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Round Up for Conservation

A graphic featuring a photo of pennies with the text "Round Up for Conservation":

During a visit to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, you may be asked to Round Up for Conservation at retail and restaurant locations.  When you choose to Round Up for Conservation, your purchase is rounded up to the nearest dollar. That spare change directly funds animal care and wildlife conservation efforts.

In the last two years, Round Up for Conservation has provided more than $200,000 to animal care and conservation projects at the Zoo and around the world via the Friends of the National Zoo grant program. Funds have supported the following projects:

  • Helping guests experience the migration of the brown pelican
  • Monitoring the well-being of elephants in human care
  • Linking black-footed ferret conservation in the wild and in human care
  • Studying how human activity impacts the population of large mammals in Borneo
  • Conserving the critically endangered red siskin in Venezuela
  • Tracking endangered frogs in Panama
  • Educating the public about the importance of native birds and plants
  • Preparing the world's most endangered bird, the Guam rail, for reintroduction to its native country
  • Purchasing a scale and updating the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Waller Barn
  • Improving cheetah management through enhanced animal training and education
  • Repairing and conserving SCBI's Meade Barn
  • Tracking the seasonal wild songbirds at the Zoo
  • Researching the hormones of the female tamandua