Conservation

Safari Lake Geneva supports conservation of vanishing species and heritage breeds of livestock and poultry, both here at the safari park and in the wild.

In fact, your visit helps increase our ability to aid in the protection of these animals! One of our primary goals is to raise awareness of the issues that animals face, as well as to educate our guests about the importance of these species in a greater ecological context. Research indicates that the more you know about a species, the more likely you are to care about that species in the wild, which then translates into conservation action.  It is our hope that your visit to Safari Lake Geneva increases your awareness of wildlife and wild places, and that this awareness inspires you to join us in our ongoing efforts to ensure their survival.

See below for more information on our current conservation partners and for ways you can help.

Seafood Watch

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Safari Lake Geneva is one of more than 200 Conservation Partners of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program. This program empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for a healthy ocean, helping to support diverse marine ecosystems for the future.

Using science-based, peer reviewed methods, Seafood Watch® assesses how fisheries an farmed seafood impact the environment and provides recommendations indicating which items are Best Choices, Good Alternatives, and which ones to Avoid.

Seafood Watch® raises sustainable seafood awareness through its consumer guides, website, app for mobile devices, and partnerships with businesses, culinary leaders and conservation organizations across North America and beyond.

For more information, visit www.seafoodwatch.org.

FrogWatch USA

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FrogWatch USA is the Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s (AZA) citizen science program which provides individuals, groups, and families opportunities to learn about wetlands in their communities by reporting on the calls of local frogs and toads.

Frogs and toads play an important ecological role, serving as both prey and predator in wetland ecosystems. They are considered indicators of environmental health. Many previously abundant frog and toad populations have experienced dramatic population declines both in the United States and around the world, so it is essential that scientists understand the scope, geographic scale, and cause of these declines.

Safari Lake Geneva staff and volunteers contribute to this important data collection effort by monitoring the wetlands in our area.

To learn more about this conservation initiative, visit www.aza.org/frogwatch.

To find out how you can become a FrogWatch USA volunteer with Safari Lake Geneva, contact us at info@safarilakegeneva.com

Giraffe Conservation Foundation Image result for giraffe conservation foundation logo

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is the only non-governmental organization in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild throughout Africa.

Recent research by GCF and partners has shown that there are four different species of giraffe and not only one as previously assumed. Latest estimates by GCF and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) indicate that giraffe numbers have plummeted across Africa by ~40% to <100,000 individuals in the past three decades. This is due to a number of factors including habitat loss, habitat degradation and habitat fragmentation coupled with human population growth and illegal hunting (poaching). In some areas traditionally regarded as prime giraffe real estate, numbers have dropped by more than 95%.

Safari Lake Geneva is proud to support the efforts of GCF in ensuring a sustainable future for all giraffe species.

For more information, visit www.giraffeconservation.org.

Cheetah Conservation Fund Image result for cheetah conservation fund logo

Founded in Namibia in 1990, Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is the global leader in research and conservation of cheetahs. CCF is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild.
Cheetahs once ranged across the entire African continent, except for the Congo Basin, and into Asia from the Arabian Peninsula to eastern India. Today, cheetahs are found in only 9% of their historic range and are extinct in their Asian range except for a small population in Iran of about 50 individuals.

Most of the reasons for the cheetah’s endangerment can be grouped into three overarching categories:

  1. Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation
  2. Human-wildlife conflict
  3. Illegal wildlife trade

The vast majority of wild cheetahs are found outside protected areas, in areas populated by humans. Saving this magnificent animal from extinction requires innovative conservation methods that address the welfare of both cheetah and human populations over large landscapes. CCF has developed a set of integrated programs that work together to achieve this objective. CCF’s programs have effectively stabilized and even increased the wild cheetah population in Namibia.

Safari Lake Geneva supports CCF’s efforts to protect this amazing animal from the threat of extinction.

Visit www.cheetah.org for more information.

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Species Survival Plan

Safari Lake Geneva staff take part in the conservation of a native species, the eastern massasauga rattlesnake (EMR). As part of the EMR’s Species Survival Plan program, staff contribute to research efforts and education and outreach initiatives to help protect this endangered animal.

Eastern massasauga rattlesnakes can be found from the Midwest to New York and Ontario, and are endangered throughout most of their range, including in Wisconsin. Fragmentation of its wetland habitat is the primary factor contributing to the species’ decline. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

To learn more about this ecologically important animal and our conservation efforts to protect it, visit www.emrssp.org.