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 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 2017 here.

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2003 Awards

Below is a list of projects that received support from the Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) in 2003. 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).

Puerto Rican Crested Toad Population and Critical Habitat Conservation
Jeff Ettling, Saint Louis Zoo; Karen Graham, Sedgwick County Zoo; Bob Johnson, Toronto Zoo; and Diane Barber, Fort Worth Zoo
$13,900 CEF

Evaluations of Two Reintroductions of the Virgin Islands Boa, Epicrates monensis granti, to the Puerto Rico Bank
Peter Tolson, The Toledo Zoo
$16,360 CEF

Biogeographic Patterns, Population Structure, and Conservation of the Threatened Banggai Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni (Teleostei, Apogonidae)
Alejandro Vagelli, New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences
$17,005 CEF
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Protecting and Restoring Endangered Crane Habitat in Muraviovka
Carol Hesch, Memphis Zoo
$11,750 CEF

Implementation of an Integrated Species Recovery Plan for the Critically Endangered Grand Cayman Blue Iguana
Frederic Burton, Blue Iguana Recovery Program, National Trust for the Cayman Islands
$24,951 CEF

Comparison of Population Management Strategies for Preserving Genetic Diversity in Groups
Jon Ballou, Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Brandie Smith, American Zoo and Aquarium Association
$11,870 CEF

Reintroduction and Conservation of the Critically Endangered White-winged Guan (Penelope albipennis)
George Wallace, American Bird Conservancy and Rob Williams, Asociacion Naymlap
$7,090 CEF

Reproductive Biology and Behavior of the Sun Bear
Darin Collins and Cheryl Frederick, Woodland Park Zoo
$17,114 CEF

A Public/Private Partnership to Understand and Conserve Jaguar Habitat in the Yucatan
Stacey Johnson, Fort Worth Zoo and Gerardo Ceballos Gonzalez, Instituto de Ecologia
$16,510 CEF

Risk Assessment-Based Decision Tree Analysis for the Management of Avian Tuberculosis in Conservation Programs
Kathryn Gamble, Megan Ross, Dominic Travers, and Robyn Barbiers, Lincoln Park Zoo
$12,050 CEF

Developing a Successful Clouded Leopard Breeding Program in Thailand
Katharine Pelican and JoGayle Howard, Smithsonian National Zoological Park; Nadja Wielebnowski, Brookfield Zoo
$20,000 CEF

Cheetah Censusing Technique Development Workshop
Celeste Lombardi, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
$19,850 DWCF

Forming Endangered Turtle Assurance Colonies in Asia: Step 1: Development of Appropriate Husbandry and Veterinary Care Programs
Hugh Quinn, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
$19,920 DWCF

Belize Environmental Education Project
Annette Berkovits, Wildlife Conservation Society
$10,960 DWCF

Captive Rearing of Fender's and Puget Blue Butterflies: Protocols and Conservation Consequences
David Sheperdson, Oregon Zoo
$15,320 DWCF
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Communicating for Conservation: Improving the Effectiveness of Conservation Education and Communications at Zoos and Aquariums
Bert Vescolani, John G. Shedd Aquarium; Patrick O'Callaghan, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre; Paul Boyle, New York Aquarium / Wildlife Conservation Society; Bill Mott and Tanja Gronholm, The Ocean Project
$18,500 DWCF

Effects of Progestin Contraceptives on Reproductive Health in Canids, Prosimians, and Callitrichids
Linda Munson, University of California
$25,483 DWCF
Moresco, A., L. Muson, and I.A. Gardner. 2009. Naturally occurring and Melengestrol Acetate-associated reproductive tract lesions in zoo canids. Veterinary Pathology 46(6): 1117-1128.

Conservation of Wild Populations of the Chinese Alligator
John Thorbjarnarson and John Behler, Wildlife Conservation Society
$22,180 DWCF/CEF

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