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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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

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