Magazine article Endangered Species Update

IMLS Awards More Than $2 Million to Museums for Critical Conservation

Magazine article Endangered Species Update

IMLS Awards More Than $2 Million to Museums for Critical Conservation

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced the 66 recipients of the 2004 Conservation Project Support. 66 grants were awarded, totaling $2,406,478. Recipients will match the grants with an additional $3,877,531. This year IMLS received 186 applications for a wide range of projects, including conservation treatment, training, surveys, and public education. The recipients included several AZA-accredited zoo and aquariums, and their projects are listed below:

Chicago Zoological Society--Brookfield, IL--$75,000

To develop recommendations about appropriate male social units and socialization to improve long-term captive management of bottlenose dolphins. This will be achieved through examination of the social behavior and social relationships among adult and maturing males within the captive population of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncates) combined with behavioral data on maturing dolphins in the wild.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden--Cincinnati, OH--$75,000

To collaborate with the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) to address reproductive and conservation problems of 40 highly endangered plant species held in the CPC's National Collection of Endangered Plants in order to revive populations and provide material for research and germplasm storage. Applicant Match: $173,904.

International Crane Foundation--Baraboo, WI--$54,610

$47,450 to monitor and improve the social and physical environment of the Foundation's captive breeding population of whooping cranes. …

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