CGF Awards

The AZA Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) supports the cooperative conservation and education initiatives of AZA and its members and partners. Since 1991, the CGF has provided more than $7.3 million to over 400 projects worldwide. We thank all donors, and particularly the Disney Conservation Fund, for their generous support of the CGF. View the full list of contributors in 2016 here.

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2007 Awards

Below is a list of projects which received support from the Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) in 2007. Each project lists the project title, principal investigators, their institutions, amount awarded, and source of the funding maintained within the AZA CEF. Sources included in the AZA CEF include the AZA Amphibian Fund (AF), Ralston Purina (RP), and the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF).

Conservation of the Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) in North Carolina: Population Surveys and Captive Management
John Groves, North Carolina Zoological Park; Richard Bergl, North Carolina Zoological Park
$14,190 CEF

Correlations between Genetic Diversity and Species Diversity in the Ichthyofauna of the Tennessee River
Anna George, Tennessee Aquarium Research Institute
$20,792 CEF

Establishing Genome Resource Banks and Artificial Insemination Techniques to Augment Management of Okapi Metapopulations
Linda Penfold, White Oak Conservation Center; Steve Shurter, White Oak Conservation Center
$16,685 DWCF

Average Daily Walking Distance of Captive African Elephants (Loxodonta africana)
Fred Bercovitch, Zoological Society of San Diego; Jeff Andrews, Zoological Society of San Diego
$21,115 DWCF/CEF
Rothwell, E., F. Bercovitch, J. Andrews, and M. Anderson. 2011. Estimating daily walking distance of captive African elephants using an accelerometer. Zoo Biology. 30(5):579-591.

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Education Programs: Benefits for Conservation Education and Animal Welfare
Lance Miller, The University of Southern Mississippi
$6,529 CEF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Addressing Aggression in Asian Small-Clawed Otters, Amblonyx cinereus, through the Use of GnRH Agonist
Katharine Pelican, Smithsonian's National Zoological Park; Heather DeCaluwe, Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
$17.734 CEF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Creating Youth-Intern Teams to Increase the Effective Delivery of Action-Oriented Conservation Messages
Stacy McReynolds, San Antonio Zoo
$9,000 CEF

Non-Invasive Genetic Estimation of Population Size of Critically Endangered Gyps Vultures in Asia (DWCF)
Todd Katzner, National Aviary; Yula Kapetanakos, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Nancy Clum, Wildlife Conservation Society
$22,765 DWCF

Gorilla Health Project - A Template for Captive Animal Health Management
Pam Dennis, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Ohio State University; Thomas Meehan, Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo; Hayley Weston Murphy, Zoo New England; Natalie Mylniczenko, Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
$18,500 CEF 

Communicating Solutions: Evaluating Human-Dolphin Interactions in High Traffic Areas of Sarasota Bay with High School Student Volunteers
David Niebuhr, Mote Marine Laboratory; Kim Bassos-Hull, Mote Marine Laboratory; Jim Wharton, Mote Marine Laboratory; Randall Wells, Mote Marine Laboratory
$9,310 DWCF

Effective Online Education and Risk Assessment for All AZA Hoofstock Collections: Johne's Disease
Pam Dennis, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Ohio State University
$9,850 CEF

Captive-Breeding & Reintroduction of Ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus) in Niger
Sara Hallager, Smithsonian National Zoological Park; Bill Houston, Saint Louis Zoo; Steve Monfort, Smithsonian National Zoological Park; Scott Tidmus, Disney's Animal Kingdom
$27,700 CEF
Miller, J. M., Hallager, S., Monfort, S.L., Newby, J., Bishop, K., Tidmus, S.A., Black, P., Houston, B., Matthee, C.A., Fleischer, R.C. 2010. Phylogeographic analysis of nuclear and mtDNA supports subspecies designations in the ostrich (Struthio camelus). Conservation Genetics: DOI 10.1007/s10592-010-0149-x.

Understanding Ecology of Dholes in Thailand
Nucharin Songsasen, Smithsonian National Zoological Park; Peter Leimgruber, Smithsonian National Zoological Park
$26,750 CEF

Mongolia Traveling Conservation Trunk Project
Meghan Rubinstein, Denver Zoo
$8,100 DWCF

Movement Patterns, Habitat Preferences and Phylogeography of the Armenian Viper (Montivipera raddei) in Armenia (CEF)
Jeff Ettling, Saint Louis Zoo
$12,950 CEF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

The Use of Autonomous Recording Units (ARUs) to Detect Rare Hawaiian Birds – A Pilot Study
George Wallace, American Bird Conservancy; David Leonard, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
$6,400 DWCF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Genetic Variation and the Reintroduction of African Wild Dogs in South Africa
Micaela Szykman Gunther, Humboldt State University and Smithsonian National Zoological Park; David Wildt, Smithsonian National Zoological Park
$23,600 DWCF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Spiering, P. M. Szykman Gunther, M.J. Somers, D.E. Wildt, M. Walters, A.S. Wilson and J.E. Maldonado. 2011. Inbreeding, heterozygosity and fitness in a reintroduced population of endangered African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus). Conservation Genetics 12:401-412.

Spiering, P., M.J. Somers, J.E. Maldonado, D.E. Wildt, and M. Szykman Gunther. 2010. Reproductive sharing and proximate factors mediating cooperative breeding in the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64:583-592.

Spiering, P., M. Szykman Gunther, D.E. Wildt, M.J. Somers and J.E. Maldonado. 2009. Sampling error in non-invasive genetic analyses of an endangered social carnivore. Conservation Genetics 10:2005-2007.

Identification of Serum and Tissue Biomarkers for Cardiomyopathy in the Vancouver Island Marmot (Marmota vancouverensis)
Douglas Whiteside, Calgary Zoo; Sandie Black, Calgary Zoo
$15,300 CEF

El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center
William Konstant, Houston Zoo, Inc. $17,600 DWCF
Crawford, A.J., Cruz, C., Griffith, E., Ross, H., Ibáñez, R., Lips, K.R., Driskell, A.C., Bermingham, E., and Crump. P. 2012. DNA barcoding applied to ex situ tropical amphibian conservation programme reveals cryptic diversity in captive populations. Molecular Ecology Resources. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12054.

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