My local zoo is involved in conservation efforts. They raise money for the International Elephant Foundation through an event called ZooBrew, which allows local breweries to feature their beers as people go to the zoo after hours. The 2016 fundraiser raised $9500 to IEF’s Protecting Elephants Conservation Detection Dog Network. This program helps train dogs in Congo, DRC, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia to help track and defeat poachers.
The 2017 ZooBrew money will also go to this important organization.
The zoo also contributes money to the International Rhino Foundation with an event called Cinco de Rhino, another craft beer event.
I live in the Finger Lakes region of NY, so wine and beer sales boost our local economy. Innovative programming like this help keeps our zoo able to reach out to the larger community and educate people about conservation efforts.
Photo: taken at my local zoo