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The PanEco Foundation, Sumatra

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     PanEco is an international nonprofit foundation started in 1996 with headquarters in Switzerland. PanEco works directly with YEL (Indonesian Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari) – a nonprofit organization located in Medan, which provides technical support, skills and conduct educational activities directly related to the environment and promote community awareness, conservation programs for endangered species and community development.  They also provide emergency relief action and humanitarian assistance. They work directly with the Indonesian Government’s Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation (The Forest of Ministry Dept). Many species in the surrounding areas benefit from the efforts of the PanEco Foundation. The OKC Zoo specifically supports PanEco's Orangutan Rehabilitation and Quarantine Center. This program works with Sumatran and international vet hospitals developing field vet training.  They have rehabilitated more than 180 orangutans, with more than 120 re-released into Bukit Tigapuluh - an area that had been wiped out of orangutans and other wildlife.

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Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya

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     One of the many conservancies of the Northern Rangelands Trust, the Oklahoma City Zoo has been working with the Lekirruki Conservation Trust. Due to its diverse landscape, Lekurruki Conservation Trust is home to many different species of wildlife and plants. Large herds of buffalo and elephant are common within the conservation area with one herd of elephant estimated at 450 individuals.

The Oklahoma City Zoo has provided a total of $34,000 in grants for the construction of the Lekurruki manager's house and office, security head office and radio room. The buildings have been constructed to comply with regulations requiring little environmental impact.

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The construction of the manager's house and security office will give the Lekurruki Trust a major advantage when it comes to fighting illegal poaching and keeping the animals safe. The Trust staff will now be able to be much more efficient, safe and diligent in their attempts to stop poaching of the elephants for their tusks and horns and bushmeat trade.

Elephants in Africa face critical threats, including intense poaching, disease, predation, and dramatic loss of habitat. In the past 25 years, the in situ population of African elephants has fallen from 1.6 million to less than 500,000 - a decline of more than 100 elephants each day.



Jatun Sacha Foundation, Ecuador

     The Jatun Sacha Foundation is an Ecuadorian non-governmental and non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of ecosystems of Ecuador. For more than 25 years, the Foundation has been promoting and preserving Ecuador’s biodiversity and improving the quality of life of local communities through technical training, scientific research, environmental education at national and international level, community development, and sustainable resource management. Conservation initiatives and action take place within the Foundation’s five ecological reserves in an array of habitats including tropical forest, montane forest, cloud forest, rainforest, mangroves and dry forest. The OKC Zoo is funding the development of the Management Center of Amazonian Fauna at Jatun Sacha Biological Station, located in the Amazon province of Napo, Ecuador, with a focus on wildlife rescue and endangered species breeding. The Center will be a safe home for the animals and serve as a research center to study the natural behavior of these species.

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