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 million to almost 390 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 2015 here.

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2016 Awards

Below is a list of projects which received support from the CGF in 2016. Each project lists the project title, principal investigators, their institutions, amount awarded, and source of the funding maintained within the AZA CGF. Sources included in this year's AZA CGF include the Disney Conservation Fund.

Conserving Buddha's Giants
Shermin de Silva, PhD, Trunks & Leaves, Inc.
$24,930.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Effective Rehabilitation of a Distressed Species: Grey Crowned Cranes in Rwanda
Barry Hartup, DVM, PhD, International Crane Foundation
$22,560.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Giant Armadillos as a Flagship Species for Conserving the Atlantic Forest Biome in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Arnaud Desbiez, PhD, Zoo Conservation Outreach Group
$17,745.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Grassland Skipper Conservation and Headstarting Program
Stephen Petersen, PhD, Assiniboine Park Conservancy
$16,850.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Impact of Allowing Mate Choice on Reproductive Success and Animal Welfare
Lance Miller, PhD, Timothy Snyder, and Robert Lacy, PhD, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo; Cheryl Asa, PhD and Corinne Kozlowski, PhD, Saint Louis Zoo
$11,280.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Influence of Human-Induced Changes on the Habitat Use of White-Bellied Pangolins (Phataginus tricuspis) in the Tropical Forests of Ghana
Raymond Jansen, PhD, Tshwane University of Technology
$14,229 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Linking In-Situ and Ex-Situ Populations of Threatened Amphibians: Using the Puerto Rican Crested Toad and Chiricahua Leopard Frog as a Model
Andrew Kouba, PhD and Scott Willard, PhD, Mississippi State University; Diane Barber, Fort Worth Zoo
$21,564.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Mississippi River Mussel Propagation and Citizen Science Project
Andrew Allison, The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
$17,534.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Real-Time Anti-Poaching and Survival Monitoring for Reintroduced Scimitar-Horned Oryx in Chad
Jared Stabach, PhD, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park
$24,800.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Reducing Threats to Cheetah, Lion and Wild Dog Populations in Zambia Through the Application of SMART Law Enforcement Monitoring
Richard Bergl, PhD, North Carolina Zoo
$21,650.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Saving Sea Turtles in Nicaragua
Katherine Holmes, Wildlife Conservation Society
$20,567.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Securing the Captive Breeding Program of the Endangered Chacoan Peccary (Catagonus wagneri) in the Chaco Region of Paraguay         
Juan Campos Krauer, DVM, PhD, Proyecto Tagua - Centro Chaqueño para la Conservación e Investigación
$13,180.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Time Is of the Essence: Identifying Poisoning Hotspots and Key Conservation Areas for Critically Endangered Vultures in Northern Kenya
Darcy Ogada, PhD, The Peregrine Fund; Ann Knutson, San Diego Zoo
$21,635.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

2015 Awards

Below is a list of projects which received support from the CGF in 2015. Each project lists the project title, principal investigators, their institutions, amount awarded, and source of the funding maintained within the AZA CGF. Sources included in this year's AZA CGF include the Disney Conservation Fund.

Comprehensive Assessment of Welfare in Cheetahs Housed Under Different Management Strategies in Zoos
Bonnie Baird, PhD, Mandi Schook, PhD, Kristen Lukas, PhD, and Christopher Kuhar, PhD - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo; Nadja Wielebnowski, PhD - Oregon Zoo
$20,360 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Dakota Skipper Propagation and Host Plant Performance Research
Erik Runquist, PhD, and Cale Nordmeyer - Minnesota Zoo
$22,467 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Delineation of the Reproductive Hormone Cycle of Three Critically Endangered Asian Turtle Species
Luke Wyrwich - Zoo Atlanta
$13,103 (CGF)

Enhancing Legal Protections for Bornean Orangutans and Their Habitat in the Gunung Palung National Park Landscape, West Kalimantan, Indonesia
Cheryl Knott, PhD - Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program
$18,750 (CGF)

Enhancing Natural Foraging Behavior in California Condors
Ronald Swaisgood, PhD, and Mike Wallace, PhD - San Diego Zoo Global
$23,900 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Influence of Male Physiology and Environmental Factors on Breeding Success and Population Sustainability for Zoo Managed Snow Leopards (Uncia uncia)
Jason Herrick, PhD - National Foundation for Fertility Research; Rachel Santymire, PhD - Lincoln Park Zoo; Cheryl Morris, PhD - Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
$20,580 (CGF)

