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Kids4Nature invites every zoo guest to make a difference for wildlife conservation.  Your vote at the Kids4Nature kiosk helps us direct our $80,000 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.

2014 Kids4Nature Featured Projects

These three projects will share 50% of all Kids4Nature funds in 2014, with the allocation proportional to the number of votes received.  The other 50% of Kids4Nature funds will be shared by our Conservation Partners.

African penguinAfrican Penguins
The population of African Penguins has dropped by 90% over the last century, due to oil spills, overfishing, and climate change.  Kids4Nature supports South African organizations that protect marine habitat and rescued oiled or orphaned penguins.

monarch butterfly on flowerMonarch Butterflies
On their annual migration to Mexico and California, monarchs depend on milkweed to feed their young. But many milkweed-containing fields have been converted to farmland.  Kids4Nature supports efforts to preserve existing butterfly habitat and create new waystations for these insects.

wild orangutans on vineSumatran Orangutan
With only about 6,000 orangutans remaining in Sumatra’s rain forests, these apes are perilously close to extinction.  Kids4Nature supports organizations that target illegal cutting of Indonesia’s rain forests, support for orphaned orangutans, and education projects in Indonesian villages.