List of Conservation Grants Fund Awards

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The AZA Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) supports the cooperative conservation and education initiatives of AZA and its members and partners. Between 1991 and 2015, the CGF has provided more than $6.8 million to more than 375 projects worldwide. In 2015, the AZA Board of Directors approved the release of $125,000 from the CGF, while the Disney Conservation Fund generously granted $250,000 in support for this year's CGF awards. You can read more about previous projects funded by exploring the links on the left side of this page.

2015 Conservation Grants Fund Awards

Below is a list of projects which received support from the CGF in 2015. 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.

Comprehensive Assessment of Welfare in Cheetahs Housed Under Different Management Strategies in Zoos
Bonnie Baird, PhD, Mandi Schook, PhD, Kristen Lukas, PhD, and Christopher Kuhar, PhD - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Nadja Wielebnowski, PhD - Oregon Zoo
$20,360 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Dakota Skipper Propagation and Host Plant Performance Research
Erik Runquist, PhD, and Cale Nordmeyer - Minnesota Zoo
$22,467 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Delineation of the Reproductive Hormone Cycle of Three Critically Endangered Asian Turtle Species
Luke Wyrwich - Zoo Atlanta
$13,103 (CGF)

Enhancing Legal Protections for Bornean Orangutans and Their Habitat in the Gunung Palung National Park Landscape, West Kalimantan, Indonesia
Cheryl Knott, PhD - Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program
$18,750 (CGF)

Enhancing Natural Foraging Behavior in California Condors
Ronald Swaisgood, PhD, and Mike Wallace, PhD - San Diego Zoo Global
$23,900 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Influence of Male Physiology and Environmental Factors on Breeding Success and Population Sustainability for Zoo Managed Snow Leopards (Uncia uncia)
Jason Herrick, PhD - National Foundation for Fertility Research
Rachel Santymire, PhD - Lincoln Park Zoo
Cheryl Morris, PhD - Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
$20,580 (CGF)

Keeping Western Pond Turtles SAFE in Mountain Lake: A Community Collaboration
Jessie Bushell - San Francisco Zoological Gardens
$20,200 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Keeping Whooping Cranes Safe
Julie Langenberg, DVM - International Crane Foundation
$25,000 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Lale'enok: Conservation through Coexistence
S. David Jenike, PhD - Zoological Society of Cincinnati (dba Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden)
$18,383 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Ranavirus Surveys in Wild Communities of Reptiles and Amphibians
Matthew Allender, DVM, PhD - College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
$24,746 (CGF)

Reducing Human-Carnivore Conflict in Southern Tanzania through Educational Park Visits
Amy Dickman, PhD - Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford
$19,500 (Disney Conservation Fund/CGF)

Saving Conflict Elephants in Myanmar -- Using Temporary Electric Fences to Reduce Human-Elephant Conflict
Peter Leimgruber, PhD, and Christie Sampson, PhD - Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park
$22,720 (Disney Conservation Fund/CGF)

Spatial Dynamics of Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus) Spawning Aggregations, Abundance, Population Connectivity and Reproductive Output in the Bahamas
Kristine Stump, PhD, and Charles Knapp, PhD - John G. Shedd Aquarium
$19,453 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Strengthening Przewalski's Horse Populations in Hustai Nuruu National Park
Melissa Songer, PhD - Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Kate Jenks, PhD - Minnesota Zoo
$24,045 (Disney Conservation Fund/CGF)

The Tortoise Conservation Center: the Final Component in TSA Confiscation to Reintroduction Strategy for Southern Madagascar's Critically Endangered Tortoises
Rick Hudson - Fort Worth Zoo
$21,364 (Disney Conservation Fund)

Understanding Habitat Quality for the Desert Tortoise for the Purposes of Mitigation and Habitat Protection
Melia Nafus, PhD and Ronald Swaisgood, PhD - San Diego Zoo Global
$20,260 (CGF)

Wildlife and Lead Outreach Initiative
David Shepherdson, PhD and Grant Spickelmier - Oregon Zoo
$17,538 (Disney Conservation Fund)

"Youth for Lemurs" Global Conservation Education Program
Tiana Rahagalala - Wildlife Conservation Society
$17,900 (Disney Conservation Fund)


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