The Edward H. Bean Award recognizes a significant captive propagation effort that either significantly enhances the population of a species, or represents a breakthrough in husbandry or breeding strategies that are significant milestones for creating a new zoo and aquarium population.
There are two categories:
If there is any question as to what constitutes an eligible project, please email Rob Vernon or call (301) 244-3352.
2020 sample application and guidelines are available below. 2021 application materials will be updated in the Spring and will be due on June 15, 2021.
All Honors and Awards applications must be submitted in electronic format ONLY and must be compiled into one PDF file. Please make sure the file name reflects both the award name and the institution.
Please upload your file to the AZA Dropbox. Your file will go to the AZA Dropbox account, but you do not need to sign in, or even have a Dropbox account to use this link—when it opens, just click on the “choose files” box and upload your application.
Remember to submit a Media Release Form (DOC) with your application.
Bean Award application (DOC)
Guidelines for Submission (PDF)
See past recipients' application materials (member log in required)
Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, Nashville Zoo, and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium — Clouded Leopard
Endangered Wolf Center — Mexican Wolf
The Wilds — Southern White Rhinoceros
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