ST. LOUIS, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, a private, non-profit charitable foundation dedicated to supporting wildlife preservation, research, education and animal rescue, today announced 29 grants totaling more than a quarter of a million dollars. Since the charity was launched last year, 122 formal grant applications have been submitted, said fund President Virginia M. Busch. The foundation's goals include supporting conservation through habitat protection, species research, conservation education and rescue and rehabilitation. The fund was created 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. "We are delighted by the response to the Fund so far," said Busch. "It is encouraging to see the breadth of work being done by conservation groups and researchers worldwide. We hope that these grants contribute in some small way to preserving threatened species or ecosystems." The grants: Marine Life Research and Conservation -- Development and Evaluation of an Alternative "Pinger" Device with Potential Environmental and Fishery Advantages: Royal Society for Nature Conservation-The Wildlife Trust -- Falkland Islands Penguin Census 2005/2006: Falklands Conservation -- Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment Program: University of Miami's Rosensteil School of Marine & Atmospheric Science -- Citizen Based Sound Monitoring in the Indian River Lagoon: Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute -- Puget Sound Sixgill Shark Research and Conservation Project: Seattle Aquarium -- Conservation by Design: The Science and Practice of Protecting Inshore Delphinids in East Africa: Texas A&M University -- Environmental Co-Factors and Fibropapillomatosis in the Green Sea Turtle: University of Central Florida -- Reducing Marine Turtle Bycatch in the Fisheries of the Eastern Pacific Ocean through Improvement in Fishing Gear and Techniques: World Wildlife Fund Land Animal Research and Conservation -- The Present Status of the Black-shanked douc langur in Nui Chua National Park & Phuoc Binh Nature Reserve, Vietnam: School of Natural & Rural Systems Management -- Health and Genetic Diversity of Maned Wolves in Noel Kempff National Park, Bolivia: Smithsonian National Zoological Park -- Disease Threats to the Endangered African Wild Dog: University of California -- The Role of Stress in the Health and Population Viability of the Endangered Red Panda: Smithsonian Institution -- Laikipia Predator Project; Kilimanjaro Lion Conservation Project: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation -- Aquatic Bird Rehabilitation: Conservancy of Southwest Florida -- Orangutan Care and Quarantine Center: Orangutan Foundation International -- Wildlife Rescue and rehabilitation: Busch Wildlife Sanctuary -- Patient Care: Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife -- Rhino Veterinary Work in Zimbabwe: World Wildlife Fund -- Protecting Biodiversity in the Balkans: Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue Center Habitat Protection -- Land-Use Practices, Rural Culture & The Ecology of Mackinder's Eagle Owls in Kenya: National Museums of Kenya -- Shark Conservation Program: WildAid -- Jatunpamba Biodiversity Reserve Creation: American Bird Conservancy -- Bracken Cave and Nature Preserve Restoration Project: Bat Conservation International -- Kitomi Forest Snare Removal: Friends of Conservation Conservation Education -- Forums and Fixes: Buddies of the Animal Regulation Center -- Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center: Wildlife in Need -- Peace Corps Partnership Program: Peace Corps -- Establishing a Center for Conservation Training, Education, and Research in Argentina: Smithsonian's National Zoological Park -- The World of the Seahorse: an education poster in seahorses and marine conservation, Project Seahorse: Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia 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 education. 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 Williamsburg.
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