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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2017 Awards

Below is a list of projects which received support from the CGF in 2017. 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.

An Integrated Conservation Breeding Center for the Critically Endangered Red Siskin in Venezuela

Paul Marinari, Smithsonian National Zoological Park & Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
$18,422.00 (Disney Conservation Fund) 

Anteaters & Highways:  Why, When and How Giant Anteaters Cross Roads and Understanding Impacts and Effects of Roads on Giant Anteater Populations
Arnaud Desbiez, PhD, Zoo Conservation Outreach Group
$23,000.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)            

Applying SNP-Derived Genotyping to the Captive Management of the Critically Endangered Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana muscosa)
Natalie Calatayud, PhD, Cynthia Steiner, PhD, and Debra Shier, PhD, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
$17,882.00 (Disney Conservation Fund) 

Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Genome Resource Banking for Improved Genetic Management of the Tiger Species Survival Plan
Jason  Herrick, PhD, Christina Ploog, DVM, and Doug Armstrong, DVM, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Kathy Traylor-Holzer, PhD, IUCN-SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group
Tara Harris, PhD, Minnesota Zoo
$12,662.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Developing Low-Impact Monitoring Approaches for Reintroduced Populations of Scimitar-Horned Oryx and Przewalski's Horses
Melissa Songer, PhD and Katherine Mertes, Smithsonian National Zoological Park
$24,900.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Does Hybridization of Bornean Orangutan Subspecies Lead to Outbreeding Depression?
Graham Banes, PhD, Henry Vilas Zoo
Megan Elder, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
$22,932.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Emergency Protection for the Critically Endangered Ploughshare Tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora)
Ross Kiester, PhD and Paul Gibbons, DVM, Turtle Conservancy
$25,502.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Metagenomic Investigation Into the Cause of Shell Disease in Western Pond Turtles (Actinemys marmorata)
Karen Terio, DVM, PhD, DACVP and Daniel Woodburn, DVM, DACVP, University of Illinois
$20,567.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Pharmacokinetics of the Antimalarial Drug Primaquine in African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus)
Ellen Bronson, DVM, DACZM, Jennifer Kottyan, and Samantha Sander, DVM, DACZM, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
$16,100.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Save Our Scavengers: A Conservation Education Project to Protect Botswana's Vultures
Erin Stotz, Denver Zoo
Glyn Maude, PhD, Raptors Botswana
$18,360.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Spines Across the Water- Using STEM in Caribbean Schools to Train the Next Generation of Conservation Ecologists Through Assessing Diadema Deficient Coral Reefs
Jeffrey Graves and Deborah Stone, The Florida Aquarium
$18,750.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

The Relevancy of Zoo Experiences: Cognition, Affect, Conservation, and Health
Lance Miller, PhD, Jerry Luebke, and Jennifer Matiasek, Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo
$30,923.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

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