The Dallas World Aquarium aims to aid conservation effort by partnering with international organizations and zoos and housing threatened and endangered species, which through cooperative breeding programs the aquarium hopes to reverse the alarming and destructive pattern that these animals are witness to in their home environments.
The aquarium’s conservation programs have included a wide variety of efforts and joint initiatives in South American. In 2012 the Aquarium supported the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPÊ)’s study on the population dynamics of the Amazonian Manatee, and in 2014 the aquarium supported a radio satellite tracking program in the El Pantanal region of Brazil designed to track jaguars and offer insights into the jaguars’ range, territory and interactions with local human activities.
The DWA has also partnered with a number of organizations in Peru to support conservation efforts there for a number of species, including a variety of primates, manatees, and birds, including the cock-of-the-rock, Torrent ducks and Andean geese, which sees the aquarium supporting the research efforts of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.
The aquarium has partnered with the Venezuelan government on initiatives to aid the ecosystems of the Orinoco, reproduced in Dallas in one of the DWA’s centerpiece exhibits. They have allied with numerous government agencies on programs directed toward animals such as the Orinoco crocodiles, river otters, howler monkeys, manatees, and even the world’s largest raptor, the massive Harpy eagle.
Other conservation efforts by the Dallas World Aquarium include programs in Costa Rica, where it obtained three sloths from a rescue and rehabilitation center. It also partners with Mexico’s Miguel Alvarez del Toro Zoo in Chiapas to help the conservation of the native habitat of the quetzal and horned guan. In Panama, the DWA has worked with multiple organizations toward the conservation of three-wattle bellbirds, as well as other local birds including cotingas, xenarthas, and other raptors.
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