Conservation calls, the podcast

Raising youth awareness on in situ conservation is key for nurturing future environmental stewards. Teaching them about protecting species in their natural habitats empowers them to grasp the link between ecosystems, biodiversity, and human welfare.

This realisation sparked a collaborative journey with Repton school Dubai to create a unique podcast with one aim; to let the youth narrate our conservation stories in their language, filled with passion and emotion aimed at inspiring their peers.

Welcome to our podcast journey! Your feedback matters, so tune in, share your thoughts, and let’s inspire the next generation of conservation champions together!



The Puerto Rican crested toad (PRCT) is Puerto Rico’s only native toad species and has faced significant declines due to climate change and habitat loss. Our study with MBZF aims to estimate current wild populations and habitat use through radio telemetry and breeding event monitoring, working with local researchers to establish new breeding ponds. We also aim to collect and preserve sperm from wild males to integrate their genetics into captive breeding programs.
 
Despite challenges such as prolonged drought, our MBZF grant enabled progress. We purchased radio transmitters and receivers for tagging wild PRCTs, which were sent to partners in Puerto Rico. Collaborators conducted night surveys at five sites, finding 18 PRCTs and an additional 26 during a breeding event. Seven males were studied for sperm quality, and sperm was cryopreserved from four. We cleared overgrowth and debris at survey sites and created three temporary freshwater ponds at a breeding site affected by saltwater inundation. Additionally, we compiled 10 years of historical data for a population viability analysis (PVA) to update the species’ IUCN status.
 
This year, we plan to continue with radio tagging, breeding event monitoring, and additional sperm collections in Puerto Rico.
 
 
#mbzfund #conservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifeconservation #biodiversity #sustainability #uae #conservation #puertoricancrestedtoad  #photography #environment #wild #natgeo #love #like #follow

The Puerto Rican crested toad (PRCT) is Puerto Rico’s only native toad species and has faced significant declines due to climate change and habitat loss. Our study with MBZF aims to estimate current wild populations and habitat use through radio telemetry and breeding event monitoring, working with local researchers to establish new breeding ponds. We also aim to collect and preserve sperm from wild males to integrate their genetics into captive breeding programs.

Despite challenges such as prolonged drought, our MBZF grant enabled progress. We purchased radio transmitters and receivers for tagging wild PRCTs, which were sent to partners in Puerto Rico. Collaborators conducted night surveys at five sites, finding 18 PRCTs and an additional 26 during a breeding event. Seven males were studied for sperm quality, and sperm was cryopreserved from four. We cleared overgrowth and debris at survey sites and created three temporary freshwater ponds at a breeding site affected by saltwater inundation. Additionally, we compiled 10 years of historical data for a population viability analysis (PVA) to update the species’ IUCN status.

This year, we plan to continue with radio tagging, breeding event monitoring, and additional sperm collections in Puerto Rico.


#mbzfund #conservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifeconservation #biodiversity #sustainability #uae #conservation #puertoricancrestedtoad #photography #environment #wild #natgeo #love #like #follow
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The first phase of the project, launched in January 2024 by the University of Milan-Bicocca, established the most comprehensive location database of Konrad’s bumblebee distribution in the Italian Apennines, laying the groundwork for all subsequent conservation efforts. This crucial foundation supports ongoing modelling of suitable habitats under future climate scenarios to identify potential refugium areas. Later this year, they will implement practical conservation actions in these areas to enhance flower and nesting opportunities, thereby strengthening local bumblebee populations over time.
 
“The invaluable support of the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is essential for raising awareness about this threatened species and for covering the field and material expenses critical to the project’s success.” Paolo Biella, project leader
 
خلال المرحلة الأولى من المشروع، التي أطلقتها جامعة ميلانو بيكوكا في يناير 2024، تم إنشاء قاعدة بيانات الموقع الأكثر شمولاً لتوزيع نحل كونراد الطنان في جبال الأبينيني الإيطالية، وهو ما مهد الطريق لجميع جهود الحفظ اللاحقة. يدعم هذا التمهيد الحاسم التصميم النموذجي المستمر للموائل المناسبة في ظل سيناريوهات المناخ المستقبلية لتحديد مناطق اللجوء المحتملة. وفي وقت لاحق من هذا العام، سيتم تنفيذ إجراءات حماية عملية في هذه المناطق لتعزيز فرص نمو الزهور وبناء الأعشاش، وبالتالي زيادة أعداد النحل الطنان المحلي بمرور الوقت.
 
“إن الدعم المميز الذي يقدمه صندوق محمد بن زايد للحفاظ على الكائنات الحية يعد ضروريًا لزيادة التوعية حول هذه الأنواع المهددة بالانقراض ولتغطية النفقات الميدانية والمادية الحاسمة لنجاح المشروع.”
باولو بييلا، قائد المشروع.
 
