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2008 Conservation Projects

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Conservation Summary Report 2008


CONSERVATION IN SITU PROJECTS

JACKSONVILLE INITIATED CONSERVATION PROJECTS

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

Wildlife Species Found on Jacksonville Zoo Grounds (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – Alan Rost, Biological Programs Registrar

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

Annual Mid-Winter Shorebird Survey (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, et al
Jacksonville Lead – Robin Lentz, Supervisor of Birds

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

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

Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
Jacksonville Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

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


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

Jamaican Boa Educational Poster Production/Campaign (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – European Studbook Foundation
Other Participants – Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust Northern Jamaica Conservation Association University of West Indies
Jacksonville Lead – Dino Ferri, Curator of Herpetology

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

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

Project FeederWatch (on-going)
Primary Coordinator – Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada
Jacksonville Lead – Linda Rooks, Educator


CONSERVATION FUNDING

JACKSONVILLE INITIATED CONSERVATION FUNDING SOURCE

Primate Conservation Fund
Jacksonville Lead – Tracy Williams, Supervisor of Mammals

JACKSONVILLE INITIATED AND FUNDED CONSERVATION PROJECTS

Guyana Wildlife Division Re-write of Guyana’s CITES Wildlife Laws
Jacksonville Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Land Snakes Alive Citizen Science Project
Jacksonville Lead – Karl Betz, Herpetology Keeper

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

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


JACKSONVILLE FUNDING OF OTHER STAFF CONSERVATION PROJECTS

Bat Educational Trunk shipped to Africa
Primary Organization – AZA Bat TAG
Jacksonville Lead – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds

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

Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network
Primary Organization – McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
Jacksonville Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Jaguars
Primary Organization – Wildlife Management Authority Guyana
Jacksonville Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Manatee Awareness Signs Developed and Produced for Public Access Areas
Primary Organization – Save the Manatee Club
Jacksonville Lead – Craig Miller, Curator of Mammals

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

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

Shorebird Nesting Educational signage on Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR)
Primary Organization – Forest Penny, GTMNERR
Jacksonville Lead – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds

Shorebird Nesting Educational Signage on Talbot Island
Primary Organization – Michael Simmons, Talbot Island State Park
Jacksonville Zoo Lead – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds

OTHER CONSERVATION PROJECTS RECEIVING FUNDING

Baird’s Tapir Project
Primary Organization – Manolo Garcia Vettorazzi, Biologist Researcher, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
Jacksonville Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) Support
Primary Organization – Cheetah Conservation Fund
Jacksonville Lead – Nadia Gordon, Supervisor of Mammals

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

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

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

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

Jamaican Boa Conservation
Primary Organization – Windsor Research Centre, Jamaica
Jacksonville Lead – Dino Ferri, Curator of Herpetology

Jamaican Iguana Conservation
Primary Organization – International Iguana Foundation
Jacksonville Lead – Dino Ferri, Curator of Herpetology

Lion-Tailed Macaque Project
Primary Organization – Global Conservation Network (GCN)
Jacksonville Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

Lion TB Workshop
Primary Organization – Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
Jacksonville Lead – Nikolay Kapustin, DVM, Senior Veterinarian

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

Mbeli Bai Gorilla Study
Primary Organization – Wildlife Conservation Society
Jacksonville Lead – Delfi Messinger, Director of Animal Programs

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

National Elephant Center
Primary Organization – Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
Jacksonville Lead – Dennis Pate, Executive Director

Puerto Rican Crested Toad Project
Primary Organization – Diane Barber, SSP Species Coordinator, Fort Worth Zoo
Jacksonville Lead – Dino Ferri, Curator of Herpetology

Rafetus (Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle) Breeding Program at the Suzhou Zoo, China
Primary Organization – Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA)
Jacksonville Lead – Steve Gott, Supervisor of Herpetology

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

Tarangire Elephant Project
Primary Organization – Lincoln Park Zoo
Jacksonville 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

Ape TAG
Jacksonville Participant – Tracy Williams, Supervisor of Mammals and Ape TAG Steering Committee member

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

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

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

AZA Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (WCMC)
Jacksonville Participant – Dino Ferri, Curator of Herpetology WCMC Vice-Chair of SSPs and TAGs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kori Bustard SSP
Jacksonville Participant – Donna Bear-Hull, Curator of Birds Kori Bustard SSP Management Committee member

Snake TAG
Jacksonville Participant – 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 Lead – Kelliann Whitney, Director of Education

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

EDUCATION CONSERVATION GRANTS

Carl S. Swisher Foundation contributed for Education Department’s Teacher Workshop

Chartrand Foundation contributed for Education Department’s Vertebrate Body Systems Program

Edna Sproull Williams Foundation contributed for General Education Programs

Jim Moran Family Foundation contributed for Education Department’s ZooBRIDGE after school program at the Zoo for students

Little Family Foundation contributed for our Zoo Park Guides Program