1,869Grants to

1,236(Sub)Species

Oceania

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 90 grants constituting a total donation of $962,252 for species conservation projects based in Oceania.

Conservation Case Studies in Oceania

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13257783) - Norfolk Island Parakeet - Awarded $18,985 on December 23, 2013
23-12-2013 - Norfolk Island Parakeet

Safe nesting sites are a limiting factor for This proTasman parakeets. Introduced crimson rosellas and starlings compete aggressively for these, while introduced rats and cats prey on eggs, chicks and nesting females at vulnerable nests. Using motion-sensitive cameras on modified nests, this project closely monitor breeding activities of parakeets to guide intervention. Since the onset of this project, the number of successful nests has doubled.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13257518) - Curryfish - Awarded $6,000 on December 23, 2013
23-12-2013 - Curryfish

Tropical sea cucumbers are harvested for the "bêche-de-mer" product (dried body wall). Due to the severe lack of knowledge on the biology and ecology of many sea cucumbers, they are in a perilous state of conservation. Populations are rapidly declining worldwide, with over 70% of tropical sea cucumber fisheries deemed exploited and depleted. We wish to better understand their population dynamics and ecosystem function.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13254711) - Huon tree kangaroo - Awarded $11,500 on September 30, 2013
30-09-2013 - Huon tree kangaroo

The YUS Conservation Area on Papua New Guinea’s Huon Peninsula contains one of the world’s largest intact cloud forests. A holistic conservation organization, Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program supports habitat protection for a range of endangered species including the Matschie’s tree kangaroo, as well as initiatives supporting the needs of indigenous populations. Building a team of local conservation Rangers supports communities in making ...

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13256868) - Queensland lungfish - Awarded $10,000 on September 30, 2013
30-09-2013 - Queensland lungfish

The project seeks to contribute new scientific knowledge necessary to stop the decline of, and support the recovery of, the endangered Australian lungfish. First, stable isotope analysis of carbon and nitrogen of fish scales will provide the first ever investigation of century-long trends in lungfish trophic ecology. Second, spatiotemporal patterns of lungfish resource use will be examined to inform management actions and identify rehabilitation ...

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13256663) - Freshwater Sawfish - Awarded $11,400 on September 30, 2013
30-09-2013 - Freshwater Sawfish

Searching for the critically endangered Freshwater sawfish in an Eastern Cape York river. The freshwater sawfish (Pristis pristis) was once found on Australia’s east coast but has not been recorded for many years. With the help of traditional owners we will use underwater cameras and gillnets to investigate reports that freshwater sawfish inhabit the untouched rivers of eastern Cape York.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13256662) - Trapdoor spider - Awarded $5,000 on September 30, 2013
30-09-2013 - Trapdoor spider

Cantuaria are ancient trapdoor spiders that live only in New Zealand. Their small, dense populations are found in undisturbed patches of grassland and forest. As spiderlings, each builds a burrow and remains inside for its entire life. The patchy distribution of Cantuaria, and their inability to travel far, may make them unable to recover from habitat loss and fragmentation due to human activity.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13256542) - Polynesian tree snail, 'areho' in Tahitian - Awarded $15,000 on September 30, 2013
30-09-2013 - Polynesian tree snail, 'areho' in Tahitian

Dozens of species of Polynesian tree snails (Partula) are extinct due to predation by a carnivorous snail introduced as a failed biological control attempt. However, a number of species were rescued from French Polynesian islands and have been maintained in an international breeding programme. The objective of this project is to initiate reestablishment of species extinct in the wild back into their home range.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13256192) - Norfolk Island parakeet - Awarded $10,850 on June 05, 2013
05-06-2013 - Norfolk Island parakeet

The objective of the project is to determine the size of the endemic Tasman parakeet population on Norfolk Island and to detect if a recent population crash has occurred. This will lead to proposals for remedial conservation measures. The project will develop and trial survey methods for Tasman parakeets and collect other ecological information that will form the basis of monitoring and recovery efforts.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13055755) - Toothbilled pigeon or Manumea - Awarded $5,000 on May 30, 2013
30-05-2013 - Toothbilled pigeon or Manumea

Manumea are found only in Samoa. A recent intensive search in the Savai'i uplands confirmed that Manumea numbers are critically low. It is essential that the locations of any populations of Manumea are identified. We aim to provide a detailed analysis of the status, distribution and ecological requirements of this globally threatened species so that conservation management can be targeted to key sites.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12054688) - Clark's Crayfish - Awarded $8,000 on December 20, 2012
20-12-2012 - Clark's Crayfish

The Australian Crayfish project was established with the aim of addressing specific knowledge gaps on all Australian crayfishes. With the assistance of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund we are researching a unique small freshwater crayfish Euastacus clarkae that is only known to occur in a small highland section of Australia’s world heritage listed, Gowandan Rainforest.

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