The Edward H. Bean Award recognizes a truly significant captive propagation effort that clearly enhances the conservation of the species. One-time first breedings that produce viable offspring can still qualify for an award but it must demonstrate an exceptional institutional commitment and not just happenstance. However, priority will be given to long-term propagation or management programs that produce multiple successful births that have a quantifiable impact on the sustainability of the species or subspecies.
Judging will be based on the following criteria:
If there is any question as to what constitutes an eligible project, please email Barbara Pueschel or call 301-244-3326.
NOTE: Updated applications for 2017 will be posted on March 1 - there will be some substantive changes in the application and guidelines.
Bean Award application (DOC)
Guidelines for Submission (PDF)
Remember to submit a Media Release Form (in DOC) with your application.
All Honors and Awards applications must be submitted in electronic format ONLY and must be compiled into one PDF. Please make sure the file name reflects both the award name and the institution. AZA has contracted with Webcargo to provide a quick and easy way for you to submit your application. Send your application via Webcargo.
See past recipients' application materials (member log in required)
Wildlife Conservation Society / Bronx Zoo — Maleo
Minnesota Zoo — Tiger
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre — Oregon Spotted Frog
Knoxville Zoological Gardens — Madagascar Spider Tortoise
Red River Zoological Society — Chinese Red Panda
Saint Louis Zoo — Ozark Hellbender
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park — Kori Bustard
Disney's Animal Kingdom — Key Largo Woodrat
Indianapolis Zoo — Jamaican Iguana Breeding Program
Saint Louis Zoo — Wildlife Contraception Center
Waikiki Aquarium — Long-term Tropical Pacific Coral Propagation Program
Dickerson Park Zoo — Long-term propagation program of the Asian Elephant
Avicultural Breeding & Research Center — Breeding program for Palm Cockatoo
San Diego Zoo — Proboscis monkey, Thick-billed parrot, and African soft-shelled turtle
Brookfield Zoo — Dall sheep
San Diego Zoo — Koala
Brookfield Zoo — Okapi
Audubon Park & Zoo — Whooping crane
Columbus Zoo — Lowland gorilla