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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2008 Awards

Below is a list of projects which received support from the Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) in 2008. 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).

Conserving Africa's Most Endangered Ape: Geographic Information System-Based Monitoring of the Cross River Gorilla 
Dr. Richard Bergl, North Carolina Zoological Park
$20,420 DWCF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Harpy Eagle Neotropical Environmental Education in Guatemala 
Sean Davis, The Peregrine Fund
$11,320 DWCF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Western Pond Turtle Recovery - Sex Determination and Head-Starting Studies 
Jessie Bushell, San Francisco Zoological Society; Colleen Kinzley, Oakland Zoo
$19,694 DWCF 
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Characterization and Control of Male Aggression in Clouded Leopards (Neofelis nebulosa)
Dr. JoGayle Howard, Dr. Katharine Pelican and Heather DeCaluwe, Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
$21,400 CEF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

The Collection of Spermatozoa via Electroejaculation in the Vancouver Island Marmot (Marmota vancouverensis
Dr. Laura Graham, University of Guelph
$7,578 CEF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Community-Based Conservation of Threatened Flying Fox Roosts in Madagascar 
Dr. Allyson Walsh, Lubee Bat Conservancy
$16,269 CEF

Ecology and Conservation of Carnivores in the Termit/Tin Toumma Region of Niger: Balancing Needs of Carnivore and Human Populations
Bill Houston and Dr. Cheryl Asa, Saint Louis Zoo
$29,000 CEF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Ecology and Conservation of the Critically Endangered Madagascar Spider Tortoise (Pyxis arachnoides
Dr. Christina Castellano and Dr. Sean Doody, Institute for Applied Ecology
$14,745 CEF 

Effect of the Captive Environment on the Social Development and Reproductive Success of Adolescent and Adult Female Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum
Dr. John Harder, Ohio State University
$22,191 CEF

Global Conservation Leadership Program for Youth 
Dana Murphy and Dr. Ricardo Stanoss, Chicago Zoological Society
$17,500 DWCF

Monitoring Snow Leopards to Evaluate and Refine Conservation Actions 
Dr. Tom McCarthy, Snow Leopard Trust
$15,890 CEF
Sharma K, Bayrakcismith R, Tumursukh L, Johansson O, Sevger P, et al. (2014) Vigorous Dynamics Underlie a Stable Population of the Endangered Snow Leopard Panthera uncia in Tost Mountains, South Gobi, Mongolia. PLoS ONE 9(7): e101319. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101319

Reducing Bird Mortality from Collisions with Glass Windows, Walls and Handrails
Dr. Christine Sheppard, Bronx Zoo
$24,946 DWCF 

Non-Invasive Reproductive Monitoring and Pregnancy Diagnosis in Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus
Dr. Terri Roth and Dr. Monica Stoops, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
$22,472 CEF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.
Stoops, MA, MacKinnon, KM, and TL Roth. 2012. Longitudinal fecal hormone analysis for monitoring reproductive activity in the female polar bear (Ursus maritimus). Theriogenology 78: 1977–1986.

Studying the Last Wild Populations of Slender-Horned Gazelles (Gazella leptoceros loderi) in the Algerian Great Western Erg 
Dr. Pierre Comizzoli and Dr. Steven Monfort, Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
$13,440 CEF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

The 2008 Shark Spine Study
Paul Anderson and Dr. Ilze Berzins, The Florida Aquarium
$20,000 DWCF/CEF

Anderson, P.A., Huber, D.R., Berzins, I.K. 2012. Correlations of Capture, Transport, and Nutrition with Spinal Deformities in Sandtiger Sharks, Carcharias taurus, in Public Aquaria. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 43(4):750-758.

Tate, E.E., Anderson, P.A., Huber, D.R., Berzins, I.K. 2013. Correlations of swimming patterns with spinal deformities in the sandtiger shark, Carcharias taurus. International Journal for Comparative Psychology 26: 75-82.

A Pilot Investigation of Vitamin A Metabolism in Golden Frogs (Atelopus zeteki) and Marine Toads (Bufo marinus) and Appropriate Supplementation Methods 
Annajane Marlar, John Kast and Roy McClements, Fort Worth Zoological Society; Ann Ward, Amy Hunt and Diane Barber, Fort Worth Zoological Association
$16,013 AF

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Hellbenders – Significance in Missouri Populations and Evaluation of Testing Protocols 
Jeff Ettling, Dr. Randall Junge, Dr. Martha Weber, and Mark Wanner, Saint Louis Zoo
$11,540 AF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Conservation of the Darwin's Frogs, Rhinoderma, through an Ex-Situ Breeding Program and Field Work 
Dr. Dante Fenolio, Atlanta Botanical Garden
$38,662 AF/CEF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.
Fenolio, D., Crump, M., Lamar, W., Fabry, M., Tirado, M., Charrier, A., Levy, M., and P Calderon. 2011. A Review of the Chile Mountains False Toad, Telmatobufo venustus (Amphibia:Anura:Calyptocephalellidae), with comments on its conservation status. Herpetological Review, 42(4), 514–519.

Conservation of the Puerto Rican Crested Toad: Field Monitoring Program 
Diane Barber, Fort Worth Zoo; Gail Ross, University of Puerto Rico; Ryan DeVoe, North Carolina Zoo
$20,275 AF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Defining Critical Habitats for the Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) within the Lake Xochimilco Ecosystem 
Bob Johnson, Toronto Zoo
$19,200 AF 

Effect of Dietary Carotenoids on Fat-Soluble Vitamin Status and Pigmentation in Tomato Frogs (Dysophus antongilii)
Ellen Dierenfeld and Jeff Ettling, Saint Louis Zoo
$13,180 AF

Lowland Atelopus of Western Colombia: Coexistence with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis or Prelude to Extinction? 
Dr. Adolfo Torres and Sandra Flechas, Universidad de los Andes; German Corredor, Fundación Zoológica de Cali
$27,100 AF
Read an article about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Flechas, SV, Sarmiento, C, and Amezquita, A. 2012. Bd on the Beach: High Prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the Lowland Forests of Gorgona Island (Colombia, South America). EcoHealth. Published online 6 June. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-012-0771-9.

Flechas, SV, Sarmiento, C, Cardenas, ME, Medina, EM, and Restrepo, S. 2012. Surviving Chytridiomycosis: Differential Anti-Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Activity in Bacterial Isolates from Three Lowland Species of Atelopus. PLoS ONE 7(9): e44832. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044832.

Flechas, SV, Medina, EM, Crawford, AJ, Sarmiento, C, Cárdenas, ME, Amézquita, A, and Restrepo, S. 2013. Characterization of the First Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Isolate from the Colombian Andes, an Amphibian Biodiversity Hotspot. EcoHealth. doi:10.1007/s10393-013-0823-9. Published online: 26 March.

Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Project 
Dave Ellis, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park; Lisa Dabek and Dana Payne, Woodland Park Zoo; David Shepherdson, Oregon Zoo
$29,956 AF/CEF

The Amphibian Decline Crisis: Is It Happening in Papua New Guinea? 
Chris Dahl, New Guinea Binatang Research Center; Ed Bronikowski, Smithsonian Institution
$19,130 AF


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