Brevard Zoo Works to Protect Endangered Species Through the Wildlife Emergency Fund
By Space Coast Daily // May 16, 2023
home to 14 threatened mammal species, 11 threatened bird species
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Through the community’s support, the Brevard Zoo Wildlife Emergency Fund (WEF) was able to help wildlife throughout the world.
This fund was recently able to help a nonprofit address a dire threat to the wildlife it serves.
The funds received by Kahuzi–Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were used to organize an effort to collect a diverse range of snares in the park, which is the habitat of the critically endangered eastern lowland gorilla.
In collaboration with a local community association “Ntwali,” the park was also able to remove a hunting rifle, traps and a spear.
Making this national park safe was critical for the wellbeing of a number of animal species, some of which are threatened by extinction and/or can be found only this area.
This national park, a World Heritage Site in eastern DRC, is one of the most important protected areas for the conservation of the eastern lowland gorilla, which is also known as the Grauer’s gorilla.
This is the only place people can view this subspecies of gorilla in its natural habitat.
The park is also home to 14 threatened mammal species and 11 threatened bird species.
The WEF is made possible through the sale of collectible animal buttons, which are created by our volunteers and sold throughout the Zoo. Brevard Zoo encourages you to make your own donation to one of these organizations or collect our animal buttons so we can help even more animals in need!