Edward H. Bean Award

About the Edward H. Bean Award

The Edward H. Bean Award recognizes a truly significant captive propagation effort that clearly enhances the management 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:

  • How is the breeding program significant for the conservation of the species?
  • The long-term commitment of the institution(s) to the breeding program.
  • How were the husbandry and research findings made accessible to other institutions and how was it shared?
  • Disposition of offspring to enhance the long-term, successful maintenance of the species.
  • How does the breeding program support the applicable AZA TAG and/or SSP goals for the species?

If there is any question as to what constitutes an eligible project, please email Barbara Pueschel or call 301-244-3326.

How to Apply

Here are the updated application and guidelines for 2017. They have been streamlined and revised.

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.

Past Winners

See past recipients' application materials (member log in required)

2016

Top Honors
Wildlife Conservation Society / Bronx Zoo — Maleo

2015

Top Honors
Minnesota Zoo — Tiger

Significant Achievement

  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden — Giant Jumping Stick
  • The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore — Panamanian Golden Frog

Innovation
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre — Oregon Spotted Frog

2014

Top Honors

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom — Taveta Golden Weaver
  • Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and San Diego Zoo Global — African Bush Elephant

2013

Top Honors
Knoxville Zoological Gardens — Madagascar Spider Tortoise

Significant Achievement
Red River Zoological Society — Chinese Red Panda  

2012

Top Honors
Saint Louis Zoo — Ozark Hellbender   

2011

Top Honors

  • Riverbanks Zoo and Aquarium — Bali Mynah
  • Zoo Atlanta — Western lowland gorilla

2010

Top Honors
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park — Kori Bustard

Significant Achievement

  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium — Garibaldi
  • New England Aquarium — Queen Triggerfish
  • Riverbanks Zoo and Garden — Black-footed Cat

2009

Top Honors

  • Audubon (ACRES) — Mississippi Sandhill Crane
  • SeaWorld San Diego — Common Bottlenose Dolphin

Significant Achievement
Disney's Animal Kingdom — Key Largo Woodrat

2008

Top Honors

  • Chicago Zoological Society — Goeldi's Monkey
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom — Carmine Bee-eater

2007

Top Honors
Indianapolis Zoo — Jamaican Iguana Breeding Program

2006

Top Honors

  • Milwaukee Zoo — Long-term Propagation and Management of Bonobo
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo — American Burying Beetle Breeding Program 2006

Significant Achievement

  • Santa Barbara Zoo — Giant Anteater Breeding Program
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium — Caiman Lizard Breeding Program

2005

Top Honors

  • Cincinnati Zoo — Long-term Propagation and Captive Management of the Honey Ant
  • National Zoological Park — Golden Orb Spider Long-term Propagation Program
  • Riverbanks Zoo — Malagasy Leaf-tailed Gecko Long-term Propagation and Captive Husbandry Program

Significant Achievement
Saint Louis Zoo — Wildlife Contraception Center

2004

Top Honors

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden — Long-term Propagation, Captive Management and Biology of the Spiny Lobster Katydid
  • Fossil Rim Wildlife Center — Long-term Propagation of the Attwater's Prairie Chicken

Significant Achievement

  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas — Freshwater Stingray Breeding Program
  • SeaWorld San Diego — Green Sea Turtle Management and Propagation History at SeaWorld San Diego

2003

Top Honors
Waikiki Aquarium — Long-term Tropical Pacific Coral Propagation Program

Significant Achievement

  • Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum — Aldabra Tortoise Breeding Program
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden — Long-term Propagation and Captive Management of the Leaf-cutting Ant

2002

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden — Long-term Propagation and Captive Management of the Giant Water Bug
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden — Sumatran Rhino Breeding Program
  • Aquarium of the Pacific — Weedy Sea Dragon Propagation Program

2001

  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden — Long-term Propagation of the Peruvian Fire Stick
  • Indianapolis Zoological Gardens — African Elephant Program

2000

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden — Bullet Ants
  • Minnesota Zoo — Long-term Propagation for Pronghorn

