We partner with Western Wildlife Outreach, which offers best practices in on-the-ground human-wildlife conflict mitigation education both indirectly and directly through citizen engagement in the Pacific Northwest. WWO caters indirectly to the citizenry through state and federal wildlife agency programming and directly through public awareness campaigns for a diverse demographic of both urban and rural residents. They have worked with Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and have partnered with us to expand their reach to engage visitors at other accredited and reputable zoological institutions.
Annually, thousands of animals are humanely dispatched (euthanized) because they have become habituated and sometimes food conditioned. With no fear of humans, these wild animals (otherwise fearful of people) find themselves in precarious situations and may present a danger to humans. In some cases such conflict influences population declines for various species, including those that may already be imperiled.
Many species need to be managed in reserve populations in zoos and aquariums because of a multitude of stress factors they face in the wild. One factor that everyone can have an immediate impact on are negative interactions with wildlife known as human-wildlife conflict, among wildlife biologists and managers.
All of us can reduce such conflict by acting responsibly around free-ranging wildlife, but often that requires education and awareness about the biology and natural history of wild animal species.
We have joined forces with WWO to increase awareness and responsibility with regard to living with wildlife whether your circumstances include coyotes in urban centers or wolves near livestock facilitites in rural areas. As a publicity platform and communication conduit for zoos and aquariums around the globe, we can reach more people and hopefully safeguard more species.