Friends of Sunset Zoo's Conservation Team

We live in a beautiful world, but it’s one where many animal species and whole eco-systems are endangered; we in and around Manhattan are determined to roll-up our sleeves and do our part.

FOSZ Conservation Fund


Overseen by the Friends of Sunset Zoo's (FOSZ) Conservation Team, the Fund works to expand the impact of Sunset Zoo's participation in wildlife conservation beyond Zoo walls. The Fund provides financial support to a range of local, regional, national and global conservation efforts and supports smaller high-potential entrepreneurial efforts, something which we believe reflects the spirit of the Manhattan/Flint Hills community. Individuals can do their tax-deductible conservation giving through FOSZ (a 501c3 organization), helping advance Sunset Zoo in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the "world's largest conservation organization." Interested in donating to the Fund? Contact the FOSZ's Conservation Team.

FOSZ Conservation Team


Through the FOSZ Conservation Team, we're able to extend the impact of Sunset Zoo through participation in field conservation projects. We do this through fund-raising and hands-on participation, like sending a team to assist in the black-footed ferret survey in western Kansas. Membership on the FOSZ Conservation Team is open to any FOSZ member.

FOSZ Conservation Scholar Program


This annual scholarship supports the next generation of conservation-minded professionals. The scholarship covers an active college student's expenses related to a field conservation project; two awards are granted each year, a $2,000 graduate student scholarship and a $1,000 undergraduate student scholarship. This year's deadline for applications is Friday, March 24, 2017, 5:00 PM CST.

FOSZ Conservation Scholarships may be used for direct costs related to the Scholar’s field work, including research that helps protect species in the wild, or protection of species or ecosystems in situ; awareness-building through informational/educational materials conducted on behalf of a non-governmental organization (NGO) that publicizes conservation; or outcome-oriented education programs that target an audience that directly impacts the species or habitat of concern. The complete definition of “field conservation” can be found on the AZA website.

To Apply:
All required documents much reach Friends of Sunset Zoo – Attn: Scholarship Award, 2333 Oak Street, Manhattan, KS 66502, by postal mail or email no later than Friday, March 24, 2017, 5:00 PM CST.  Scholarship application can be found here.

The FOSZ Board of Directors is the sole body responsible for determining the award of scholarships. Applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision in writing by the President of the Friends of Sunset Zoo Board.