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  • Organization Name Project Name Project Description Species Country

    African People & Wildlife

    Fund

    Maasailand Lion

    Conservation Program

    Working together with Maasai villages in Tanzania to reduce

    lion-livestock conflict by installing environmentally-friendly and

    culturally appropriate livestock enclosures called "living

    walls." The enclosures are lion resistant and combine chain

    link fencing with live trees as fence posts. Protecting lion

    habitat though the support of village game scout teams and

    enhancing location knowledge about lions through education

    efforts in partnership with rural schools.

    African Lions Tanzania

    African Wildlife

    Conservation Fund

    Conserving Zimbabwe's

    Endangered Wild Dogs

    Working to improve the viability of the African wild dog

    population in Zimbabwe. Combining hands-on conservation,

    education and policy intervention to address the major threats

    of habitat loss and fragmentation, snaring, and disease.

    Supporting anti-poaching efforts and reducing the threat from

    diseases such as rabies and canine distemper through

    vaccination campaigns for domestic dogs near wild dog

    habitat.

    African Wild Dogs Zimbabwe

    Alliance for Tompotika

    Conservation (The Adudu

    Nantu International

    Conservation Foundation)

    Conservation of Nantu

    Rainforest, Sulawesi

    Protecting wildlife including babirusa, anoas, Heck's

    macaque, and tarsier in the Nantu rainforest in Sulawesi,

    Indonesia through a holistic conservation program. Patrolling

    the forest with the Nantu Protection Unit to remove snares

    and report other illegal hunting or logging activity. Distributing

    a children's storybook to educate local students about the

    biodiversity of Sulawesi. Helping local settlers reduce their

    dependence on destructive forest practices such as slash

    and burn agriculture. This is the first year this project has

    received DWCF funding.

    Babirusas, Anoas,

    Tarsiers , Heck's

    Macaques

    Indonesia

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    American Museum of

    Natural History

    Monitoring Scarlet

    Macaws in Guatemala

    Embarking on the third year of scarlet macaw conservation in

    the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala through a

    collaboration between the American Museum of Natural

    History and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Using

    research efforts to refine mitigation strategies, provide

    opportunities for education and training, and promote

    awareness and advocacy for scarlet macaw conservation.

    Working with the local school in Paso Caballos to explore

    novel ways to engage students in the classroom and foster

    their role as community ambassadors, while continuing to

    advance implementation of broader public outreach

    campaigns.

    Scarlet Macaws Guatemala

    Archbold Expeditions Restoring Habitat for

    Gopher Tortoises

    Studying the effect of prescribed forest burns on the

    demography and recovery of threatened gopher tortoises in

    Central Florida. Producing videos for awareness, educational

    presentations for local children and adults, and a workshop

    for key stakeholders. Educating the next generation of

    scientists, conservationists, and educators through an

    internship program for college students and recent graduates.

    This is the first year the DWCF has funded this project.

    Gopher Tortoises United States

    Art of Conservation

    Promoting Gorilla

    Conservation Through

    Education

    Educating and empowering primary school students

    bordering Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, which is home

    to the endangered mountain gorilla, through innovative

    extracurricular conservation and health education programs.

    Facilitating teacher-training classes to build local

    conservation capacity and engaging community members in

    fun conservation-themed initiatives including Save the

    Forests Briquette and Sports for Gorillas activities. This is the

    first year this project has received a grant from the DWCF.

    Mountain Gorillas Rwanda

  • Organization Name Project Name Project Description Species Country

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    Association of Zoos and

    Aquariums

    (Columbus Zoo and

    Aquarium)

    AZA Conservation

    Endowment Fund:

    Conservation and

    Reintroduction of the

    Endangered Northern

    Riffleshell (NRS)

    Mussel

    Reintroducing endangered northern riffleshell (NRS) mussels

    into the Big Darby Creek in Ohio. This species serves as a

    natural biological filter, food for wildlife, and an indicator of

    good water quality. Determining the viability of using

    environmental DNA (eDNA) from water samples to assess

    NRS populations. If this method is viable, it could have long

    reach impact on the conservation of these endangered

    animals.

    Northern Riffleshell

    (NRS) Mussels United States

    Association of Zoos and

    Aquariums

    (Houston Zoo)

    AZA Conservation

    Endowment Fund:

    Impacts of Oil Palm

    plantations on Tropical

    Frog Communities in

    Borneo

    Evaluating the impacts of forest disturbance and conversion

    to oil palm plantations on Bornean amphibian biodiversity.

    Partnering with academics, in country conservation

    organizations, and zoological park personnel. The primary

    outcome of this project will be management

    recommendations to minimize the impacts of plantations on

    amphibian biodiversity in Borneo.

    Amphibians Indonesia

    Association of Zoos and

    Aquariums

    (New England Aquarium)

    AZA Conservation

    Endowment Fund: Live

    Blue Ambassadors

    Teen Conservation

    Program

    A new service learning program designed to welcome youth

    ages 13 to 18 years old from a variety of backgrounds to

    participate in hands-on conservation projects. Teaching teens

    strategies for protecting the environment while improving their

    science, observation and inquiry skills through field work.

    Building a lifelong appreciation of the ocean and its

    inhabitants.

    Multiple Species United States

    Association of Zoos and

    Aquariums

    (University of Oxford)

    AZA Conservation

    Endowment Fund:

    Resolving Conflict

    between Humans and

    Threatened Large

    Carnivores

    Reducing conflict between humans and threatened large

    carnivores, such as African lions, East African cheetahs and

    African wild dogs, by improving the cost-benefit ratio of

    carnivore presence. Training and employing local conflict

    officers to help villagers better protect their livestock.

    Improving livestock enclosures and teaching people how to

    identify and prevent depredation. Providing education,

    healthcare and veterinary benefits to locals.

    African Wild Dogs,

    Lions and Cheetahs Tanzania

  • Organization Name Project Name Project Description Species Country

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    Association of Zoos and

    Aquariums

    (Cleveland Metroparks

    Zoo, South-East Zoo

    Alliance for Research &

    Conservation, and

    University of Oxford)

    AZA Conservation

    Endowment Fund:

    Translating Science into

    Practical Management

    for Sustainable Hoofed

    Animal Populations

    Working with USDA and European Association of Zoos &

    Aquariums (EAZA) to implement a protocol for the

    importation of endangered equid semen to increase genetic

    diversity in the AZA Persian onager (hoofed animal)

    population. Zoos are increasingly in need of new tools to

    increase sustainability in small populations. Using hoofed

    animals as a model for metapopulation management, this

    project aims to build lasting relationships with EAZA

    colleagues.

    Persian Onagers United States

    Association of Zoos and

    Aquariums

    (International Crane

    Foundation)

    AZA Conservation

    Endowment Fund:

    Whooping Cranes

    Phone Home: Using

    Cellular Technology to

    Improve Monitoring

    Improving monitoring of the Eastern migratory population

    (EMP) of Whooping Cranes (WHCR) by enhancing the type

    and increasing the amount of information collected.

    Developing low-cost, cellular-technology-based trackers,

    called “CraneTrackers,” which have remote programming

    capabilities and adaptive sensing techniques to improve

    monitoring and management of WHCF in the Eastern flyway.

    Whooping Cranes United States

    Association of Zoologica