UPDATED Covid-19 statement

February 4, 2022

ZCOG Conservation Training Scholarship Program


Due to ongoing health, safety, and travel concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, ZCOG will not offer scholarships to the Association of Zoos & Aquariums' (AZA) in-person Professional Training Program courses in Spring 2022.  ZCOG continues to assess its options for offering scholarships to in-person training courses and hopes to resume the program soon.  For details about AZA's Spring 2022 Professional Training Program courses please visit: https://www.aza.org/courses

We hope everyone stays safe, healthy, and well.


ZCOG has awarded 126 training scholarships to individuals
representing over 50 zoological institutions

in 17 different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean Basin!

To decide which scholarship you should apply for, download our helpful 'Which Conservation Training Scholarship is Right for Me?' document and  review the scholarship table at the bottom of the page.  You can also review information about each ZCOG scholarship by selecting specific page links from the list below.


DOWNLOAD our Scholarship Program Guide

to decide which scholarship is right for you!


Contact scholarships@zcog.org if you have any questions about this year's scholarship offerings or the application process.  Good luck!

Carmen Linares

Carmen Linares

Director of Education Programs at Africam Safari. Attended AZA's Conservation Education: Effective Program Design course in 2006.

Edgardo Griffith

Edgardo Griffith

Biologist at the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center (Panama). Attended AZA's Amphibian Biology and Management course in 2007.

Fabiola Riva Melofiro

Fabiola Riva Melofiro

Biologist at the Asociación Cracidae Peru. Attended AZA's Conservation Education: Effective Program Design course in 2008.

Claudio Soto-Azat

Claudio Soto-Azat

Biologist at Buin Zoo (Chile). Attended AZA's Amphibian Biology and Management course in 2009.

Dave Wedheking

Dave Wedheking

Animal Curator at the Zoológico de Barranquilla (Colombia). Attended AZA's Advances in Animal Keeping course in 2009.

Andrea Echeverry

Andrea Echeverry

Registrar at the Zoológico de Barranquilla (Colombia). Attended AZA's Amphibian Biology and Management course in 2010.

Sandra Gomez

Sandra Gomez

Head of Animal Nutrition at the Zoológico Santacruz (Colombia). Attended AZA's Conservation Education: Effective Program Design course in 2011.

Guillermo Cubillos

Guillermo Cubillos

Biologist at the Zoológico Nacional de Santiago (Chile). Attended AZA's Principles of Program Animal Management course in 2012.



  • Scholarships are awarded annually on a competitive basis. 

  • Applicants must be employees or associates of a Latin American or Caribbean zoological institution or related facility, and be a legal resident of a Latin American or Caribbean country.

  • Applicants must possess a functional proficiency in English, the language in which the professional training courses are held.

  • Applicants must possess or secure a valid visa for travel to the United States.



Expenses covered 

  • Course registration (full); 

  • Round-trip airfare from the award recipient’s point of origin to the destination city hosting the workshop (full); 

  • Round-trip airport shuttle ground transportation within the continental United States (full); 

  • Hotel/lodging throughout the duration of the course (based on double occupancy rate);

  • Meals (full at AZA courses held at Oglebay Resorts in Wheeling, WV.




  • Course registration: ZCOG will arrange payment of the award recipient’s course registration.

  • Airfare: The award recipient shall forward a preferred travel itinerary, including departure and return dates, to ZCOG. ZCOG will arrange the award recipient’s airfare. The group will not reimburse award recipients for airfares purchased without first consulting ZCOG. Travel will be limited to dates surrounding the course.

  • Ground Transport: ZCOG will arrange payment of the award recipient’s ground transportation.

  • Hotel/Lodging: ZCOG will cover hotel/lodging expenses for the award recipient via direct payment to the hotel. Lodging arrangements will be made by the AZA Professional Development Department.

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided as part of the accommodations or courses. Dinners are mostly on your own.

  • Travel VISA: If necessary, ZCOG will draft a letter of support that the award recipient can use for their US Travel VISA interview.





Left to right: ZCOG Scholarship recipients Andrea Echeverry and Henrique Guimarães of the Barranquilla Zoo in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Andrea Caozzi, General Curator at the Zoológico Nacional de Santiago, Chile and recipient of ZCOG's Conservation Leadership Scholarship.




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For additional information:  scholarships@zcog.org