AZH is very active in the world of plant conservation, both in-situ and ex-situ. A standing committee of AZH works on such issues as promoting Plant Conservation Day, reviewing and awarding grants for conservation work, and overseeing the awarding of the Chuck Rogers Conservation Award for lifetime achievement in plant conservation work. The Conservation Committee is currently chaired by Christy Powell of the San Diego Zoo. For more details on grant applications and other AZH conservation issues, contact Ms. Powell directly.
2009 AZH Conservation Grant Recipients:
- Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Nebraska - "Cryopreservation and Recovery of Fungal Symbionts Isolated from Nebraska Sandhills Populations of the Western Prairie Fringed Orchid"*
- San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California - "Educational Bamboo Walk/Bamboo Conservation at Summit Municipal Botanical Garden (Panama)"*
- Oregon Zoo, Portland, Oregon - "Plants of Conservation Concern"
- San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California - "Propagation of Erythina spp. for the preservation of diversity and protection from the Erythrina Gall Wasp"*
* These grants supported by monies awarded AZH by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.
NOTE: Application for AZH Conservation Grants requires membership in AZH.