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
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
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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