North American Conservation Award

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About the North American 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 regional habitat preservation, species restoration, and support of biodiversity in the wild through its North American Conservation Award. Regional efforts include those within the submitting institution's country or local bioclimatic / geographic area which may only include countries outside North American that are contiguous to those areas.

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

How to Submit an Application

North American Conservation Award application  (in DOC)

Read the Guidelines for Submission  (in 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 file. Please make sure the file name reflects both the award name and the institution.

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 Take a look at winners.

2015 Innovation

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center for Grizzly Bear Conservation through Bear Resistant Product Testing

2015 Significant Achievement

Disney's Animal Kingdom and The Seas for Disney's Sea Turtle Conservation Program


Gladys Porter Zoo for Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Conservation Program


Brevard Zoo for Community-based Oyster Restoration in Mosquito Lagoon, Florida

Oregon Zoo / Northwest Trek Wildlife Park for Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Species Recovery

2013 Significant Achievement

Monterey Bay Aquarium for Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program


Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Oregon Zoo, Woodland Park Zoo for Oregon Spotted Frog Reintroduction Project  

2012 Significant Achievement

Oregon Zoo, Woodland Park Zoo for Oregon Silverspot Butterfly Captive Rearing Program

SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo Global for Light-footed Clapper Rail Recovery

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo for Manatee Care and Conservation Program  

2011 Top Honors

 Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center

 Toronto Zoo / Calgary Zoo - Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery Program

2010 Top Honors

 Chicago Zoological Society / Mote Marine Laboratory - Long-term Bottlenose Dolphin Conservation Research

2010 Significant Achievement

 Phoenix Zoo - Chiricahua Leopard Frog Head-starting and Release Program

 Roger Williams Park Zoo - Karner Blue Butterfly Conservation Program

2009 Significant Achievement Awards

Detroit Zoo — Coordination of Great Lakes Piping Plover Salvage

Captive Rearing Knoxville Zoo — the Tennessee Bog Turtle Program

2008 Top Honors

Albuquerque Bio Park — Tingley Beach Restoration Project

2007 Top Honors

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Red Wolf Recovery Program

2007 Significant Achievement

Tennessee Aquarium
Saving The Sturgeon Program

Zoological Society Of San Diego
San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike

2006 Top Honors

Calgary Zoo
Conservation Research on the Prairies of Canada and Montana


There were no applications in 2005.

2004 Top Honors

Puerto Rican Crested Toad Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Conservation Partnership
The Audubon Zoo, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Buffalo Zoological Gardens, Central Florida Zoological Park, Central Park Zoo, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Detroit Zoo, Fort Worth Zoo, Granby Zoo, Louisville Zoological Garden; Lowry Park Zoo, Miami MetroZoo, Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens, Oklahoma City Zoo, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, Saint Louis Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, Sedgwick County Zoo, Toledo Zoo, Toronto Zoo and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center

2003 Top Honors

Toledo Zoo
Oak Savanna Butterfly Conservation Program

2003 Significant Achievement

Memphis Zoo
Conservation of the Louisiana Pine Snake

Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program
Albuquerque Biological Park, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Dakota Zoo, El Paso Zoo, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Minnesota Zoological Garden, Smithsonian's National Zoological Park, Phoenix Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo, Utica Zoo, Wild Canid Survival and Research Center, Zoo New England

2002 Top Honors

Zoological Society of San Diego
Hawai'i Endangered Bird Conservation Program

2001 Top Honors

Philadelphia Zoo
Diamondback Terrapin Conservation Program

2000 Top  Honors

San Francisco Zoo
California Bald Eagle Recovery Program

1999 Top Honors

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Houston Zoological Gardens, and San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquarium
Attwater's Prairie Chicken Recovery Program