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 here.

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2021 Awards

Characterization of Adult Zebra Shark Reproductive Cycles and Baseline Rates of Parthenogenesis
Kady Lyons, PhD, Georgia Aquarium
Lance Adams, DVM, Aquarium of the Pacific
Mike Murray, The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Developing a Non-invasive (Fecal DNA) Genotyping Tool from Genomes for the Critically Endangered Eastern Bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci)
Budhan Pukazhenthi, PhD, Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
Klaus-Peter Koepfli, PhD, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation - George Mason University
Haw Chuan Lim, PhD, George Mason University
John Andrews, Lincoln Park Zoo
Karen Holm, DVM, George Mason University

Documenting Breeding Success and Genetic Diversity of a Reintroduced Population of Dusky Gopher Frogs (Lithobates sevosus)
Allison Bogisich, The Memphis Zoo
Sinlan Poo, PhD, The Memphis Zoo
Timothy Brooks, The US Army Corps of Engineers

Engaging Public Aquaria to Build an Open-Source Marine Fish Egg Catalog
Barbara Bailey, New England Aquarium
Andrew Rhyne, PhD, Roger Williams University
Kylie Lev, Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences

Enhancing SMART Capacity to Improve Management Effectiveness and Conservation Outcomes in Zambia's National Protected Area Network
Drew Cronin, PhD, North Carolina Zoo

Expanding the Regional Impact of the Coexistence Co-op
Darcy Ogada, PhD, The Peregrine Fund
Alayne Cotterill, PhD, Lion Landscapes

Ex Situ Management and Population Monitoring for the Endangered Dakota Skipper in Canada
Stephen Petersen, PhD, Assiniboine Park Conservancy
Laura Burns, Assiniboine Park Conservancy

Further Development of a Noninvasive Fecal Profile to Monitor and Assess Health in Endangered African Penguins
Maureen Driscoll, PhD, Sea Research Foundation Inc d/b/a Mystic Aquarium
Tracy Romano, PhD, Sea Research Foundation Inc d/b/a Mystic Aquarium
Allison Tuttle, DVM, Diplomate ACZM, Sea Research Foundation Inc d/b/a Mystic Aquarium

Satellite Telemetry and Remote Sensing for Land Use Planning and Grevy’s Zebra Conservation in Northern Kenya
Sheila Funnell, Grevy's Zebra Trust
Belinda Low, Grevy's Zebra Trust
Martha Fischer, Saint Louis Zoo

Seasonal Reproductive Health Assessments of In Situ Sand Tiger Sharks (Carcharias taurus) to Develop a Seasonally Appropriate Health Database for Ex Situ Populations
Michael Hyatt, DVM, New York Aquarium
Emily Christiansen, DVM, MPH, Diplomate ACZM, North Carolina Aquariums
Linda Penfold, PhD, South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction & Conservation

Understanding the Roles of Behavior and Physiology on the Survival of Reintroduced Swift Foxes
Nucharin Songsasen, PhD, Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute
Hila Sharmon, PhD, Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute
Melissa Songer, PhD, Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

Using Satellite Telemetry to Assess Movement and Behavioral Patterns of Cold Stunned Sea Turtles that Strand in New England and are Released off Florida’s East Coast
Debborah Luke, PhD, The Florida Aquarium
Ashley Riese, The Florida Aquarium

Vaccination of Last Remaining Population of Riparian Brush Rabbits (Sylvilagus bachmani riparius) against Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) in Central California
Darren Minier, Oakland Zoo
Alex Herman, DVM, Oakland Zoo

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