Woodland Park Zoo Announces New Tiger Conservation Project
About the Project
In 2012, Woodland Park Zoo and Panthera (a leading wild cat conservation organization) established a ten-year, $1 million partnership to enhance tiger conservation in Peninsular Malaysia, as part of Panthera's Tigers Forever Program. In concert with the National Tiger Action Plan of Malaysia, the program aims to strengthen tiger survival by identifying core populations and mitigating threats from poaching and habitat fragmentation. The project team will work cooperatively with Malaysia's Department of Wildlife and National Parks and local conservation non-profits and scientists. Read Woodland Park Zoo President Dr. Deborah Jensen's announcement about the tiger strategy and listen to a November 2013 radio interview with Vice President of Field Conservation Dr. Fred Koontz on how our zoo saves endangered animals in the wild.
Learn more about the tiger conservation project
Saving Tigers and their Forests
A world without tigers? Not if we can help it!
A century ago, 100,000 tigers roamed the forests of Asia. Today, scientists estimate only 3,200 tigers remain and as few as 500 Malayan tigers are left in the wild.
The continued loss and fragmentation of forests across tropical Asia and high levels of poaching threaten tigers and Asian bears with extinction. Scientists estimate that tigers may disappear completely from our world heritage within two decades. That’s not all. We humans also will lose precious forest resources on which the health of our planet depends.
Don’t take pity. Take action.
A recognized leader in innovative naturalistic exhibitry, Woodland Park Zoo will use innovative, hands-on education techniques in the new tiger and sloth bear exhibit complex to spread awareness of these conservation issues and engage millions of people in saving the wild animals and habitats we all love. For now. For the future.
Modeled on the theme “Sharing the Forest: People are the Conservation Solution,” the zoo’s new tiger and sloth bear exhibit complex presents the urgent conservation issues of habitat degradation, poaching for the illegal wildlife trade, and human-wildlife conflict to visitors, and promotes a sense of hope thanks to the conservation successes in the field that will be brought to life within the exhibit. Feeling part of the solution, visitors will take action inside the exhibit’s Conservation Action Center where they can take a pledge to protect forests here and around the world on which wildlife like tigers depend. To show how local actions have global impact, the exhibit will draw parallels between the benefits of saving tigers in Asia and conserving cougars and wolves in North America, encouraging local-minded actions that will serve as a model for global attitudes.
Designed with Nature in Mind
Forests are the lungs of the Earth. Innovative green practices in these exhibits will save some 200,000 pounds of carbon emissions annually—the equivalent of planting 30 acres of forest! When completed, there will be no net gain in energy consumption, even though the new complex will be three times the size of the old exhibits.
Woodland Park Zoo designs with the environment in mind and is at the forefront of sustainable design and conservation strategies in the Pacific Northwest. Continuing the innovative filtering techniques used at the zoo’s award-winning Humboldt penguin exhibit, design of the new Bamboo Forest Reserve exemplifies the principles of biomimicry and sustainability. A series of settling ponds and constructed wetlands will filter all the water, replacing the old, inefficient practice of dumping and refilling exhibit water features. Permeable pavement, solar-assisted water heating, new heat recovery units and other features round out the green design, which will also preserve significant, large trees, integrating them into new landscape.