Published March 2, 2021
The Indianapolis Zoo has awarded several conservation projects for its 2021 Conservation Grant Program totaling nearly $350,000. These organizations are making an authentic difference in saving species worldwide and will continue their success with this support from the Zoo.
As wild things and wild places face increasing challenges, the Zoo’s support is essential and will assist in the conservation of species under severe threat of extinction, including African elephants, great apes, and the recovery efforts for critically endangered Orinoco crocodiles, one of the species featured in the Zoo’s upcoming exhibit Alligators & Crocodiles: The Fight to Survive presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers. The Zoo also continues to respond and support animal crises that are unexpected, such as the rescue effort for Texas sea turtles impacted by the recent winter storm.
“We are proud to support these proven conservation projects that protect nature and preserve species and habitats, both internationally and right here at home in Indiana, for future generations,” said Bill Street, Senior Vice President of Conservation, Life Sciences and Education. “Conservation efforts worldwide have been greatly impacted by the pandemic, so we are especially grateful to be able to fulfill our mission and commit this level of support in 2021 and beyond.”
Grants are given based on science and research, measurable impact and projects that incorporate logical behavior change in areas where conflicts between people and wildlife exist. The Zoo has provided more than $1 million in support to conservation efforts in the past three years.
2021 Conservation Initiatives:
APPC — Panamerican Conservation Association (sloths)
Cheetah Conservation Fund (cheetahs)
Goualougo Triangle Ape Project (African great apes)
Indiana Department of Natural Resources (crawfish frogs)
International Elephant Foundation (elephants)
IUCN Species Survival Commission (endangered species)
Macaw Recovery Network (scarlet and great green macaws)
Mara Elephant Project (African elephants)
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (Sumatran orangutans)
Tanzania Conservation and Research Project (African elephants)
Venezuelan Crocodile Specialist Group (Orinoco crocodiles)
Wildlife Conservation Society (lions)
World Parrot Trust (blue-throated macaws)
Detailed descriptions for each project the Zoo supports can be found here.
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