Academic journal article Human Ecology

Animal Aid: CIPA Students Raise Money for Belize Zoo

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Animal Aid: CIPA Students Raise Money for Belize Zoo

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Last October, the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs welcomed staff members from the Belize Zoo, launching 10 days of meetings, educational events, and fundraisers. The visit, co-hosted by supporters at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine and SUNY Cortland, succeeded in raising $13,000, with another $17,000 donated before the end of the semester.

"Combining efforts between CIPA, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and SUNY Cortland was a natural fusion," says Laurie Miller, CIPA associate director for public engagement. "All of us are really invested in the long-term success of the zoo."

The Belize Zoo is a client of CIPA's capstone program, which offers Master of Public Administration students an opportunity to participate in a pro bono consultancy clinic. Last semester, Miller and CIPA students wrote grant applications and created a $200,000 fundraising plan to build a new hospital, which will replace the current open-air clinic, and a commissary for feeding animals.

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In January, George Kollias, Cornell professor of wildlife medicine, made his seventh trip to the Belize Zoo, leading 12 veterinary students, three faculty members, a dentistry resident-in-training, and a veterinary technician. …

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