Greenville Zoo Conservation Grants

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  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019
  • Award Announcements: By May 15, 2019
  • Funding provided by: September 31, 2019

Information and Guidelines:

The mission of the Greenville Zoo is to provide an enjoyable guest experience while we support and promote conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all living things.

We have many values that support our mission, including promoting conservation and sustainability, actively seeking knowledge through science, and collaborating with others to maximize our impact and achieve greater goals.

In fulfillment of our mission, the Greenville Zoo has established a fund for local conservation projects (those occurring in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) as well as national and international projects by utilizing the "Quarters for Conservation" program. Conservation grants are awarded to programs that focus on the conservation of free-ranging wildlife, habitat conservation, conservation research, or conservation education programs. Local grants receive preferred funding priority.

New Grants Program: $300 to $1,000

  • Awarded to applicants whose projects we have never supported before
  • Grant request cannot exceed $1,000

Continuing Grants Program: Up to $3,000

  • For applicants with whom the Greenville Zoo has an established relationship.
    • An established relationship includes those applicants who have received funding from us in the past.
  • For applicants who have received grant funding from us in the past and have successfully fulfilled the requirements of the grant awardee, including providing regular updates on project progress.

NOTE: Only one application can be submitted per person

Application package should include:

  • Completed application. A full proposal can be attached but all questions in the body of the application still need to be fully answered. A detailed budget (estimates are acceptable). If there is a particular line item(s) that you would like funded by this grant, please specify.
  • Three photos, diagrams, or other images with captions related to the proposed conservation project.
  • Include a minimum of three professional references with contact information and affiliations
  • Applicant's Curriculum Vitae (CV) and those of the principal investigator(s) if different than applicant
  • If applicable: A map of the research or conservation site.
  • If applicable (project involves live animals): Please include a copy of your institution's Institutional Animal Care and Use Policy (IACUC), your project's IACUC submission and approval along with the full project design or proposal.
  • Optional: Additional articles, cited literature references, and letters of support and/or collaboration can strengthen the application

Additional details regarding your project may be requested by the Conservation and Research Committee before a decision is made.

Award Recipient Expectations*:

  • Due December 31, 2019: A mid-term report detailing funds spent to date and project progression
  • Due June 31, 2019: A year-end report that includes: Five photos with captions, accounting of any remaining funds spent since the mid-term report, and wrap up information for the funded project. Format can be of the recipient's choosing.
  • Ongoing: Acknowledgement of the Greenville Zoo in any presentations and/or publications associated with the supported project(s).

* Failure to meet these conditions may affect future grant awards.

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Conservation Grants
150 Cleveland Park Drive
Greenville, SC 29601

Conservation Grants Funded in the Past


2019

Identification and Conservation of Gopher Frog Populations in South Carolina
By Lisa Lord of Savannah River Project
Geographic Location: South Low country / ACE Basin
Grant awarded: $1000

Crocodilian Conservation Center of Florida
By Dr. Bruce Shwedick of Crocodilian Conservation Center of Florida
Geographic Location: Frostproof, Florida
Grant awarded: $1000

Ecological drivers of behavioral flexibility in three sympatric lemurs
By Meredith Lutz of University of California, Davis
Geographic Location: Maromizaha Protected Area, Toamasinia Providence, Madagascar
Grant awarded:  $3000

Creation of biological corridors in family plots, for the conservation of Abronia campbeli (alligator lizard)
By Dr. Brad Lock of Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden
Geographic Location: Jalapa, Guatemala
Grant awarded: $3000

Male Captive Asian Elephant Management Protocol
By Chrisantha Pinto of Elephant Conservation Center
Geographic Location: Xayaboury Province, Laos
Grant awarded:  $1000

Protection of Cloud Forest and Continued Baseline Study for Preservation of Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus and possible Ateles fusciceps
By Jacob Rose of Centro de Ensenanza Aprendizaje de Agricultura Sostensible El Socorro (CEASO)
Geographic Location: Reserva de Los Montecillos, Honduras (Biological Reserve)
Grant awarded: $960

