Sally Walker, the founder of Zoo Outreach Organization, was a visionary and influencer in the field of zoos and wildlife conservation. Her contributions led to many radical changes to the way zoos in the developing world are looked at in the South Asian region, and specifically in India. She helped set up the Central Zoo Authority, a regulating government body to uplift the standards of Indian zoos, the basis of which spawned other countries in South Asia to follow suit through the South Asian Zoos for Regional Cooperation she established. Her works on the good zoo - bad zoo partnership established guidelines the world over through the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Sally also worked tirelessly to promote wildlife conservation in situ establishing various taxonomic networks, assessing multiple species and ecosystems, and developing plans for single species conservation in South Asia. All this she achieved through the tools of the Conservation Planning Specialist Group and through the Conservation Engineering strategy she helped develop at ZOO. A strong proponent of conserving lesser-known species, Sally’s contributions also impacted the way education and outreach was looked at. She developed unique styles of communicating science for conservation and her legacy is still carried forward in varied programs in scientific publications, citizen science, human-wildlife coexistence, zoos, among others.
Sally Walker was an inspiration to the world, and promoted young talent constantly by providing facilities, support and building capacity. The fruits of her perseverance and dedication can be seen in the multi-generation of wildlife biologists in the region.
In honoring and carrying out Sally’s vision, Zoo Outreach Organization has established the Sally Walker Conservation Fund to carry on her legacy. ZOO seeks your help and contribution to this Conservation Fund to carry out the following:
In situ & ex situ
(i) The Sally Walker Lifetime Award for Conservation (in situ &/or ex situ).
(ii) The Sally Walker Training Programme in Conservation Biology and Application.
(iii) Communicating Science for Conservation through Zoo’s Print and through innovative education programs.
(iv) Recognize zoos in South Asia that excel in zoo education.
(v) Support zoos in India through active training and exposure tours to zoo personnel.
(vi) Plan and support long-term conservation breeding programmes in South Asian Zoos.
(vii) Promote Conservation Engineering for building holistic conservation efforts.
(viii) Assess, plan, and act for wildlife conservation.
(ix) Small Grants for the conservation of lesser-known species and habitats.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Sanjay Molur and the ZOO Crew!
If you are an India and wish to contribute, Donate within India
If you are outside of India and wish to contribute, Donate from outside India
If you wish to donate to Zoo Outreach Organization USA, Donate to ZOO USA