Call for proposal Zoo Boise Conservation Fund

Deadline- June 30, 2012

Zoo Boise is expanding its focus towards conservation – from not only caring for the animals within zoo grounds, but towards helping animals in their natural environments.  This is in response to the growing extinction crisis that threatens some of the world’s most famous inhabitants within the next 50 years.  This includes such species as rhinos, tigers, gorillas, pandas, Asian elephants, chimps and countless others.

Zoo Boise has created the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund.  Designed to support conservation programs in Idaho and around the globe, the fund focuses on projects that help protect animals found at Zoo Boise or in Master Plan.  Revenue for the fund comes from a 50¢ fee included in admission prices and a $5.00 fee included in membership prices.  Zoo Boise was the first zoo in the country to create such a program.

Projects considered for funding should involve at least one of the following issue areas:

  • Habitat restoration
  • Wildlife conservation and management
  • Community-based conservation, including eco-tourism
  • Conservation education, including workshops and training
  • Scientific research related to natural history, ecology, habitat, national park inventories or biological assessments, although preference will be given to the other issue areas.  In the past, the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund has not supported dissertation projects.


  • Applying organizations must be based in the United States and have a valid tax identification number.
  • Projects must focus on animals currently found at Zoo Boise or in the zoo’s Master Plan (pages 6 & 7). Notable species that are not eligible are elephants, marine mammals and fish, among others.
  • Grant requests must be in the range of $5,000 to $30,000.
  • Zoo Boise believes that conservation goals can best be reached without the support and understanding of the people living around wildlife. Therefore, projects that receive funding must work with the local communities or demonstrate how the project will benefit the local community in addition to the wildlife.
  • If selected as a grant recipient, a large photo, at least 3’ at 240 dpi, of the primary species must be provided by the organization for Zoo Boise’s use.

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