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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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)


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