Zoo seeks proposals for Northwest conservation grants

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.

The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
 
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
 
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.

Media contact: 

Hova Najarian | 503-220-5714 | hova.najarian@oregonzoo.org

Kelsey Wallace | 503-220-5754 | kelsey.wallace@oregonzoo.org