Global Action Team
Through the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo’s Global Action Team currently manages conservation programs in over 35 countries, reports Imperial Valley News.com. The Team’s first South American-based field station was recently set up to help conserve the Amazonian rainforest in the Manu Biosphere Reserve in Peru.
The Manu Biosphere Reserve is almost 6,000 square miles, and is a protected national park. San Diego Zoo Global Team will take over managing the Reserve this summer, and will work with a team of Peruvian scientists to help develop conservation projects that study the many high profile species that live in the Amazonian ecosphere. These species include over 1,000 species of birds, 200 species of reptiles and amphibians, 125 species of mammals and 40 species of fish. That’s a lot of animals to take care of!
As the Global Action Team writes on their website, right now is a critical time for the survival of many animal species and ecosystems. The Team has staff members both in the field as well as at their on-site facilities, from China to Peru to Southern Africa. There’s a map of their projects on their website.
If you want to help, you can support the Team by making a donation, and sign up for their e-newsletter.