Kansas City Zoo Conservation Leadership Scholarship


The Kansas City Zoo Conservation Leadership Scholarship provides supervisory and middle-management level professionals from Latin American zoological institutions an opportunity to attend the Association of Zoos & Aquarium's (AZA) Managing for Success professional training courses. While attending the courses, professionals from Latin American zoos, aquariums, and conservation organizations will receive the highest level of training available in the field of zoo and aquarium management. In addition, they will have an opportunity to share professional experiences and establish new partnerships with their North American counterparts.

The scholarship assists in the development of Latin America's future conservation leaders and contributes to improved management standards among facilities that are on the front lines of a global effort to protect and preserve endangered species and their habitats.


Note:  This is a two-year scholarship.  Applicants must commit to attending the AZA's Managing for Success: Career Development and Managing for Success: Organizational Development professional training courses. 


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..

Yara de Melo Barros

Yara de Melo Barros

Coordinator of Projeto Onças do Iguaçu attended AZA's Managing for Success: Career Development course in 2019.

Alexandra Guerra Ramírez

Alexandra Guerra Ramírez

Communications and Membership Coordinator with the Latin American Zoo and Aquarium Association (ALPZA). Attended AZA's Managing for Success: Career Development and Organizational Development courses in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

José Tomás Echaurren

José Tomás Echaurren

Exhibit Designer at Africam Safari (Mexico). Attended AZA's Managing for Success: Career Development in 2017.

Andrea Caozzi

Andrea Caozzi

General Curator at the Zoológico Nacional de Santiago (Chile). Attended AZA Management School courses in 2012 and 2015.

Sandra Gomez

Sandra Gomez

Head of Animal Nutrition at the Zoológico Santacruz (Colombia). Attended AZA Management School courses in 2014 and 2015.




  1. Applicants must be employees or associates of Latin American zoological institutions or related facilities.  Preference will be given to individuals demonstrating leadership experience.

  2. Applicants must possess a functional proficiency in English.

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






  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




Applications and supporting materials must be submitted by 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time on July 1st.


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YEAR                    NAME                                  INSTITUTION


2012-2013             Andrea Caiozzi                    Zoológico Nacional de Chile  (Chile)


2014-2015             Sandra Gomez                    Santacruz Zoological Foundation  (Colombia)


2016                      José Tomás Echaurren        Africam Safari (Mexico)


2017-2018             Alexandra Guerra                Latin American Zoo & Aquarium Association (Chile)    


2018-2019             Yara de Melo Barros            Projeto Onças do Iguaçu (Brazil)


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