Hall Family ZAA Wildlife Conservation Fund
Through the Hall Family ZAA Wildlife Conservation Fund together with direct support programs of our accredited members, ZAA directs vital conservation dollars to aid in the survival of many keystone species and a number of other threatened or endangered species on all seven continents. Our NGO partners in this important work are diverse and share our commitment to wildlife conservation, propagation of wildlife, and habitat conservation. On the ground in situ, we see this critical funding making a real difference and producing results that are measurable. For example, ZAA supports projects dealing with human/wildlife and predator/prey conflict avoidance, anti-poaching patrols and snare removal teams, the teaching of conservation agriculture practices, elephant beehive fencing and a number of progressive community outreach and education programs.
The Hall family ZAA Wildlife Conservation Fund was created in memory of ZAA member Lynn Hall's wife and two sons. Lynn and his family have contributed significantly for many years to the art of captive animal management and propagation. The Fund may be used for wildlife projects, including wildlife conservation, propagation of wildlife, and habitat improvement.
About Lynn Hall
Lynn Hall was a man with many interests and talents – he was a successful business owner, aviculturist, world traveler and more. His sense of adventure and desire to learn about the world around him led him to wonderful places and to the accomplishment of marvelous things in his life, things that many could only begin to dream about.
As far back as he could recall, he had harbored a fascination for the natural world around him - enjoying a love of birds, fishing and hunting. Though having kept birds since the age of five, Lynn’s first foray into breeding came with the acquisition of a pair of White King Pigeons when he was 12. The pigeon family would prove to stay with him as a special focus.
He always yearned for those wonderful pigeons and fruit doves he had only read about or seen in travels abroad with his wife Margie. Finally, in 1984 he realized a dream when he traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, and made arrangements to bring home several species of fruit doves along with a personal favorite of his, the pheasant pigeon. Lynn fondly recalled this as one of the highlights of his life, as he found himself sitting on the floor at an importer’s station, surrounded by not just one, but nine pheasant pigeons! The joy and amazement at the opportunity to finally acquire one of the birds of his dreams had a prominent effect on him. It was then that he started importing birds, and he truly began his efforts to acquire and successfully breed many of the doves and pigeons of Southeast Asia that previously were just pictures in his mind or found only in a book. “You can do anything if you set your heart to it,” Lynn said, and he proved this over the years.
His philosophies and practices showed his commitment to breeding for the species themselves, not for any monetary gain. Working closely with both zoos and the private sector, Lynn was generous in sharing his experiences, successes and failures, all for the betterment of captive management.
Unfettered by the protocols found in a public setting, Lynn, as a private aviculturist, was able to work closely with the birds, making adjustments as logic and observation dictated. “Do your research, study the habitat of the species,” he advised.
He was as well known for his success with fennec foxes as he was with the fruit doves. In 1980 he acquired his first fennecs. At the time, fennecs were thought to be delicate and difficult to keep in captivity; they were short-lived, and little breeding success was achieved. Once again, Lynn’s observation skills and dedication to preserving a species led to great success in keeping them in captivity. Working with John Moore, then director of the Albuquerque Zoo, Lynn developed a diet for the fennecs that proved to be the turning point - not just to survive but to breed and thrive in captivity.
Well over 400 fennec fox kits were born and raised at his facility over the years. These animals have gone to zoos, education programs and other breeding facilities.
He actively participated in conservation efforts such as the Mariana Avifauna Conservation program on Saipan. He was awarded the Jean Delacour Avicultural Award at the International Symposium on Breeding Birds in Captivity (ISBBC) in Toronto, Canada, truly a special honor.
Lynn expressed hope that when his three great-grandchildren grow up, they may get to see some of the birds he worked with, and that many of the species will still be around due in some part to his own efforts in conservation.
Lynn and the stories of his many adventures will be greatly missed.
Beyond NGO support, ZAA members are also heavily involved in reintroduction programs, and rescue and rehabilitation work. Some of the species our members work with include mountain bongo, Attwater’s prairie chicken, Texas horned lizard, Anegada ground iguana, Kemps Ridley sea turtle, and San Joaquin kit fox.
Sadly, modern-day conservation of threatened or endangered species cannot simply be limited to protecting or reintroducing animals in their native ranges. For many, the “wild” is disappearing as humans encroach on their natural habitats. To ensure a species’ long-term survival, managed propagation of wildlife has become an essential part of the conversation and the only insulation against a potential collapse of wild populations.
ZAA's species management program (Animal Management Program, AMP) is coordinated across the family of ZAA accredited members to ensure the greatest genetic variability.
2020 ZAA Grant Recipients
Sahara Conservation Fund
The Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF) was established in 2004 to address the largely-ignored and catastrophic wave of extinction threatening the large bird and mammal fauna in North Africa. SCF focuses on reserve management, humanitarian assistance, and providing regional expertise. SCF, is a leading source of technical expertise in the conservation and restoration of highly threatened species in the Sahelo-Saharan ecosystem. Known for their flagship project, reintroducing scimitar-horned oryx back into the wild.
Peninsular pronghorn recovery project
The Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Project’s (PPRP) primary objective is the conservation and restoration of the peninsular pronghorn, Antilocapra americana peninsularis, to the desert regions of the Baja California Peninsula and southern California. Currently all PPRP activities take place within El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve and the Valle de los Cirios Flora and Fauna Protection Area, in the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico. The peninsular pronghorn population decreased to 25 individuals by 2015. Due to supplementation of individuals from the PPRP captive population to the wild herd, the wild population has increased to about 74 individuals.
southern ground hornbill Recovery programme
The main aim of the Southern Ground Hornbill Recovery Programme release was to establish a “Bush School” which would house young ground hornbills, so that they could acquire the necessary skills to survive free flying in Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency's Loskop Dam Nature Reserve. Two monitors, employed from the local community, care for the birds during their time of adaptation, including feeding and daily recording of behaviour which alerts to nesting, egg laying, the fledging of chicks into the group and the dispersal of young birds from the group.
PANTHERA, Jaguar Corridor initiative
Panthera's mission is to ensure a future for wild cats and the vast landscapes on which they depend. The Jaguar Corridor Initiative is the most ambitious corridor project in the world, working with 14 countries to connect habitat for jaguars and associated biodiversity. Panthera partners with governments, corporations, and local communities to preserve genetic integrity and the future of wildlife threatened by habitat loss.
OKAPI CONSERVATION PROJECT
The Okapi Conservation Project (OCP) is devoted to protecting okapi and preserving its habitat. The OCP supports the management of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, helping local communities find sustainable ways of living, and provides an extensive refuge for the region's endangered creatures. The reserve contains 101 mammal species, some of the most notable are: okapi, chimpanzee, forest elephant, bongo, and the Schmidt's guenon.