1,869Grants to

1,236(Sub)Species

Africa

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 528 grants constituting a total donation of $5,340,818 for species conservation projects based in Africa.

Conservation Case Studies in Africa

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12254179) - Softshell tortoise - Awarded $10,000 on September 20, 2012
20-09-2012 - Softshell tortoise

The pancake tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) is endemic to East African savannah. Its inherent low reproduction, restricted range, patchy distribution and limited dispersal ability coupled with anthropogenic habitat degradation potentially threatens the species survival. The aim of the project is to document effects of human habitat degradation on the species populations and genetic structure. This will advance ecological insights necessary to ...

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12254063) - Taita apalis - Awarded $9,000 on September 20, 2012
20-09-2012 - Taita apalis

The Taita hills are a key biodiversity area, but are threatened by extreme levels of deforestation and human impact. Several endemic species are restricted to a tiny and fragmented range. With this groundbreaking project, we attempt to restore critical habitat by using ecological techniques to reconvert exotic tree plantations into indigenous vegetation, which will provide badly needed new habitat for two Critically Endangered birds.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12054061) - Sclater's guenon - Awarded $3,550 on September 20, 2012
20-09-2012 - Sclater's guenon

Nigeria has lost over 90 percent of its tropical lowland forests due to human activities and more than half of the remaining forest is located around Calabar. This project highlighted the farmers’ perpectives of human wildlife conflict (HWC) around CERCOPAN, Cross River state, Nigeria, and provided the management with relevant information to develop future research and conservation priorities to facilitate coexistence between people and ...

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12253776) - Geometric tortoise - Awarded $10,000 on May 24, 2012
24-05-2012 - Geometric tortoise

The Geometric Tortoise, which occurs in isolated habitat fragments in southwestern South Africa, is considered one of the world’s 100 most threatened organisms. A wildfire of the species’ largest remaining habitat fragment brought these tortoises to the brink of extinction. The aims of this project were to safeguard individuals that survived the fire and to explore mechanisms to restore the population to its original size.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12053781) - Arahara - Awarded $4,000 on May 23, 2012
23-05-2012 - Arahara

Critically Endangered, Rare, Phylloxylon xiphoclada (Fabaceae): shrub, flattened, cladodinous stems,white, pea-like flowers. Its wood exceptionally hard ,used for tool handles, to have medicinal uses. Herbarium specimens collected from a small area (less than 10 km²) on the Malagasy Highlands. Most of the plants in the population had been burnt by a wildfire. Such fires are frequent, major threat to the survival of this species.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12053478) - Sahon'orana - Awarded $2,000 on May 23, 2012
23-05-2012 - Sahon'orana

Scaphiophryne gottlebei and Mantella expectata are two endemics species of Isalo especially in the buffer zone where forest degradation increases every day. Our scientific (distribution and structure study) and social (sensitization on environmental protection and improvement of livelihood) projects are focused on this zone.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12253596) - Eastern lowland gorilla - Awarded $10,000 on May 23, 2012
23-05-2012 - Eastern lowland gorilla

The Walikale Gorilla and Forest Conservation Project was established in 2001 to protect a population of over 700 endangered eastern lowland gorillas in the 70,000 hectare Walikale Reserve in eastern DR Congo. Activities include gorilla monitoring, removal of poachers' snares, data collection and awareness-raising in communities living around the forest.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12053597) - Western chimpanzee - Awarded $3,000 on May 23, 2012
23-05-2012 - Western chimpanzee

As the first survey of its kind in Burkina Faso, we surveyed 250 km across five different forest reserves to investigate the potential extirpation of the Endangered West African chimpanzee, to follow-up on the status of two highly threatened monkeys in the southwest, and to determine the presence/absence and relative abundance of, as well as threats to all primates across southern Burkina Faso.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252849) - Giraffe - Awarded $10,000 on January 04, 2012
04-01-2012 - Giraffe

Establishing the current status of all giraffe populations and (sub)species throughout the African continent to support and appropriately inform their conservation and management. The project intends to gather data on giraffe numbers and range, develop an integrated giraffe database working collaboratively with all stakeholders, and publishing of the first ever report on the giraffe conservation status in Africa.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11051318) - Dragon tree - Awarded $4,000 on January 04, 2012
04-01-2012 - Dragon tree

Dracaena ombet is globally endangered tree, it known as dragon tree, is a flagship for afromontane ecoregion, its populations in Hargeisa in Somaliland; and Goda & hemed mountains in Djibouti are threatened. Is under rapid decline due to climate change & habitats degradation. There is urgent need for start monitoring and survey action, work with local NGOs to prepare conservation action plan for the species

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