Kids for Compassionate Conservation
By Dr. Gregg Tully of Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA)
Geographic Location: Sierra Leone and Cameroon
Grant awarded: $2500

Exploring local knowledge to learn recent status of Sumatran rabbit Nesolagus netscheri in Rimba Candi forest landcape, Sumatra, Indonesia
By Dr. Muhammad Iqbal for South Sumatra Biodiversity Community
Geographic Location: South Sumatra, Indonesia
Grant awarded:  $1000

Stopping illegal lion killings in western Tanzania
By Jonathan Kwiyega of Landscape and Conservation Mentors (LCMO)
Geographic Location: Villages around reserves: Katavi-Mahale National Parks (NP), Rukwa-Luafi, Ugalla, Moyowosi-Kigosi Game Reserves (GR) and Inyonga-Mlele Forest Reserve (FR) in Western Tanzania, East Africa
Grant awarded: $2950

Evaluation, monitoring and conservation of one of the last surviving high-altitude Harlequin toad
By Dr. Lina Valencia of Global Wildlife Conservation                                                                                                                   Geographic Location: Key biodiversity area Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Columbia
Grant awarded: $1000

2018

Kids for Compassionate Conservation
By Dr. Gregg Tully of Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA)
Geographic Location: Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo, Africa
Grant awarded: $994

From conflict to coexistence: Investigating drivers of leopard-livestock conflict and suitable husbandry techniques
By Aisha Uduman of University of British Columbia, Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust Sri Lanka
Geographic Location: Sri Lanka, Asia
Grant awarded: $1000

Current status and conservation of Persian leopard (Pantera pardus ciscaucasicus) in Daghestan, Russia
By Dr. Magomedrasul Magomedov of Russian Academy of Sciences
Geographic Location: Daghestan, Russia, Asia
Grant awarded: $1000

Multidisciplinary Mapping: Toward a Better Understanding of Human-Carnivore Conflict and Landscape Use by Carnivores and People
By Christine Wilkinson of University of California, Berkeley
Geographic Location: Nakuru-Elmenteita Region, Kenya, Africa
Grant awarded: $960

ARCS Education and Outreach Workshops
By Amy Waters of Aquatic Research & Conservation Society, Inc. Geographic
Location: St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding areas in Minnesota and Wisconsin, USA
Grant awarded: $1000

Community based habitat restoration for the critically endangered Guatemalan beaded lizard (Heloderma charlesbogerti)
By Dr. Brad Lock of International Reptile Conservation Foundation
Geographic Location: Zacapa, Guatemala, Central America
Grant awarded: $2965

Ecological drivers of spatial clustering in social behavior in critically-endangered diademed sifaka (Propithecus diadema) in a new protected area
By Meredith Lutz of University of California, Davis
Geographic Location: Dariana Region, Madagascar
Grant awarded: $1000

Using Wildlife Genetics to Alleviate Human-Carnivore Conflict in Tanzania
By Mary Burak of Yale University
Geographic Location: Maasai Steppe, Tanzania, Africa
Grant awarded: $805

Maternal transfer of radiocesium in Nerodia floridana (Florida Green Watersnake)
By Dr. Melissa Pilgrim of University of South Carolina Upstate
Geographic Location: Savannah River Site, South Carolina, USA
Grant awarded: $734

Long-term American alligator feeding behavior in coastal South Carolina
By Abigail Lawson of Clemson University
Geographic Location: Georgetown, South Carolina, USA
Grant awarded: $1000

Pine Snakes of Glade Farms; A Stronghold For a Vanishing Species
By Bryan Hudson of Clemson University/Reinhardt University
Geographic Location: Glade Farm, NE Hall County, Georgia, USA
Grant awarded: $2346

Community-based conservation of endangered sea turtles nesting along the Akassa coast, Bayelsa, Nigeria
By Ikponke Nkanta of Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, Nigeria
Geographic Location: Bayelsa, Nigeria, Africa
Grant awarded: $2800

