Natural Partnerships Program
Many zoos are active supporters of wildlife conservation, committed to protecting wild species and their natural habitats.
The Snow Leopard Trust’s Natural Partnerships Program (NPP) connects zoos around the world and offers them the unique opportunity to protect endangered snow leopards. Through NPP, zoos get directly involved and make powerful contributions to the highest priority in-situ conservation and research programs in snow leopard range countries.
Join our Natural Partnership Program today, and get your zoo involved as a leader in snow leopard conservation. Naturally, there are so many ways to help including:
- Direct Funding to Support On-Going Projects
Support research, education and conservation efforts in the field by meeting our primary need for direct funding
- Sell Conservation Products in your Zoo Gift Store
- Schedule a Snow Leopard Trust Staff Presentation
- Plan a Snow Leopard Day Event at your zoo!
Boost attendance and spread conservation awareness by hosting a snow leopard focused event. Contact us for activity and marketing ideas.
- Install New Graphics for your Zoo
let us help provide photos, maps and text.
- Hold a Teacher’s Training Workshop
Introduce “Engaging Students in Conservation,” our new snow leopard curriculum and service project, to schools in your area!
Download the NPP Information Packet
To participate in the Natural Partnerships Program, please download the NPP Information and Partnership Packet which includes a sign-up form for your Zoo or AAZK chapter.
Please contact Marissa Niranjan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about the program and how you can participate.
Turn inspiration into action! Over 160 zoos worldwide have snow leopards on exhibit, with 71 zoos exhibiting snow leopards in Europe and 68 zoos in North America.
Currently over 70 zoos are participating in the Snow Leopard Trust’s Natural Partnerships Program. Millions of individuals watch these snow leopards in awe and amazement every year. The Natural Partnerships Program bridges these inspiring moments with powerful contributions to snow leopard conservation in the field. Imagine the impact on snow leopard conservation if all 160 zoos joined together to support the Snow Leopard Trust conservation, education and research efforts. What a huge difference each zoo makes.
In the spotlight: Tulsa Zoo
Oklahoma’s Tulsa Zoo (USA) is a proud supporter of the Snow Leopard Trust and since 1999 has contributed nearly $20,000 to conservation through our Natural Partnership Program. The Zoo is excited to announce that they will soon break ground on a new venture! Thanks to a generous contribution from the Hardesty Family Foundation, a state of the art exhibit called The Hardesty Snow Leopard Habitat will open in 2015 as part of their Lost Kingdom complex. This new enclosure will put the public up-close with the Zoo’s snow leopards, as well as reveal aspects of Central Asian culture – further promoting the conservation aspects of this endangered species. Richard Kotarsky, Conservation & Research Manager for the Zoo had these kind words to say about our partnership:
“My experiences working with the Snow Leopard Trust over the past 12 years have been extraordinarily rewarding. Every individual I have ever had the pleasure working with at the Trust, has been nothing but professional and extremely passionate in what they do. This passion and dedication carries over into every faction of the organization, and I believe it is one of the reasons why their field conservation programs have such tremendous success. The Tulsa Zoo realizes that the in-situ survival of any animal and plant species is linked to the knowledge and stewardship of the local people. We appreciate the Trust programs and the priority they place in capacity building when dealing with snow leopard conservation.”
The Tulsa Zoo is home for three beautiful snow leopards. Mom (Sherab) and Dad (Rajan) gave birth to cub (Niko) in May of 2013. We look forward to updates on the Hardesty exhibit’s progress and can’t thank the Tulsa Zoo enough for their support!
We are proud to partner with the following zoos:
‡ = giving at the $5,000 level and above * = selling Snow Leopard Trust productsAkron Zoological Park*
Association Zoologique d'Asson
Big Cat Rescue‡*
Binder Park Zoo
Bioparc Zoo de Doue la Fontaine‡
Blank Park Zoo*
Buffalo Zoological Gardens
Cape May County Zoo*
Chicago Zoological Society‡
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo*
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium‡*
Cougar Mountain Zoo*
Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund‡*
Edmonton Valley Zoo
Friends of Banham Zoo‡
Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo*
Great Plains Zoo
Henson Robinson Zoo
Jungle Cat World
Kolmårdens Djurpark AB‡*
Lake Superior Zoological Gardens*
Le Parc des Felins
Lehigh Valley Zoo*
Lincoln Park Zoo
Linton Zoological Gardens
Micke Grove Zoo*
Midnight Sun AAZK Chapter
Mill Mountain Zoo*
Miller Park Zoo
Milwaukee County Zoo‡*
National Zoo & Aquarium Conservation Team‡*
Oklahoma City Zoo
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo‡*
Parco Faunistico Le Cornelle
Parco Zoologique de Punta Verde‡
Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure
Sacramento Zoo - Service System Associates*
San Antonio Zoo & Aquarium
San Diego Zoo‡
San Francisco Zoo*
Santa Barbara Zoo*
Sequoia Park Zoo*
South Lakes Wild Animal Park‡
St. Louis Zoo*
Tautphaus Park Zoo*
The Wildcat Sanctuary
Turtle Back Zoo*
Utah's Hogle Zoo‡
Wild Animal Park Planckendael - RZSA‡
Wildlife Heritage Foundation
Woodland Park Zoo‡*
Zoo de Granby
Zoo New England
Zoologischer Garten Magdeburg‡
ZooParc de Tregomeur*
Your generosity, passion, and expertise are invaluable to our conservation programs in the field.