1,982Grants to

1,308(Sub)Species

Oceania

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 98 grants constituting a total donation of $1,053,030 for species conservation projects based in Oceania.

Conservation Case Studies in Oceania

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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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12054292) - Kauri Redcoat Damselfly - Awarded $2,000 on September 20, 2012
20-09-2012 - Kauri Redcoat Damselfly

Kauri Redcoat Damselfly (Xanthocnemis sobrina) is endemic to the New Zealand North Island. It is the only representative of its group in the country that is assessed as Data Deficient after the most recent IUCN Red List evaluation. The assessment was based on uncertainties around the species taxonomy and current conservation status.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12254297) - Hutton's shearwater - Awarded $9,000 on September 20, 2012
20-09-2012 - Hutton's shearwater

Establishing a new colony of endangered Hutton's shearwaters by translocation of chicks from a mountain colony to the Kaikoura Peninsula, New Zealand.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11253113) - Stitchbird / hihi - Awarded $10,000 on January 04, 2012
04-01-2012 - Stitchbird / hihi

Forty-four juvenile hihi, Notiomystis cincta, were reintroduced to Bushy Park in March 2013 in an effort to establish a fourth population of this species on mainland New Zealand (three other populations occur on offshore islands). Despite relatively low initial survival among the females, the remaining birds and their offspring have all bred successfully. The population, although still small, is currently thriving.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11253111) - Liverworts - Awarded $15,000 on January 04, 2012
04-01-2012 - Liverworts

A international team of collaborators, led by Matt von Konrat, are undertaking biodiversity studies of a group of plants commonly called bryophytes, especially focusing on liverworts from Fiji. Only scant data exist for both groups of organisms compared to many animal and seed plant groups of the region. Studies of these organisms extend beyond taxonomy and biodiversity, including their application to conservation and environmental monitoring.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11053060) - Archey's frog - Awarded $2,900 on January 04, 2012
04-01-2012 - Archey's frog

New Zealand's native Archey's frog is number one on the amphibian EDGE list. It is threatened by predation from introduced mammals. To assess the level of predation we have developed molecular techniques to identify frog prey in small mammals diets, as traditional approaches were unreliable. So far these have been successful and can also be applied to any predator-prey diet study.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11253175) - Macquarie Island Cushion Plant - Awarded $12,000 on November 20, 2011
20-11-2011 - Macquarie Island Cushion Plant

Azorella macquariensis is a keystone species endemic to Macquarie Island. In 2008 large areas of A.macquariensis were observed to be dying. Research is continuing to determine the the cause of the dieback. The project objectives are to maintain an ex-situ collection of A.macquariensis on Macquarie Island and increase viable holdings of seed in the Tasmanian Seed Conservation Centre at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

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