1,982Grants to

1,308(Sub)Species

North America

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 239 grants constituting a total donation of $2,253,715 for species conservation projects based in North America.

Conservation Case Studies in North America

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13257065) - Black-headed Bushmaster - Awarded $10,000 on September 30, 2013
30-09-2013 - Black-headed Bushmaster

The Black-headed Bushmaster (Lachesis melanocephala) is one of the world's most elusive vipers and only occurs in a small part of Costa Rica. It depends on continuous forest and is likely declining. However, due to its secretive nature, no status assessments exist. The objective of our project is to test methods for locating bushmasters that can be used to help initiate conservation actions.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13256063) - Socorro Dove - Awarded $12,500 on June 05, 2013
05-06-2013 - Socorro Dove

The habitat restoration program supported by the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund will aid the reintroduction of the Socorro Dove (Zenaida graysoni) by allowing the recovery and growth of areas formerly inhabited by the species and destroyed by sheep overgrazing. Facilities will pvovide the Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve with a constant production of seedlings to restore Socorro Island to a near pristine condition.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12255338) - Maui Parrotbill or Kiwikiu - Awarded $6,340 on June 05, 2013
05-06-2013 - Maui Parrotbill or Kiwikiu

This year, a new 600 hectare natural area reserve, Nakula, was designated by the State of Hawaii, and is currently being fenced. While no Kiwikiu (Maui Parrotbill) currently exist in this reserve, the goal is to restore the forest and reintroduce Kiwikiu to this part of Maui.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13255881) - Mottled Snailsucker - Awarded $8,838 on May 30, 2013
30-05-2013 - Mottled Snailsucker

.The impact of amphibian declines on the upper trophic levels is difficult to access. Snakes provide a model for study as many species prey upon amphibians or their eggs. Some species of presumed molluscivores have been impacted drastically as their diet also includes frog eggs. Changes in their diet are suspected to put them in competition with other snake species.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13256057) - Central American River Turtle or Hicatee Turtle - Awarded $10,000 on May 30, 2013
30-05-2013 - Central American River Turtle or Hicatee Turtle

Zoo Miami is working with the Lamanai Field Research Center in Northern Belize to learn more about the behaviors of the Hicatee or Central American River Turtle (Dermatemys mawi) through radio tracking and a mark-recapture study. In addition, they have created an educational program to help teach the locals about the importance of a sustainable existence with this unique turtle.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13255863) - Holdridge's Toad - Awarded $7,500 on May 29, 2013
29-05-2013 - Holdridge's Toad

Holdridge’s Toad is endemic to Costa Rica’s cloud forest. They suffered a dramatic decline and were last observed in 1984, it was recently rediscovered after 25 years since its last observation. This project aim to know potential threats like of Bd, small population size and lack of protection of the site, for to know the current conservation status.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12254444) - hawksbill sea turtle - Awarded $12,000 on December 23, 2012
23-12-2012 - hawksbill sea turtle

In this project, Oceanic Society teamed with the University of Belize's Environmental Research Institute to perform a comprehensive in-water survey of sea turtle distribution and biology at Turneffe Atoll, the largest coral atoll in the western hemisphere. Results are being used to inform management of the newly declared marine protected area at Turneffe, and to understand connectivity of sea turtles in the Wider Caribbean region.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12055182) - Darien Black spider monkey  - Awarded $8,500 on December 20, 2012
20-12-2012 - Darien Black spider monkey

The project will observe behaviour of Ateles fusciceps rufiventris living in connected forest and will compare with Ateles geoffroyi azuerensis's data previously collected in fragmented habitat. We will obtain group structure and population dynamic data by direct observations and camera traps located at canopy. Variables resultants will lead futures plan of management for monkeys living in fragmented forest.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12054710) - Staghorn coral - Awarded $4,000 on December 20, 2012
20-12-2012 - Staghorn coral

My research focuses on taking a metabolic and physiological approach to find markers for resilience to climate change stress in the critically endangered coral, Acropora cervicornis. Specifically I am looking at tissue lipids and carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes to determine how energy is allocated under stress in this species in order to have a better understanding of how to conserve it.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12054533) - Geoffroy's Spider Monkey  - Awarded $5,000 on September 23, 2012
23-09-2012 - Geoffroy's Spider Monkey

The Geoffroy’s spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus) is listed as Critically Endangered at the IUCN Red List of Threaten Species due to the population decline with over 50% for the last 45 years. There is only a small and fragmented population in El Salvador. A high possibility for inbreeding depression exists due to the small size of the population which can reduced adaptation capacity.

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