Zoo seeks proposals for Northwest conservation grants

April 15, 2019 - 10:17am

Future for Wildlife program aims to help region’s threatened species, ecosystems

The Oregon Zoo is now accepting applications for its 2019 Future for Wildlife grants in support of animal conservation and wildlife welfare programs in the Pacific Northwest.

"The Future for Wildlife program is designed to help protect threatened and endangered species and the ecosystems in which they live," said Dr. Nadja Wielebnowski, the zoo's conservation and research manager. "Thanks to our generous community, the Oregon Zoo has been able to provide grants for nearly 20 years to help save all kinds of animals, from tiny butterflies to wolverines."

To be considered, projects must directly contribute to the survival, health and welfare of free-living populations and the ecosystems in which they are found. Funding is competitive, with awards typically ranging up to $5,000. Applications will be accepted through June 28, and recipients will be announced in September. To learn more and access application forms, visit oregonzoo.org/ffw.

In 2018, grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Cascade Carnivore Project: $3,000 for monitoring wolverines at their southern range limit.
  • Institute for Applied Ecology: $4142 to support plant production for Taylor's checkerspot butterflies at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.
  • Northwest Ecological Research Institute: $4,538 to survey Oregon native turtle nests.
  • Santa Barbara Zoo: $4,100 to support a nest-guarding program aimed at protecting the critically endangered California condor.
  • University of Idaho: $4,970 to support genetic monitoring of the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit.
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: $4,200 for expanding Oregon spotted frog habitat restoration.

"These projects along with many others were funded through community support," said Julie Fitzgerald, director of the Oregon Zoo Foundation. "Thanks to that support, we're helping wildlife throughout the Pacific Northwest."

The Future for Wildlife program — an ongoing partnership between the Oregon Zoo and the Oregon Zoo Foundation — provides grants to support wildlife conservation efforts. To learn more about supporting the program, contact the Oregon Zoo Foundation at 503-220-2493.