What we doOur mission is to preserve living tapirs and their habitats.
We promote the health and conservation of tapirs worldwide. We fund research and conservation work with tapirs. We provide a global communications exchange for professionals. And our Web site offers tapir information for everyone from zookeepers and museum curators to schoolkids. Reading TPF News is the best way to find out what we do.
More about us . . .The Tapir Preservation Fund gathers and distributes information and raises funds to assist conservation of tapirs and their habitat. TPF is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 1996 in Colorado, USA. We received our temporary federal nonprofit status on May 6, 1998, and our permanent nonprofit status on April 25, 2001. In June, 2001, we moved our office from Colorado to Oregon. An interview with TPF's President describes how the organization got started thanks to two striped baby tapirs.
Our officers are:
The primary means for accomplishing our goals are:
- Sheryl Todd, President: Deputy Chair, IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group. Co-Editor, IUCN/SSC TSG Newsletter. Helped found the Tapir Research Institute (1968). Raised two tapirs; these studies are still used by researchers. Founded Tapir Preservation Fund (1996). She has created and maintains the Tapir Gallery web site and Gift Shop.
- Marco Herranz, Vice-President: Computer professional and photographer at the service of these amazing animals since 1996. When he's not at the computer or playing with the dogs, Marco works out at High Desert Martial Arts, whose web site he also designed and maintains.
- Kate Wilson, Secretary: Professional writer and supporter of tapir conservation. Co-Editor of TPF News (a publication you receive monthly when you join Club Tapir). Generous volunteer of time and creativity to the cause.
- Jim Henderson, Treasurer: Friend and supporter. A big help in more ways than finances. One of Jim's activities (non-tapir) is racing, promotion and timing. Learn more about it here.
Tapir Talk: An e-mail list for professionals, students and "seriously interested" amateurs. This is a discussion list which has nearly 300 members. Subjects for discussion include all topics about tapir study and conservation, in the wild, and in captivity. This forum is important for sharing information and for making contacts.
Club Tapir: This is our main fundraising activity for contribution of money to tapir projects. Six projects are listed each month. Club members contribute $5 or more per month and vote for one of the six projects. Each month, the winner receives all of the contributions for that month. Club Tapir began in April, 1998. In 1998, donations totalled $2343. In 2000 the donations totalled $5676. The Club Tapir program is strong and growing. Within a year or two we hope to meet our original goal of donating $1,000 to a tapir project each month. Eligible projects include field work, education, and special needs zoo situations. A project must be in progress to be eligible for this program. Club Tapir is published every month along with TPF News.
Information gathering and distribution: One of our strongest beliefs is that information on tapirs should be available to everyone. Information is needed by the public if they are going to learn what a tapir is, care about its conservation, and contribute financially. Information is needed by people in the field and in zoos if the conservation work is going to be done. Our web site, The Tapir Gallery, contains about 350 pages, many of which are rich in information on tapirs. An extensive bibliography which we "inherited" from the San Diego Zoo is part of this wealth of data. But, we feel that this work has just begun. With volunteer help, and, someday, paid staff, we will continue to add useful information to the web site. Although direct mailing is more expensive and has a narrower audience, we also mail information to those who request it. We gather information for distribution through printed material and (very importantly) through our many e-mail contacts around the world.
Our newsletters and mailing lists are a very important part of our work. Learn more about them via this link.
The Tapir Gallery Gift Shop: Our online gift shop has been in operation since 1996. We have seen tremendous growth each year. Proceeds from the Gift Shop support our organization's expenses.
Tapir's Friends Wildlife Gift Shop: This gift shop opened in September, 2000, to lend additional funding support to our tapir conservation efforts. Here we sell items depicting animals other than tapirs. Some live in the rainforest alongside tapirs, and some live as far away as the North Pole.
Other funding sources: Receipt of donations from private individuals and grants from organizations have enabled us to transmit additional funds to conservation in the field. Recently, a special campaign raised $2100 to help rescue six tapirs from the foot of an erupting volcano in Ecuador.
Our Web site and archives . . .. . . are possibly the most complete collection of tapir facts on the planet, for zoos, researchers, and the curious alike. See our Encyclopedia Britannica award here.
Working to save tapirs . . .How can I help?
How can I make a donation?You can purchase an item from our online Tapir Gallery Gift Shop, Tapir's Friends Wildlife Gift Shop, or make a donation by credit card, money order or personal check.
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Tapir Preservation Fund
P.O. Box 118
Astoria, Oregon 97103
Remember to make a note of which project you wish to support if you have a favorite tapir conservation effort. Thank you! You'll receive a receipt by mail.
You can also help us by making online purchases from Amazon.com. Any purchase you make from a link on our site such as the search box below will give us a percentage of the sale. Thank you!
You may contact us at:
Tapir Preservation Fund
P.O. Box 118
Astoria, Oregon 97103 USA
Phone: (503) 325-3179 or (503) 338-8646
Fax: (503) 325-3179
Purchasing a gift from
The Tapir Gallery Gift Shop or
Tapir's Friends Wildlife Gift Shop
helps preserve living tapirs
and their habitats.