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2016 Year-End Appeal

Did you know that the cheetah is the world's fastest land animal? They can reach speeds of 70 mph in just three seconds. But something they can't seem to outrun is the threat of extinction. With only about 7500 of ;these amazing animals left in the wild - the situation is dire. Things like habitat loss, political instability, conflicts with farmers and ranchers and few resources to support conservation are challenges to the cheetah's survival.

The good news is that important work is happening here at Binder Park Zoo to change that. And you can help. The Zoo participates in Species Survival Plans (SSP) through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help maintain healthy and genetically diverse animal populations in zoo communities. Research, public education, reintroduction and field work are vital parts of an SSP, but they can be very costly! This is why we need your help.

Binder Park Zoo is the only accredited zoo in the state with cheetahs. The Zoo also has over twenty consecutive years of participation in the cheetah SSP- something no other zoo in Michigan can claim. Our four year-old cheetah sisters Katie, Madison and Mohini have become the darlings of Wild Africa. Visitors marvel to see them roam their spacious exhibit, keeping watchful eyes on the savanna. They nuzzle and groom each other and like all cats, enjoy frequent naps. Their distinct facial expressions and chirps, growls or purrs communicate their mood to the delight of every guest.

Not only are the cheetahs an SSP animal but also a SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) animal by the AZA - a target initiative that outlines more strategies for the survival of the species. Both programs help aid our field conservation partners like Action for Cheetahs in Kenya through our education programs and financial support.

The link between our Zoo animals and field work is important, but also expensive.We are very grateful for your past generosity! It made a positive impact. But you can make a big difference once again when you renew or increase your gift. The survival of not only the cheetah, but other endangered animals, like the African painted dogs and the snow leopard may depend upon it. Your year-end gift supports our mission to Connect. Inspire. Conserve. Connect people with nature. Inspire them to conserve. As one of only four accredited, nonprofit zoos in the country that receives NO TAX FUNDING Binder Park Zoo relies solely on admissions, memberships, events, education program fees and donations to do this work.

Thousands of people visited the Zoo this year, and they all came for the same reason - because they love to see animals like the cheetahs. But beyond the fun of a day spent at the Zoo, the serious work of preserving endangered animals needs to be done, and it can continue with your support. You can make a tax-deductible donation online today. Your gift may be doubled so remember to ask your employer if they have a matching gifts program. We are very grateful for your past support and ask that you please consider a year end gift to the Zoo. Can we count on you?

Make a donation to the Year-End Appeal today!

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