Friday, April 20, 2012

Grants Available for Tapir Conservation & Research - Deadline May 1st

Tapir Specialist Group Conservation Fund (TSGCF)
2012 Funding Cycle

The Tapir Specialist Group Conservation Fund (TSGCF) was established in 2003 as a vehicle to raise and contribute funds towards tapir conservation initiatives.  The organizations involved in the management of the TSGCF are the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG), Houston Zoo Inc. in the United States, Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark, Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Tapir Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), and European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA) Tapir Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), which are today the key groups working on coordinating and implementing tapir research, conservation and management programs.

The TSGCF funding consists of contributions from tapir holding zoos and conservation organizations, as well as personal donations from tapir supporters and enthusiasts worldwide.  Funds are collected, managed and distributed via Houston Zoo and Copenhagen Zoo.  A TSGCF Reviewing Committee reviews each application submitted and decides which projects to fund based on the merits of each proposal and significance for tapir conservation as well as implementation of Tapir Action Plans.

TSGCF Grants are RESTRICTED to projects contributing to the implementation of actions listed on the Tapir Action Plans developed during previous Population and Habitat Viability Assessment (PHVA) Workshops: Malayan Tapir Action Plan 2003, Mountain Tapir Action Plan 2004, Baird´s Tapir Action Plan 2005, and Lowland Tapir Action Plan 2007. The TSG Conservation Fund is NO LONGER RESTRICTED to members of the Tapir Specialist Group.  The Fund is now open to all tapir researchers and conservationists.

[  The proposal contributes to the implementation of actions listed on the Tapir Action Plans developed during previous Population and Habitat Viability Assessment (PHVA) Workshops. Please refer to the PHVA Reports / Species Action Plans available online on the TSG Website - - and link your proposal to specific priority GOALS and ACTIONS.  

[  The proposal is scientifically significant and sound, logistically feasible, has a high probability of success, and clearly contributes to the conservation of tapirs and their remaining habitats.

[  The proposal is cooperative in nature and may have matching funds available.

[  Funding restrictions: This fund DOES NOT support: salary, tuition fee, scholarship, conferences, courses and meetings, and operational/overhead costs for institutions.

[  ALL application materials must be submitted in English, with budgets in US$ Dollars.

[  ALL application materials must be submitted in Electronic Format. You may include photos and maps with your application as long as they have been scanned into the final document. Files must be smaller than 5MB.  The TSGCF Reviewing Committee will not receive hard copies.

[  ALL application materials must be e-mailed to Patrícia Medici, Fundraising Committee Coordinator, IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG),, before 6PM on MAY 1st, 2012.  Late or incomplete applications will NOT be considered for funding in 2012.

[  Applicants will be notified of the final decision by JUNE 1st, 2012

[  In 2012, the TSGCF will be distributing a limited number of grants of up to US$2,000

If you are interested to submit a proposal, please contact Patrícia Medici and request the TSGCF 2012 APPLICATION GUIDELINES AND FORMS
Thank you very much.
All the best,
Patrícia Medici
Chair, IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG)
TSG Fundraising Committee, TSG Conservation Fund (TSGCF)
Patrícia Medici
M.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology, Conservation and Management
Ph.D. in Biodiversity Management
Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative, IPÊ - Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (Institute for Ecological Research)
Chair, IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG)

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Phone: +55-67-3344-0240 / Cell Phone: +55-67-9965-6960
Skype: patricia.medici

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Monday, March 19, 2012

"Wildlife Heroes" - New Book Published about Conservation

In early March 2012 a fantastic book "Wildlife Heroes" was published. This 264 page book highlights the efforts of researchers and conservationists to save endangered and threatened species throughout the globe. Written by Jeff Flocken of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) and Julie Scardina, Animal Ambassador for Sea World Parks, Wildlife Heroes contains a plethora of interesting fun facts as well as insights and interviews with the dedicated people working in the field. Many of the conservationists in the book have either been a speaker or a keynote speaker at past ZACC conferences.

ZACC Keynoters:
Deb Tabart, Koala - 1999 ZACC hosted by San Diego Zoo
Karen Eckert, Sea Turtle- 2001 ZACC hosted by Brevard Zoo
Steve Galster, WildAid - 2005 ZACC hosted by Brevard Zoo

ZACC Speakers:
Marc Ancrenaz, Orangutan
Greg Rasmussen, African Painted Dog
Belinda Low, Grevy's Zebra
Claudine Andre, Bonobo
John Lukas, Okapi
Laurie Marker. Cheetah
Pati Medici, Tapir

It is refreshing in this day and age of too much hype and bad news to see a publication that can serve to both inform and inspire others to take action. The people in this book are true heroes, people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference, a source for good in the world and who exemplify the philosophy of the Power of One! This is a must have for all zoo, school and public libraries. It is a book for both young and old alike, a great resource for anyone with even an inkling of interest in the natural world.

100% of the proceeds sale of this book will go towards supporting field conservation projects.

To purchase the book tap into:

Or simply tap into the photo of the book cover above to go directly to the same web site.

If you would like to contact Jeff Flocken about lecturing at your institution, he can be reached at:

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pre-proposals for SNF Grants - Deadline (April 6 2012) - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Please consider submitting pre-proposals to this year’s Scott Neotropical Fund.  More information can be found at our website:
Pre-proposals are due Friday, April 6, 2012. 

Please contact Christine Cassella if you have additional questions.

Christine M. Cassella
Conservation Grants Coordinator 

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
216. 661. 6500 x.4029

From the ZACC Steering Committee

The ZACC blog will be a daily resource for updating our colleagues in the field as well as at zoos. We will give you a heads-up of grant deadlines, lecture dates by researchers, new developments from field sites, recommended books and documentaries, as well as highlighting zoos that are really doing a fantastic job of being committed to conservation.  We’ll share our collective and individual philosophies and insights into conservation and research efforts around the world. Our ZACC steering committee consists of a combination of zoo folks and field researchers and each of us will be contributing our thoughts/ideas about conservation and the role that zoos/aquariums can and do play in being pro-active conservation organizations.

The ZACC committee consists of:
Rebecca Rose - Columbus Zoo
Peter Riger - Houston Zoo
Lisa Dabek Ph.D. - Woodland Park Zoo & Tree Kangaroo Project
Anne Warner - Formerly of Oregon Zoo & Oakland Zoo
Beth Armstrong - Formerly of Columbus Zoo & Brevard Zoo
Roger Wilkinson - Chester Zoo, UK
Frank Rietkerk - Apenheul, The Netherlands
Dr. Marc Ancrenaz DVM - HUTAN, Malaysia
Miriam Monterroso-Helwig - ARCAS, Guatemala
Colum Muccio - ARCAS, Guatemala
Pati Medici Ph.D. - Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative & IPE, Brazil

For additional information about individual committee members tap on to the “Who We Are” section on the ZACC web site   Or tap into the top photo which will take you directly to the ZACC web site.
Thanks, Beth Armstrong