2017

Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Ecolab
By Tricia Kyzer of Lake Conestee Nature Park
Geographic Location: Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Grant awarded: $910

Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change & Habitat Quality on the Ecology of a Valuable Rattlesnake Predator in a Developed Environment
By Dr. Kimberly Andrews of Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Geographic Location: Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA
Grant awarded: $3000

Conservation of the Critically Endangered alligator lizard in eastern Guatemala through Habitat Restoration and Community Forest Management: Final Phase
By Dr. Brad Lock of International Reptile Conservation Foundation, Inc. Geographic
Location: Jalapa, Guatemala, Central America
Grant awarded: $3000

Green Salamander Distribution, Movement & Water Loss
By Jill Newman of Clemson University
Geographic Location: Blue Ridge Mountains, South Carolina, USA
Grant awarded: $1000

Upper Saluda Watershed Interactive Mapping Project
By Melanie Ruhlman of "Save Our Saluda"
Geographic Location: Upper Saluda River Watershed, South America, USA
Grant awarded: $1000

The Status of critically important and endangered reef sharks in the Maldives
By Dr. Andrew Bruckner of Coral Reef CPR
Geographic Location: Maldives-Northern, Central and Southern Atolls, Asia
Grant awarded: $1000

Advancing Effective Lemur Conservation in the Face of Global Change
By Brandon Semel of Virginia Tech
Geographic Location: Madagascar
Grant awarded: $1000

Dry Season Monitoring of Wild Giant Otters at Karanambu
By Dr. Lucy Spelman of Creature Conserve, Inc.
Geographic Location: Guyana, South America
Grant awarded: $1000

Stopping illegal lion killings around protected areas in Western Tanzania
By Jonathan Lucas Kwiyega of WASIMA (Watu, Simba na Mazingira- People, Lions and the Environment) Geographic Location: Tanzania, Africa
Grant awarded: $1000

Understanding social behaviour to improve the conservation of wild giraffes and to improve the welfare of giraffes in captive populations ex-situ
By Zoe Muller of Rothschild's Giraffe Project
Geographic Location: Kenya, Africa
Grant awarded: $2187

2016

Wade Hampton Water Monitoring Team 
By R. Enggasser for Wade Hampton High School
Geographic Location: Wade Hampton High School

The Effects of Habitat Quality, Prey Availability, and Wildlife Health on the Reproduction of a Declining Predator in an Urban Landscape (Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake)
By Dr. Andrews of Jekyll Island Authority Georgia Sea Turtle Center and The University of Georgia-Odum School of Ecology
Geographic Location: Jekyll Island, GA

Survey of Sternotherus Species at Oconee State Park (turtles)
By Dr. Mook of University of North Georgia
Geographic Location: Oconee State Park, SC

Amphibian Survey of Anderson University's Wetlands
By I. Wilson and Dr. Criswell of Anderson University
Geographic Location: Anderson University, SC

Community-based conservation of endangered sea turtles nesting along the Akassa coast, Bayelsa, Nigera
By I. Nkanta of Tropical Research and Conservation Center
Geographic Location: Akassa coast, Bayelsa state, Nigeria

Conservation of the Critically Endangered alligator lizard Abronia campbelli in eastern Guatemala through Habitat Restoration and community Forest Management: Phase II
By Dr. Lock of Zoo Atlanta
Geographic Location: Jalapa, Guatemala

Completion of a Bio-Secure Facility for Captive Breeding and Re-introduction of Panamanian Golden Frogs (Atelopus zeteki)
By R. Hill of Zoo Atlanta
Geographic Location: El Valle de Anton, Panama

Building a Future, One Lemur at a Time: Identifying Eulemur rubriventer's dieatary strategies and constraints, and their implications for in situ and ex situ conservation
By A. DuBour of Northern Illinois University
Geographic Location: Madagascar

Furman University Cougar Project
By Dr. Perry of Furman University
Geographic Location: New Mexico, USA

2015

Citizen based Water Quality Monitoring
By J. Thomas Hochheimer, citizen
Geographic Location: Lake Greenwood Rivers & Streams in Laurens County, SC

