Kristy Morcom
Director of Media Relations
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Mickey Ollson
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June 6, 2016
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Announces Recipients of 2016
Annual Animal Care & Conservation Awards

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of its annual animal care & conservation awards. Over the past two decades, Wildlife World has contributed tens of thousands of dollars, as well as thousands more as in-kind support and staff expertise to dozens of local, national and international organizations working on habitat restoration and wildlife conservation all over the globe. These financial awards of $1,000 – $2,000 each were created to recognize worthy efforts in field conservation, public display and education and basic research designed to preserve our planet and inspire future generations to care about wildlife and wild places.

“In addition to several organizations whose work has long been supported by Wildlife World, this year’s announcement includes, Turtle Survival Alliance, a deserving first time conservation award recipient,” comments zoo founder and director, Mickey Ollson.

The recipients include:

-The Cheetah Conservation Fund. (
-The Marine Mammal Center. (
-Zoological Association of America Wildlife Conservation Fund (
-The International Crane Foundation. (
-Zoo Conservation Outreach Group. (
-Gibbon Conservation Center. (
-International Rhino Foundation. (
-Sahara Conservation Fund. (
-The Association of Zoo & Aquarium’s Conservation Endowment Fund. (
-Turtle Survival Alliance. (

“Historically, award winners have had a significant connection to species and ecosystems that are integral to our vast collection such as endangered primates, rhinoceros, tigers, cranes, and African antelope,” said Wildlife World’s Deputy Director, Jack Ewert.

As a USDA licensed, private institution, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World. “We are extremely grateful for over three decades of support from the hundreds of thousands of visitors to Wildlife World each year. Our guests have made our growth and these animal care and conservation awards possible,” said Ollson

Award Recipient descriptions provided by each organization’s website:

Cheetah Conservation Fund (
Its mission is to be the internationally recognized center of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems. CCF will work with all stakeholders to develop best practices in research, education, and land use to benefit all species, including people.

Marine Mammal Center (
Our mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals-their health and that of their ocean environment- and to inspire their global conservation. Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community.

Zoological Association of America Wildlife Conservation Fund (
ZAA promotes responsible ownership, management, conservation, and propagation of animals in both privately funded and publicly funded facilities through professional standards in husbandry, animal care, safety and ethics, in addition to, helping to save endangered species around the world.

The International Crane Foundation (
Commits to a future where all crane species are secure – a future where people cooperate to protect and restore wild populations and their ecosystems. These efforts sustain the places where cranes live, to the benefit of countless other species.

The Zoo Conservation Outreach Group. (
Founded in 1988, Zoo Conservation Outreach Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit coalition of zoos, aquariums, and related partners dedicated to promoting wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the Americas. The group accomplishes its core mission by developing conservation leadership capacity in Latin American zoological institutions and providing direct technical, material, and financial support to collaborative, zoo and aquarium-based conservation programs.

The Gibbon Conservation Center (
Was founded in 1976 in southern California, USA, by the late Alan Richard Mootnick. It is the only facility in the world devoted exclusively to gibbons, an increasingly rare ape. We work for the endangered gibbons’ benefit through conservation, propagation and study, and by teaching people about them. GCC houses nearly 40 gibbons, among them 5 of the 19 living species.

The International Rhino Foundation (
Is dedicated to the survival of the world’s rhino species through conservation and research. The IRF provides the technical (scientific, educational, administrative) and financial resources necessary to facilitate the conservation of rhinos.

Sahara Conservation Fund (
Is a dynamic organization with a unique mission: the conservation of the wildlife of the Sahara and its bordering Sahelian grasslands. Our vision is of a Sahara that is well conserved and where ecological processes function naturally, with plants and animals existing in healthy numbers across their historical range; a Sahara that benefits all its inhabitants and where support for its conservation comes from stakeholders across all sectors of society.

The AZA Conservation Endowment Fund (
Established in 1984, supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and their collaborators. Since 1991, the CEF has provided more than $5 million to over 300 projects worldwide.

Turtle Survival Alliance. (
Saving endangered and threatened turtles and tortoise throughout the world. The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) is an action-oriented global partnership that is committed to zero turtle extinctions in the 21st century

As an USDA licensed, private institution, accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA), Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World in its nearly 32-year history.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ (SE corner of state route 303 and northern Ave.) We’re open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo, aquarium and safari park. Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m.
Pair of cheetahs at Wildlife World

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