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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2009 Awards

Below is a list of projects which received support from the Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) in 2009. 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) and the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF).

Effects of Disease Treatments on Captive Coral Health
Ilze Berzins, Ph.D., D.V.M., The Florida Aquarium Center for Conservation/Shedd Aquarium
$25,555 DWCF

Quantifying and Validating Animal Care Takers' Insights as a Tool for Continuous Monitoring of Zoo Animal Welfare
Nadja Wielebnowski, PhD and Jessica Whitman, PhD, Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
$28,443 DWCF
Read about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Translocation as a Tool to Reintroduce and Supplement Florida Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) Populations on Restored Conservation Lands
Michelle Smurl, Brevard Zoo
$6,120 DWCF
Read about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

In situ and Ex situ Conservation of the Critically Endangered Acroporids through Public Aquaria and Coral Reef Scientists
Mike Brittsan, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium; Mark Schick, John G. Shedd Aquarium; Kathy Vires, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
$20,000 DWCF
Read about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Daily Travel Distance of African elephants (Loxodonata africana) in Botswana
Fred Bercovitch, PhD, San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research
$9,892 DWCF

Establishing a Captive Breeding Facility for Malagasy Amphibians
Jennifer Pramuk, Ph.D., Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society
$21,200 AF
Read about the outcomes of this project in Connect.
Edmonds D, Rakotoarisoa JC, Dolch R, Pramuk J, Gagliardo R, Andreone F, Rabibisoa N, Rabemananjara F, Rabesihanaka S, Robsomanitrandrasana E. 2012. Building capacity to implement conservation breeding programs for frogs in Madagascar: Results from year one of Mitsinjo’s amphibian husbandry research and captive breeding facility. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5(3):57-69(e55). al.

Genetic Analyses of Amphibian Chytrid Fungus and the Global Extinction Crisis
William Modi, Zoological Society of San Diego; Erica Rosenblum, University of Idaho
$25,993 AF

Reintroduction of the Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog
Ron Swaisgood, Ph.D. and Jeff Lemm, Zoological Society of San Diego
$21,658 AF

A Citizen Science Training Model for Investigating the Presence or Absence of Amphibian Chytrid Fungus in Amphibian Populations
Penny Danielewicz and Tiffany Vanderwerf, Buffalo Zoo
$11,630 AF
Read about the outcomes of this project in Connect


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