The Edward H. Bean Awards
1994: Panthera tigris
All three zoos combined their respective strengths and resources to assume leading roles in comprehensive and innovative species management programs that will be critical factors in the survival of the species. This program reflects the evolving role that individual zoos and the AZA are playing and will continue to play in the preservation of endangered species.
These institutions provided the primary resources for investigations of the reproductive physiology of tigers producing the first in-vitro fertilized tiger (1990) and the first artificially inseminated tiger (1991). They also assumed leadership roles in support of in situ conservation projects including providing personnel and resources to assist in the development of a comprehensive conservation program for wild Sumatran tigers in Indonesia.
In addition these institutions have maintained stable species management programs for long-term captive propagation of tigers, developed concepts for animal management to improve the care and display of the species, and addressed numerous management concerns. As part of this combined effort, the Minnesota Zoo coordinates the Tiger SSP , and maintains the Amur Tiger Studbook, the latter expanding to include the Sumatran and Malayan Tiger Studbooks.
2000: American pronghorn
AZA International Conservation Awards
1993: Indonesian Conservation Strategy for Sumatran Tigers
Habitat loss, declining prey availability, poaching, and other factors have caused wild populations of Sumatran tigers to become fragmented into small isolated populations particularly at risk from disease, genetic drift, and inbreeding. The critical status of wild Sumatran tigers emphasizes the need for effective captive tiger programs to reinforce wild populations. Thus, the Minnesota Zoo set out to develop a captive breeding program based in Indonesia as a means to integrate wild-caught problem Sumatran tigers as new genetic founders into the captive population.
A workshop was held in Indonesia, in conjunction with the construction of a captive tiger breeding facility to train Indonesian zoo staff in husbandry and veterinary techniques, to establish a Regional Sumatran Tiger Studbook, and to develop a Sumatran Tiger Master plan for Indonesia.
In addition a Sumatran Tiger Population and Habitat Viability Analysis (PHVA) workshop was held in Indonesia to quantitatively assess wild tiger populations in the major protected areas of Sumatra and to evaluate the effectiveness of various management strategies on the long-term viability of these populations. An action plan was drafted which outlined short-term and long-term goals to manage wild tiger populations. The development of wild tiger management strategies and the formation of a strong captive tiger program led to the creation of a comprehensive Indonesian Sumatran Tiger Conservation Strategy to insure the long-term survival of wild tigers.
1995: Adopt-A-Park Program in Indonesia
1998: The Sumatran Tiger Project
2003: The AZA Significant Achievement in North American Conservation Award
Missing from the landscape for the last half of this century, Mexican gray wolves are recovering in the mountains of the southwestern United States thanks to the efforts of the institutions and organizations that comprise the Mexican gray wolf recovery program. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began releasing wolves back into the wild in March 1998. Today there is a minimum of 36 free-ranging wild wolves, many of them wild born offspring of wolves contributed by AZA institutions. There are over 260 Mexican gray wolves in captive breeding facilities throughout the United States and Mexico.
The 15 AZA accredited zoos that participate in the Recovery Program include: Albuquerque Biological Park, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Dakota Zoo, El Paso Zoo, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, the Minnesota Zoo, Smithsonian's National Zoological Park, Phoenix Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo, Utica Zoo, Wild Canid Survival and Research Center, and Zoo New England.
2004: The Sumatran Tiger Conservation Program
1999: CITES Tiger Task Team Commendation
1999: 21st Century Tiger Conservation Award
The Minnesota Zoo was awarded the 2002 International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators Conservation Award for its work raising funds during its "World of Birds" show for BioBrasil, a non-profit environmental organization based in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The award is presented annually to an organization that does an outstanding job of supporting conservation efforts.