2016 Kids4Nature Featured Projects

These three projects will share 50% of all Kids4Nature funds in 2016, with the allocation proportional to the number of votes received. The other 50% of Kids4Nature funds will be shared by our Conservation Partners.

Amur Leopard
With fewer than 50 individuals living in Russia’s far eastern wilderness, Amur leopards are one of the world’s most endangered mammals. Kids4Nature supports organizations that enhance training for wildlife officers to protect these magnificent cats.

                                                        Marsh Wren
This tiny bird represents thousands of Midwestern animals and plants that depend on marshes, swamps, and wetlands for survival. Using Kids4Nature funds, the zoo supports groups that protect these fragile ecosystems through land purchases and scientific study.

                                                       Tasmanian devil
A deadly cancer is wiping out Tasmanian devils, which live only on the small Australian island of Tasmania. Research and breeding programs funded by Kids4Nature help build insurance populations of this iconic species.

Voting results from Kids4Nature 2015:

Sumatran Tiger – 93,378 – Winner!

Giraffe – 88,345

Hellbender – 64,212


Kids4Nature invites every zoo guest to make a difference for wildlife conservation. Your vote at the Kids4Nature kiosk helps us direct our $90,000 conservation commitment to projects locally and around the globe. Every vote matters!

How Kids4Nature Works

On every visit, you’ll receive a recycled metal washer that represents 10 cents. Visit the Kids4Nature kiosk near the Lion Drinking Fountain and read about the three conservation projects. Cast your “vote” for your favorite project by dropping the washer in the wishing well. Your vote helps determine how much funding each project will receive.

Additional votes can be made with real quarters, nickels, and dimes – 100% of any added contributions will go toward the voted project. Total contributions are calculated from April – October.