1,869Grants to

1,236(Sub)Species

Africa

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 512 grants constituting a total donation of $5,188,363 for species conservation projects based in Africa.

Conservation Case Studies in Africa

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13257886) - Livingstone's fuit bat - Awarded $8,000 on December 23, 2013
23-12-2013 - Livingstone's fuit bat

The Endangered Livingstone's Fruit Bat, endemic to two islands in the Comoros archipelago, is under threat due to anthropogenic pressure on long-term roost sites. This project will work with landowners and village management committees to devise and pilot an innovative Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme to protect key roost sites. The scheme will be integrated within wider integrated landscape management planning to ensure sustainability.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13257804) - Pancake tortoise - Awarded $16,000 on December 23, 2013
23-12-2013 - Pancake tortoise

Malacochersus tornieri is a small, soft shelled rock-crevice dwelling tortoise endemic to Kenya and Tanzania. Populations of the species have tremendously been affected by illegal collection and habitat loss over the years. This project delves into assessing of the current distribution and conservation status of the species in Kenya and also endeavors to involve the local communities in conservation initiatives for the species.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13057632) - Lataste's viper - Awarded $5,000 on December 23, 2013
23-12-2013 - Lataste's viper

North Africa comprises two closely related viper species adapted to Mediterranean humid habitats, the Lataste’s viper (Vipera latastei) and the Atlas Dwarf viper (V. monticola), for which populations are threatened by habitat loss and climate change. This project is aimed at sampling regions of Morocco where both species have been reported and inferring coherent conservation units based on genetic realms.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13057819) - North african fire salamander - Awarded $4,000 on December 23, 2013
23-12-2013 - North african fire salamander

Beni Snassen's Fire Salamander was discovered in 2007 and is strictly localized on the Beni Snassen Massif (North-eastern Morocco). In this massif its habitat is threatened by habitat loss, due to severe overgrazing and deforestation. This species is very rare and it is possible that only few hundreds of adults remain in the wild. For this reason immediate conservation actions should be started.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13257664) - Clanwilliam sandfish  - Awarded $8,500 on December 23, 2013
23-12-2013 - Clanwilliam sandfish

The Endangered Wildlife Trust's Cape Critical Rivers Project (CCR) is a ground-breaking initiative that aims to bridge biodiversity conservation with water resource management in the Cape Floristic Region (CFR), a global biodiversity hotspot in South Africa. The project aims to implement critical ecosystem and species-directed activities outlined in the Biodiversity Management Plan for the Endangered Clanwilliam Sandfish.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13257489) - Tree lungwort                                           - Awarded $15,000 on December 23, 2013
23-12-2013 - Tree lungwort

Lichens are mutualistic symbiotic organisms composed of fungal and green-algal partners. This project aims at mapping the distribution of lichens species on Mount Kilimanjaro including new species and studying the population genetics of Lobaria pulmonaria, a widespread but regionally threatened forest macro-lichen. The findings will enhance efforts on African tropical montane forest conservation so as to mitigate the effects of environmental ...

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13257800) - Strydom's yam - Awarded $7,500 on December 23, 2013
23-12-2013 - Strydom's yam

Dioscorea strydomiana is only known from one location and there are fewer than 250 extant mature individuals. The extremely restricted range and small population size, combined with a very long reproductive cycle, weak recruitment, a major threat from harvesting for medicinal purposes, all make this yam extremely threatened - the most highly threatened yam in the world.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13256399) - Greater bamboo lemur - Awarded $12,000 on September 30, 2013
30-09-2013 - Greater bamboo lemur

The Aspinall Foundation works with local communities to protect priority areas of the Ankeniheny-Zahamena rainforest corridor in eastern Madagascar containing populations of greater bamboo lemurs, black-and-white ruffed lemurs, indri and diademed sifaka. This is one of the only places in the world where four Critically Endangered primate species can be found living together, and all four are considered amongst the most globally endangered ...

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13056343) - Southern woolly lemur - Awarded $5,000 on September 30, 2013
30-09-2013 - Southern woolly lemur

The endangered southern woolly lemur faces threat for its survival due to continuing decline in the area and quality of of habitat within its range. This study will work with local communities to examine the habitat requirements of this relatively unknown species, as well as those of the vulnerable southern lesser bamboo lemur, in the littoral forests of southeast Madagascar.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13255598) - African golden cat - Awarded $15,000 on September 30, 2013
30-09-2013 - African golden cat

The project assessed the local attitudes towards African golden cat conservation and poaching impacts on the population status and ecology of the golden cat at Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Local attitudes towards golden cat conservation were poor and the species abundance and habitat use were negatively impacted by poaching. Golden cat conservation should extend to forest reserves where poaching impacts may be most severe.

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