2,094Grants to

1,371(Sub)Species

Africa

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 590 grants constituting a total donation of $5,915,410 for species conservation projects based in Africa.

Conservation Case Studies in Africa

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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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252999) - Riverine Rabbit - Awarded $10,000 on January 04, 2012
04-01-2012 - Riverine Rabbit

The Riverine Rabbit Project is run by the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Drylands Conservation Programme and focuses on the conservation of this Critically Endangered species. Our project not only undertakes critical research on this rare and elusive lagomorph but also involves communities in restoration and protection of its special riparian habitat in the Karoo of South Africa.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252997) - Gecko vert de Bourbon - Awarded $5,000 on January 04, 2012
04-01-2012 - Gecko vert de Bourbon

The main objective of the Reunion day gecko' project is to assess taxonomic identity of all Phelsuma borbonica populations (including Reunion and Agalegae Islands) based on phenotypic and genetic evidence. Such data will help assessing conservation priorities that should focus on highly isolated or divergent taxa, including possible new ones.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11253191) - Wendy’s forest toad - Awarded $10,000 on November 13, 2011
13-11-2011 - Wendy’s forest toad

Conservation assessment of endemic tropical montane amphibians in Uzungwa Scarp, East Africa. The study aimed to relocate and verify the habitat of three target species of anuran. One species was successfully relocated and demonstrated a range expansion beyond previous records. Two species remained elusive after two years of surveys.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11253174) - Middelburg cycad - Awarded $15,000 on November 02, 2011
02-11-2011 - Middelburg cycad

Integrated conservation of Encephalartos middelburgensis a critically endangered species in South Africa. E. middelburgensis population has declined continuously due to poaching and disease at the estimated rate of >80% over the past 50 years. It is estimated that only around 120 matured individuals are surviving in the natural population at present (Donaldson, 2009).

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11052671) - Blue-eyed black lemur/Sclater's black lemur  - Awarded $4,000 on October 27, 2011
27-10-2011 - Blue-eyed black lemur/Sclater's black lemur

The blue-eyed black lemur is currently one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates. It is red-listed as Critically Endangered, with an estimated decline in population numbers of >80% over three generations This study aims to investigate differences in the nutritional and population ecology of the blue-eyed black lemur, in differently degraded forest fragments, with emphasis on what limits the density of the species.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11052709) - Pasteur’s desert-racer - Awarded $5,000 on October 27, 2011
27-10-2011 - Pasteur’s desert-racer

Project aims to increase the current knowledge about biodiversity of the PN Banc d’Arguin (PNBA), in particular of the reptiles Mesalina pasteuri, Tarentola chazaliae, Lythorhynchus diadema, and Varanus griseus (all not listed in IUCN red list). The aims were to determine the distribution in the PNBA, identify suitable areas for the occurrence of the target species, and characterise selected habitats.

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