www.aza.org/">Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) grants totaling $205,000 to be awarded to 11 projects.
“Supported by AZA’s Conservation Endowment Fund, scientists at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and their partners are at the cutting edge of wildlife science. They are advancing our understanding of wildlife biology, reproduction, behavior, welfare, and many other topics,” said AZA Senior Vice President for Conservation and Education, Dr. Paul Boyle. “Focusing on threatened and endangered species across the globe, AZA scientists are making important contributions to conservation and protecting the future of mankind’s wildlife heritage.”
Established in 1984, the AZA Conservation Endowment Fund is a competitive grants program that supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA members and their partners. Every major type of conservation and animal care initiative is represented — research, field conservation, education and outreach, animal welfare, animal health and animal management. Many Conservation Endowment Fund projects are collaborations among AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and state, federal and international wildlife agencies, academia and other conservation organizations.
Between 1991 and 2011, the CEF provided more than $5.5 million to 310 projects worldwide. Conservation Endowment Fund.
After a competitive review of 64 applications, 11 projects were chosen to be funded for 2012. Claire Mirande, International Crane Foundation
Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. To learn more visit http://www.aza.org. For more information about Disney’s conservation efforts, please visit http://www.disney.com/conservation.
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