Seventeen projects saving species around the world are set to receive funds from the Indianapolis Zoo this year as part of its annual conservation grants program.
As wild things and wild places face increasing challenges, the Zoo’s involvement and monetary support extends to species under severe threat of extinction, including African elephants, great apes, and the recovery efforts for animals affected by Australia’s wildfires.
“We believe in a world where nature thrives. The conservation commitment of Hoosiers starts locally in our backyards and neighborhoods and extends nationally and internationally,” said Bill Street, Senior Vice President of Conservation, Life Sciences and Education. “We are proud to support conservation projects that protect and preserve species and habitats for future generations.”
Grants are given based on science and research; measurable impact; species visitors can see at the Zoo; and projects that help prevent illegal activities in areas where conflicts between people and wildlife exist.
The grants program has developed long-term relationships, leading to key opportunities for Zoo staff to experience in-the-field conservation efforts for the species they care for. In 2019, Forests Keeper Jill Barker spent two weeks working with Dr. Linda Kerley of the Amur Tiger Conservation Project, learning about population monitoring, anti-poaching management and wildlife disease monitoring.
2020 Conservation Initiatives:
Amur Tiger Conservation Project in Lazovsky District in Primorsky Krai, Russia (Amur tigers)
APOPO (African giant pouched rats)
APPC — Panamerican Conservation Association (sloths)
Association of Zoos and Aquariums: SAFE (endangered species including vaquitas, black rhinos, whooping crane, sharks and rays)
Australia Wildfire Relief (Australian wildlife)
Cheetah Conservation Fund (cheetahs)
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (gorillas)
Goualougo Triangle Ape Project (African great apes)
International Elephant Foundation (elephants)
IUCN — International Union for Conservation of Nature (endangered species)
Kutai National Park Orangutan Field Conservation (Bornean orangutans)
Macaw Recovery Network (scarlet and great green macaws)
Northern Rangelands Trust (hirola antelope)
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (Sumatran orangutans)
Tarangire Elephant Project (African elephants)
World Parrot Trust (blue-throated macaws)
ZACC — Zoos and Aquariums Committed to Conservation (endangered species)
Detailed descriptions for each project the Zoo supports can be found here.
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