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2007 Conservation Projects

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Conservation Summary Report 2007


CONSERVATION IN SITU PROJECTS

JACKSONVILLE INITIATED CONSERVATION PROJECTS

APE-ril at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (Finished)
Primary Coordinator – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Identification of Wildlife Species Found on Jacksonville Zoo Grounds (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – Greg Lepera, Curator of Herpetology

Range of the Jaguar and Guyana Conservation Partnership Links (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Wood Stork Banding/Tagging and Satellite Tracking (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds

Wood Stork Rookery Nest Monitoring at the Jacksonville Zoo (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds

OTHER CONSERVATION PROJECTS IN WHICH JZG HAS PARTICIPATED

Ability of a Canine to Locate Eastern Indigo Snakes and Differentiate Them from Other Reptile Species (Finished)
Primary Coordinator – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Greg Lepera, Curator of Herpetology

Cetacean Necropsy Workshop (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Nadia Gordon, Supervisor of Mammals

Crystal River Manatee Health Assessments (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – U.S. Geological Survey
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Craig Miller, Curator of Mammals

Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Greg Lepera, Curator of Herpetology

Florida Panther Captive Management Working Group (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Nikolay Kapustin, DVM, Senior Veterinarian

Florida Panther Recovery Team (Finished)
Primary Coordinator – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Nikolay Kapustin, DVM, Senior Veterinarian

Florida Panther Technical Advisory Council (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Nikolay Kapustin, DVM, Senior Veterinarian

Marine Mammal Rescue Program (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Craig Miller, Curator of Mammals

Migratory Whooping Crane Temporary Winter Holding Refurbishment (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds

Provided a Bat Costume for a Guam Bird and Bat Educational Trunk (Finished)
Primary Coordinator – AZA Bat TAG
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds


CONSERVATION FUNDING

JACKSONVILLE INITIATED AND FUNDED CONSERVATION PROJECTS

Citizen Science Wildlife Monitoring by Wildlife Clubs in Guyana
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Wood Stork Banding/Tagging and Satellite Tracking
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds

Wood Stork Rookery Nest Monitoring at the Jacksonville Zoo
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds

JACKSONVILLE FUNDING OF STAFF ON OTHER CONSERVATION PROJECTS

Exposure and Effects of Urban Contaminants on Wood Stork Health and Reproduction in Florida
Primary Organization – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds

Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network
Primary Organization – McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Greg Lepera, Curator of Herpetology

Marine Mammal Rescue Program
Primary Organization – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Craig Miller, Curator of Mammals

Migratory Whooping Crane Temporary Winter Holding Refurbishment
Primary Organization – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds

OTHER CONSERVATION PROJECTS RECEIVING FUNDING

Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG)
Primary Organization – International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Dennis Pate, Executive Director

Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF)
Primary Organization – Association of Zoos And Aquariums
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Dennis Pate, Executive Director

Epulu Okapi Fund
Primary Organization – White Oak Conservation Center
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Grevy’s Zebra Trust
Primary Organization – Martha Fischer, Grevy Zebra SSP Coordinator, Saint Louis Zoo
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Koala Conservation Loan Program
Primary Organization – Zoological Society of San Diego
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Lukuru Wildlife Research Project (Bonobos)
Primary Organization – Dr. Jo Thompson, Director, Lukuru Wildlife Research Project, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Mountain Gorilla Research in Rwanda
Primary Organization – Charlene Jendry, Director, Partners In Conservation, Columbus Zoo
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Small Carnivore Project Vietnam
Primary Organization – Scott Roberton, Small Carnivore Project Vietnam
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Sumatran Rhino Conservation
Primary Organization – North American Save the Rhinos Campaign
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Tarangire Elephant Project
Primary Organization – Lincoln Park Zoo
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Dennis Pate, Executive Director

ZIMS Development
Primary Organization – International Species Inventory System (ISIS)
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Dennis Pate, Executive Director


AZA ANIMAL AND ANIMAL RELATED PROGRAMS
(IR = Institutional Representative; PMP = Population Management Plan; SAG = Scientific Advisory Group; SSP = Species Survival Plan; TAG = Taxon Advisory Group)

AZA PROGRAMS IN WHICH JACKSONVILLE HAS TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY

Avian SAG
Jacksonville Zoo Participant – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds Avian SAG member

AZA Accreditation Commission
Jacksonville Zoo Participant – Dennis E. Pate, Executive Director AZA Accreditation Commission member

AZA Field Conservation Committee
Jacksonville Zoo Participant – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs AZA Field Conservation Committee Chair

AZA Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (WCMC)
Jacksonville Zoo Participant – Dino Ferri, Curator of Herpetology WCMC Committee member

Bat TAG
Jacksonville Zoo Participant – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds Bat TAG Steering Committee member

Boat-Billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius) North American Regional Studbook
Jacksonville Zoo Studbook Keeper – Robin Lentz, Supervisor of Birds Studbook Keeper and PMP Coordinator

Bonobo SSP
Jacksonville Zoo IR – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs Bonobo SSP Management Committee member

Chelonian TAG
Jacksonville Zoo IR – Dino Ferri, Curator of Herpetology Chelonian TAG Steering Committee member


Institutional Data Management (IDMAG) SAG
Jacksonville Zoo Participant – Alan Rost, Biological Programs Registrar IDMAG SAG member

Jaguar SSP
Jacksonville Zoo IR – Alan Rost, Biological Programs Registrar Jaguar SSP Management Committee member

Jamaican Boa (Epicrates subflavus) North American Regional Studbook
Jacksonville Zoo Studbook Keeper and PMP – Dino Ferri, Curator of Herpetology Studbook Keeper and PMP Coordinator

Kori Bustard SSP
Jacksonville Zoo IR – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds Kori Bustard SSP Management Com. member

Snake TAG
Jacksonville Zoo IR – Dino Ferri, Curator of Herpetology Snake TAG Chair


CONSERVATION EDUCATION AND GRANTS

Curriculum Agreement for the Study of Animals and Animal Behavior (on-going)
Partnership Organization – Duval County School Board
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Kelliann Whitney, Director of Education

Jacksonville University Intern Program at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (on-going)
Partnership Organization – Jacksonville University
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

EDUCATION CONSERVATION GRANTS

Deerwood Rotary contributed for Education Department General Programs

Henry & Lucy Gooding Endowment contributed for our Botanical Gardens

Riverside rotary contributed for the Education Department’s Zoo TREK Program

South Jacksonville Rotary contributed for Education Department General Programs