Sequoia Park Zoo accepts proposals for grants

Sequoia Park Zoo’s conservation grants program is kicking off its 2013 grant program with an invitation to submit proposals for project funding. Eligible projects are those that can demonstrate a direct and measurable impact on the conservation of a species or habitat, with local projects being of particular interest. The deadline to submit a proposal for the upcoming year is January 31, 2013.

The zoo’s grant program is administered by the conservation advisory committee, a joint endeavor between the zoo and the zoo foundation. The committee’s mission is to raise public awareness of conservation issues and directly impact conservation efforts outside of the zoo by providing financial support to select organizations and field projects through the zoo foundation’s conservation fund.

"We’re delighted to be offering a second round of grants for conservation projects," said Gretchen Ziegler, zoo manager and chair of the conservation advisory committee. "We look forward to receiving proposals from the community and to awarding much-needed funds to help projects reach completion."

The conservation advisory committee was launched in March 2011 and serves in an advisory role to the zoo foundation’s board of directors, which manages the conservation fund. Committee members include staff and supporters from the zoo and the foundation, as well as professional biologists in the local community. For more information and a grant application, visit http://www.sequoiaparkzoo.net/Conservation_Fund.html.

Sequoia Park Zoo connects the community with animals to inspire wonder, understanding and conservation of wildlife and the natural world. Established in 1907, Sequoia Park Zoo is the oldest zoo in California and one of the smallest accredited zoos in the country. Sequoia Park Zoo is located at 3414 W St. in Eureka. For more information visit: www.sequoiaparkzoo.net.

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