The Phoenix Zoo announced the recipients of more than $40,000 in grant funding for international conservation projects as part of the Phoenix Zoo's Conservation & Science Grants Program. The Phoenix Zoo has a legacy of conservation dating back to the 1960s with their participation in Operation Oryx, an international effort to save the Arabian Oryx from going extinct.
This year marks the second year of the Zoo's Conservation and Science Grants Program, which demonstrates the Zoo's commitment to give back to the animals and habitats that are highlighted on Zoo grounds.
Thanks to an increase in the budget for this program, the Zoo was able to award 15 grants for a total of $41,865 in project support this year, more than doubling both the numbers of projects and amount awarded last year. Funded projects span 10 countries and four continents and range from field monitoring to lab science, to community conservation education. Zoo staff and volunteers share stories from these field projects with guests visiting the Zoo, helping raise awareness about challenges facing animals in the wild, and building excitement about our conservation commitment in our local community. Our goal is to continue to increase the funds available for the grants program through increased allocation and public support.