Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces Recipients of the

2017 Annual Animal Care & Conservation Awards

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of its Annual Animal Care & Conservation Awards. Over the past three decades, Wildlife World has contributed tens of thousands of dollars, totaling $19,500 already for 2017, as well as thousands more as in-kind support and staff expertise to dozens of local, national and international organizations working on habitat restoration and wildlife conservation all over the globe. These financial awards of $500 – $10,000 each were created to recognize worthy efforts in field conservation, public display and education and basic research designed to preserve our planet and inspire future generations to care about wildlife and wild places.

“In addition to several organizations whose work has long been supported by Wildlife World, this year’s announcement includes, The Vaquita Conservation thru The National Marine Mammal Foundation, a deserving first time conservation award recipient,” comments zoo founder and director, Mickey Ollson.

The recipients include:

-The Marine Mammal Center. (Marinemammalcenter.org)
-Cheetah, Penguin, & Spot Nose Monkey Conservation thru Zoological Association of America Wildlife Conservation Fund. (ZAA.org)
-The International Crane Foundation. (Savingcranes.org)
-Vaquita Conservation thru The National Marine Mammal Foundation. (www.nmmf.org)
-Gibbon Conservation Center. (Gibboncenter.org)
-International Rhino Foundation. (Rhinos-irf.org)
-Sahara Conservation Fund. (SaharaConservation.org)
-The Association of Zoo & Aquarium’s Conservation Endowment Fund. (AZA.org)

-Turtle Survival Alliance. (turtlesurvival.org)

-Tapir Conservation. (www.tapirs.org)

-Conservation Breeding Specialist Group. (www.cbsg.org)

“Historically, award winners have had a significant connection to species and ecosystems that are integral to our vast collection such as endangered primates, rhinoceros, tigers, cranes, and African antelope,” said Wildlife World’s Deputy Director, Jack Ewert.

As a USDA licensed, private institution, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World. “We are extremely grateful for over three decades of support from the hundreds of thousands of visitors to Wildlife World each year. Our guests have made our growth and these Animal Care and Conservation Awards possible,” said Ollson

Award Recipient descriptions provided by each organization’s website:

Marine Mammal Center (marinemammalcenter.org) Our mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals-their health and that of their ocean environment- and to inspire their global conservation. Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community.

Cheetah, Penguin, & Spot Nose Monkey Conservation thru Zoological Association of America Wildlife Conservation Fund (ZAA.org) Helping to save endangered species around the world. Together with direct support programs of accredited members, ZAA directs vital conservation dollars to aid in the survival of many keystone species and a number of other threatened or endangered species on all seven continents.

The International Crane Foundation (savingcranes.org) Commits to a future where all crane species are secure – a future where people cooperate to protect and restore wild populations and their ecosystems. These efforts sustain the places where cranes live, to the benefit of countless other species.

Vaquita Conservation thru The National Marine Mammal Foundation (www.nmmf.org) has a mission to improve and protect life for marine mammals, humans, and our shared oceans through science, service, and education. The vision for the future is to revolutionize the way we think about marine mammals. By embracing the partnership created between human and marine mammal, we can create a sea change in our global approach to scientific exploration, ocean conservation, and public education.

The Gibbon Conservation Center (gibboncenter.org) Was founded in 1976 in southern California, USA, by the late Alan Richard Mootnick. It is the only facility in the world devoted exclusively to gibbons, an increasingly rare ape. We work for the endangered gibbons’ benefit through conservation, propagation and study, and by teaching people about them. GCC houses nearly 40 gibbons, among them 5 of the 19-living species.

The International Rhino Foundation (rhinos-irf.org) Is dedicated to the survival of the world’s rhino species through conservation and research. The IRF provides the technical (scientific, educational, administrative) and financial resources necessary to facilitate the conservation of rhinos.

Sahara Conservation Fund (saharaconservation.org) Is a dynamic organization with a unique mission: the conservation of the wildlife of the Sahara and its bordering Sahelian grasslands. Our vision is of a Sahara that is well conserved and where ecological processes function naturally, with plants and animals existing in healthy numbers across their historical range; a Sahara that benefits all its inhabitants and where support for its conservation comes from stakeholders across all sectors of society.

 The AZA Conservation Endowment Fund (aza.org/cef) Established in 1984, supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and their collaborators. Since 1991, the CEF has provided more than $5 million to over 300 projects worldwide.

Turtle Survival Alliance (turtlesurvival.org) Saving endangered and threatened turtles and tortoise throughout the world. The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) is an action-oriented global partnership that is committed to zero turtle extinctions in the 21st century

Tapir Specialist Group (www.tapirs.org) A unit of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, strives to conserve biological diversity by stimulating, developing, and executing practical programs to study, save, restore, and manage the four species of tapir and their remaining habitats in Central and South America and Southeast Asia.

Conservation Breeding Specialist Group. (www.cbsg.org) CPSG’s mission is to save threatened species by increasing the effectiveness of conservation efforts worldwide. For over 30 years, we’ve accomplished this by using scientifically sound, collaborative processes that bring together people with diverse perspectives and knowledge to catalyze positive conservation change. We provide species conservation planning expertise to governments, Specialist Groups, zoos and aquariums, and other wildlife organizations.

As an USDA licensed, private institution, accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA), Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World in its nearly 33-year history.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ (SE corner of State Route 303 and Northern Ave.) We’re open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 4:30 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo, aquarium and safari park.

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