Conservation at the Zoo

Conservation Grant Program

The Sequoia Park Zoo and Conservation Advisory Committee accept proposals each year for our Conservation Grant Program. The deadline for submission is January 31st of each year. Proposals should be submitted by individuals or organizations for projects that have a clear direct impact on wildlife and/or habitat conservation. Appropriate projects include proposals for research, educational programs and habitat management. All types of conservation projects will be reviewed, with special consideration given to the following:
  • projects in line with the Zoo mission, conservation goals and species represented at the zoo,
  • projects conducting research and conservation in Humboldt County and northern CA, and
  • projects that conserve Western pond turtles (supporting AZA SAFE [Saving Animals From Extinction] initiative).

Support is limited to projects that can be completed within one year and funds will be granted up to $1,500. A post-project completion report will be required upon completion of the funded projects.

Please check back in December for additional details and a link to the application.

Our Mission: Sequoia Park Zoo inspires conservation of the natural world by instilling wonder, respect and passion for wildlife.
We fulfill our mission by:

  • Creating intimate connections between people and animals;
  • Providing the highest standards of animal care and exhibitry;
  • Providing innovative educational experiences;
  • Partnering with other institutions to ensure sustainability of zoo and wild populations;
  • Providing a place for our community to meet, relax, and enjoy; and
  • Appreciating and utilizing our unique redwood setting.

For more information including proposal guidelines and conservation grants previously awarded, see

Conservation Lecture Series

Sequoia Park Zoo hosts lectures in the fall and winter where community members can learn about the earth and all of its wild inhabitants. Lectures begin promptly at 7:00 pm and are held in the zoo's Flamingo Room; doors open at 6:30 pm for an informal reception with the guest speaker.

2017 - 2018 Lecture Series Schedule

October 11, 2017 - Mary Wykstra, Action for Cheetahs Kenya, "Carnivores Livelihoods and Landscapes"  For more information click here

November 8, 2017 - Colin Anderson, CDFW, "Anadromous Life Cycle Monitoring Station in Freshwater Creek"

December 13, 2017 - Susan Fox, local artist, "Art and Conservation in the Land of Blue Skies"

January 10, 2018 - Monty Caid and Jennifer Wheeler, Lost Foods and BLM, "Invasive and Native Plants: Problems and Solutions"

February 14, 2018 - Phil Johnston and Jon Johnston, Conservation Grant Recipients, “Lake Earl River Otters and Ecuadorian Dry Forest Carnivores”

March 6, 2018 - Fred Allendorf, noted conservationist and geneticist at University of Montana, "The Zen of Deep Evolution"