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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1993 Awards

Below is a list of projects that received support from the Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) in 1993. 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).

Expansion of the Spheniscus Penguin Newsletter
Cynthia Cheney, Washington Park Zoo
$5,600 CEF

Penguin Husbandry Manual
Sherry Branch, Sea World of Florida; Susie Ellis, Ph.D., Captive Breeding Specialist Group
$5,700 CEF

Aspergillus Titers in Humboldt Penguins
J. Andrew Teare, D.V.M., Edward N. Diebold, and Roberta S. Wallace, D.V.M., Milwaukee County Zoo
$1,570 CEF

Peruvian Humboldt Penguin Health Survey
Robert A. Cook, D.V.M., and William B. Karesh, D.V.M., NYZS/ Wildlife Conservation Society
$6,950 CEF

Continuing Safety Assessments of Contraceptives for Nondomestic Felids
Linda Munson, D.V.M., Ph.D., University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
$38,087 RP

In Situ Development of the Indonesian Regional Sumatran Tiger Master Plan
Ronald L. Tilson, Ph.D., Minnesota Zoo; Douglas Armstrong, D.V.M., Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo; Gerald Brady, Potter Park Zoo
$19,133 RP

Correlates of Reproductive Success and Management Styles in Captive Cheetahs
Susan Millard, Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species; Jill Mellen, Ph.D., Metro Washington Park Zoo; Jack Grisham, Oklahoma City Zoological Park
$2,525 RP

Preparation, Distribution, and Efficacy of Hormone Containing Silicone Rods for Contraception of Felids in Zoos and Wildlife Parks
Edward D. Plotka, Ph.D., Marshfield Medical Research Foundation
$9,988 RP

Sao Paulo International Felid Breeding and Conservation Project
Pat Quillen, S.O.S. Care, Inc.; Jill Mellen, Washington Park Zoo
$7,500 RP

Molecular Genetic Approach to Taxonomic and Phylogenetic Relationships in South American Felids and Asian Small Cats
Stephen J. O'Brien, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute; Warren Johnson, Ph.D., National Zoological Park; Kathy Quigley, D.V.M. and Howard Quigley, Ph.D., Frostburg State University; Janice Martenson, M.S., Jose Lopez, Jill Pecon Slattery, Ph.D., Marilyn Raymond, Ph.D. and Melanie Culver, National Cancer Institute; David Wildt, Ph.D. and Mitchell Bush, D.V.M., National Zoological Park; Melody Roelke, D.V.M., Tanzania National Park; Natasha Schischakin, Houston Zoological Gardens; Lee Simmons, D.V.M., Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo; Peter Crawshaw, Brazil, Faical Simon, Ph.D., Parque Zoologizo de Sao Paulo; Dulce Ma Brousset, Ph.D., Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; Leslie Johnston, Ph.D., Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
$80,030 RP

Reproductive Strategies for Understanding, Managing, and Conserving Wild Felids
David E. Wildt, Ph.D., National Zoological Park; Gerald Brady, Potter Park Zoological Gardens; Michael Fouraker, Fort Worth Zoological Park; Jack Grisham, Oklahoma City Zoological Park; Susan Millard, San Diego Zoo; Randall Rockwell, Jacksonville Zoological Park; Ulysses S. Seal, Captive Breeding Specialist Group; Ronald L. Tilson, Ph.D., Minnesota Zoological Garden; Dan Wharton, New York Zoological Society/Bronx Zoo
$80,000 RP

Proposal to Test an Indenopyridine as a Male-Directed Oral Contraceptive in Felids
Cheryl Asa, Ph.D., Saint Louis Zoo; Patricia Fail, Ph.D. and Clarence Edgar Cook, Ph.D. Research Triangle Institute
$30,000 RP

1992 Awards

Below is a list of projects that received support from the Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) in 1992. 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).

PHVA Workshop for Sumatran Tigers
Ronald L. Tilson, Ph.D., Minnesota Zoo
$10,000 RP

AAZPA Conservation Academy
Bruce Read and Bruce Carr, Saint Louis Zoo
$15,166 CEF

Sao Paolo International Felid Breeding and Conservation Project
Pat Quillen, S.O.S. Care, Inc; Jill Mellen, Ph.D., Washington Park Zoo
$20,000 RP

Felid Action Plan Publication and Distribution
Ulysses S. Seal, Ph.D., Captive Breeding Specialist Group; Jill Mellen, Ph.D., Washington Park Zoo; David Wildt, Ph.D., National Zoological Park
$3,000 RP

Bali Mynah Species Survival Plan
Robert E. Seibels, Riverbanks Zoological Park
$8,333 CEF

Reproductive Strategies for Understanding, Managing, and Conserving Wild Felids
David E. Wildt, Ph.D., National Zoological Park; Gerald Brady, Potter Park Zoological Gardens; Michael Fouraker, Knoxville Zoological Gardens; Jack Grisham, Oklahoma City Zoological Park; Susan Millard, San Diego Zoo; Randall Rockwell, Jacksonville Zoological Park; Ulysses S. Seal, Ph.D., Captive Breeding Specialist Group; Ron L. Tilson, Ph.D., Minnesota Zoological Garden; Dan Wharton, Ph.D., Bronx Zoo
$80,000 RP

Improvements to SPARKS
Nate Flesness, ISIS
$11,917 CEF

Preparation and Distribution of Contraceptive Implants to Zoos and Wildlife Parks
Edward Plotka, Ph.D., Marshfield Medical Research Foundation
$8,000 CEF

