2,334Grants to


South America

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 384 grants constituting a total donation of $3,631,877 for species conservation projects based in South America.

Conservation Case Studies in South America

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13056093) - Flea Toad - Awarded $2,500 on May 29, 2013
29-05-2013 - Flea Toad

We sampled eight mountains in Southern Bahia, Brazil, in search of the Flea-Toad, the smallest amphibian of the American continent, described in 2012 from the Serra Bonita. Despite extensive sampling activity we only managed to find the Flea-Toad on the Serra das Lontras mountain, a National Park neighbouring Serra Bonita. However during the fieldworks 14 new frog species were discovered.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12055197) - Itambe's Bromeliad Frog - Awarded $4,400 on December 23, 2012
23-12-2012 - Itambe's Bromeliad Frog

The effects of climate change on amphibian population in Brazil are poorly understood. This project will develop a long-term monitoring protocol to evaluate the effects of climate variables on populations of a new mountaintop amphibian species at Pico do Itambe and will address future conservation priorities focusing highland ecosystems within the Espinhaço Range, at Southeastern Brazil.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12254801) - Medium Tree Finch - Awarded $12,000 on December 20, 2012
20-12-2012 - Medium Tree Finch

Darwin's Medium Tree Finch (Camarhynchus pauper) is a critically endangered passerine only found on Floreana Island (Galapagos). Its survival is being threatened by a introduced parasitic fly whose larvae fed on finch nestlings and caused 98% nestling mortality in 2010 and 2012. This project aims to contribute to the development of control measures for the fly to secure the survival of this endangered bird.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12054565) - Bald uakari - Awarded $3,350 on December 18, 2012
18-12-2012 - Bald uakari

Until recently, in Peru the bald uakari was only known from the eastern lowlands near the Ucayali River. Recently, Proyecto Mono Tocón discovered a population of uakaris in the mountains of northern San Martin. The discovery of the uakaris in the mountains of San Martin is of great biographic and conservation interest. This project was initiated to collect more data on their distributional range.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12254183) - Galapagos pink land iguana - Awarded $5,000 on September 23, 2012
23-09-2012 - Galapagos pink land iguana

The Galápagos Pink Land Iguana (Conolophus marthae) is listed the IUCN Red List as “Critically Endangered”. Possible hybridation with a syntopic population of C. subcristatus is one of the issues that threaten the existence of this species. This project aims at clarifying the frequency of hybridization and level of genetic introgression between the two species for the purposes of a coming head-start/captive breeding program.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12254544) - Marsh Seedeater - Awarded $7,000 on September 23, 2012
23-09-2012 - Marsh Seedeater

The Endangered Marsh Seedeater is one of the several “Capuchino” seedeaters of southern South America. The species is threatened due to trapping for bird trade and habitat loss. Our project aims at improving the conservation status of the Marsh Seedeater in Uruguay, focusing on a key breeding area in Uruguay: the Bañados del Este. Raising local awareness is the key to success in our project.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12054041) - Juan Fernandez diving beetle - Awarded $4,850 on September 20, 2012
20-09-2012 - Juan Fernandez diving beetle

Anisomeria bistriata is endemic to Juan Fernandez islands in the Pacific, off the Chilean coast. It has, to our knowledge, not been surveyed in over a century. Our goals therefore are: - Visit the islands to establish if the species still exists. If so: - Describe its adult and if possible larval habitat. - Assess to which degree the species faces anthropogenic threats.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12253768) - Spider Monkey - Awarded $10,000 on May 23, 2012
23-05-2012 - Spider Monkey

Brown spider monkey (Ateles hybridus) is of particular interest for conservation. It is extremely endangered due to habitat destruction. The current situation of this primate in Caparo Forest Reserve in Venezuela is very alarming. The forest once occupied 184,100 ha of continuous forest. This has been reduced to 7,000 ha. This project attempts to conserve this population of spider monkey and its habitat.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12253524) - Yellow fronted spider monkey   - Awarded $10,000 on May 23, 2012
23-05-2012 - Yellow fronted spider monkey

This project is oriented to determine the current status of the Atelidos in northeastern of the Peruvian Amazonia. The study includes four species considered in conservation category of the IUCN in 2011, they are Ateles chamek (EN), A. belzebuth (EN), Lagothrix lagotricha (VU) and L. poeppigii (VU). Part of our activities in the field is to promote environmental education to mitigate some hunting and deforestation.

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