Through FOTAZ, Alexandria Zoo contributes to projects in North America, South America, Central America, Asia and Africa.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) in Belize is recognized internationally as the world's first jaguar preserve. The 128,000-acre area boasts spectacular waterfalls, mountain views, nature trails, and rich wildlife diversity. An estimated 80 jaguars reside there.
Due to limited resources, the CBWS was unable to staff one of its posts, the Juan Branch. This resulted in an increase in illegal hunting and other illicit activity. Alexandria Zoo is one of the Jaguar Species Survival Plan (SSP) participants who pledged contributions to help fund two wildlife wardens for the Juan Branch post in the Cockscomb Basin. A total of $25,000 per year is needed to fund the two positions.
By having 24-hour presence in the area, staff will be able to respond quicker to reports and conduct more effective and efficient patrols to protect this majestic species.
Brazil's Cerrado is the largest savanna region in South America. Over the last 35 years, much of the area has been converted into pasture and agricultural land and fragmented by an increasing number of roads and highways. Road mortality has become a serious threat to animal populations in the region, including the giant anteater.
In an effort to mitigate the problem, the Anteaters and Highways project was developed. Researchers are trying to "quantify the impact of roads on giant anteater populations and evaluate their effect on the species’ behavior, population structure, and health."
Through FOTAZ, the Zoo funded a tracking collar for a male giant anteater named "Alexander." Data from Alexander's and other anteaters’ GPS collars will be used to develop landscape and road management guidelines to help protect the species.