Occurrence, distribution and management of at-risk upland amphibian and reptile species
By J. Holmes of Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy
Geographic Location: Francis Marion National Forest (FMNF), SC

The long-term effects of Exurbanization
By N. Weaver of Clemson University
Geographic Location: Western NC, Eastern TN

Conservation beyond protected areas
By Dr. Quinn of Furman University
Geographic Location: Upstate, SC

Conservation of the Critically Endangered alligator lizard Abronia campbelli in eastern Guatemala through Habitat Restoration and Community Forest Management
By Dr. Lock of Zoo Atlanta
Geographic Location: Guatemala

2014

Conservation of urban-rural gradients
By Dr. Quinn of Furman University
Geographic Location: Upstate SC

Bat Conservation of the Carolinas
By M. Brienza, citizen
Geographic Location: Georgetown County, SC

Complex Causes of amphibian declines
By J. Mette of North Carolina Museum of Natural Science
Geographic Location: Coastal Plain, Piedmont of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina

Can nest boxes accelerate the colonization of Longleaf Pines?
Dr. Stanback of Davidson College
Geographic Location: Calloway Forest Preserve, Hoke County, NC

Pituophis in Georgia's upper Piemdont (northern pine snake) 
By B. Hudson of Piedmont College and Dr. Felix of Reinhardt University
Geographic Location: Northeast Georgia, Cherokee, Banks, and Stephens counties

Furman Cougar Project
By Dr. Perry of Furman University
Geographic Location: New Mexico, USA

Bacterial Water Monitoring
Save our Saluda
Geographic Location: North, Middle, and South Saluda Rivers

2013

Pituophis in Georgia's upper Piedmont (northern pine snake) 
By B. Hudson of Piedmont College and Dr. Felix of Reinhardt University
Geographic Location: Georgia, Cherokee, Banks, and Stephens counties

Bone density of bottlenose dolphin
By J. Powel of Portland State University
Geographic Location: coastal South Carolina

Citizen AAS Water Monitoring in SC
By E. Enggasser, citizen
Geographic Location: Greenville County, SC

Bog Turtle Habitat Protection – Conservation Lease Program
By C. Gentile, Western Natures Center and NC Herp Society
Geographic Location: Western North Carolina

Does nest site competition with Carolina Chickadees constrain nesting by Brown-headed Nuthatches in developed settings in the North Carolina Sandhills?
By Dr. Stanback of Davidson College
Geographic Location: Pinehurst, NC

Abronia Awareness Program
By. Dr. Lock of Zoo Atlanta
Geographic Location: Guatemala

Tiger Conservation in Dampa TR
By Udayan Borthakur of AARANYAK
Geographic Location: Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram, India

Conservation of Rothschild's giraffe
By Zoe Muller of Rothschild's Giraffe Project
Geographic Location: Rift Valley region, Kenya

Enhancing Turtle Conservation
By Bui Dang Phong of Cuc Phuong National Park
Geographic Location: Vietnam

2012

Creating & Conserving an Urban Farm
By Upstate Forever
Geographic Location: Greenville, SC; adjacent to the Lowe's on Poinsett Highway

Hydrology of the Bunched Arrowhead
By W. Dipps of Furman University
Geographic Location: Greenville County, SC

Raptor Caging
By L. Hoskinson of Wildlife Rehab of Greenville
Geographic Location: Piedmont, SC

Complex Causes of Amphibian Declines in Sympatric Cricket Frogs and Chorus Frogs
By J. Mette and Dr. Micancin of North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Geographic Location: Coastal Plain and Piedmont of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina

The effects of forest management activities on community structure of stream salamanders inhabiting montane streams
By T. Surasinghe of Clemson University
Geographic Location: Nantahala National Forests and Coweeta Hydrologic Station, NC

FrogWatch USA
By B. Foster of Greenville Zoo
Geographic Location: Upstate SC

Tanzania Corridor Survey
By A. Martin of Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, University of California Davis
Geographic Location: Western Tanzania