds, The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) deploys its specialist emergency response skills in Africa, the Indian Ocean and Antarctica to combat disease and chronic oil pollution. Through their education outreach, they formally train people for environmental careers and work with children to instill pride and knowledge about marine conservation.
Founded in Namibia in 1990, Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is dedicated to saving cheetahs in the wild. Through their innovative conservation methods, CCF and its partners (including LEO!) are developing integrated programs to address the welfare of both cheetahs and human populations over the large landscape that they share. We were honored to host CCF’s founder and Director, Dr. Laurie Marker and general manager, Dr. Bruce Brewer this fall.
Begun in 1971 by the legendary Dr. Birute Galdikas, Orangutan Foundation International studies the ecology and behavior of wild orangutans as well as the conservation of the apes and their rain forest habitat. Employing a network of local staff and volunteers, OFI programs aim specifically at conservation, rehabilitation, education and forest protection. Keeper Elisa spent time working with Dr. Galdikas and OFI, bringing her orangutan knowledge back to our red apes here.
Grevy’s Zebra Trust works to conserve the endangered zebra and its fragile habitat in partnership with local communities. The zebras thriving across their natural range in Kenya and Ethiopia are recognized as national assets. By demonstrating the alignment of human and wildlife interests in their programs, the Trust is able to foster research, education and conservation programs that promote the independent community protection of the zebra and its habitat.
*If you would like to donate to a specific Wild Partner, please designate on your donation which partner.