Zoo awards $25K in grants for Northwest conservation

September 29, 2017 - 3:18pm

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

California condors, western pond turtles, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits and other species native to the Pacific Northwest got some much-needed help this week as the Oregon Zoo Foundation awarded $25,000 among six regional conservation efforts through its Future for Wildlife grant program.

"The Pacific Northwest Future for Wildlife program works locally to protect threatened and endangered species and the ecosystems that we all share," said Dr. Nadja Wielebnowski, the zoo's conservation and research manager.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Pacific University: $4,503 for a project informing habitat restoration efforts for the Oregon silverspot butterfly.
  • University of Idaho: $4,935 to support genetic monitoring of the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit.
  • Oregon State University: $4,462 to identify pollen sources for bumblebees in Eastern Oregon's Blue Mountains.
  • Yurok Tribe: $4,100 to survey western pond turtles on the Lower Klamath River system and establish a baseline population.
  • Nez Perce Tribe: $2,500 to assess areas in the Hells Canyon ecosystem for potential condor nesting sites.
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: $4,500 to support northern leopard frog egg-mass surveys and translocation.

"Generous gifts from our members and supporters help the Oregon Zoo advance its significant wildlife conservation and education programs locally and globally," said Julie Fitzgerald, executive director of the Oregon Zoo Foundation. "The Future For Wildlife grants also receive support from the zoo's historic Quarters for Conservation program, which directs a portion of each admission ticket toward helping Northwest species."

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.