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MBZ Fund publishes 2013 Annual Report

Hot off the presses, the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is issuing its 2013 Annual Report. The report is available for download in English and Arabic as a high resolution pdf. See the links at the end of this post. Other formats will be made available shortly.

In 2013 more than $1,600,000 was awarded to species conservation in more than 83 countries world-wide. Since inception in 2008 the Fund has contributed almost $11m 1,080 projects across the world.

The report’s 100 pages highlight the work of conservationists who received financial support from the Fund in 2013. The annual report highlights projects from all species types including the Anatolian Viper, Baluchistan black bear, Australian lungfish, Juan Fernandez diving beetle, Large bellflower,  Tooth-billed pigeon and Harlequin frog.

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Please take the time to download the report (6 MBs). You can request a hard copy of the report by sending at email to media (AT) mbzspeciesconservation.org

Happy Reading!


To download the Arabic Version Click Here:  MbZSCF_AR 2013_ARABIC weboptimized

For download the English Version Click Here: MbZSCF_AR2014_ENGLSH weboptimized

SWCCA contributes $3,160 toward two projects

The Small Wild Cat Conservation Alliance (SWCCA) generously contributed $3,160 toward two projects that were recently supported by the Fund. Together both organizations were able contribute more than $28,160 to wild cat conservation during this round of grant giving.

This is the second time SWCCA and the Fund have combined finances to ensure strong support for wild cat conservation, when in December 2013 SWCCA and the Fund donated $33,000 to small wild cat conservation.

The Fund would like to express its deep appreciation to the SWCCA for its continued commitment and tireless efforts on behalf of wild cat conservation globally.

For more information about the Small Wild Cat Conservation Alliance, please visit their website.

Fund gives another $500k to Species Conservation

The Fund supported 61 more conservation projects with $508,875 bringing the total amount donated to species conservation to $10,866, 366 in less than 5 years. Here is a short sample of the 61 projects in the latest round of grant giving.

  •  $12,000 to build a conservation learning center for black rhino in Zambia;
  •  $20,000 to assess the conservation status of fungi in Egypt;
  •  $12,000 to assess the distribution of a critically endangered dragonfly in the mountains of UAE and Oman;
  •  Two Fishing cat projects, one in Nepal and the other in India, with more than $20,000;
  • $12,000 to investigate the breeding grounds of the Townsend´s Shearwater on three islands off Mexico’s Pacific coast.

Many of the grant recipients have created case studies on our website and you can view these by navigating to the case study section of our website. If you are interested in apply for a grant, please visit our grant application page and apply before our next deadline.

Photos that make us resent our desk jobs

Endangered. northern Peru

Endangered. northern Peru

Searching for endangered Peruvian tern (Sterna lorata) along the remote coast of northern Peru, Doris Rodriguez and her team are aiming to gather census data on a breeding population in northern Peru, as well as tracking the foraging of the breeding adults.

Photos that make us appreciate our desk jobs

Bubalus mindorensis dung. Philippines.

Bubalus mindorensis dung. Philippines.

Emmanuel Schutz is surveying a remote island in the Philippines for Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) a Critically Endangered species of wild cattle. Beside visual surveys, the team searches for other evidence along their transects. Jokes aside, the species is in critical need of continued protection, and Emmanuel is knee deep in the process.

Pickersgill’s reed frog biodiversity management plan published

A critically endangered frog living near Durban South Africa

A critically endangered frog living near Durban South Africa

Pickersgill’s reed frog biodiversity management plan published. Say that five times, fast!

A year ago Jeanne Tarrant received a $12,000 grant from the Fund for her work on Pickersgill’s reed frog (Hyperolius pickersgilli) near Durban South Africa. The frog is Critically Endangered with an estimated 2,000 individuals living in fragmented habitat on privately and commercially owned land. In a short year, Jeanne has accomplished a lot for the little pickersgill. Read the biodiversity management plan after the jump… Read more…

Lost frog in Kenya…still lost.

Petropedetes dutoiti is endemic to Mt. Elgon Kenya. However, the frog has not been seen in the wild since 1962. Ms Beryl Akoth Bwong (National Museums of Kenya) hopes to change that. Ms Bwong has completed her first efforts, and recently reported her results to the Fund. Read more after the jump…. Read more…

Snow leopard field survey in remotest Nepal

A remote camp in north west Nepal used to find snow leopard

A remote camp in north west Nepal used to find snow leopard

“The study area is the most remote area in Nepal with no road access and the flights irregular. It took us nearly two weeks to reach our field site.  Everything had to be carried from Kathmandu. The effort to manage the logistics was very tiring and we had to devote our energy more in these arrangements rather than starting field work which was the first and foremost challenge,” Said Mr. Raju Acharya, Director of Friends of Nepal in Kathmandu.



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Bat urine indicator aids search for Terrible hairy fly

Terrible hairy flyLike an X on a pirate’s treasure map, Robert Copeland uses bat urine stained rock faces in Kenya’s dry-country hills to locate a treasure of a different kind. The Terrible hairy fly (Mormotomyia hirsuta Austen), once described as the world’s most rare fly, was last seen in 1948. It piqued the interest of Robert Copeland from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Kenya. Read more…

First wild capture fisheries project in Laos’ Mekong River basin reports results

Documenting fishing activity in Sang Thong District, Lao PDR

Documenting fishing activity in Sang Thong District, Lao PDR

The Julien’s golden carp (Probarbus jullieni) project sought to conserve rare fish in the Mekong Basin by developing standardized methods for monitoring population trends and by enhancing the capacity of local people to engage in conservation research and sustainable fisheries management. This project represents the first wild capture fisheries research project to take place in this area.

During the 3-month study at least 62 different species were recorded in fishermen’s catch. The researcher report several outcomes including : (1) Collecting important baseline data on juvenile and mature adult Julien’s golden carp (Probarbus jullieni), and other fish species; (2) Raising awareness about the need for fish conservation Increased local capacity for fish-catch monitoring, (3) establishing local commitment from fishermen to continue fish conservation and management work. Read more…