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 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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2018 Awards

Below is a list of projects which received support from the CGF in 2018. Each project lists the project title, principal investigators, their institutions, amount awarded, and source of the funding maintained within the CGF. Additional support this year was provided through generous funding from the Disney Conservation Fund and corporate partnerships with Stonyfield Farm, Inc. and Baby Jogger, LLC.

Addressing Critical Needs of Poachers to Conserve Mountain Gorillas and the Greater Biodiversity of Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Tara Stoinski, PhD, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International 
Kristen Lukas, PhD, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
$17,637.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Advancing Ex Situ Lemur Conservation, Management and Welfare in Madagascar: A Partnership with the Government of Madagascar
Andrea Katz and Sarah Zehr, PhD, Duke Lemur Center
$23,278.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Carrion for Vultures: A Wildlife Conservation Project to Protect Botswana’s Vultures
Erin Stotz, Denver Zoological Foundation
Glyn Maude, PhD, Raptors Botswana
$18,800.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Collaborating to Improve Conservation Efforts for the Critically Endangered Cuban Crocodile
Lauren Augustine, Saint Louis Zoo
Kevin Torregrosa, Bronx Zoo – Wildlife Conservation Society
Sharon Deem, DVM, PhD, DACZM, Saint Louis Zoo
Kyle Miller, Smithsonian National Zoological Park
$18,536.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Effects of Socialization on Behavioral, Physiologic and Reproductive Parameters of Bull Asian Elephants
Anneke Moresco, DVM, PhD, and Sharon Joseph, Denver Zoo
Janine Brown, PhD, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
$21,840.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Genetic Monitoring of the Endangered Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit
Lisette Waits, PhD and Stacey Nerkowski, University of Idaho
$18,151.00 (CGF)

Grassland Butterfly Conservation Program
Stephen Petersen, PhD, Assiniboine Park Conservancy
$16,560.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Health and Stress Physiology of White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in the North Atlantic: Enhancing Global Conservation Efforts With Field Research
Michael Hyatt, DVM and Alisa Newton, VMD, DACVP, New York Aquarium – Wildlife Conservation Society
$39,824.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Impacts of Ecotourism on Endangered Iguanas and Their Habitat in the Bahamas
Charles Knapp, PhD, John G. Shedd Aquarium
$19,460.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Impacts of Underwater Noise on Mother-Calf Communication in Endangered Beluga Whales
Valeria Vergara, PhD, Ocean Wise Conservation Association
$18,500.00 (CGF)

Monitoring Endangered Grey Crowned Cranes in Rwanda
Laura Peirson, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
$28,776.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Monitoring of Health and Welfare in the Endangered African Penguin Through Fecal Glucorticoid and Microbiome Analysis
Maureen Driscoll, PhD, Tracy Romano, PhD, and Allison Tuttle, DVM, DACZM, Sea Research Foundation, Inc.
$16,318.00 (Disney Conservation Fund / CGF) 

Saving Vultures in Southern Tanzania
Corinne Kendall, PhD North Carolina Zoo
$20,380.00 (CGF)

Skin Disease Diagnosis and Management for Nubian Giraffes in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Liza Dadone, VMD, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo 
Priya Bapodra-Villaverde, DACZM, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Sushan Han, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Colorado State University
Patricia Dennis, DVM, PhD, DACZM, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
$15,580.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

The Coexistence Co-Op: Improving Coexistence Between People and Wildlife in Northern Kenya
Darcy Ogada, PhD, The Peregrine Fund
Ann Knutson, San Diego Zoo
$20,675.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Understanding Endocrine Control of Ovarian Function for Improved Reproduction in Captive Whooping Cranes 
Nucharin Songsasen, DVM, PhD, National Zoological Park
$20,500.00 (CGF)

Using Mutual Mate Choice to Improve Reproductive Success in the Black-footed Ferret
Rachel Santymire, PhD, and Emily Potratz, Lincoln Park Zoo
$21,362.00 (CGF)


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