Zoos and Aquariums Fund Critical Wildlife Conservation and Research Projects Through CEF

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Zoos and Aquariums Fund Critical Wildlife Conservation and Research Projects

Sept 24, 2013

Silver Spring,Maryland (September 24, 2013) – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) grants totaling $373,075 to be awarded to 18 projects.

“Supported by AZA’s Conservation Endowment Fund, scientists at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are global leaders in wildlife science and the conservation of threatened and endangered species,” said AZA Senior Vice President for Conservation and Education, Dr. Paul Boyle. “By advancing our understanding of wildlife biology, reproduction, behavior, welfare, and many other topics, zoo and aquarium scientists are protecting the future of mankind’s wildlife heritage.”

Established in 1984, the AZA Conservation Endowment Fund is a competitive grants program that supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA members and their partners. Every major type of conservation and animal care initiative is represented —research, field conservation, education and outreach, animal welfare, animal health and animal management. Many Conservation Endowment Fund projects are collaborations among AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and state, federal and international wildlife agencies, academia and other conservation organizations.

Between 1991and 2012, the CEF has provided more than $5.7 million to 320 projects worldwide. These funds are raised through private and corporate contributions,including the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) which provided more than half of the awarded funds this year.

Anyone may support next year’s worthy conservation projects by donating online at www.aza.org or by texting “AZACEF” to 20222 to donate $10 to Conservation Endowment Fund.

After a competitive review of 56 applications, 18 projects were chosen to be funded for 2013. AZA congratulates the 2013 Conservation Endowment Fund recipients (the source of funds is noted after the project title):


A Low-cost UnmannedAerial Vehicle (UAV) Imaging System for Large Whale Health Assessment (DWCF)

Rachel Cassoff, Duke University Marine Lab


Assessing Migrationof the Endangered Arapaima in the Waters of Guyana, South America Implicationsfor Conservation (DWCF)

Leslie DeSouza and Charles Knapp, PhD, John G. SheddAquarium


Bone Density of theBottlenose Dolphin: A Model for Detecting Effects of Anthropogenic ContaminantExposure (DWCF)

Deborah Duffield, PhD, Portland State University


BOTSWANA WILD:Children for Conservation (DWCF)

Molly Swanepoel, Denver Zoological Foundation

Lauren McCain, PhD, SAVE Wildlife Conservation Fund


Building PublicSupport for the Conservation of the Bornean Sun Bear (CEF)

James Danoff-Burg, PhD and Corrin LaCombe, San Diego ZooGlobal


Captive Management,Stress, and Reproduction in the Guam Micronesian Kingfisher (DWCF)

Dylan Kesler, PhD, Trista Strauch, PhD, and Andrew Alba,University of Missouri


Conserving a VitalBornean Orangutan Population through Community Conservation and EnvironmentalEducation (CEF)

Cheryl Knott, PhD, Gunung Palung Orangutan ConservationProgram


Evaluating theImportance of Native Prey Species to the Diet of Andean Condors in the HighAndes of Northwestern Argentina (DWCF)

Jonathan Pauli, PhD, Board of Regents of the University ofWisconsin System, UW-Madison


Human Health BenefitsAssociated with Visiting Zoological Institutions (DWCF)

Sharon Deem, DVM, PhD and Louise Bradshaw, Saint Louis Zoo


ManagingHuman-Elephant Conflict in Burma (Myanmar) (DWCF)

Peter Leimgruber, PhD and Melissa Songer, PhD, SmithsonianConservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park


Rays of Hope:Identifying Factors Mediating the Survival of Panamanian Golden Frogs (DWCF)

Corinne Richards-Zawacki, PhD, Tulane University, Departmentof Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


Reintroduction andMonitoring of the Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana muscosa) in Southern California (DWCF/CEF)

Frank Santana, Ron Swaisgood, PhD, and Jeffrey Lemm, SanDiego Zoo Global


Reintroduction ofSiamese Crocodiles to the Wild, Phase 2 (CEF)

Sarah Brook, Fauna & Flora International


Smooth Green Snake Recoveryand Conservation Assessment in Illinois (CEF)

Allison Sacerdote-Valet, PhD, Diane Mulkerin, and Dan Boehm,Lincoln Park Zoo


Sun Bears within aFragmented Landscape: How Does this Tropical Ursid Survive in Such a Habitat?(DWCF)

Benoit Goossens, PhD, Danau Girang Field Centre

Peter Riger, Houston Zoo


Testing theEffectiveness of Headstarting as Part of a Conservation Toolbox to Restore theSierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frogs (Ranasierrae) to the Lake Tahoe Basin (DWCF)

Jessie Bushell and Adrian Mutlow, VetMB, MRCVS, SanFrancisco Zoo


The Role of OutdoorEnclosures in Advancing Captive Husbandry and Reproduction in Snakes Sensitiveto Cyclic Environmental Conditions (DWCF)

Fred Antonio, The Orianne Society


Using Solar Power toProtect the Endangered North African Ostrich (CEF)

Peter Black, DVM, Busch Gardens

Warren Lynch, Smithsonian National Zoological Park




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