1,982Grants to

1,308(Sub)Species

Asia

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 678 grants constituting a total donation of $5,829,692 for species conservation projects based in Asia.

Conservation Case Studies in Asia

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0925696) - Snow leopard - Awarded $25,000 on October 15, 2009
15-10-2009 - Snow leopard

The endangered snow leopard (Panthera uncia) is among the least known big cat. Using refined non-invasive genetic techniques, we conducted surveys in areas lacking information on population size or structure, and assessed genetic variation across large sections of leopard range in Central Asia. We trained range-country biologists and helped build the capacity of wildlife genetics laboratories in Nepal and Bhutan.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0925694) - Sumatran rhino - Awarded $20,000 on October 15, 2009
15-10-2009 - Sumatran rhino

The overarching goal of the proposed project is to advance the effort to save the critically endangered Sumatran rhino from extinction. Our objective within the scope of this grant is to increase the number of Sumatran rhinos contributing genetically to the captive breeding program which serves as an insurance population for the rapidly dwindling wild population.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0905690) - Javan gibbon - Awarded $2,000 on October 15, 2009
15-10-2009 - Javan gibbon

Javan gibbon (Hylobates molloch) which is endemic to Java,Indonesia. This species is heading to extinction due to forest degradation and land conversion for agriculture.A survey of Javan gibbon (Hylobates moloch) was conducted in the Dieng mountains and Mt.Slamet, Central Java, to assess current population status and its distribution, including factors threatening the species.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0905687) - Depik - Awarded $5,000 on October 14, 2009
14-10-2009 - Depik

Rasbora tawarensis or locally known as depik are freshwater fishes endemic&threatened in Lake Laut Tawar, Aceh, Indonesia. The fish has been listed in IUCN red list in vulnerable category& updated by CBSG as critically endangered. The fish also the most commercially important by-catch for native fish species in the lake. Based on initial evaluation this species are very important freshwater fishes in Aceh waters.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0925681) - Striped hyena - Awarded $20,000 on October 14, 2009
14-10-2009 - Striped hyena

To adapt a new, non-invasive and cost-effective footprint identification technique (FIT) for monitoring the elusive and endangered striped hyena in Turkey. This beautiful animal is widely persecuted and there are no comprehensive population monitoring strategies. FIT is a species-specific monitoring tool developed by WildTrack (www.wildtrack.org)and can give high accuracy in identifying at the species, individual, age-class and sex levels.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0925572) - Orangutan - Awarded $24,559 on August 27, 2009
27-08-2009 - Orangutan

The goal of our MBZS supported programme is to develop and disseminate information resources on Islamic teachings throughout North Sumatra, Indonesia, related to the protection of natural resources, with a focus towards the conservation of the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) and the Gunung Leuser National Park, part of the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0925556) - King Cobra - Awarded $25,000 on August 26, 2009
26-08-2009 - King Cobra

The King Cobra Telemetry Project was started in March 2008 at the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station in Karnataka, India. The main objectives of the project are to study the ranging patterns, habitat use and behavior of wild king cobras. Emphasis is also given on training young field biologists, creating awareness and educating people about the conservation significance of this apex predator.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0925412) - Amur Tiger - Awarded $25,000 on July 05, 2009
05-07-2009 - Amur Tiger

Amur tigers and people must find a way to co-exist in the RFE. GPS collar technology enables researchers to gain insights into predator-prey dynamics and help resolve some of these conflicts in a scientific manner. Our research intends to apply this technology to assess kill rates on ungulate species throughout the year, contributing to conservation of one of the world’s most threatened and iconic species.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0925394) - Oud, Agarwood, Eaglewood, Krassana, gaharu - Awarded $10,900 on July 01, 2009
01-07-2009 - Oud, Agarwood, Eaglewood, Krassana, gaharu

The Critically Endangered Aquilaria crassna – source of one the world’s highest priced non-timber-forest products – and a number of other rare plants including rattan and bamboo species, are of vital socio-economic importance for the people living in the forests of southern Cambodia. Threatened by construction work, this project implements ex and in-situ species recovery measures to ensure their conservation while maintaining local ...

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0905381) - Myanmar star tortoise - Awarded $4,800 on June 29, 2009
29-06-2009 - Myanmar star tortoise

The project engaged local communities, authorities, and sanctuary staff to change local attitudes and practices to enable the successful reintroduction of the CR Myanmar Star tortoise into its native habitat in Minsontaung Wildlife Sanctuary. Interventions included support for patrols and increased use of fuel efficient stoves. Project monitoring indicates success in reducing use of sanctuary resources.

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