Your Vote can Change the World!
Kids4Nature invites every zoo guest to make a difference for wildlife conservation. Your vote at the Kids4Nature kiosk helps us direct our $50,000 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.
The votes are in! Here are the results from Kids4Nature 2013:
African lions: 77,957 votes
Javan gibbons: 61,472 votes
Sandhill cranes: 42,021 votes
Thanks to all who voted in 2013!
2013 Kids4Nature Featured Projects
These three projects will share 50% of all Kids4Nature funds in 2013, with the allocation proportional to the number of votes received. The other 50% of Kids4Nature funds will be shared by our Conservation Partners.
Help Protect Rare Javan Gibbons
Squeezed onto the tiny island of Java with 130 million people, Javan gibbons are becoming rarer every year. Kids4Nature supports habitat preservation efforts, population studies, and research that explores the connection between coffee plantations and Javan gibbons’ rain forest habitat. Read our researcher’s blog here.
Protect Indiana’s Wild Cranes
Each year, more than 10,000 sandhill cranes gather in western Indiana wetlands and fields to rest on their
migratory journey. Kids4Nature supports the International Crane Foundation’s efforts encouraging midwestern farmers and landowners to protect important crane habitat and food sources. Read more at the International Crane Foundation website.
Save Wild African Lions
Fewer than 30,000 wild lions live in Africa, down from 200,000 just 50 years ago. Kids4Nature supports Living with Lions, a group of researchers and Maasai warriors working in Kenya to save wild lions living outside of protected national parks and reserves. Learn more at the Living With Lions website.
Want to do more?
Throughout the zoo, you’ll find signs that conservation efforts supported by the zoo. Discover all you can about conservation and share the information with your family and friends. Thank you for joining our efforts – together we can change the world!