WHAT WE DO
Frankfurt Zoological Society - U.S. works in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America with local and international partners to conserve the world’s wildest and most biologically diverse places. Our flagship project is the conservation of the Serengeti National Park and surrounding ecosystem in Tanzania.
Around the globe, few wild areas are left and most of them will be eroded and destroyed by human encroachment in the next decade if not conserved. Often existing protection laws will not guarantee their integrity and many of these areas are “paper parks” lacking all management and ground control. FZS-US seeks out these refuges and subjects them to a rigorous selection process to determine whether they fit into the organization’s mission and goals. Currently the organization supports projects in Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Peru, Brazil and Indonesia.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The Serengeti is one of the world’s most spectacular wild places and FZS-US has supported conservation there since the organization’s inception in 2007. Its primary partners are the Frankfurt Zoological Society, which been working in the park for more than 50 years, and Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA). The project currently focuses on law enforcement, anti-poaching and infrastructure development and previous work included the translocation of black rhinos to augment the park’s small and endangered rhino population. Learn more.
Selous Game Reserve, TanzaniaLess well known than the Serengeti but many times its size, the Selous is one of the largest wilderness areas in Africa. Historically the Selous was home to an array of wildlife including a significant rhino population and more than 100,000 elephants, the second largest population in Africa. However, its size and remote location present significant conservation challenges and in recent years the area has been heavily poached. FZS-US is now supporting infrastructure development, ranger training and the design and implementation of a hard-hitting anti-poaching and security strategy. Learn more.
Guassa Community Conservation Area, EthiopiaThe Afroalpine landscapes of Ethiopia harbor more endemic species than any other place in Africa but are severely threatened by human encroachment. FZS-US is supporting community conservation in the Guassa Community Conservation Area in partnership with the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Ethiopian Wildlife and Conservation Authority. Learn more.
North Luangwa Ecosystem, ZambiaNorth Luangwa is one of Africa’s most remote and wildest treasures, consisting of a National Park and surrounding management areas that comprise approximately 15,000 km2 of unspoiled wilderness. The North Luangwa Conservation Program (NLCP) is a long-standing partnership between the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Zambia Wildlife Authority in support of park management and ecosystem protection. FZS-US provides support to NLCP primarily for ranger training, rhino monitoring, aerial surveillance, and community conservation and education.Learn more.
Gonarezhou National Park, ZimbabweOne of FZS-US’s longest running projects is the conservation of Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park. Once a prized conservation destination, political strife in Zimbabwe led to years of neglect and by the mid-2000s the area’s wildlife was decimated. In 2008, FZS-US initiated the Gonarezhou Conservation Project and the park is now regaining its former glory including a current elephant population of approximately 10,000. However, poaching remains a threat and FZS-US provides support both for park management and for increased anti-poaching efforts. Learn more.
Africa Transnational:FZS-US is a partner in Paul Allen’s Great Elephant Census, a continent-wide effort to count all of Africa’s elephants. This effort addresses a number of key challenges facing the fight against poaching including the determination of areas most in need of enhanced protection and the identification of best anti-poaching practices. FZS-US is coordinating the counts in Tanzania and Zambia. Learn more.
Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, Indonesia
Bukit Tigapuluh is a vast forest block of about 4,000 km2 in Central Sumatra, Indonesia, and provides extended habitat for Asian elephants, tigers, clouded leopards, black-handed gibbons, and orangutans. Only the core mountainous zone is currently protected and the surrounding lowlands are increasingly threatened by logging, coal mining, and conversion into oil palm and rubber tree plantations. FZS-US efforts in Bukit Tigapuluh focus primarily on elephant conservation through monitoring and mitigation of human-elephant conflict. Learn more.
Manu National Park and surroundings, Peru
Manu National Park ranges from the Andean cloud forests down to the Amazon lowlands and consequently harbors the highest biodiversity of any park in the world. The region is also home to some of the world's last remaining tribes living in voluntary isolation. The park and surrounding areas are threatened by human encroachment and particularly by destruction wrought by illegal logging and gold mining. FZS-US supports a variety of efforts to conserve the area ranging from children's educational programs to supporting park guards to monitoring individual speces such as the giant otter. Learn more.
Cantao State Park, Brazil
Cantao is a rich landscape that is often referred to as the "nursery of the Araguaia," one of the 30 largest rivers in the world. Cantao hosts more species of fish than in the whole of Europe making its igapós, lakes and canals superb habitats for aquatic predators such as the pink dolphin, the giant otter, the black caiman, pirarucú fish and the jaguar. FZS-US is working with the Instituto Araguaia to strengthen the protection and management of Cantao with the specific goals of reducing poaching and trespassing, and to improving control of access to the park’s pristine interior. Learn more.
Among the most striking features of Gonarezhou National Park's landscape are the enormous baobab trees, some as old as thousands of years. Ironically, successful anti-poaching in the park is having an unintended impact: the elephants are wreaking havoc on the baobabs. In 2017, to help save these spectacular and ecologically important trees, and with generous support from Barbara Kipper, FZS-US launched a baobab protection program for Gonarezhou. Donate to Barbara's Baobab Fund.