2,616Grants to


The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 334 grants for this species type, constituting a total donation of $3,045,509.

Reptile Conservation Case Studies

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252997) - Gecko vert de Bourbon - Awarded $5,000 on January 04, 2012
04-01-2012 - Gecko vert de Bourbon

The main objective of the Reunion day gecko' project is to assess taxonomic identity of all Phelsuma borbonica populations (including Reunion and Agalegae Islands) based on phenotypic and genetic evidence. Such data will help assessing conservation priorities that should focus on highly isolated or divergent taxa, including possible new ones.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11052709) - Pasteur’s desert-racer - Awarded $5,000 on October 27, 2011
27-10-2011 - Pasteur’s desert-racer

Project aims to increase the current knowledge about biodiversity of the PN Banc d’Arguin (PNBA), in particular of the reptiles Mesalina pasteuri, Tarentola chazaliae, Lythorhynchus diadema, and Varanus griseus (all not listed in IUCN red list). The aims were to determine the distribution in the PNBA, identify suitable areas for the occurrence of the target species, and characterise selected habitats.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252632) - Mary River turtle - Awarded $12,000 on October 26, 2011
26-10-2011 - Mary River turtle

The natural habitat of the endangered Mary River turtle is restricted to the Mary River in south east Queensland, Australia. Tiaro & District Landcare Group are committed to increasing its chances of survival through conservation actions (protect wild nests from predators) and encouraging people to value and care for its habitat, the Mary River.

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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. 11052499) - Saharan rock agama - Awarded $5,000 on October 26, 2011
26-10-2011 - Saharan rock agama

The project proposes to achieve four main objectives using data collected during a field expedition to Niger: 1) Assess the distribution of Agama tassiliensis; 2) Habitat characterization; 3) Derive a predictive model of occurrence; and 4) Conservation status assessment.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252584) - Radiated tortoise - Awarded $5,000 on July 17, 2011
17-07-2011 - Radiated tortoise

Surveys in southern Madagascar for Critically Endangered Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata). We estimate a total of 55 tortoises over 5.19 km2, with a 1.83:1 males-to-female ratio. We emphasise the need for additional tortoise studies, particularly in the unstudied area of Conservation Zone of Ifotaka-North Protected Area, and review tortoise conservation efforts in southern Madagascar

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252551) - Horvath's toad-headed agama  - Awarded $5,000 on July 14, 2011
14-07-2011 - Horvath's toad-headed agama

Two species of lizards Phrynocephalus horvathi and Eremias pleskei listed in IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered and one species of tortoises Testuo graeca listed as Vulnerable inhabit ecosystems of the semi-deserts of Ararat Valley which most threatened due to restricted territory and overpopulation. This project is aimed at getting the first-hand knowledge on distribution and abundance these reptiles.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11052044) - Red-crowned roofed turtle - Awarded $2,000 on June 27, 2011
27-06-2011 - Red-crowned roofed turtle

Turtles are one of the least studied species in Nepal regarding their ecology, habitat, distribution and threats. The conservation of such species largely depends on their occurrence within protected areas or on the importance given at national level. This project aims to assess the status and threats facing Critically Endangered Red-crowned Roofed turtle in an area which connects two protected areas across Nepal and India.

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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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