Each year Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, with support from the Cleveland Zoological Society, chooses several individuals or organizations to receive seed grants ranging from $1,000-$3,500 for conservation and research projects. These projects support wildlife and their habitats, or they help fund educational and cultural activities that involve and beneficially impact wildlife and wild places.
This year, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo chose five projects to support in Africa and five to support in Asia.
The projects we chose in Africa include:
- Asia Murphy: Carnivore population and community ecology in Makira, Madagascar, with an emphasis on the apex predator, the fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox)
- Dr. Emma Stone: Assessing the status of African wild dogs in Malawi - building a long term conservation strategy.
- Kelly Marnewick: Using livestock guarding dogs to minimize human-carnivore conflict and to secure habitat for cheetah, leopard, African wild dog, brown hyena and other carnivores in South Africa.
- Penny Fraser: Strengthening conservation education in Cameroon's schools: Gorillas in the classroom.
- Dr. Philip Muruthi: Campaign to save Africa's rhinos: Bolstering Law Enforcement in Kenya with the use of conservation dogs.
The projects we chose in Asia include:
- Dr. Anna Nekaris: The Little Fireface Project: Saving the Slow Loris via Empowerment
- Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas: Defend Rawa Kuno Legacy Forest - Phase 2
- Dena J. Clink: The influence of selective logging and habitat fragmentation on group density, demography and vocalizing behaviors of Mueller's Bornean gibbon (H. muelleri) in Sabah, Malaysia
- Jackson Frechette: Using mammalian DNA from leeches to assess animal abundances and conservation priorities
- Janak Raj Khatiwada: Frog diversity and its role as a biological pest control agent in the rice fields of Chitwan, Nepal
Find more information about these projects, and projects from past years, on Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's website.