International Conservation Award

About the International Conservation Award

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums names conservation as its highest priority, and recognizes exceptional efforts by AZA Institution, Related Facility, or Conservation Partner members toward habitat preservation, species restoration, and support of biodiversity in the wild through its Conservation Award.

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

Application Process

International Conservation Award application (DOC)
Guidelines for Submission (PDF)
Remember to submit a  Media Release Form with your application (DOC)

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

2015

Top Honors
Saint Louis Zoo & many more for AZA Zoos Giving Voice to the Sahara: Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF) as a model for a zoo-driven conservation movement. The following collaborators share this award with Saint Louis Zoo: Abilene Zoo, Audubon Nature Institute, Blank Park Zoo, Brevard Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Buffalo Zoo, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Calgary Zoo, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Dickerson Park Zoo, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Houston Zoo, Inc., John Ball Zoo, Kansas City Zoo, Lee Richardson Zoo, Lehigh Valley Zoo, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens, Minnesota Zoological Garden, Nashville Zoo, North Carolina Zoo, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Oregon Zoo, Philadelphia Zoo, Phoenix Zoo, Potawatomi Zoo, Rolling Hills Zoo, Sacramento Zoo, Safari West Wildlife Preserve, San Antonio Zoo, San Diego Zoo Global, San Francisco Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, The Living Desert, Toledo Zoo, Tulsa Zoo, Utah's Hogle Zoo, White Oak Conservation Center, Woodland Park Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, Zoo Boise, Zoo Miami, Zoo New England

Significant Achievement
North Carolina Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Society for Successful Conservation of the Critically Endangered Cross River Gorilla

2014

Top Honors
Woodland Park Zoo and collaborators for Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program in Papua New Guinea. The following collaborators share this award with Woodland Park Zoo: Brevard Zoo, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Gladys Porter Zoo, Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens, Minnesota Zoological Garden, Oregon Zoo, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Saint Louis Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Zoo New England

2013

Top Honors
Lincoln Park Zoo for Serengeti Health Initiative

Significant Achievement

  • Bronx Zoo and Toledo Zoo for The Kihansi Spray Toad: A Cooperative Venture to Re-establish an Extinct-in-the-Wild Species
  • Minnesota Zoo for Science-based Management of Rhino Conservation and Tourism on Namibia's Communal Lands

2012

Top Honors

  • San Diego Zoo Global, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Memphis Zoo, Zoo Atlanta for Giant Pandas and their Habitat
  • Saint Louis Zoo for Grevy's Zebra Trust and AZA: A Model of Collaborative Endangered Species Collaboration. The following collaborators share this award with Saint Louis Zoo: Brevard Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Chicago Zoological Society, Cleveland Zoo, Dallas Zoo, Denver Zoo, Detroit Zoo, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and Rapid Relief Fund, Fresno Chaffee Zoo, White Oak Conservation Center, Jackson Zoo, Jacksonville Zoo, Los Angeles Zoo, Living Desert, Oklahoma City Zoo, Oregon Zoo, Phoenix Zoo, Reid Park Zoo (Zoo Teens Program), Riverbanks Zoo, Sacramento Zoo, Safari West, San Diego Zoo Global, SeaWorld / Busch Gardens, Sedgwick County Zoo, Toronto Zoo, Utah's Hogle Zoo

2011

Top Honors
Zoo Society of Milwaukee - Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative

2010

Top Honors

  • Houston Zoo, Inc. - El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center (EVACC)
  • Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo - Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership

2009

Top Honors
Lincoln Park Zoo — Gombe Ecosystem Health Project

2008

Top Honors
New England Aquarium — Phoenix Islands Protected Area

Significant Achievement

  • North Carolina Zoo — Cameroon Elephant Tracking and Conservation Project
  • Wildlife Conservation Society, Lincoln Park Zoo, Woodland Park Zoo, Reid Park Zoo, Kansas City Zoo, Indianapolis Zoo, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Jacksonville Zoo, Milwaukee Zoo — Tarangire Elephant Project

2007

Top Honors
Fort Worth Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society / Bronx Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo — Strategic Partnership For Asian Turtle Conservation 2007 Significant Achievement Denver Zoological Foundation — Mongolian Wildlife Conservation Program

2005

Top Honors
Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project — Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Significant Achievement
Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Program — Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (USA); Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (USA); Dallas Zoological Society (USA); Oklahoma City Zoological Park (USA); West of England Zoological Society (Bristol Zoo, UK.); Decin Zoo (Germany); Dresden Zoo (Germany); Gessellschaft zum Schutz der Eulen e.V. (Society for Conservation and Research of Owls); Landau Zoo (Germany); Loro Parque Fundacion (Tenerife, Spain); Melbourne Zoo (Australia); North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo, U.K.); Parc Zoologique et Botanique de la Ville de Mulhouse (Mulhouse Zoo, France); Rotterdam Zoo (Netherlands)

2004

Top Honors
Minnesota Zoo — Sumatran Tiger Conservation Program

2003

Top Honors
Rodrigues Fruit Bat Conservation Program — The Philadelphia Zoo, Oregon Zoo, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Woodland Park Zoo, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Blank Park Zoo, John Ball Zoo, Riverbanks Zoo, Folsom Children's Zoo, Biodome de Montreal

2002

Top Honors
Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program — Roger Williams Park Zoo, Calgary Zoological Society, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Gladys Porter Zoo, Kangaroo Conservation Center, Miami Metro Zoo, Milwaukee County Zoo, Oregon Zoo, Philadelphia Zoo, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, San Antonio Zoo, Santa Fe Community Teaching College, Woodland Park Zoo, Zoological Society of San Diego

2001

Top Honors
BIOANDINA: Conserving High Andes Habitat in Venezuela — Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

2000

Top Honors

  • Jamaican Iguana Conservation & Recovery Program — Fort Worth Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Indianapolis Zoo, Audubon Institute, Sedgwick County Zoo, Tulsa Zoo, Toledo Zoo, Central Florida Zoo, Columbus Zoo, Woodland Park Zoo, Gladys Porter Zoo and the Milwaukee County Zoo
  • ADOPT SAP: Sapo National Park, Libera, West Africa — Philadelphia Zoo

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