The Mabel Dorn Reeder Conservation Endowment Fund

The Mabel Dorn Reeder Conservation Endowment Fund annually awards grants to projects that enable Zoo Atlanta to expand its conservation actions and contributions.

Projects are proposed by team members across the Zoo and are selected by a review committee based on relevance to the Zoo’s animal population; conservation status and needs of the species in question; conservation significance; inclusion of education outreach; and professional development opportunities for the Zoo team.


2019-2020 programs slated for support from the Mabel Dorn Reeder Conservation Endowment Fund

Addressing New Risks with Innovative Solutions to Protect Gorillas in the Ndoki Forests  

This project supports the conservation of critically endangered western lowland gorillas as part of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project (GTAP) in the Congo basin. The project was proposed by Jodi Carrigan, Associate Curator of Primates.



Plant a Red Panda Home

In partnership with the Red Panda Network, this effort is geared toward restoration of red panda habitat in western Nepal. The project was proposed by Kenn Harwood, Associate Curator of Mammals.


Northern Pine Snakes of Northeast Alabama and Northern Georgia: Unearthing a Forest Ghost

In partnership with Clemson University, Reinhardt University, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service (Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest) and The Nature Conservancy, this support represents a continuation of a project funded by the Mabel Dorn Reeder Conservation Endowment Fund in 2018-2019 and is an example of one of Zoo Atlanta’s many partnerships benefiting native species. The project was proposed by Robert Hill, Associate Curator of Herpetology.

Halting the Decline of Vultures Through Population Surveys of Endangered Tree-Nesting Species

In partnership with VulPro, this project is aimed at collecting population data to aid in conserving African white-backed vultures and hooded vultures in South Africa. The project was proposed by Christina Lavallee, Ambassador Animals Lead Keeper.


Veal Pi Ranger Station

In partnership with Wildlife Alliance, this effort is based in Cambodia’s Cardamom Rainforest landscape, a globally significant place for Asian large cat species such as clouded leopards. The project was proposed by Michelle Elliott, Mammal Keeper.


Twiga Walinzi

Twiga Walinzi takes place in northern Kenya and focuses on population studies of reticulated giraffes. Key collaborators are San Diego Zoo Global; Giraffe Conservation Foundation; Northern Rangelands Trust; Loisaba Conservancy; The Nature Conservancy; Kenya Wildlife Service; Namunyak Conservancy; Sarara Camp; and Lewa-Borana Conservancy. The project was proposed by Sarah Snider, Mammal Keeper.