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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2019 Awards

Action Indonesia Global Species Management Plan: Monitoring Endangered Banteng in East Java
Steve Metzler, San Diego Zoo Safari Park/San Diego Zoo Global
$19,655.00(Disney Conservation Fund)

An Investigation into Contaminants and Industrial Disturbance to Migrating Whooping Cranes
Barry Hartup, DVM, International Crane Foundation

Assessing Long-Term Stress in Great Apes: Allostatic Load in Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and Bonobos (Pan paniscus)
Ashley Edes, PhD, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Janine Brown, PhD Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Katie Edwards, PhD Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
$24,990.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Characterization of Sand Tiger Shark Enclosure Use and Behavior to Understand Wellbeing and Reproduction
Nancy Ho, South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction & Conservation (SEZARC)
Carol Price, PhD, North Carolina Aquariums
Lara Metrione, PhD, South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction & Conservation (SEZARC)
$12,130.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Developing a Reintroduction Strategy for Madagascar's Critically Endangered Radiated Tortoise
Michael Ogle, Zoo Knoxville
Rick Hudson, Turtle Survival Alliance
Josh Lucas, Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
$22,610.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Documenting Dietary Variation in Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas with Goal of Informing Park Expansion Strategy
Tara Stoinski, PhD, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

The Future of Community-led Conservation:  Eliciting Empathy and Connection with Nature to Protect Black Rhinos in Namibia
Emily Kalnicky, PhD, Minnesota Zoological Gardens
Jeff Muntifering, PhD, Minnesota Zoological Gardens

Environmental Correlates of Survival and Extinction for the Critically Endangered Blue-crowned Laughingthrush
Rosa Gleave, Royal Holloway, University of London & Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
Mark Myers, Woodland Park Zoo
$15,695.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Investigation of possible genetic and environmental factors leading to uterine disease in African Painted Dogs
Dalen Agnew, DVM, PhD, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Monica McDonald, PhD, St. Louis Zoo, Reproductive Management Center
$10,800.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Kea Conservation Trust’s Fiordland Wilderness Kea Monitoring Project
Tamsin Orr-Walker, Kea Conservation Trust
Kimberly Klosterman, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
$9,744.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Linking In-situ and Ex-situ Populations of Threatened Amphibians Phase II: Using the Puerto-Rican Crested Toad and Chiricahua leopard Frog as a Model
Andy Kouba, PhD, Mississippi State University
Carrie Vance, PhD, Mississippi State University
Diane Barber, Fort Worth Zoo
$21,757.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Monitoring, Breeding and Reestablishing the Critically Endangered ‘Alalā (Corvus hawaiiensis) through Spatial and Social Networks
Alison Greggor, PhD, San Diego Zoo Global
Ronald Swaisgood, PhD, San Diego Zoo Global
Bryce Masuda, San Diego Zoo Global
$21,256.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Project PRAIRIE - Prairies that Invigorate Inquiry Learning
Mitchell Magdich, The Toledo Zoo
Alexandra Burris, PhD, The Toledo Zoo
$21,893.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Rangelands Restoration for Hirola, the World's Most Endangered Antelope, Kenya
Abdullah Ali, PhD, Hirola Conservation Programme
$20,000.00 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Vanishing Vultures: Preventing Vulture Extinctions and Consequent Disease Increases in the Horn of Africa
Evan Buechley, PhD, HawkWatch International
Peter Marra, PhD, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

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