Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation Awards 2013 Conservation Grants

April 2, 2013

Sequoia Park Zoo’s Conservation Advisory Committee, a joint endeavor between the Zoo and the Foundation, is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 conservation grants. This year, four grants have been awarded – up from three last year:

  • Saola (credit AP)Arcata Elementary School was awarded $985 to help students contribute data to Cornell University’s Project Feederwatch. In conjunction with a Humboldt State University riparian habitat restoration project, students will monitor bird use of the restored habitat.
  • HSU Graduate Student Rachael Olliff was awarded $997 to monitor the relationship between the native but seldom-studied Dune Silver Bee and flowering plants on the North Spit of Humboldt Bay and publish informational pamphlets.
  • Andrew Tilker a PhD student at the University of Texas, was awarded $1000 to implement a new technique using DNA analysis of leeches to count the population of Saola, an extremely rare and highly elusive bovine sometimes called the Asian unicorn, in the remote mountains of Vietnam.
  • Silvia Bellassai, a Fulbright scholar at the State University of New York and native of Paraguay, will receive $998 to help pay for field research using camera traps and hunter interviews to assess habitat use and the impacts of roads and hunting on the Chacoan Peccary.

“We are so excited about awarding these particular conservation efforts – two excellent local projects and two international ones that will directly help protect a couple of highly endangered animals, one of which we have here at our zoo,” said Committee Chair and Zoo Manager Gretchen Ziegler.

“With changes in the climate, there is a real concern that our native pollinators might become out of synch with the flowers they pollinate,” said Rachel Olliff, one of the grant award recipients. “I am honored and grateful to the Sequoia Park Zoo for funding this research.”

The Conservation Advisory Committee was formed in March 2011 and serves in an advisory role to the Zoo Foundation’s Board of Directors, which manages the Conservation Fund. Committee members include staff and supporters from the Zoo and the Foundation, as well as professional biologists in the local community.

Contact: Nicole Spencer, Director of Development & Communications
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