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Conservation Grants Made

Zoo Boise has formed long-term conservation partnerships with Gorongosa National Park and the City of Boise to help restore the foothills. At this time, the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund is no longer accepting grant applications.

2016 Conservation Grants Made

Gorongosa Restoration Project in Mozambique, Africa – $200,000

In 2013, Zoo Boise and Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique formed a long-term restoration partnership. Gorongosa National Park is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet and Zoo Boise is helping to protect the many incredible species that call the park home.

Southern Idaho Ground Squirrel Project – $35,000

Zoo Boise is working with Dr. Eric Yensen, a retired College of Idaho professor, to develop a protocol for successfully reintroducing Southern Idaho ground squirrels into the wild. Zoo Boise currently houses Southern Idaho ground squirrels as a breeding population to reintroduce into the wild. The project involves setting up specially designed release pens and monitoring the squirrels for survival and breeding rates through following years.

Table Rock Restoration – $100,000

AZA SAFE Cheetah Fund – $12,500

Saola Snare Project – $5,000

Bowling for Rhinos – $5,776

2015 Conservation Grants Made - $245,168

Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa – $200,000

Each of these four Gorongosa restoration projects received a $50,000 grant from the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund:

  • Anti-Poaching Unit- This grant will support 120 passionate scouts dedicated to stop poaching throughout Gorongosa National Park.
  • Elephants- This grant will be used to prevent human-elephant conflict including: poaching for ivory, monitoring of herds, and working with local communities on a long-term plan.
  • Ecohealth Program- This grant will focus on improving food security, empowering women, and increasing access to essential health services to the communities around Gorongosa Park.
  • Vulnerable Children Education- This grant aims to empower young people living around Gorongosa National Park to exercise new professions and to develop their own productive and commercial activities instead of illegal ones that exploit the natural resources of the park.

Southern Idaho Ground Squirrel Project – $38,400

Saola Snare Project – $2,168

Bowling for Rhinos – $4,600

2014 Conservation Grants Made - $259,996

Gorongosa National Park Restoration Project – $200,000 (4 projects, $50,000 each)

  • Monitoring the Elephant Population
  • Lion Population Research
  • Children’s Conservation Education
  • Ranger Training

Southern Idaho Ground Squirrel Project – $55,128

Saola Snare Project – $1,700

Bowling for Rhinos – $3,168

2013 Conservation Grants Made - $289,466

Gorongosa National Park Restoration Project – $200,000

Wildlife Conservation Society, Patas Monkey – $22,000

Southern Idaho Ground Squirrel Project – $31,728

Bowling for Rhinos – $3,738

New Nature Foundation, Chimps – $20,000

Saola Snare Project – $1,500

Daily Conservation Voting, Miscellaneous – $10,500

2012 Conservation Grants Made - $269,842

Gorongosa National Park Restoration Project, Lions – $30,000

Wildlife SOS India, Sloth Bear – $32,000

Zoo Conservation Outreach Group, Three-Wattled Bellbird – $25,000

Bowling for Rhinos – $5,419

Wildlife Conservation Society, Amur Tigers – $27,350

Turtle Survival Alliance, Radiated Tortoise – $29,120

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, Lemurs -$29,974

Mountain Gorilla Vet Project – $22,251

New Nature Foundation, Chimps – $20,000

Southern Idaho Ground Squirrel Project – $16,728

African People & Wildlife Fund, Lions – $24,000

Daily Conservation Voting, Miscellaneous – $8,000

2011 Conservation Grants Made - $209,784

Gorongosa National Park Restoration Project, Lions/Leopards/Cheetah – $35,000

Bowling for Rhinos – $3,656

Southern Idaho Ground Squirrel Project – $29,222

Center for Ecosystem Survival – $2,416

Orangutan Foundation International – $30,000

Endangered Species International, Philippine Tarsier – $20,290

Cheetah Conservation Botswana – $29,000

Friends of Scotchman Peaks, Wolverine – $29,700

Wildlife SOS India, Sloth Bear – $18,000

Wildlife Conservation Society, Rheas – $4,000

Association of Zoos & Aquariums – $2,500

Daily Conservation Voting, Miscellaneous – $6,000

2010 Conservation Grants Made - $158,096

Gorongosa National Park Restoration Project, Zebras/Education Center – $20,000

Bowling for Rhinos – $3,879

Southern Idaho Ground Squirrel Project – $35,000

New Nature Foundation, Chimps – $10,000

Association of Zoos & Aquariums – $2,500

International Rhino Foundation, Javan Rhinos – $25,000

American Bird Conservancy, Western Bluebirds – $24,000

Hutan/Houston Zoo, Orangutans – $20,717

University of Idaho, Pygmy Rabbits – $10,000

Daily Conservation Voting, Miscellaneous – $7,000

2009 Conservation Grants Made - $168,600

Gorongosa Elephant Move – $12,700

Southern Idaho Ground Squirrel Project – $25,000

Jane Goodall Institute, Chimps – $40,000

NW Zoo & Aquarium Alliance – $2,700

Snow Leopard Trust – $15,000

International Rhino Foundation – $25,000

South Luangwa Conservation Soceity, Giraffes – $24,200

American Bird Conservancy, Western Bluebirds – $24,000

2008 Conservation Grants Made - $62,984

Bowling for Rhinos – $1,341

Jane Goodall Institute, Chimps – $20,000

NW Zoo & Aquarium Alliance – $5,580

Gorongosa National Park Restoration Project, Lions- $17,280

Center for Ecosystem Survival – $1,503

Proyecto Titi, Cotton-top Tamarins, $17,280

2007 Conservation Grants Made - $71,490

NW Zoo & Aquarium Alliance – $5,940

Peregrine Fund, Andean Condor – $16,025

London Zoological Society, Amur Leopard – $23,500

Chimp-n-Sea Foundation, Chimps – $10,000

Wildlife Conservation Society, Cross River Gorilla – $16,025