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Conservation Fund

Project

Donation/Target

Year

Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative £4,000 2021
Save the Golden Lion Tamarin - Yellow Fever Vaccinations £4,000 2021
Manx Wildlife Trust – MOTUS receiver £3,800 2021
The Lemur Conservation Association (AEECL) £4,000 2020 & 2021
Manx Wildlife Trust - Manx Shearwater Project £4,000 2020
Sphenisco, Marine Protection Area Chile £2,000 2020
Javan Primate Conservation Project £8,300 2017 - 2021
Aloatra Lemur Project £1,500 2019
Red Panda Network £1,700 2018 & 2019
Australian Zoo Association (AZA) - response to bush fires £1,500 2019
World Land Trust £5,000 2015
Keepers of the Wild £500  
Thandi Endangered Species Association (African Rhinos)  £300  

Other species we are looking to support in 2021:

Fishing Cat

Red Panda

Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative

£4000, Target met

Respected and award winning Patricia Medici heads a team in Brazil working mostly in the Pantanal and Cerrado, and is now expanding into other areas of the Amazon. The lowland Tapir initiative monitors populations by camera traps and builds a picture of their movements using GPS collars. A selected team of six volunteers (biologists and veterinarians) carried out fieldwork in Morro do Diabo State Park, an Atlantic Forest field site, analysing data in early 2021. Patricia has been instrumental in understanding how best to protect this wonderful species and is highly regarded as a top expert and advocate for the species, engaging communities and officials to protect this species and the habitat.

https://youtu.be/E4NR7QSvnng

https://tapirconservation.org.br/

Golden Lion Tamarin Yellow Fever Vaccinations

£4,000, Donation pending

Associação Mico-Leão Dourado (AMLD or Golden Lion Tamarin Association) is running a project to save wild populations of Golden lion tamarins from Yellow Fever disease. The Golden Lion Tamarin, endemic to lowland Atlantic Forest of Brazil, is one of the most threatened primates in the world. The species was saved from extinction in the wild by a reintroduction program using Tamarins from 43 different zoos in the 1970s and 1980s. Numbers recovered from just 200 to 3,700 with 53% of the population descended from zoo animals. However, numbers since 2018 have dropped down to 2,500 mostly due to an outbreak of yellow fever. AMLD is carrying out a yellow fever vaccination program and monitoring its effectiveness to help save this wonderful species in the wild.

Manx Wildlife Trust – MOTUS receiver

£3,800, Donation pending

Having a MOTUS receiver on the Calf adds significantly to the development of a network that covers the British Isles, and will be the first antenna sited at a west coast Bird Observatory. This will also provide the opportunity to detect other species of birds, that have been tagged elsewhere in the UK and Europe, that are using this flyway during their migrations to and from breeding and wintering grounds. A large collaboration of scientists and conservationists have been working together to advance research into migratory bats and birds in the UK by building a network of receivers that can track them through the installation of tiny radio transmitters fitted to the animal. When a tagged bird or bat passes within range of a receiver 2-15 km (depending on the terrain and how high the animal is flying), the receiver automatically logs the presence and direction of flight of the animal. If there is a large network of such radio-receiving stations, we can detail there movement over large areas and timescales. This can build up a picture which helps inform how best to protect migratory birds.

The Lemur Conservation Association (AEECL)

£2,000 – This is a regular annual donation – Status 2021 donation pending

The Lemur Conservation Association (AEECL) is a zoo-managed conservation organisation based in Sahamalaza-Iles Radama National Park in Madagascar. The main aims of the charity are based on the conservation of the lemur species within the park, with a specific focus on the critically endangered blue-eyed black lemur. Our goals are to research, protect and restore the vital ecosystems these conservation-dependent species inhabit, collaborating with local communities and authorities to achieve a sustainable and biodiverse habitat for the future.

https://aeecl.org/

Manx Wildlife Trust, Manx Shearwater Project

£4,000

The Island’s leading conservation charity works to protect our unique environment, on land and in the sea. Our donation was used to purchase an infrared camera for tracking Manx Shearwaters as part of MWT's Manx Shearwater Project.

Sphenisco, Marine Protection Area Chile

£2000

Sphenisco is working towards establishing a conservation area near the coast of Chile and Peru, in order to protect the hunting and breeding grounds of the Humboldt penguin. Sphenisco’s work involves caring for ill and injured animals, intervening when penguins are taken illegally from the wild, environmental education and ecological habitat conservation. Due to a declining population caused in part by overfishing and climate change, the Humboldt penguin is threatened. The current population is estimated at 32,000 mature individuals.

Javan Primate Conservation Project 

£8,300 since 2017

This project rehabilitates silvery gibbons and langurs into a safe forest in Java. The centre receives these primates mostly from confiscations by authorities – the animals were originally stolen from the wild. The money we donate goes towards cost of food, veterinary bills, staff time to ensure they can survive in the wild and release. The project is run by the Aspinall Foundation. Silvery gibbons are endangered with around 2,000 mature gibbons found in Java and nowhere else.

Aloatra Lemur Project

  • Habitat and species protection, collection of scientific data and education for locals
  • Target for 2019 – £1,000 or more 
  • We donated £1,500

This project protects the habitat and individual gentle lemurs around Lake Aloatra in Madagascar. They are Critically Endangered, with less than 2,000 in the wild and those only existing in one very small area. The money goes towards wardens to patrol the area, collection of data to help conserve the species and the education of locals and school children so they can understand how important it is to look after the species. The project is run by the Durrell trust.

Red Panda Network

  • Community Monitoring and habitat protection
  • £500 donated in 2018
  • Target for 2019 – £1,000
  • We donated £1,200

This project has a community focus to educate and train local people to be guardians of the forest, making conservation of red pandas financially beneficial to local people to help prevent poaching. It is well supported by many EAZA zoos and is a charity in its own right. The red panda population has declined by 50% over the last 20 years and there may be as few as 2,500 remaining in the wild. Red pandas' conservation status is Endangered.

Other Notable Donations

  • £1,500 to the Australian Zoo Association (AZA) in response to the bush fires that have devastated their wildlife
  • £5,000 donated to World Land Trust to buy 50 acres of Rainforest in South America (2015)
  • £500 to Keepers of the Wild, a BIAZA initiative 
  • £300 to Thandi Endangered Species Association (African Rhinos)