2,453Grants to


The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 313 grants for this species type, constituting a total donation of $2,854,476.

Reptile Conservation Case Studies

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12254179) - Softshell tortoise - Awarded $10,000 on September 20, 2012
20-09-2012 - Softshell tortoise

The pancake tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) is endemic to East African savannah. Its inherent low reproduction, restricted range, patchy distribution and limited dispersal ability coupled with anthropogenic habitat degradation potentially threatens the species survival. The aim of the project is to document effects of human habitat degradation on the species populations and genetic structure. This will advance ecological insights necessary to ...

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12254028) - Siamese crocodile - Awarded $10,000 on May 24, 2012
24-05-2012 - Siamese crocodile

FFI and its partners are working to strengthen national and local capacity to manage and conserve the Siamese Crocodile and its habitat in Cambodia, by implementing the release of captive-bred stock as part of the National Siamese Crocodile Re-introduction and Reinforcement Plan; rescuing Siamese Crocodiles under immediate threat from large hydro-dams; and establishing official Siamese Crocodile sanctuaries and other community-based management ...

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12253776) - Geometric tortoise - Awarded $10,000 on May 24, 2012
24-05-2012 - Geometric tortoise

The Geometric Tortoise, which occurs in isolated habitat fragments in southwestern South Africa, is considered one of the world’s 100 most threatened organisms. A wildfire of the species’ largest remaining habitat fragment brought these tortoises to the brink of extinction. The aims of this project were to safeguard individuals that survived the fire and to explore mechanisms to restore the population to its original size.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12253400) - Ricord's Iguana - Awarded $10,000 on May 23, 2012
23-05-2012 - Ricord's Iguana

Hispaniola is the only island in the Caribbean where two species of Rock Iguanas occur. The formation of Hispaniola is most likely the cause for this unique distribution. One species of iguana is thought to have been on each paleoisland before they collided to form Hispaniola. The mystery is in what species was on what paleoisland and how they manage to co-occur today.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12053708) - Bay Island Forest Lizard - Awarded $5,000 on May 23, 2012
23-05-2012 - Bay Island Forest Lizard

In the tropical Andaman Islands, the forest floor lizard community is affected by introduced spotted deer. This indirect negative effect of an introduced mammalian herbivore on endemic lizards was documented in a study conducted by a team of Indian ecologists from 2012 to 2014. They found that spotted deer, by extensively browsing on the under-story vegetation, reduce cover and consequently depress lizard densities.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12053519) - March's Emerald Palm Viper - Awarded $4,000 on May 23, 2012
23-05-2012 - March's Emerald Palm Viper

March's Emerald Palm Viper is a montane viper from Guatemala and Honduras. It's conservation status is unknown but considering its small geographic range, habitat specificity for cloud forest and the fractured nature of this habitat, it is considered endangered and in decline. This project conducts the first ecological study, investigating diet selection and providing the first population density estimates of this poorly studied viper.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12253443) - Hawksbill turtle - Awarded $10,000 on January 22, 2012
22-01-2012 - Hawksbill turtle

Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF) launched in 2010 the Marine Turtle Conservation Project in collaboration with various organisations in the Arabian/Persian Gulf region. By tracking marine turtles through the region, EWS-WWF aims to raise the collective awareness of their plight, and provide concrete links at an international level upon which local and regional conservation agendas may be developed.

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12252443) - Yellow-headed Tortoise - Awarded $8,000 on January 12, 2012
12-01-2012 - Yellow-headed Tortoise

The Yellow-headed tortoise (Indotestudo elongata) lives throughout southeast Asia. The species inhabits areas near a water source such as a stream. This study aims to investigate its ecology within the The Rajaji National Park in India (250 km north of Delhi).

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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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