The Zoo has funded a project in Nepal to determine the status and distribution of red pandas within the Jaljala region. We increased stewardship of the local people and are working on habitat conservation. The project is aimed to enhance red panda conservation.
Philippine Crocodile Conservation
The Mabuwaya Foundation aims to protect the wild populations of the critically endangered and endemic Philippine crocodile. The Zoo is involved in a captive breeding program.
The Snow Leopard Trust is committed to the long term conservation of the endangered snow leopard through research and community partnerships. The Zoo has provided financial resources and field researchers who are actively engaged in learning more about this rare and mysterious animal.
Bornean Orangutans are endangered, with 80 percent of their formerly pristine habitat lost to selective logging. In Sabah, Malaysia, many orangutans still live outside of their primary forests. The Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project (KOCP) was founded by Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Research Fellow, primatologist Dr. Isabelle Lackman-Ancrenaz, and her husband, wildlife veterinarian Dr. Marc Ancrenaz. The project is now comprised of 42 skilled local research assistants dedicated to the conservation of the orangutan through research, conservation, and education.
Originally founded to conduct the first ever study on how orangutans cope with changes in their habitat, the KOCP has also undertaken other projects, including:
Honorary Wildlife Wardens
The Sabah Wildlife Department has appointed volunteer members of the local community to be Honorary Wildlife Wardens, who have the power to enforce local wildlife laws.
Forest elephants of Sabah, a genetically distinct Asian Elephant species, have a bad habit of raiding crops, which can cause great hardship for local farmers. The KOCP researches ways to prevent the animals from crop-raiding.
Community Based Ecotourism
KOCP partners with Red Ape Encounters and promotes habitat and wildlife friendly travel. By doing so, they hope to stimulate local conservation and the local economy.