Zoo Awards International Conservation Grants
Conservation Funding and Partnerships protect endangered species

Zoo Awards International Conservation Grants


The Indianapolis Zoo empowers people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. A keystone of that commitment is to directly support the efforts of organizations and scientists in the field through a $350,000 conservation grants program.

“Our commitment to conservation begins locally in Indiana and reaches around the world,” said Indianapolis Zoo President Dr. Rob Shumaker. “We are privileged and honored to support the work of our remarkable colleagues who are making an authentic difference for animals across the planet.”

In 2019, grant recipients include long-standing conservation partners as well as projects new to the Zoo’s program. As wild things and wild places face increasing challenges, the Zoo’s involvement and monetary support extends to species facing severe threats, including African elephants, orangutans, macaws and many more.

The Zoo supports activities that provide measurable impact for species’ populations and directly increase the sustainability of ecosystems, including scientific research and the prevention of illegal activities in areas where conflicts between people and wildlife exist.

2019 Conservation Initiatives:

Amur Tiger Conservation in Lazovsky District in Primorsky Krai, Russia (Amur tigers)

Association of Zoos and Aquariums: SAFE (endangered species including vaquitas, black rhinos, whooping crane, sharks and rays)

Cheetah Conservation Fund (cheetahs)

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (gorillas)

Goualougo Triangle Ape Project (African great apes)

International Elephant Foundation (elephants)

International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN (endangered species)

Kutai National Park Orangutan Field Conservation (Bornean orangutans)

Macaw Recovery Network, formerly The Ara Project (scarlet and Great Green captive breeding and reintroduction; Great Green monitoring and management)

Mara Elephant Project (African elephants)

Northern Rangelands Trust (hirola antelope)

Orangutan Veterinary Advisory Group (training for vets in Southeast Asia)

Purdue University and IDNR Hellbender Rearing Program (hellbenders)

Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (orangutans in Sumatra)

Tarangire Elephant Project (African elephants)

World Parrot Trust (blue-throated macaws)

Find all the details on the 2019 conservation initiatives here.

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