Work to bring back whooping cranes and turtles received top honors in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ 2016 North American Conservation Awards, while the group’s international award recognizes gorilla conservation.
Nine U.S. zoos were recognized for a project to care for rescued gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, and zoos in Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Florida, and Wichita, Kansas.
The award for the whooping crane recovery program went to the International Crane Foundation, based in Baraboo, Wisconsin, the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, the San Antonio Zoo and the Calgary Zoo in Canada.
The 25-year effort to bring back western pond turtles in Washington State is a project of the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and the Oregon Zoo in Portland.