New Technology Transforms Protected Area Management, aided by North Carolina Zoo

Anti-Poaching

Efforts to combat poaching of wildlife in Asia, Africa and Latin America have just gotten smarter with the release of a powerful new extension to the widely adopted Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) from the SMART Partnership. Called SMART Connect, the new technology allows rangers and conservation area managers to exchange critical information and transmit data in real time. SMART Connect delivers a revolutionary suite of services improving access to data for park staff and managers on pressing issues such as poaching and human wildlife conflict. SMART Connect expands…

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Volunteer Opportunities Abound at the North Carolina Zoo

Experience the North Carolina Zoo in a whole new way by volunteering. The zoo is actively recruiting volunteers, reports Volunteer Services Coordinator Toy Lambeth. “Volunteering is an exciting and unique way to explore your interests while helping the zoo,” says Lambeth. “Our volunteers are essential in sharing information about the zoo’s plants and animals and inspiring guests to make a difference in the conservation of wildlife and wild places. Volunteers take an ordinary visit and turn it into something extraordinary!” North Carolina Zoo volunteers serve nearly 40,000 hours annually, devoting…

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North Carolina Zoo Sends Puerto Rican Toad Tadpoles Back to Their Natural Habitat

As part of its ever-growing commitment to conservation, the North Carolina Zoo recently shipped just over 400 Puerto Rican Crested Toad tadpoles to Puerto Rico for release into the wild. The shipment is part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan program, which aims to manage the population of these amphibians in the wild and prevent their extinction. In 1984, the Puerto Rican Crested Toad became the first amphibian to be protected under the Species Survival Plan (SSP) program. At more than 32 years, it is the…

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