List of Conservation Grants Fund Awards

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The AZA Conservation Grants Fund (CGF; formerly the Conservation Endowment Fund) supports the cooperative conservation and education initiatives of AZA and its members and partners. Between 1991 and 2014, the CGF has provided almost $6.5 million to almost 360 projects worldwide. In 2014, the AZA Board of Directors approved the release of $125,000 from the CGF, while the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) 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.

2014 Conservation Grants Fund Awards

Below is a list of projects which received support from the CGF in 2014. 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 Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF).

A Novel, Non-Invasive Approach to Developing a Bench-Side Assay for Pregnancy Diagnosis in Wild and Captive Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus)
Erin Curry, PhD, and Terri Roth, PhD - Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
$20,380 CGF

Above the Surface: Lifting Lake Sturgeon Conservation into Public View
Anna George, PhD, and Kathlina Alford - Tennessee Aquarium
$17,749 DWCF

Citizen Science and Community Involvement to Conserve Jaguars and Mitigate Human-Wildlife Conflict in Nicaragua's Paso del Istmo Biological Corridor
Jennie Becker - Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Kimberly Williams-Guillen, PhD - Paso Pacifico
$15,810 CGF

Closing the Gap to Conserve Golden Lion Tamarins
Jennifer Mickelberg, PhD - Zoo Atlanta
$27,020 DWCF

Community Outreach in Support of Vaquita Conservation - On the Ground and In the Air
Samantha Young - San Diego Zoo Global
$20,950 DWCF

Conservation of At-Risk Butterflies in South Florida
Jaret Daniels, PhD - Florida Museum of Natural History, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
Dustin Smith - Zoo Miami
$18,470 DWCF

Determining the Role of Environmental Conditions on the Fecundity of the Endangered Black-Footed Ferret
Rachel Santymire, PhD - Lincoln Park Zoo
$30,827 DWCF

Ensuring the Long-Term Protection of Siamese Crocodiles in Cambodia
Jennifer Daltry, PhD - Fauna & Flora International
$18,000 CGF

Evaluating the Reproductive Biology of the Critically Endangered Hicatee Turtle (Dermatemys mawii) under Captive Conditions in Belize
Richard Hudson Jr. - Turtle Survival Alliance
$18,450 DWCF

Lead-Poisoning, Clinical Management, and Stress in the California Condor
Zeka Kuspa - The Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz
Curtis Eng, DVM - Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Andrea Goodnight, DVM - Oakland Zoo
$14,624 DWCF

Loss of Genetic Diversity and Environmental Stress: Implications for the Management of Grevy's Zebra Populations
Sara Heisel - University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.
Belinda Mackey - Grevy's Zebra Trust
$22,393 CGF

MONGOLIA UP: Uniting People Globally for Wildlife Conservation
Richard Reading, PhD - Denver Zoological Foundation
Tungalagtuya Khuukhenduu - Nomadic Nature Conservation
$23,135 DWCF

Monitoring Long-Term Success of Bog Turtle Releases with Genetics and Telemetry
Michael Ogle - Knoxville Zoological Gardens
Benjamin Fitzpatrick, PhD - Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee
Cassie Dresser, PhD - Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee
$21,588 DWCF

Renewing Hope: Identifying Factors that Mediate the Survival of Panamanian Golden Frogs
Corinne Richards-Zawacki, PhD - Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University
$25,410 DWCF

Southern Madagascar's Lemur and Tortoise Biodiversity Preservation: Balancing Conservation Challenges to Community Needs through Biofuel Resourcing and Alternative Agriculture
Edward Louis Jr., DVM, PhD - Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
$8,991 DWCF

The Development of Personality and Welfare Metrics to Evaluate Fennec Foxes (Vulpes zerda) Serving as Program Animals
Corinne Kozlowski, PhD, and Karen Bauman - Saint Louis Zoo
$21,552 CGF

Understanding the Etiologies and Establishing Biomarkers for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Zoo-Managed Large Canids
Nucharin Songsasen, DVM, PhD - Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Karen Wolf, DVM, and William Waddell - Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
$19,420 CGF

Validating Three Nonlethal Methods for Detecting the Emerging Pathogen, Ranavirus spp., in Captivity and the Live Animal Trade
Jesse Brunner, PhD - Washington State University
$22,339 CGF/DWCF

Whole Blood Cytokine Expression for Diagnosis of Tuberculosis in Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus)
Jennifer Landolfi, DVM, PhD, DACVP - Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Karen Terio, DVM, PhD, DACVP - Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Michele Miller, DVM, MPH, MS, PhD - Stellenbosch University, South Africa
$7,892 DWCF

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