Zoo awards $25K in Northwest conservation grants

September 9, 2014 - 9:44am

Zoo foundation's Future for Wildlife grants aim to help region's threatened species

California condors, Oregon spotted frogs, fishers and other species native to the Pacific Northwest got some much-needed help this week as the Oregon Zoo Foundation awarded $25,000 to nine conservation efforts around the region through its Future for Wildlife grant program.

"The Future for Wildlife program is designed to help protect threatened and endangered species and the ecosystems in which they live," said Nadja Wielebnowski, the zoo's conservation and research manager. "For more than 15 years, the Oregon Zoo has been providing grants to help save animals as small as butterflies and as big as elephants. A portion of these funds is dedicated to helping species in our own backyard here in the Pacific Northwest."

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

To learn more about the Future for Wildlife program and how to apply for grants, contact nadja.wielebnowski@oregonzoo.org or david.shepherdson@oregonzoo.org. To learn more about supporting the program, contact the Oregon Zoo Foundation at 503-220-2493.

"Support from our community is helping the zoo make an impact all across our region through the Future for Wildlife program," said Jani Iverson, foundation director. "Given the growing challenges facing our natural world, the need for this community support is greater than ever before."

To make a contribution to the Oregon Zoo's conservation efforts, call 503-220-5738 or visit oregonzoo.org/wildlife-partners.