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.


2020-2021 programs slated for support from the Mabel Dorn Reeder Conservation Endowment Fund

Urgent Action to Identify and Protect Key Sites for Timneh Parrots in Sierra Leone

This funding will support field surveys for endangered Timneh parrots, which are closely related to African grey parrots, throughout the coastal mangrove eco-region in Sierra Leone. Support will also assist in the establishment of a community-based monitoring program in the Sherbo River estuary, a key site for these parrots, as well as aid in the implementation of a national awareness campaign. The project was proposed by Lyndsay Newton, Senior Keeper of Ambassador Animals.


Vaccinating and Translocating Golden Lion Tamarins to Prevent Extinction of the Species in Situ

This project will support the vaccination of endangered golden lion tamarins against yellow fever, a newly emergent conservation threat to this species, and the relocation of at least five family groups of tamarins into the Poco das Antas Reserve in Brazil. The project was proposed by Jennifer Mickelberg, PhD, Vice President of Collections and Conservation.


Addressing New Health and Environmental Risks with Innovative Solutions to Protect Gorillas in the Ndoki forests

This project will build upon 2019-2020 support from Zoo Atlanta to expand health monitoring efforts to include diagnostic assessment of pathogens, surveys of critically endangered gorilla populations living within a high-risk area of a local logging concession, and strategies for increased advocacy for the Goualouga Triangle Ape Project. The project was proposed by Jodi Carrigan, Associate Curator of Primates.


Reintroduction of the Panamanian Golden Frog: Testing the Efficacy of Mesocosms for Reintroductions in the Species’ Natural Range

This funding will support the completion and use of semi-natural enclosures, known as “mesocosms,” for Panamanian golden frogs in their natural range in preparation for the 2021 breeding season. This species is believed to be extinct in the wild. The initiative will also support monitoring of frogs and tadpoles released into these mesocosms over the following year, with the goal of determining the viability of using mesocosms as a tool for introducing Panamanian golden frogs back into their native habitat. The project was proposed by Robert Hill, Associate Curator of Herpetology.


Giant Armadillo Conservation Program

This funding will help support the Giant Armadillo Conservation Program, a long-term project that has been conducting research for 10 years in Brazil to promote conservation measures for key habitats for giant armadillos, a species currently classified as Vulnerable. The project was proposed by Jenny Berndt, Ambassador Animals Keeper.