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.
Projects are proposed by team members across Zoo Atlanta 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.
2018-2019 programs slated for support from the Mabel Dorn Reeder Conservation Endowment Fund
Addressing Conservation Issues of Native Birds at Zoo Atlanta
In partnership with the Atlanta Audubon Society, this effort will promote the conservation of native birds on Zoo Atlanta grounds and in the surrounding Grant Park community through actions including bird-proofing sections of the glass windows at the Zoo’s Conservation Action Resource Center (ARC); re-planting wildlife-friendly native plants to support birds and other pollinators; and installing signage and providing other educational resources to raise awareness of the need for bird-friendly practices at home and in the garden. The project was proposed by Gabriel Andrle, Bird Keeper.
Community-based habitat restoration for the critically endangered Guatemalan beaded lizard
In partnership with Conservation Heloderma and the International Reptile Conservation Foundation (IRCF), this project will extend the Zoo’s longtime commitment to critically endangered Guatemalan beaded lizards by supporting an ecosystem restoration project in the dry forests of Guatemala. Actions will include the planting of 10,000 trees on former agricultural lands. The project was proposed by Sam Rivera, DVM, Senior Clinical Veterinarian.
Institutionalization of Red Panda Conservation in Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung Corridor, Eastern Nepal
In partnership with the Red Panda Network, this initiative will work to reduce poaching and wildlife trafficking and to mitigate threats such as livestock grazing, road development, unsustainable exploitation of bamboo and timber and slash-and-burn agriculture in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung Corridor, a crucial wildlife corridor that supports 25 percent of Nepal’s red panda population. The project was proposed by Kenn Harwood, Assistant Curator of Mammals.
Motus Wildlife Tracking System Receiver Station at Zoo Atlanta
In partnership with Bird Studies Canada (BSC) and Acadia University, this project will install a Motus Wildlife Tracking System receiver tower on Zoo Atlanta grounds to contribute data to the Motus database on the movement patterns of Georgia native songbirds and migratory birds using the Atlantic flyway. The project was proposed by Monica Halpin, Lead Keeper of Birds, and Taylor Rubin, Bird Keeper.
Northern Pine Snakes of Northeast Alabama and Northern Georgia
In partnership with Clemson University, Reinhardt University, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this effort will facilitate creation of a management guide for conservation of native northern pine snakes for agencies, NGOs and private landowners, as well as development of a species distribution model to help to predict future monitoring areas and locations of tracts of land to be preserved for conservation. The project was proposed by Robert Hill, Assistant Curator of Herpetology.
Undertaking Population Surveys of Critically Endangered African White-backed and Hooded Vultures
In partnership with VulPro, this project will undertake surveys of nesting sites used by two critically endangered African vulture species, establish baseline data to determine population trends, and identify and work to mitigate immediate threats to the vultures’ breeding sites. The project was proposed by Christina Lavallee, Lead Keeper of Ambassador Animals.