Creation of the Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition Foundation


Henry BA, Maslanka MT, Ward AM, Livingston S, Fredrick H, Slifka KA, Toddes B. 2015. Creation of the Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition Foundation. In Bissell H, Brooks M Eds. Proceedings of the Eleventh Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Portland, OR.


The Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition Foundation (ZWNF) was formed in March 2012 and became an official 501(c)3 organization a year later. The Foundation was established for the purpose of contributing expertise and providing funds to support the field of zoo and wildlife nutrition worldwide, furthering the science of zoo nutrition, facilitating the dissemination of nutrition knowledge, and developing the next generation of zoo nutrition leaders. To that end, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was enacted in 2015 that defines the role of the Foundation in its support of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as a whole and, specifically, the goals and mission of the AZA Nutrition Advisory Group (NAG). One of the primary goals of the ZWNF is to provide support and fund-raising capacity for the Susan Crissey Animal Nutrition Residency Fund, a fund to train future zoo nutritionists. Additionally, the Foundation provides technical, financial and administrative support for the NAG website. In these ways, the ZWNF functions in concert with the AZA NAG to support the effective and efficient accomplishment of common goals to benefit the zoo nutrition profession.

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