North American Conservation Award

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

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Past Winners

See the past winners' applications (member login required)


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

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

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


Top Honors

  • Brevard Zoo for Community-based Oyster Restoration in Mosquito Lagoon, Florida
  • Oregon Zoo / Northwest Trek Wildlife Park for Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit Species Recovery

Significant Achievement
Monterey Bay Aquarium for Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program


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

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


Top Honors

  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center
  • Toronto Zoo / Calgary Zoo - Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery Program


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

Significant Achievement

  • Phoenix Zoo - Chiricahua Leopard Frog Head-starting and Release Program
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo - Karner Blue Butterfly Conservation Program


Significant Achievement

  • Detroit Zoo — Coordination of Great Lakes Piping Plover Salvage Captive Rearing
  • Knoxville Zoo — the Tennessee Bog Turtle Program


Top Honors
Albuquerque Bio Park — Tingley Beach Restoration Project


Top Honors
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium - Red Wolf Recovery Program

Significant Achievement

  • Tennessee Aquarium - Saving The Sturgeon Program
  • Zoological Society Of San Diego - San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike


Top Honors
Calgary Zoo - Conservation Research on the Prairies of Canada and Montana


There were no applications in 2005.


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


Top Honors
Toledo Zoo Oak Savanna Butterfly Conservation Program

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


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


Top Honors
Philadelphia Zoo - Diamondback Terrapin Conservation Program


Top Honors
San Francisco Zoo - California Bald Eagle Recovery Program


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

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