1999

  • Brookfield Zoo — Long-term Propagation and Management of Tanagers
  • Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo — Propagation of Red and Lesser Bird of Paradise
  • Oregon Zoo — Long-tem Propagation of Humboldt Penguins
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USCD — Pacific Seahorse Propagation Program
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium — Pacific Bonito program

1998

  • Belle Isle Aquarium — Long-term Propagation of Golden Skiffia
  • Riverbanks Zoo — Long-term Propagation Program for toucans
  • Knoxville Zoo — Long-term Propagation and Contributory Program for the Red Panda
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum — Hummingbird propagation program
  • Zoo Atlanta — Comprehensive Program for Great Ape Management and Conservation
  • St Louis Zoo — Long-term Husbandry Program for the Formation and Maintenance of an All Male Group of Western Lowland Gorillas
  • Detroit Zoo — Long-term Propagation Program for the Emperor Newt

1997

Dickerson Park Zoo — Long-term propagation program of the Asian Elephant

1996

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden — Sunburst Diving Beetles
  • The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore — African Penguin Long-term propagation program
  • Vancouver Aquarium — Lingcod breeding program

1995

Avicultural Breeding & Research Center — Breeding program for Palm Cockatoo

1994

  • Avicultural Breeding & Research Center — Breeding program for Caninde Macaws
  • Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, Minnesota Zoological Garden, & National Zoological Park — Long-term propagation of tigers
  • Vancouver Public Aquarium — Breeding program for Pandalid shrimp

1993

  • New York Aquarium — Breeding program for Belugas
  • Gladys Porter Zoo — Breeding program for Philippine crocodile

1992

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium — Breeding program for Purple-striped jellyfish
  • National Zoological Park — Komodo Monitor hatching

1991

  • Audubon Park & Zoological Garden — Asian hornbills breeding program
  • San Diego Zoo — Francois' langur propagation program
  • Waikiki Aquarium — Chambered nautilus breeding program
  • Woodland Park Zoological Garden — Solomon Islands leaf frogs propagation program

1990

  • Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens — Long-term propagation of lowland gorilla
  • Tulsa Zoological Park — Atlantic spadefish

1989

  • Fort Worth Zoological Park — Arboreal boid breeding program
  • San Diego Wild Animal Park, San Diego Zoo, and Los Angeles Zoo — California condor
  • Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and St. Louis Zoological Park — Guar and Banteng propagation programs
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore - Dart-poison frog breeding program

1988

  • Dallas Zoo — Bushmaster propagation program
  • Louisville Zoological Garden — Woolly monkey propagation program

1987

  • Toledo Zoological Gardens — Boa breeding program
  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium — Red wolf propagation program
  • Sea Life Park — False killer whale

1986

  • Knoxville Zoological Gardens — Papuan python prop, program
  • National Zoological Park, New York Zoological Park & Philadelphia Zoological Garden — Guam rail & Kingfisher breeding programs
  • New York Zoological Park — Snow leopard breeding program
  • Sea World of Florida — Killer whale
  • Cincinnati Zoo — Harlequin beetle breeding program

1985

  • Belle Isle Zoo & Aquarium — Checkerboard stingray propagation program
  • Gladys Porter Zoo — Turtle breeding program
  • Buffalo Zoological Gardens — Puerto Rican crested toad propagation program
  • Cincinnati Zoo — Hercules beetle

1984

  • Seattle Aquarium — Giant Pacific octopus
  • Honolulu Zoo & San Antonio Zoological Gardens — Madagascar angulated tortoise
  • Sea World, Inc. (San Diego) — King & Emperor penguins propagation program
  • Saint Louis Zoological Park — Speke's gazelle propagation program

1983

  • The Seattle Aquarium — Coho salmon breeding program
  • Vancouver Public Aquarium — Marine fishes breeding program
  • Miami Metrozoo — Crocodilian breeding program
  • New York Zoological Park — White-naped crane breeding program
  • Buffalo Zoological Gardens — Red-eyed tree frog breeding program

1982

  • Houston Zoological Gardens — Angolan python
  • Riverbanks Zoological Park — Black howler monkey propagation program

