Ellen Trout Zoo Crocodile Conservation Scholarship

The Ellen Trout Zoo Crocodile Conservation Scholarship is sponsored by the Ellen Trout Zoo of Lufkin, Texas, and managed by Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG).The award may be applied only towards the Crocodilian Biology and Captive Management professional training course.

The Ellen Trout Zoo Crocodile Conservation Award promotes professional training in crocodilian biology and captive management for zoo and aquarium colleagues from countries in Latin America and the Caribbean Basin, and encourages cooperative crocodilian conservation efforts among and between zoological institutions throughout the Americas. Employees or associates of zoological institutions or conservation organizations in Latin America or the Caribbean may apply. Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate involvement in cooperative crocodilian captive breeding programs and/or field conservation efforts with AZA member institutions or other regional partners.

Crocodilians are considered the top predators of tropical and subtropical wetland ecosystems. Latin America possesses one of the highest levels of crocodilian diversity on earth and is home to the Orinoco crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) and the Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer), both of which are critically endangered species.

Scholarship Applications

Visit the ZCOG website and download the 2015 scholarship application from a link near the bottom of the page. Full submission information is included in the application. Only one scholarship application may be submitted per individual per year.

Please note: If you do not receive the award and plan to take the course anyway, the scholarship application does not represent a reserved space in an AZA course. To secure a space in a course you must submit a completed registration form, and pay the tuition in full. If you receive the award, your full tuition payment will be refunded.

Detailed Award Coverage

ZCOG awards cover the following AZA training course related expenses:

  • Course registration (full)
  • Round-trip airfare from the award recipient’s point of origin to the destination city hosting the workshop (full)
  • Round-trip airport shuttle ground transportation within the continental United States (full)
  • Hotel/lodging throughout the duration of the course (based on double occupancy rate)


  • Course registration: ZCOG will arrange payment of the award recipient’s course registration.
  • Airfare: The award recipient shall forward a preferred travel itinerary, including departure and return dates, to ZCOG. ZCOG will arrange the award recipient’s airfare. The group will not reimburse award recipients for airfares purchased without first consulting ZCOG. Travel will be limited to dates surrounding the course.
  • Ground Transport: ZCOG will arrange payment of the award recipient’s ground transportation.
  • Hotel/Lodging: ZCOG will cover hotel/lodging expenses for the award recipient via direct payment to the hotel. Lodging arrangements will be made by the AZA Professional Development Department.
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided as part of the accommodations or courses. Dinners are mostly on your own.
  • Travel VISA: ZCOG will, if necessary, draft a letter of support that the award recipient can use for their US Travel VISA interview. 

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