SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund Announces Spring Grant Recipients

Non-Profit Foundation Makes Grants Totaling $265,000 to 19 Organizations

Jun 02, 2005, 01:00 ET from Busch Entertainment Corporation

    ST. LOUIS, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens
 Conservation Fund, a non-profit foundation dedicated to wildlife conservation,
 research, education and animal rescue, today announced spring grants totaling
 more than $250,000.  Nineteen conservation and research organizations on six
 continents will benefit from the grants.
     "By the end of this year, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund
 will have made grants of more than $1.2 million," said Fund President Virginia
 M. Busch.  "It is gratifying to know that our donations will help researchers
 and conservation groups around the world continue their critically important
     Spring grant recipients vary widely in their area of scientific focus as
 well as geography -- from preserving steller sea lions in Alaska to tigers in
 Sumatra and whales off the coast of New Zealand.  The Fund conducts grant
 awards twice each year and anticipates total funding for 2005 to approach
 $700,000, Busch said.
     The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund was created in part to
 allow visitors to the nine Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks, as well as members
 of the general public, to supplement the more than $2.5 million currently
 earmarked for conservation by the company.
     Recipients of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund Spring 2005
     The Pan-African Sanctuaries Alliance (PASA) will receive $10,000 to help
     fund a veterinary healthcare workshop in Cameroon.  Primates in Africa
     face an urgent threat of extinction from hunting, disease and habitat
     loss, while the conservation centers that comprise the PASA have become
     inundated with orphaned apes and monkeys, the majority of which are a
     direct result of these factors.  PASA will also receive $17,100 to fund
     chimpanzee repatriation efforts in the Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone.
     Cardiff University in Wales in the United Kingdom will receive $45,000
     over three years to fund post-release monitoring of wild-born orphan
     chimpanzees in the Conkouati-Douli National Park, Republic of Congo.
     WildAid, a San Francisco-based group dedicated to ending the illegal trade
     in exotic wildlife, will receive $17,500 to provide potable water to
     rescued animals at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center in Cambodia.
     The International Rhino Foundation will receive $15,000 for black rhino
     rescue and poaching intervention in Zimbabwe.
     Wildlife in Need Foundation, Inc. will receive $9,900 to help fund a whale
     and dolphin stranding workshop in the Philippines, home to 22 cetacean
     Moorpark College's Exotic Animal Training and Management Program will
     receive $3,000 to fund an outreach education course focusing on wildlife
     conservation.  The course will benefit students in Los Angeles and Ventura
     counties in Southern California.
     Fauna and Flora International (FFI) will receive $15,000 for an education
     program for indigenous peoples in Belize that reinforces the importance of
     watershed protection.  FFI will also receive $20,000 for their Visayan
     leopard cat conservation and research project in the Philippines.
     Conservation International (CI) will receive $20,000 to fund a program
     intended to reduce the illegal trade in exotic animals in Asia.   CI will
     also receive $20,000 over two years for a program to conserve Javan
     gibbons in Indonesia.
     The World Wildlife Fund Latin America will receive $5,000 to reduce
     leatherback sea turtle egg poaching from nesting sites in Costa Rica.  WWF
     will also receive $19,000 to fund anti-poaching programs for tigers in
     The National Wildlife Federation will receive $25,775 for a program to
     conserve amphibians in the United States.
     The St. George, Alaska Traditional Council/Kayumixtax Eco-Office will
     receive $10,000 to help fund the use of remote video cameras and monitors
     to protect a portion of the habitat of endangered steller sea lions.
     Texas A&M University at Galveston will receive $10,000 to fund a study of
     movement patterns and habitat preference of the endangered Kemp's Ridley
     sea turtle in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.
     Wildlife Trust will receive $14,500 for a project intended to reduce
     watercraft-related deaths of endangered manatees in Belize.
     The New Zealand Department of Conservation will receive $7,000 to study
     techniques to reduce injuries to seabirds who feed off the catch of
     longline fishermen.
     The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University
     of Miami will receive $3,500 to study the biology and conservation of
     selected whale and dolphin species in the Philippine's southern Tanon
     The Marwell Zimbabwe Trust will receive $13,000 for research into the
     distribution, status and behavioral ecology of the cheetah in Zimbabwe.
     The Northern Rangelands Trust will receive $15,000 for a surveillance and
     monitoring program for endangered Grevy's zebras in the Melako Conservancy
     in northern Kenya.
     The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will receive $9,720
     to study the feline leukemia virus in an endangered subspecies of the
     Florida panther.
     The Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center of Orange County California will
     receive $5,000 to study a serious dietary deficiency of unknown causes
     among black-crowned night herons and great blue herons.
     The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund is a registered non-profit
 foundation.  Its mission is to work with purpose and passion on behalf of
 wildlife and habitats worldwide, encouraging sustainable solutions through
 support of species research, animal rescue and rehabilitation and conservation
     Busch Entertainment Corp., the family entertainment subsidiary of
 Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc., operates nine U.S. theme parks: SeaWorld parks in
 Orlando, Fla., San Diego, Calif. and San Antonio, Texas; Busch Gardens parks
 in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va.; Discovery Cove in Orlando; Sesame Place
 in Langhorne, Pa.; Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in

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