 
#mbzfund #worldbeeday #bees #species #conservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifeconservation #environment#nature #uae #abudhabi #Italy #milan #bumblebee #Apennine #support #follow

The first phase of the project, launched in January 2024 by the University of Milan-Bicocca, established the most comprehensive location database of Konrad’s bumblebee distribution in the Italian Apennines, laying the groundwork for all subsequent conservation efforts. This crucial foundation supports ongoing modelling of suitable habitats under future climate scenarios to identify potential refugium areas. Later this year, they will implement practical conservation actions in these areas to enhance flower and nesting opportunities, thereby strengthening local bumblebee populations over time.

“The invaluable support of the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is essential for raising awareness about this threatened species and for covering the field and material expenses critical to the project’s success.” Paolo Biella, project leader

خلال المرحلة الأولى من المشروع، التي أطلقتها جامعة ميلانو بيكوكا في يناير 2024، تم إنشاء قاعدة بيانات الموقع الأكثر شمولاً لتوزيع نحل كونراد الطنان في جبال الأبينيني الإيطالية، وهو ما مهد الطريق لجميع جهود الحفظ اللاحقة. يدعم هذا التمهيد الحاسم التصميم النموذجي المستمر للموائل المناسبة في ظل سيناريوهات المناخ المستقبلية لتحديد مناطق اللجوء المحتملة. وفي وقت لاحق من هذا العام، سيتم تنفيذ إجراءات حماية عملية في هذه المناطق لتعزيز فرص نمو الزهور وبناء الأعشاش، وبالتالي زيادة أعداد النحل الطنان المحلي بمرور الوقت.

“إن الدعم المميز الذي يقدمه صندوق محمد بن زايد للحفاظ على الكائنات الحية يعد ضروريًا لزيادة التوعية حول هذه الأنواع المهددة بالانقراض ولتغطية النفقات الميدانية والمادية الحاسمة لنجاح المشروع.”
باولو بييلا، قائد المشروع.


#mbzfund #worldbeeday #bees #species #conservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifeconservation #environment#nature #uae #abudhabi #Italy #milan #bumblebee #Apennine #support #follow
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We are pleased to share that the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has made the project “Conservation of the globally endangered Centaurea mouterdei Wagenitz in Chouf District, Mount Lebanon” possible. In the first phase, which began in spring 2023, we conducted surveys to better understand the distribution and ecological dynamics of this endemic plant species within its range. We also identified major threats to the species and documented its ecology. A short film about Centaurea mouterdei was created to raise awareness.
 
In the second phase, we aim to increase community awareness by creating educational posters about the species and producing a detailed map of Batloun Valley. This map will highlight trails where the species can be observed, fostering a deeper connection between the community and this unique plant. Thank you for your ongoing support as we work to protect this rare species.

#mbzfund #dolphinenergy #partnership #species #conservation #plants #uae #Lebanon #endangeredspecies #wildlifeconservation #environment

We are pleased to share that the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has made the project “Conservation of the globally endangered Centaurea mouterdei Wagenitz in Chouf District, Mount Lebanon” possible. In the first phase, which began in spring 2023, we conducted surveys to better understand the distribution and ecological dynamics of this endemic plant species within its range. We also identified major threats to the species and documented its ecology. A short film about Centaurea mouterdei was created to raise awareness.

In the second phase, we aim to increase community awareness by creating educational posters about the species and producing a detailed map of Batloun Valley. This map will highlight trails where the species can be observed, fostering a deeper connection between the community and this unique plant. Thank you for your ongoing support as we work to protect this rare species.

#mbzfund #dolphinenergy #partnership #species #conservation #plants #uae #Lebanon #endangeredspecies #wildlifeconservation #environment
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This project aims to uncover the population status of the Critically Endangered Pentaphlebia gamblesi, an endemic and mysterious damselfly, by conducting extensive surveys across potential habitats and locating adult specimens. Additionally, the study seeks to raise awareness locally and nationally about the precarious state of habitats for this and other threatened damselfly species in Nigeria’s Obudu Plateau, laying the groundwork for future conservation efforts.
 
“The invaluable support of the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund in funding essential equipment, fieldwork expenses, and supplies for awareness campaigns, has been crucial for the project’s success.” Abiodun Adedapo, Ecophilic Scientific Research and Innovations Ltd., Nigeria
 
 
#mbzfund #species #conservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifeconservation #damselfly #invertebrate #species #biodiversity #sustainability #uae #Pentaphlebia #Obudu_Relic #Obudu_Conservation #Nigeria_Odonata

This project aims to uncover the population status of the Critically Endangered Pentaphlebia gamblesi, an endemic and mysterious damselfly, by conducting extensive surveys across potential habitats and locating adult specimens. Additionally, the study seeks to raise awareness locally and nationally about the precarious state of habitats for this and other threatened damselfly species in Nigeria’s Obudu Plateau, laying the groundwork for future conservation efforts.

“The invaluable support of the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund in funding essential equipment, fieldwork expenses, and supplies for awareness campaigns, has been crucial for the project’s success.” Abiodun Adedapo, Ecophilic Scientific Research and Innovations Ltd., Nigeria


#mbzfund #species #conservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifeconservation #damselfly #invertebrate #species #biodiversity #sustainability #uae #Pentaphlebia #Obudu_Relic #Obudu_Conservation #Nigeria_Odonata
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