2018 Conservation Grant Recipients
The Gulf Breeze Zoo partnered with the Zoological Association of America for some of our 2018 Conservation Grants. We are pleased to announce this year’s grants were awarded to the International Rhino Foundation, International Elephant Foundation, and the Grevy’s Zebra Trust.
International Rhino Foundation operates in all areas of the world where rhinos live in the wild.
· South African programs implement heightened protection, enhanced intelligence, strategic translocations, dehorning, and digital radio systems that lowered rhino poaching.
· Zimbabwe’s Rhino Conservation Awareness Program works with 145 schools in buffer zones, providing school supplies in exchange for successful local rhino conservation results.
· Javan Rhino Protection Team’s maintained zero rhino losses due to poaching for 20+ years
· Camera traps showed two new Javan Rhino calves born in 2017 at the Ujung Kulon National Park.
· The Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary expansion completed new roads, gates, fences, quarantine facility, and upgraded laboratory for the new Rhino Research and Breeding Center.
International Elephant Foundation supports elephant management, protection and scientific research.
· Sumatran Elephant Conservation Response Units (CRUs)
· Mounted Horse Anti-Poaching Patrols, Mount Kenya
· Big Tusker Project provides aerial surveillance for law enforcement and rangers in Tsavo, Kenya
· Building local support for conservation, Tanzania
· Fostering Human-Elephant Coexistence, India
· Anti-Poaching Units in the corridor between Nepal and India
· EEHV Genomics Research to understand this deadly virus in hopes that one day a vaccine may be produced
Grevy's Zebra Trust conserves the endangered Grevy’s Zebra and their fragile habitat.
· Grevy’s Zebra Scouts trains locals to monitor herds and report back
· Holistic Rangeland Management helps manage grazing cattle and land management
· Grevy’s Zebra Ambassadors hires local tribesman to assist with data collection and security
· Education and Outreach Scouts go into communities and perform conservation storytelling