Avian Conservation Fund Annual Appeal

You can help save birds from extinction.

The very heart of the National Aviary's mission is the conservation of avian life. The ultimate goal is to ensure that endangered birds not only survive, but fluorish in the wild for future generations. 

Sadly today, less than 18,000 African Penguin pairs remain in the wild, and their population continues to decline at an alarming rate. But you can help. By donating to the National Aviary's Avian Conservation Fund today, you become part of a significant and highly regarded penguin breeding, conservation, and public awareness program. 

You can be the difference.

We are counting on you to help us: continue our penguin breeding program, send our aviculturists to learn from African Penguins in the wild, and raise awareness through daily interactions at the National Aviary. Become part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction program, which is a movement to save critically endangered animals, including the African Penguin. 

This year, the National Aviary celebrated African Penguins through events such as Penguin Appreciation Month and Penguins & Pajamas. Through a Species Survival Plan® breeding initiative, five members of our African Penguin colony were paired with a mate and received names through the generosity of individual and corporate donors, and public input. This support is significant for their -- and hopefully their offspring's -- future. Now you can see Slippy, Flower, Sphen, Buddy, and Holly swimming about with 15 other African Penguins at Penguin Point. 

The African Penguin survival story is just one of many at the National Aviary. Every day, in partnership with us, you can help save species from around the world -- from the nearly extinct Guam Kingfisher to South America's mighty Andean Condor. More than half of the National Aviary's endangered birds participate in active breeding programs. You play a key role in their survival! 

Hope lives here. Help today. 

 Through the Avian Conservation Fund, the National Aviary is able to conduct vital work in avianeducation, veterinary medicine, breeding management, and conservation and field research. 

After almost two years of encouragement, countless nests being built, and dozens of eggs laid, a pair of Bridled White-eyes sucessfully fledged a chick in the National Aviary's Breeding Center. Only the second sucessful fledging in a North American zoo, this breeding is a breakthrough that has significant implications for international conservation.

In addition, this year, Dr. Pilar Fish and her veterinary team saved a Guam Kingfisher that fell out of its nest when it was only eight days old. Keep in mind that Guam Kingfishers are extinct in the wild! This critical save was only possible because of Dr. Fish and her team's training -- which you can help to support. 

Become a champion for conservation.

Saving African Penguins, Bridled White-eyes, and Guam Kingfishers is only possible with your help, and I thank you for being a partner in the critical work of advancing global conservation of birds and their habitats. Please consider contributing to the Avian Conservation Fund today to move forward critical work in conservation and public awareness. 

With your assistance, the National Aviary can make a lasting impact on the survival of endangered birds. I urge you to take action by giving a gift, and then asking your friends and family to join you in this important effort. 

As stewards of our natural resources and birds, we have an obligation to protect threatened and endangered species. You can join with us and become a champion for conservation by contributing to the Avian Conservation Fund today. Thank you!


Cheryl L. Tracy

Executive Director