1981

  • Vancouver Public Aquarium — Cockscomb prickleback
  • National Zoological Park & New York Zoological Park — Chinese alligator
  • Sea World, Inc.(San Diego) — Emperor penguin
  • Cincinnati Zoo — Texas blind salamander

1980

  • The Seattle Aquarium — Pacific spiny lumpsucker
  • Houston Zoological Gardens — Scarlet cock-of-the-rock
  • Sea World (San Diego) — Penguin propagation program
  • National Zoological Park — Golden lion tamarin propagation program

1979

  • Hanna-Barbera Marineland — Pacific walrus
  • Houston Zoological Gardens — Red bird-of-paradise
  • Dallas Zoo — Bismarck ringed python
  • Cincinnati Zoo — Giant Asian walking stick
  • Vancouver Public Aquarium — Wolf eel

1978

  • National Zoological Park — Orangutan, second generation
  • Reptile Breeding Foundation — Insular forms of Epicrates
  • New York Zoological Park — Malayan wreath-billed hornbill
  • Metro Toronto Zoo — Renauld's ground cuckoo
  • Cincinnati Zoo — Royal goliath beetle

1977

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo — Black howler monkey
  • Saint Louis Zoological Park — Bateleur eagle
  • Sedgwick County Zoo — Green tree python Dart-poison frog

1976

  • Washington Park Zoo — Asian elephant, second generation
  • National Zoological Park — North Island brown kiwi
  • Institute/Herp. Research — White-lipped python
  • Belle Isle Aquarium — Freshwater stingray

1975

  • Lincoln Park Zoo — La Plata three-banded armadillo
  • New York Zoological Park — North Pacific murre
  • Sacramento Zoo — Fiji iguana

1974

  • San Diego Zoo — Ruffed lemur
  • San Diego Wild Animal Park — Abyssinian ground hornbill
  • Brookfield Zoo — Hinge-backed tortoise
  • New England Aquarium — Chain dogfish

1973

  • Lincoln Park Zoo — Black leopard, third generation
  • New York Zoological Park — White-quilled black bustard
  • Columbus Zoo — Jamaican boa

1972

  • St. Louis Zoological Park — Black lemur, second generation
  • Zoo Atlanta — Morelet's crocodile
  • Topeka Zoological Park — American golden eagle
  • Shark-Quarium, Florida — Bonnethead shark

1971

  • Busch Gardens (Tampa) — Roan antelope
  • New York Zoological Park — Tufted puffin
  • Los Angeles Zoo — Dog-toothed cat snake
  • New York Aquarium — Black piranha

1970

  • Memphis Zoo & Aquarium — Douc langur
  • Catskill Game Farm — King vulture
  • Brookfield Zoo — Green-crested basilisk

1969

  • Columbus Zoo — Lowland gorilla, 2nd generation
  • New York Zoological Park — Argentine ruddy duck, Reticulated python

1968

  • Steinhart Aquarium — Bushmaster
  • Crandon Park Zoo (Miami) — Aardvark
  • National Zoological Park — Elf owl

1967

  • Brookfield Zoo — Philippine tarsier
  • New York Zoological Park — Adelie penguin
  • Houston Zoological Gardens — Malayan pit viper
  • Hanna-Barbera Marineland — Bat ray

1966

San Diego Zoo — Proboscis monkey, Thick-billed parrot, and African soft-shelled turtle

1965

  • New York Zoological Park — Indian chevrotain
  • San Diego Zoo — Rhinoceros iguana

1964

  • Phoenix Zoo — Arabian oryx
  • San Diego Zoo — Gila monster & Galapagos tortoise
  • Busch Gardens (Tampa) — Golden-naped macaw

1963

  • Washington Park Zoo — Asian elephant
  • Milwaukee Zoo — Siamang

1962

Brookfield Zoo — Dall sheep

1961

San Diego Zoo — Koala

1960

Brookfield Zoo — Okapi

1959

  • Catskill Game Farm — Asian wild horse
  • National Zoological Park — Snow leopard & Wisent

1958

Audubon Park & Zoo — Whooping crane

1957

Columbus Zoo — Lowland gorilla 


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