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Reminder: Conservation Grants Fund Applications Due
AZA's Conservation Grants Fund (CGF; previously the Conservation Endowment Fund or CEF) is now accepting proposals for the 2014 grant cycle. CGF supports the conservation initiatives of AZA members and their collaborators. Proposals are due March 15, 2014 and all application materials can be found on the AZA website. CGF awards are announced in early September and awarded funds will become available October 1, 2014. AZA invites and encourages submission from all AZA members. Contact Shelly Grow with any questions.
Online Training Modules for Animal Program Participants
The AZA Conservation & Science Department has developed five Online Training Modules for Animal Program Participants, and they are now available on the AZA website! These video modules provide helpful hints on navigating the AZA website and the Animal Programs Database, as well as downloading certain documents and contact information. They include:
1) How to Get Involved in Animal Programs
2) Animal Program Web Resources
3) How to Navigate the Animal Programs Database
4) How to be an Institutional Representative (IR)
5) How to be an Institutional Liaison (IL)
To get to the page, click on the Animal Care & Management tab on the AZA homepage. The yellow Program Leader Resources box on the right side of the page has a link that will take you to the webpage where these are located.
Professional Development Courses
Sharpen your skills with AZA’s Best Practices in Animal Keeping course hosted by the Toledo Zoo April 26-May 1. Best Practices in Animal Keeping (formerly Advances in Animal Keeping) covers the essentials of animal keeping across all taxa. The course focuses on the very highest standards in animal husbandry, in combination with problem solving, team building and interpersonal skills. Visit the AZA website to learn more and register today.
Workshops, Conferences, and Meetings
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Please visit the Animal Programs Workshops, Conferences, & Meetings page to find the current list of these workshops and training opportunities that are of interest to Animal Program participants and other zoo and aquarium professionals. To add to this list, please email AZA's Conservation & Science Department.
Funding and Award Opportunities
Please be sure to visit AZA's Other Conservation Funding Sources page for information about grants provided by AZA-accredited institutions as well as external sources and check out the excel sheet for detailed information on many other useful resources. Please email any other funding opportunities to AZA's Conservation Department for posting on the website.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo Conservation Fund
The Fresno Chaffee Zoo Conservation Fund application is now available. Applications are available online or by email. Applications will be accepted through April 1st.
International Herpetological Symposium (IHS) Grant
The International Herpetological Symposium (IHS) has established a grant program to provide financial assistance to individuals or organizations conducting herpetological research, conservation, and education. Proposals are due by May 31 of each year and recipients are announced by September. Grants are available annually in amounts up to $1000 and will be awarded to applicants whose projects represent a significant contribution to herpetology. Additional information and grant application available on the IHS website.
Check out AZA's blog! The blog features "Member profiles," where you can learn about the good work being done by professionals at AZA-affiliated zoos and aquariums as well as topical posts about animals, environmental issues, and other interesting subjects!
Are you working on a project that you think would make a good post? Does someone on your staff deserve to be profiled? If so, "put pen to paper" and contact Tim Lewthwaite for more details.
You may sign up for email updates by clicking on the gray box that says “Follow” in the bottom right-hand corner. Come and Explore with us!
New Program Leaders
Studbook Keeper (Red Programs)
DOVE, BARTLETT’S BLEEDING HEART
Rosaria Di Meglio, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
SEAHORSE, BIG BELLIED
Laurel Johnson, Newport Aquarium
New Program Leader Vacancies
Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks. Applications are due April 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.
SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper
Please send application materials to Martha Fischer, Antelope & Giraffe TAG Chair.
Please note that all documents are available for download on the Program's page found by logging in and searching the Animal Program Database.
Breeding & Transfer Plans
Deer, Western Tufted
Gecko, Henkel’s Leaf-tailed
Stork, European White
Chuckwalla, San Esteban
Iguana, Grand Cayman Blue
Monkey, Southern Black Howler
Penguin, Little Blue
Wallaby, Yellow-footed Rock
Wolf, Red (International)
Want to contribute to the Update?
All announcements for the monthly Animal Programs Update should be submitted to the AZA Conservation Department by the 25th of the prior month.