Species Survival Plan (SSP)
The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park participates in more than 25 Species Survival Plans (SSPs), coordinated through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). SSPs carefully plan for the future of species living in zoos and aquariums. For an endangered species, a genetically sound population is critical to studying that species and increasing its numbers. Learn more about SSP and the programs the Binghamton Zoo participates in by clicking here.
Global Conservation Fund
The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is wild about conservation, and there are a few simple ways to support one of our selected conservation initiatives this year. The Binghamton Zoo’s Global Conservation Fund is an annual collection of funds to support wildlife conservation. This is an easy way for guests to support and help wildlife around the world. In previous seasons, this initiative has supported the Amur Leopard & Tiger Alliance (ALTA) and the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB).
Our selected initiative for 2018 is the Red Panda Network. The Red Panda Network protects wild red pandas and preserves their habitat through the empowerment of local communities by adaptive community-based research, education, carbon mitigation, and sustainable development. Here’s how you can help:
- Round up for conservation in our Zoovenirs Gift Shop! “Round up” the amount of your purchase to the next dollar, or donate any amount of your choosing.
- Book a Wild Encounter! 10% of all Wild Encounter admission is added to the Global Conservation Fund.
- Visit the Binghamton Zoo on one of our Conservation Weekends! A portion of general admission sales on these educational event days throughout the season will be collected for the fund.
FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that provides individuals, groups and families with an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads.
You do not have to be a frog or toad expert to be a FrogWatch USA volunteer. All you need is an interest in frogs and toads! Follow the Binghamton Zoo on Facebook for upcoming training sessions and events. You can learn more about FrogWatch USA online by clicking here.
Snow Leopard Trust
The Snow Leopard Trust aims to protect this endangered cat through community-based conservation projects that are based on an improved scientific understanding of snow leopard behavior, needs, habitats and threats. The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park supports this initiative by raising money through gift shop sales. Stop in the Zoovenirs Gift Shop today to purchase Snow Leopard Trust items and help save this beautiful species! Click here to learn more about the Snow Leopard Trust.
Fishing Cat Conservancy
It is the Fishing Cat Conservancy’s mission to promote the long-term survival of fishing cats in the wild through public education, capacity-building, and community-based research and conservation actions. The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is proud to partner with the FCC and share their vision of helping community youth and adults pursue conservation-related work and take pride in protecting their backyard wildlife. Learn more of the work the Fishing Cat Conservancy is doing to protect endangered fishing cats by visiting their website.
Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from the United States and Canada to overwintering areas in Mexico and California. This migration to avoid the winter is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by habitat loss in North America. The Binghamton Zoo provides a Monarch Waystation with the resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Look for the Monarch Waystation in upper zoo and learn more about Monarch Watch on their website!
The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park has partnered with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® program to educate our guests and recommend sustainable seafood choices when shopping or dining out. The program empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for healthy oceans, helping to support diverse marine ecosystems for the future. Using science-based, peer reviewed methods, Seafood Watch assesses how fisheries and farmed seafood impact the environment and provides recommendations indicating which items are ‘Best Choices,’ ‘Good Alternatives,’ and which ones to ‘Avoid.’
Download the Seafood Watch app for your mobile device to receive on-the-go information about the most up to date sustainable seafood choices. You can also pick up printed Seafood Watch guides and materials at the zoo’s ticket booth or Zoovenirs Gift Shop. Visit seafoodwatch.org for more information.
I Love NY Water
Over 70% of disposable water bottles end up in landfills, lakes, streams, and oceans. The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is a proud supporter and partner of I Love NY Water’s mission. I Love NY Water is a not-for-profit initiative created to promote the benefits of New York’s #1 resource: our tap water. Learn more about the program and how you can help by visiting www.ilovenywater.org.
35,000 African elephants were killed for their ivory last year – that’s 96 a day. This unprecedented poaching crisis demands a global movement. The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park has joined the 96 Elephants campaign to stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand. Visit www.96elephants.org to learn more about how you can help.