2,742Grants to



The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 920 grants constituting a total donation of $7,934,378 for species conservation projects based in Asia.

Conservation Case Studies in Asia

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12254255) - Greater Adjutant - Awarded $11,000 on December 23, 2012
23-12-2012 - Greater Adjutant

Greater adjutant makes nesting colonies in outside the State owned protected area network in Assam and community conservation initiatives are the key for saving this bird from the extinction threat. A successfull community conservation programme was initiated in the traditional nesting colony.Nest numbers has increased in the key nesting colony locations. State wide status survey was completed after a gap of 18 years.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12255066) - Sumatran orangutan - Awarded $12,500 on December 20, 2012
20-12-2012 - Sumatran orangutan

Human-orangutan conflict is a serious and growing threat to this critically endangered species. As farmlands encroach into forest areas, orangutans become trapped and isolated, often resorting to crop-raiding for survival. This project evacuates orangutans in danger, returning them to safe forests, works with farmers to reduce and avoid the causes of conflict, and supports law enforcement for the protection of orangutans and their forests.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12255240) - Tamaraw, Mindoro dwarf buffalo - Awarded $12,000 on December 20, 2012
20-12-2012 - Tamaraw, Mindoro dwarf buffalo

The Tamaraw, a dwarf buffalo endemic to the Philippine island of Mindoro, is now restricted to few isolated mountainous spots. Survival options for this critically endangered species are limited due to increasing human pressures. The project shall collect field-based data on current distribution range and threats. It aims at implementing consistent solutions to protect the Tamaraw in the long term.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12255144) - River Terrapin - Awarded $5,000 on December 20, 2012
20-12-2012 - River Terrapin

The River Terrapin (Batagur affinis) is one of the "Top 25 Most Critically Endangered Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises in the World." This project aims to rehabilitate the severely depleted terrapin population in the river by saving the eggs for incubation; and releasing the hatchlings into the river. Turtle Awareness Programmes are conducted to spread awareness on terrapin conservation among students in Kemaman, Malaysia.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12255025) - Persian leopard - Awarded $12,500 on December 20, 2012
20-12-2012 - Persian leopard

This project deals with identification of hotspots of human-leopard conflicts, better understanding of underlying causes and description of conflict patterns in Golestan National Park of north-eastern Iran. Harbouring 23-42 individuals and covering an area of 874 km2, this park has been a major habitat for the globally endangered Persian leopard in the entire Middle East.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12251980) - Black bear - Awarded $7,500 on December 20, 2012
20-12-2012 - Black bear

Assessment of conflict between Human and Critically Endangered Asiatic black bear, in its westernmost global extent is the main objective of this project. Extensive field survey, scat analysis, local communities interviewing and workshops holding in high conflict areas, are among planned activities to identify the type and the size of the conflicts and finding local solutions due to reduction of Human-bear conflict.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12254922) - Forest Owlet - Awarded $12,500 on December 20, 2012
20-12-2012 - Forest Owlet

Forest Owlet Heteroglaux blewitti is a critically endangered Owl that is endemic to India. So far it has been reported from 2 states in India in isolated populations. Our project will focus on its ecology, demography and extent of its distribution. The findings of the project will be used in planning long-term conservation for the species in India.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12254304) - Jullien's golden carp - Awarded $12,500 on December 20, 2012
20-12-2012 - Jullien's golden carp

This project trains local villagers in Lao PDR to collect key fisheries and population data on fish species in the Mekong River, with an emphasis on documenting encounters with threatened and endangered fishes such as Jullien's Golden Carp. This project builds local scientific capacity and collects needed information to improve the study, conservation, and management of Mekong fish species.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12054765) - Indus River dolphins - Awarded $4,800 on December 18, 2012
18-12-2012 - Indus River dolphins

We are the first to support the Indus Blind Dolphin at grass root level by involving local people in conservation activities. We aware and motivate local community for voluntary participation in conservation activities. We also encourage young students and civil society to play their role in the protection and conservation of Indus River Dolphin.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12254402) - King Cobra - Awarded $6,000 on September 23, 2012
23-09-2012 - King Cobra

The king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is the world's longest venomous snake, and the only one to build a nest for laying eggs. Although widely distributed in South and South-east Asia, there is limited knowledge on the snake's ecology. In this project, we attempt to map the local distribution and study the nesting biology of the species in the Kumaon hills of the Western Himalayas, India.

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