Keeping Western Pond Turtles SAFE in Mountain Lake: A Community Collaboration
Jessie Bushell - San Francisco Zoological Gardens
$20,200 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Keeping Whooping Cranes Safe
Julie Langenberg, DVM - International Crane Foundation
$25,000 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Lale'enok: Conservation through Coexistence
S. David Jenike, PhD - Zoological Society of Cincinnati (dba Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden)
$18,383 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Ranavirus Surveys in Wild Communities of Reptiles and Amphibians
Matthew Allender, DVM, PhD - College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
$24,746 (CGF)

Reducing Human-Carnivore Conflict in Southern Tanzania through Educational Park Visits
Amy Dickman, PhD - Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford
$19,500 (Disney Conservation Fund/CGF)

Saving Conflict Elephants in Myanmar -- Using Temporary Electric Fences to Reduce Human-Elephant Conflict
Peter Leimgruber, PhD, and Christie Sampson, PhD - Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park
$22,720 (Disney Conservation Fund/CGF)

Spatial Dynamics of Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus) Spawning Aggregations, Abundance, Population Connectivity and Reproductive Output in the Bahamas
Kristine Stump, PhD, and Charles Knapp, PhD - John G. Shedd Aquarium
$19,453 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Strengthening Przewalski's Horse Populations in Hustai Nuruu National Park
Melissa Songer, PhD - Smithsonian National Zoological Park; Kate Jenks, PhD - Minnesota Zoo
$24,045 (Disney Conservation Fund/CGF)

The Tortoise Conservation Center: the Final Component in TSA Confiscation to Reintroduction Strategy for Southern Madagascar's Critically Endangered Tortoises
Rick Hudson - Fort Worth Zoo
$21,364 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Understanding Habitat Quality for the Desert Tortoise for the Purposes of Mitigation and Habitat Protection
Melia Nafus, PhD and Ronald Swaisgood, PhD - San Diego Zoo Global
$20,260 (CGF)

Wildlife and Lead Outreach Initiative
David Shepherdson, PhD and Grant Spickelmier - Oregon Zoo
$17,538 (Disney Conservation Fund)

"Youth for Lemurs" Global Conservation Education Program
Tiana Rahagalala - Wildlife Conservation Society
$17,900 (Disney Conservation Fund)

2014 Awards

Below is a list of projects which received support from the CGF in 2014. Each project lists the project title, principal investigators, their institutions, amount awarded, and source of the funding maintained within the AZA CGF. Sources included in this year's AZA CGF include the Disney Conservation Fund, (previously the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund).

A Novel, Non-Invasive Approach to Developing a Bench-Side Assay for Pregnancy Diagnosis in Wild and Captive Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus)
Erin Curry, PhD, and Terri Roth, PhD - Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
$20,380 CGF

Above the Surface: Lifting Lake Sturgeon Conservation into Public View
Anna George, PhD, and Kathlina Alford - Tennessee Aquarium
$17,749 DWCF

Citizen Science and Community Involvement to Conserve Jaguars and Mitigate Human-Wildlife Conflict in Nicaragua's Paso del Istmo Biological Corridor
Jennie Becker - Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens; Kimberly Williams-Guillen, PhD - Paso Pacifico
$15,810 CGF

Closing the Gap to Conserve Golden Lion Tamarins
Jennifer Mickelberg, PhD - Zoo Atlanta
$27,020 DWCF

Community Outreach in Support of Vaquita Conservation - On the Ground and In the Air
Samantha Young - San Diego Zoo Global
$20,950 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect.

Conservation of At-Risk Butterflies in South Florida
Jaret Daniels, PhD - Florida Museum of Natural History, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
Dustin Smith - Zoo Miami
$18,470 DWCF

Determining the Role of Environmental Conditions on the Fecundity of the Endangered Black-Footed Ferret
Rachel Santymire, PhD - Lincoln Park Zoo
$30,827 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect.

Ensuring the Long-Term Protection of Siamese Crocodiles in Cambodia
Jennifer Daltry, PhD - Fauna & Flora International
$18,000 CGF

This grant has contributed towards the following research publication:
Han, S., Hor, L., Nhek, R., Sorn, P., Heng S., Simpson, B., Starr, A., Brooke, S., Frechett, J.L., & Daltry, J.C. (2015). Status, distribution and ecology of the Siamese crocodile Crocodylus siamensis in Cambodia. Cambodian Journal of Natural History,2015: 153-164.