The Metabolic Basis of Acute Hemolytic Crises and Mucocutaneous Ulcerative Disease in the African Black Rhinoceros
Donald Paglia, M.D., University of California School of Medicine
$10,217 CEF

Developing a Population Habitat Viability Assessment for the Asian Lion
Michael Fouraker, Knoxville Zoological Gardens; P.P. Raval, Sakkarbaug Zoo; Shyamal Tikadar, Department of Forests Wildlife Division; Sally Walker, Zoo Outreach Association; H.S. Panwar, Wildlife Institute of India; J.H. Desai and Ravi Chellan, Wildlife Institute of India; Ulysses S. Seal, Ph.D., Captive Breeding Specialist Group; Stephen J. O'Brien, Ph.D, National Cancer Institute; John Seidensticker, Ph.D., National Zoological Park; Greta McMillan, Knoxville Zoological Gardens
$15,833 RP

The Pathological Effects of Melengestrol Acetate in Zoo Felids
Linda Munson, D.V.M., Ph.D., University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
$37,897 RP

Molecular Genetic Approach to Taxonomic and Phylogenetic Relationships in South American Felids and Asian Small Cats
Stephen J. O'Brien, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute; Warren Johnson, Ph.D., Iowa State University Department of Animal Ecology; Kathy Quigley, D.V.M. and Howard Quigley, Ph.D.; Frostburg State University Department of Biology; Janice Martenson, M.S., and Melanie Culver, National Cancer Institute; David Wildt, Ph.D. and Mitchell Bush, D.V.M., National Zoological Park; Melody Roelke, D.V.M., Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission; Natasha Schischakin, Houston Zoological Gardens; Carolyn Glass, D.V.M., Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission; Lee Simmons, D.V.M and Leslie Johnston, Ph.D., Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo

Aruba Island Rattlesnake Field Research Project
R. Andrew Odum, Ph.D., Toledo Zoological Gardens; Howard K. Reinert, Ph.D., Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales
$5,917 CEF

Reintroduction of the Virgin Islands Boa to the Puerto Rico Bank
Peter J. Tolson, Ph.D., Toledo Zoological Gardens
$6,791 CEF

1991 Awards

Below is a list of projects that received support from the Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) in 1991. 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).

Bali Mynah Species Survival Plan
Robert Seibels, Riverbanks Zoological Park
$15,000 CEF

Development of Animal Records Keeping Manual
Jean D. Miller, Buffalo Zoological Gardens
$2,000 CEF

Support of the AAZPA Small Population Management Advisory Group
Michael Hutchins, Ph.D., American Zoo and Aquarium Association; Robert Wiese, Ph.D., Fort Worth Zoological Park
$20,000 CEF

Reproductive Strategies for Understanding, Managing, and Conserving Wild Felids
David Wildt, Ph.D., National Zoological Park; Gerald Brady, Potter Park Zoological Gardens; Michael Fouraker, Knoxville Zoological Gardens; Jack Grisham, Oklahoma City Zoological Park; John Lewis, John Ball Zoo; Stephen J. O'Brien, Ph.D. National Cancer Institute; Randall Rockwell, Jacksonville Zoological Park; Ulysses S. Seal, Captive Breeding Specialist Group; Ron L. Tilson, Ph.D., Minnesota Zoological Garden; Dan Wharton, Bronx Zoo
$80,000 RP

Support for the 1992 Mid-Year Meeting of the Felid Taxon Advisory Group
Jill Mellen, Ph.D., Metro Washington Park Zoo; David E. Wildt, Ph.D., National Zoological Park
$8,000 RP

AAZPA Conservation Academy
Bruce Read, Bruce Carr, Ph.D., and Debra Boyster, Saint Louis Zoo
$19,000 CEF

PVA and CAP for Sumatran Tigers
Ron L. Tilson, Ph.D., Minnesota Zoo; Ulysses S. Seal, Captive Breeding Specialist Group; Gerald Brady, Potter Park Zoological Gardens; Leslie A. Johnston, Ph.D., Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo; Gerald Binczik, Minnesota Zoo
$10,000 RP

Critical Definitions in Captive Breeding Management
Dan Wharton and George Amato, Bronx Zoo; Rob DeSalle, The American Museum of Natural History
$7,000 CEF

Core Support of Captive Breeding Specialist Group
Ulysses S. Seal, Ph.D. and Thomas D. Foose, Ph.D., Captive Breeding Specialist Group
$6,000 CEF

First International Symposium on the Disease and Conservation of Threatened Species
Ulysses S. Seal, Ph.D., Captive Breeding Specialist Group; Peregrine L. Wolff, D.V.M., Minnesota Zoological Garden
$15,000 CEF

A Comparison of Different Adjuvants for Use with Porcine Zona Pellucida Immunization in the Contraception of Captive Exotic Species
Jay F. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., Eastern Montana College
$9,000 CEF

TAG Report Development by ISIS
Nathan L. Flesness, Ph.D. and Paul N. Scobie, ISIS
$15,000 CEF

Behavioral Criteria and Endocrine Correlates of Estrus on Cheetahs: An Ongoing Study
Claus D. Sorensen and Camilla F. Norgaard, Institute of Population Biology
$7,300 RP

Preparation and Distribution of Contraceptive Implants to Zoos
Edward M. Plotka, M.D., Marshfield Medical Research Foundation
$2,000 CEF 

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