2,453Grants to



The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 111 grants constituting a total donation of $1,242,079 for species conservation projects based in Oceania.

Conservation Case Studies in Oceania

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252602) - Boelen's python - Awarded $12,000 on October 26, 2011
26-10-2011 - Boelen's python

Boelen’s python (Morelia boeleni) is endemic to New Guinea found in highlands above 1000 m and below the tree line. Our recent work on the conservation genetics of this species, the first ever genetic survey of this species, shows that all captive and wild M. boeleni are genetically uniform and raise particular concern for the limited genetic diversity of M. boeleni used captive breeding programs.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252186) - Beck's Petrel - Awarded $10,000 on June 27, 2011
27-06-2011 - Beck's Petrel

This project completed the first targeted search for the currently unknown breeding grounds of Beck's Petrel Pseudobulweria becki. At a coastal location by New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, the single greatest aggregation of Beck's Petrel ever recorded was encountered in March 2012. Over 100 birds seen close to land are a strong indication that the species breeds at adjacent Mount Agil, New Ireland's highest peak.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11251794) - Humphead Wrasse - Awarded $10,000 on June 27, 2011
27-06-2011 - Humphead Wrasse

Reef fish spawning aggregations are predictable in space and time and therefore provide an opportunity for local fishers to easily catch large numbers of reproductively active fish, endangering the future sustainability of coral reef fisheries. This work aims conduct artisanal fishery assessments and promote long-term sustainability of local marine resources using the Humphead Wrasse as flagship species on Kia Island, Fiji.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 10251593) - Lauan Ground Skink - Awarded $7,000 on June 27, 2011
27-06-2011 - Lauan Ground Skink

Nothing has been learned about the Ono-I-Lau Skink (Leiolopisma alazon)since its discovery in 1982. It was known from one very small islet in a very distant part of Fiji. Whether the species is extinct is not even known. This project will determine the current status of this species and determine conservation priorities for the species if found to still exist in the wild.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 10251439) - Mao or Ma'oma'o - Awarded $5,000 on June 27, 2011
27-06-2011 - Mao or Ma'oma'o

In 2006 the Government of Samoa developed a recovery plan for the Mao. This Project is directly aimed at addressing the plan’s objectives to find out vital information needed to design programmes for population recovery. This study will provide information on spatial use, breeding and feeding ecology,and initial demographic information such as rates of reproduction and causes of mortality.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 10251054) - Malherbe's parakeet - Awarded $15,000 on September 30, 2010
30-09-2010 - Malherbe's parakeet

The Malherbe's parakeet (Cyanoramphus malherbi) is the rarest parakeet in New Zealand. Since 2005, a number of small island populations have been established via translocation, but little information is available on their population size at these sites. With support from MBZ the first study on their numbers has been completed, an important step towards a more integral management of the species.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0925727) - Tiger shark - Awarded $14,000 on September 30, 2010
30-09-2010 - Tiger shark

Within Australian waters, biological and historical catch analysis of tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) remains data deficient, and there is urgent need of appropriate conservation and management arrangements to be developed for the species. The aim of this research is to examine the life history, ecology and population structure of tiger sharks in east coast Australian and broader South Pacific waters.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0925483) - Wedge-tailed eagle - Awarded $15,000 on July 13, 2010
13-07-2010 - Wedge-tailed eagle

Data from this study suggests that eagles may breed irregularly or may frequently move about within territories occupying various nests. This study also suggests that although the duration of breeding phases may be similar between years, the timing of breeding in the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle may vary considerably between years. If these trends continue, they will have implications for future eagle habitat management

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 10251270) - Mary River turtle - Awarded $15,000 on June 10, 2010
10-06-2010 - Mary River turtle

In order to increase the population of the endangered Mary River turtle (Elusor macrurus)Tiaro Landcare Group are monitoring key nesting banks in the Mary River, Queensland, Australia. Individual clutches are identified and protected. This will greatly reduce the impact of predators. Our group is working with a PhD candidate from the University of Queensland who is researching the nesting biology of this species.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0925477) - Tasmanian long-eared bat - Awarded $15,000 on February 14, 2010
14-02-2010 - Tasmanian long-eared bat

This project is studying how forest loss influences micro bat species composition and habitat use in timber production areas on the island of Tasmania, Australia. We are focusing on the Tasmanian long-eared bat, which is endemic to the island but of which little is known.

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