Evaluating the Reproductive Biology of the Critically Endangered Hicatee Turtle (Dermatemys mawii) under Captive Conditions in Belize
Richard Hudson Jr. - Turtle Survival Alliance
$18,450 DWCF

Lead-Poisoning, Clinical Management, and Stress in the California Condor
Zeka Kuspa - The Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz; Curtis Eng, DVM - Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens; Andrea Goodnight, DVM - Oakland Zoo
$14,624 DWCF

Loss of Genetic Diversity and Environmental Stress: Implications for the Management of Grevy's Zebra Populations
Sara Heisel - University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.; Belinda Mackey - Grevy's Zebra Trust
$22,393 CGF

MONGOLIA UP: Uniting People Globally for Wildlife Conservation
Richard Reading, PhD - Denver Zoological Foundation; Tungalagtuya Khuukhenduu - Nomadic Nature Conservation
$23,135 DWCF

Monitoring Long-Term Success of Bog Turtle Releases with Genetics and Telemetry
Michael Ogle - Knoxville Zoological Gardens; Benjamin Fitzpatrick, PhD - Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee; Cassie Dresser, PhD - Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee
$21,588 DWCF

Renewing Hope: Identifying Factors that Mediate the Survival of Panamanian Golden Frogs
Corinne Richards-Zawacki, PhD - Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University
$25,410 DWCF

Southern Madagascar's Lemur and Tortoise Biodiversity Preservation: Balancing Conservation Challenges to Community Needs through Biofuel Resourcing and Alternative Agriculture
Edward Louis Jr., DVM, PhD - Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
$8,991 DWCF

The Development of Personality and Welfare Metrics to Evaluate Fennec Foxes (Vulpes zerda) Serving as Program Animals
Corinne Kozlowski, PhD, and Karen Bauman - Saint Louis Zoo
$21,552 CGF

Understanding the Etiologies and Establishing Biomarkers for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Zoo-Managed Large Canids
Nucharin Songsasen, DVM, PhD - Smithsonian National Zoological Park; Karen Wolf, DVM, and William Waddell - Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
$19,420 CGF

Validating Three Nonlethal Methods for Detecting the Emerging Pathogen, Ranavirus spp., in Captivity and the Live Animal Trade
Jesse Brunner, PhD - Washington State University
$22,339 CGF/DWCF

Whole Blood Cytokine Expression for Diagnosis of Tuberculosis in Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus)
Jennifer Landolfi, DVM, PhD, DACVP - Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois; Karen Terio, DVM, PhD, DACVP - Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois; Michele Miller, DVM, MPH, MS, PhD - Stellenbosch University, South Africa
$7,892 DWCF

2013 Awards

Below is a list of projects which received support from the CEF in 2013. 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 this year's AZA CEF include the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF).

A Low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Imaging System for Large Whale Health Assessment
Rachel Cassoff, Duke University Marine Lab
$24,335 DWCF

Assessing Migration of the Endangered Arapaima in the Waters of Guyana, South America Implications for Conservation
Lesley DeSouza, PhD and Charles Knapp, PhD, John G. Shedd Aquarium
$20,000 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect

Bone Density of the Bottlenose Dolphin: A Model for Detecting Effects of Anthropogenic Contaminant Exposure
Deborah Duffield, PhD, Portland State University
$18,474 DWCF

BOTSWANA WILD: Children for Conservation
Molly Swanepoel, Denver Zoological Foundation; Lauren McCain, PhD, SAVE Wildlife Conservation Fund
$17,273 DWCF

Building Public Support for the Conservation of the Bornean Sun Bear
James Danoff-Burg, PhD and Corrin LaCombe, San Diego Zoo Global
$15,710 CEF
Read more about this project in Connect.

Captive Management, Stress, and Reproduction in the Guam Micronesian Kingfisher
Dylan Kesler, PhD, Trista Strauch, PhD, and Andrew Alba, University of Missouri
$18,566 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect.

Conserving a Vital Bornean Orangutan Population through Community Conservation and Environmental Education
Cheryl Knott, PhD, Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program
$20,000 CEF

Evaluating the Importance of Native Prey Species to the Diet of Andean Condors in the High Andes of Northwestern Argentina
Jonathan Pauli, PhD, Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, UW-Madison
$19,070 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect.
This grant has contributed towards the following research publication:

Perrig, P., Donadio, E., Middleton, A.D., and J.N. Pauli. 2016. Puma predation subsidizes an obligate scavenger in the high Andes. Journal of Applied Ecology 1365-2664. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12802

Human Health Benefits Associated with Visiting Zoological Institutions
Sharon Deem, DVM, PhD and Louise Bradshaw, Saint Louis Zoo
$20,834 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect.

