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The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens New World Conservation Training Scholarship promotes capacity building in zoos, aquariums, and conservation organizations of the Western Hemisphere. The scholarship provides full funding to qualified zoo, aquarium, and conservation professionals interested in participating in any one of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's (AZA) professional training program courses.  Preference is given to candidates who are currently involved in cooperative efforts with AZA member institutions or participating in Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs) or Species Survival Plans (SSPs).  Additional preference is given to early career professionals working at zoological facilities in lesser-developed countries in Latin America and the Caribbean Basin.  

 

The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens provides funding for this annual scholarship award.

This scholarship will not be offered during the 2019-2020 program year.

Scholarship recipients will be announced on September 7, 2019, during the Open Session of the ZCOG Board of Directors Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens New World Conservation Training Scholarship

Valerie Syrowicz

Valerie Syrowicz

Director of Education at La Aurora Zoo (Guatemala) attended AZA's Managing for Success: Career Development course in 2019.

Xiomara Gómez

Xiomara Gómez

Biologist at Parque Explora (Colombia). Attended AZA’s Principles of Aquarium Husbandry, Design and Management at the Shedd Aquarium in 2017.

Carolina Holguín

Carolina Holguín

Registrar at Africam Safari. Attended AZA's Population Management I course in 2016.

Henrique Guimarães Riva

Henrique Guimarães Riva

Biologist at the Zoológico de Barranquilla (Colombia). Attended AZA's Institutional Records Keeping course in 2016.

Rachel Venturini

Rachel Venturini

Biologist at the Zoológico de São Paulo (Brazil). Attended AZA's Creating Successful Exhibits course in 2014.

Paula Gonzalez Ciccia

Paula Gonzalez Ciccia

Biologist at Fundación Temaiikèn (Argentina). Attended AZA's Population Management I course in 2013.

Kurt Duchez

Kurt Duchez

Veterinarian at the Zoológico Nacional La Aurora (Guatemala). Attended AZA's Managing for Success: Career Development course in 2013.

REQUIREMENTS

 

  1. Applicants must be employees or associates of developing country zoological institutions or related facilities.  For this scholarship, preference is given to candidates who are currently involved in cooperative wildlife conservation efforts with AZA member institutions or partners.  

  2. Applicants must possess a functional proficiency in English.

  3. Individuals may submit only one scholarship application per year.

 

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

  1. DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM.

  2. E-mail a copy of your completed application to scholarships@zcog.org
    Please include a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV)

  3. Send questions to scholarships@zcog.org

 

 

DEADLINES

This scholarship will not be offered during the 2019-2020 program year.

 

A committee comprised of representatives from ZCOG, the sponsoring institution, and/or the AZA Professional Development Committee will review the applications and select the scholarship recipient.

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PAST RECIPIENTS

YEAR

 

2011

 

2012

 

2013

 

2014

 

2015

 

2016

 

2017

2018

NAME

 

Alejandro Rodrigo Trejo

 

Kurt Duchez

 

Paula Gonzalez

 

Rachel Venturini

 

Henrique Guimarães

 

Carolina Holquín

 

Xiomara Gómez

Valerie Syrowicz

INSTITUTION

 

Africam Safari (Mexico)

 

La Aurora Zoo (Guatemala)

 

Fundación Temaikèn (Argentina)

 

Zoológico de São Paulo (Brazil)

 

Barranquilla Zoo (Colombia)

 

Africam Safari (Mexico)

 

Parque Explora (Colombia)

La Aurora Zoo (Guatemala)

WAYS YOU CAN ACT

  • For Additional Details

  • Contact ZCOG for details on how your institution can establish an annual conservation scholarship award

SCHOLARSHIP SPONSOR:

Zoo Conservation Outreach Group

c/o Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) 

8403 Colesville Road, Suite 710

Silver Spring, MD 20910