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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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


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