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 $8 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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2005 Awards

Below is a list of projects that received support from the Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) in 2005. 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).

Headstart Optimization and Invasive Species Control Plan for the Critically Endangered Anegada Iguana
Rick Hudson, Fort Worth Zoo; Glenn Gerber, PhD, Zoological Society of San Diego
$17,730 CEF

Conservation, Restoration, and Management of Bog Turtles, Glyptemys muhlenbergii, in Tennessee
Bern Tryon, Knoxville Zoological Garden
$11,350 CEF

How Long Will They Live? Developing and Evaluating Standardized Methods for Estimating and Reporting Mortality Rates in Captive Populations
Lisa Faust, Lincoln Park Zoo; Kevin Willis, Minnesota Zoo
$22,144 CEF 

Ecology and Conservation of Mountain Tapirs in the Central Andes of Colombia
Diego Lizcano, University of Kent
$21,482 CEF

Community Conservation of Grevy's Zebra in Northern Kenya
Belinda Low, Northern Rangelands Trust; Martha Fischer, Saint Louis Zoo
$6,576 CEF

Foot-and-Mouth Disease Monitoring in Mongolian Gazelle (Procapra gurrurosa)
Damien Joly, PhD, Field Veterinary Program WCS; Angela Yang, Field Veterinary Program WCS
$19,180 CEF
Bolortsetseg, S., S. Enkhtuvshin, D. Nyamsuren, W. Weisman, A. Fine, A. Yang, and D. Joly. 2012. Serosurveillance for Foot-And-Mouth Disease in Mongolian Gazelles (Procapra Gutturosa) and Livestock on the Eastern Steppe of Mongolia. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 48(1):33-38.

Assessment of Reproductive Status and Stress in Matschie's Tree Kangaroos (Dendrolagus matschiei) in North American Zoos
Read more about the outcomes of this project in Connect.
John Harder, PhD, Ohio State University
$16,259 CEF

Mitigating the Effects of Invasive Species on Sonoran Desert Animal Communities: A Region-wide Conservation Action
Richard Brusca, PhD, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
$18,220 CEF

Ecology and Health Status of Maned Wolves Living in Brazilian and Bolivian National Parks
Nucharin Songsasen, Smithsonian National Zoological Park; Sharon Deem, Smithsonian National Zoological Park
$25,320 CEF

Examining the Relationship Between Fecal Corticoids As a Measure of Stress and Metabolic Derangement on the Onset of Superficial Necrolytic Dermatitis in Captive Black Rhinos, Diceros bicornis
Candice Dorsey, Smithsonian National Zoological Park CRC; Janine Brown, PhD, Smithsonian National Zoological Park CRC
$24,500 CEF
Dorsey, C., P. Dennis, G. Guagnon, T. Wood, and J. Brown. 2010. Decreased baseline fecal glucocorticoid concentrations associated with skin and oral lesions in black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 41(4): 616-625.Dorsey, C., P. Dennis, A. Fascetti, T. Wood, and J. Brown. 2010. Hypoaminoacidemia is not associated with ulcerative lesions in black rhinoceroses, Diceros bicornis. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 41(1): 22-27.

Asian Turtle Conservation Program: Capacity Building in Range Countries
Hugh Quinn, PhD, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
$19,920 DWCF

Right Bite Initiative for Sustainable Seafood
Cheryl Mell, John G. Shedd Aquarium; Michelle Jost, John G. Shedd Aquarium; Jeffrey Boehm, DVM, John G. Shedd Aquarium
$8,000 DWCF

Determination of the Relatedness of a Captive Population of Mississippi Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis pulla) to Facilitate Improvement of the Genetic Diversity of the Wild Population through Captive Breeding and Release
Alexander Cole, DVM, Audubon Nature Institute; Kevin Willis, Minnesota Zoo; Michael Taylor, White Oak Conservation Center
$10,000 DWCF

A Proposal to Support the Tanya Center for Conservation Biology: University-Based Capacity Building in Conservation Science in Democratic Republic of Congo
Patrick Mehlman, PhD, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International; Brad Mulley, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
$5,174 DWCF

Community-based Study of the Conservation Status and Ecology of the African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) in Southeastern Kenya (Northeastern and Coastal Provinces)
Kim McCreery, PhD, African Wild Dog Conservancy; Robert Robbins, PhD, African Wild Dog Conservancy
$15,850 DWCF

The Role of Local People and Herdmen for the Reintroduction of Przewalski's Horses in China's Kaleimeili Reserve: A Pilot Project
Peter Leimgruber, PhD, Smithsonian National Zoological Park CRC; Steven Monfort, DVM, PhD, Smithsonian National Zoological Park CRC
$19,500 DWCF

Development of Sex Selection Protocols for African and Asian Elephant Sperm
Deborah Olson, Indianapolis Zoo; Dennis Schmitt, DVM, PhD, SMSU; Charlie Gray, African Lion Safari
$48,795 DWCF/CEF

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