Managing Human-Elephant Conflict in Burma (Myanmar)
Peter Leimgruber, PhD and Melissa Songer, PhD, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park
$20,000 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect

Rays of Hope: Identifying Factors Mediating the Survival of Panamanian Golden Frogs
Corinne Richards-Zawacki, PhD, Tulane University, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
$25,620 DWCF

This grant has contributed towards the following research publications:
Perez, R., C. L. Richards-Zawacki, A. R. Krohn, M. Robak, E. J. Griffith, H. Ross, B. Gratwicke, R. Ibanez, J. Voyles. 2014. Atelopus varius frogs are persisting in regions where Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is not enzootic. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 8(2): 30 – 35. 

Becker, M. H., C. L. Richards-Zawacki, B. Gratwicke, L. K. Belden. 2014. The effect of captivity on the cutaneous bacterial community of the critically endangered Panamanian golden frog (Atelopus zeteki). Biological Conservation 176: 199 – 206.

Reintroduction and Monitoring of the Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana muscosa) in Southern California
Frank Santana, Ron Swaisgood, PhD, and Jeffrey Lemm, San Diego Zoo Global
$13,217 DWCF/CEF

Reintroduction of Siamese Crocodiles to the Wild, Phase 2
Sarah Brook, Fauna & Flora International
$30,000 CEF

Smooth Green Snake Recovery and Conservation Assessment in Illinois
Allison Sacerdote-Valet, PhD, Diane Mulkerin, and Dan Boehm, Lincoln Park Zoo
$19,870 CEF

Sun Bears within a Fragmented Landscape: How Does this Tropical Ursid Survive in Such a Habitat?
Benoit Goossens, PhD, Danau Girang Field Centre; Peter Riger, Houston Zoo
$20,483 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect

Testing the Effectiveness of Headstarting as Part of a Conservation Toolbox to Restore the Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frogs (Rana sierrae) to the Lake Tahoe Basin
Jessie Bushell and Adrian Mutlow, VetMB, MRCVS, San Francisco Zoo
$21,069 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect

The Role of Outdoor Enclosures in Advancing Captive Husbandry and Reproduction in Snakes Sensitive to Cyclic Environmental Conditions
Fred Antonio, The Orianne Society
$19,354 DWCF

Using Solar Power to Protect the Endangered North African Ostrich
Peter Black, DVM, Busch Gardens
Warren Lynch, Smithsonian National Zoological Park
$29,200 CEF

2012 Awards

Below is a list of projects which received support from the CEF in 2012. 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 and the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF).

Coexisting with Carnivores
Katie Remine, Woodland Park Zoo
$13,772 CEF

Conservation and Reintroduction of the Endangered Northern Riffleshell (NRS) Mussel
Mike Brittsan and Doug Warmolts, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
$19,628 DWCF

Does Pastoralism Help or Harm Snow Leopards?
Charudutt Mishra, Snow Leopard Trust
$17,980 CEF
Read more about this project in Connect.

Immunogenetics of Chytridiomycosis in Chiricahua Leopard Frogs
Anna Savage, PhD Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park; Stuart Wells, Phoenix Zoo
$22,506 CEF

Impacts of Oil Palm Plantations on Tropical Frog Communities in Borneo
Paul Crump, Houston Zoo, Inc.
$22,100 DWCF

Live Blue Ambassadors Teen Conservation Program
John Anderson, New England Aquarium
$14,110 DWCF

Reintroduction and Monitoring of the Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana muscosa) in Southern California
Frank Santana, Ron Swaisgood, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Lemm, San Diego Zoo Global
$26,104 CEF

Reintroduction of Siamese Crocodiles to the Wild, Phase 2
Sarah Brook, Fauna & Flora International, Inc.
$17,050 CEF

Resolving Conflict between Humans and Threatened Large Carnivores in Tanzania's Ruaha Landscape
Amy Dickman, Ph.D., University of Oxford
$17,600 DWCF/CEF
Read more about this project in Connect.

Translating Science into Practical Management for Sustainable Equid Populations: Building Bridges and Establishing a Semen Importation Model
Mandi Vick, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo; Linda Penfold, South-East Zoo Alliance for Research & Conservation; Barbara Wolfe, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
$12,150 DWCF

Whooping Cranes Phone Home: Using Cellular Technology to Improve Monitoring of Reintroduced Birds
Claire Mirande, International Crane Foundation
$22,000 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect.

2011 Awards

Below is a list of projects which received support from the CEF in 2011. 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), Orangutan Habitat Conservation support (OHC), and the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF).

Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Reintroductions and Recovery
David Shepherdson, PhD, Oregon Zoo; Penny Becker, PhD, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
$26,360 CEF

Evaluating Behavioral and Physiological Measures of Program Animal Welfare
Mandy Vick, Christopher Kuhar, Kristen Lukas, Grace Fuller, James Nemet, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
$13,910 DWCF

Global Conservation Leadership Program for Youth – Botswana
Ricardo Stanoss, DVM, Chicago Zoological Society
$18,116 CEF
Read more about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

Head-starting Ornate Box Turtles to Establish a Viable Population on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
Megan Ross and Dave Bernier, Lincoln Park Zoo
$6,352 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect

Mapping a New Path for Conservation: Investigating Predation Risk Maps as a Tool for Reducing Tiger and Leopard Livestock Depredation
Jennie Miller, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
$23,592 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect.

Protection of the Sumatran Orangutans of the Batang Toru Forest through Socialization of Forest Boundaries and Wildlife Protection Laws
Dr. Ian Singleton, PanEco-Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari
$27,625 OHC

Przewalski’s Horse Restoration in the Kalameili Nature Reserve, Xinjiang, China
Drs. Melissa Songer and Peter Leimgruber, National Zoological Park
$20,050 DWCF

Rearing Innovation for Endangered Oregon Spotted Frogs: A Collaborative Effort in a Correctional Institution Milieu
Dr. Karen Goodrowe Beck, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium; Dr. Marc Hayes, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Dr. Carri LeRoy, The Evergreen State College
$19,488 AF

Saving the Orangutan of Indonesian Borneo: Building New Relationships Between Local Populations and the Forest
Dr. Cheryl Knott, Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program
$18,973 DWCF/OHC
Read more about this project in Connect.

Toward Building a Conservation Constituency on Galapagos through Science and Environmental Education
Chance Sanford and Peter Riger, Houston Zoo
$16,750 DWCF/CEF

Use of Trained Detection Dogs to Non-invasively Collect Fecal Samples from the Critically Endangered Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli)
Richard Bergl, PhD, North Carolina Zoo
$19,530 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect.

This grant has contributed towards the following research publication:  
Arandjelovic M, Bergl RA, Ikfuingei R, Jameson C, Parker M, Vigilant L. 2015. Detection dog efficacy for collecting faecal samples from the critically endangered Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) for genetic censusing. R. Soc. open sci. 2: 140423

2010 Awards

Below is a list of projects which received support from the Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) in 2010. 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).

Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Programme: Re-introduction of Siamese Crocodiles to the Wild
Adam Starr, Fauna & Flora International; Lonnie McCaskill, Disney's Animal Kingdom
$16,995 CEF
Read more about this project in Connect.

Community Engagement and Capacity Building: The Northern Cheyenne Reservation and Black-footed Ferret Recovery
Rachel Santymire, PhD, Lincoln Park Zoo; Rachel Bergren, Lincoln Park Zoo
$22,130 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect

Developing Adaptive Management for Human-Elephant Conflict Across Asia
Peter Leimgruber, PhD, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park
$25,600 CEF/DWCF

Developing Invasive Weed Control Methods In a Malagasy Rainforest Reserve
Karen Freeman, PhD, Madagascar Fauna Group; Ingrid Porton, Saint Louis Zoo
$12,960 DWCF
Read more about this project in Connect

Ecological Interactions Between Wild and Domestic Ungulates in Arid Ecosystems: A Case Study of the Endangered Hirola Antelope (Beatragus hunteri) in Eastern Kenya
Ali Hussein, Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya
$19,600 CEF

Implementing a Conservation Strategy for the Black Warrior Waterdog (Necturus alabamensis)
Monica Stoops, PhD, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; Eric Keyster, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; Christopher DeChant, Innovative Zoological Solutions
$22,143 DWCF

This grant has contributed towards the following research publication:
Stoops, MA, Campbell, MK, and CJ Dechant. 2014. Successful Captive Breeding of Necturus beyeri through Manipulation of Environmental Cues and Exogenous Hormone Administration: a Model for Endangered Necturus. Herpetological Review. 45(2):251-256.

Marine Fish Egg Collection and Larval Rearing - Technique Development for Sustainability
Judy St. Leger, PhD, SeaWorld San Diego; Allan Marshall, The Florida Aquarium; Gary Violetta, SeaWorld Orlando
$22,524 DWCF

Rocket Stoves and Reforestation: Ensuring the Long-term Survival of Two Critically Endangered Lemur Species in Madagascar
Edward Louis, Jr., DVM, PhD, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
$16,445 DWCF
Read about the outcomes of this project in Connect.

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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