2,041Grants to



The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 558 grants constituting a total donation of $5,613,612 for species conservation projects based in Africa.

Conservation Case Studies in Africa

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 10051129) - Grevy's zebra - Awarded $4,595 on July 05, 2010
05-07-2010 - Grevy's zebra

The aims of this project were to (1) understand the factors influencing foal survival in the endangered Grevy's zebra, and (2) investigate how landscape use patterns of lactating female zebra are influenced by differences in forage quality. We discovered that first year foal survival is less than 30% and that lactating females choose areas in which forage contains significantly higher quantities of key nutrients.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 1025620) - Atlantic Humpback Dolphin - Awarded $15,000 on June 09, 2010
09-06-2010 - Atlantic Humpback Dolphin

The Atlantic humpback dolphin is among the planet’s most rare and threatened marine mammals. Endemic to West Africa, the species has declined precipitously in recent years. This project aims to assess essential life history parameters (population size, preferred habitats, threats) for the species in Gabon and Congo, and to raise awareness of the species amongst local resource managers, resource users, and the NGO community.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0925609) - Pygmy hippopotamus - Awarded $15,000 on June 07, 2010
07-06-2010 - Pygmy hippopotamus

The University of Georgia pygmy hippo project aims to assess the conservation biology of this species in the Moa River region of Sierra Leone. We are assessing distribution, abundance, and basic life history using a variety of field techniques. Our team is also undertaking environmental education programs and collaborating with others studying pygmy hippos.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 1025977) - Nigerian Chimpanzee - Awarded $15,000 on March 02, 2010
02-03-2010 - Nigerian Chimpanzee

The aim of the Nigerian Montane Forest Project is to : combine scientific research with education at both tertiary and local community level in order to develop long term sustainable management of Nigeria’s montane forests. We achieve this through the running of an ecological research station which attracts national and international researchers and is run largely through the local community.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 1025976) - Madagascar Pochard - Awarded $24,852 on March 02, 2010
02-03-2010 - Madagascar Pochard

This long-term project will save the Madagascar pochard from the brink of extinction. Just 20 individuals remain in the wild, restricted to one location. A captive-breeding and a research programme have been established. Working with local communities, birds will be released within the species’ former range. The project will also serve to encourage wider conservation of Malagasy wetlands for the benefit of people and wildlife.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 1025975) - Egyptian Vulture - Awarded $20,000 on March 01, 2010
01-03-2010 - Egyptian Vulture

Through expeditions in collaboration with local partners, the project aims to determine the population number and threats for the migrating population of the Egyptian Vultures from the Palearctic in their main wintering areas in East Africa, to create human capacity and ensure proper design of the future conservation activities.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0905639) - Mt. Kenya Bush viper - Awarded $4,000 on February 14, 2010
14-02-2010 - Mt. Kenya Bush viper

The endemic Mt Kenya Bush viper risks eminent erasure from the face of the earth unless urgent conservation measures are taken. Occurring just in a small geographic area less than 300sq km, its habitat has been shrinking over the years while its population has tremendously declined due to over-collection especially for trade purposes, both local and international trade.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0925462) - Bonobo - Awarded $15,000 on February 14, 2010
14-02-2010 - Bonobo

We have had a three year project to survey the biodiversity of the the region south of Kisangani and between the three rivers :Tshuapa-Lomami-Lualaba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. Subsequent to our discovery of important populations of bonobo (Pan paniscus) that were being hunted, we have worked to control hunting and create a protected area. This project supports this effort.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0925198) - Dugong - Awarded $5,000 on February 14, 2010
14-02-2010 - Dugong

This project aims to gather information on dugongs and their habitat in North Madagascar and Comoros and compile National Dugong Conservation Action Plans.

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