1,924Grants to

1,278(Sub)Species

South America

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 300 grants constituting a total donation of $2,773,296 for species conservation projects based in South America.

Conservation Case Studies in South America

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11253118) - Brown headed spider monkey - Awarded $10,000 on January 04, 2012
04-01-2012 - Brown headed spider monkey

The Choco Biogeographic Region in northwestern Ecuador (Hot spot), are seriously threatened by hunting, deforestation, poor agricultural and cattle raising practices. The aim of this project is to update the population density data of the most endangered primate in Ecuador, brown-headed spider monkey (CR, UICN 2008). We will also work with local communities for raise awarness the biological richness and conservation of the area.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252811) - Roble criollo (Southamerican Oak) - Awarded $10,000 on January 04, 2012
04-01-2012 - Roble criollo (Southamerican Oak)

Amburana cearensis was a common tree of the piedmont forest of the Southern Yungas of northwestern Argentina. Due to its excellent wood it is very desirable by timber industries. However, A. cearensis has been overexploited by unsustainable timber logging that completely removed large trees and depleted stocks, and timber management did not assure its regeneration. The species is categorized as Endangered by IUCN.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11052385) - Red Crested Tree Rat - Awarded $5,000 on January 04, 2012
04-01-2012 - Red Crested Tree Rat

The Santa Marta Toro (Santamartamys rufodorsalis) is a poorly known arboreal mammal with only two known specimens over 100 years old. The species is Critically Endangered due to small distribution and loss of habitat in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. This study aims to determine the distribution, population size, and natural history of the species in light of the 2011 observation at El Dorado.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11253176) - Falkland Nassauvia - Awarded $12,000 on November 14, 2011
14-11-2011 - Falkland Nassauvia

Nassauvia falklandica is a Critically Endangered sub-shrub, endemic to the Falklands. Only known at two locations and in small numbers this project enables vital field work to be undertaken in the remote hills of West Falkland. Botanical surveys will target sites identified using MaxEnt habitat suitability modelling and GoogleEarth imagery. The overall aim is to seek further populations, assess each site and inform conservation planning.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11052370) - aspília - Awarded $2,500 on October 26, 2011
26-10-2011 - aspília

The phenological study Aspilia grazielae was instrumental in the establishment of a strategic plan for conservation of the species. Since we now know the reproductive pattern of the species will be possible to implement a program that has as main purpose contributing to the conservation of sites where the species occurs, as well as the relocation of individuals obtained from seeds extracted in preserved areas.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252278) - ibiribá-rana - Awarded $10,000 on October 26, 2011
26-10-2011 - ibiribá-rana

The goal of our project is to determine the conservation status of the 20 native species of the Brazil nut family (Lecythidaceae) in the Atlantic coastal forest of Brazil. Ten of those species are rare and in danger of extinction. We are now analyzing the collection localities of the rare species to determine how near to suitable habitat individuals of the species are located.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11251770) - Dendroseris neriifolia - Awarded $10,000 on June 27, 2011
27-06-2011 - Dendroseris neriifolia

Juan Fernandez Islands biodiversity has both highly levels of endemism and extinction threat. Currently, from 133 endemic species of vascular flora, more than 70% are globally listed as endangered. Eight species are been classified as extinct and 52 Critically Endangered. This project aims to develope management conservation plan to prevent extinctions of 8 CR Juan Fernandez plant species.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252181) - Liver-oil shark - Awarded $6,000 on June 27, 2011
27-06-2011 - Liver-oil shark

As top predators chondrichthyans are key components of their marine ecosystem and are vulnerable to fishing pressure. The aim of the project is to identify habitat uses, vertical movements and regional migrations of Galeorhinus galeus and Atlantoraja castelnaui using satellite technology. Behaviour, environmental variables, primary production and the commercial fishery fleet movements will be linked in a GIS to build new conservation and ...

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252195) - Brazilian Merganser - Awarded $10,000 on June 27, 2011
27-06-2011 - Brazilian Merganser

The Brazilian Merganser and the Purple-winged Ground-dove (Critically endangered-CR) live in one of the most endangered areas on Earth, the Atlantic Forest, where over 90% of the forest has dissapeared resulting in a severe impact on these species. Both were lastly seen more tan 10 years ago in Paraguay. Our Project aims to search for the species in areas they used to inhabit.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 10251015) - Rancho Grande harlequin frog - Awarded $10,000 on June 27, 2011
27-06-2011 - Rancho Grande harlequin frog

Atelopus cruciger is a critically endangered frog believed to be extinct until recent sightings revealed populations at four sites. The presence of a fungus in the last specimens before the species disappeared in 1986 suggested a fungal disease as the most likely cause of its decline. This study aims to estimate demographic and epidemiological parameters in one of these populations to asses its viability.

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