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2015 Conservation Grants
Zoos Victoria’s Grants program is themed ‘Wildlife Conservation through Community Engagement’, recognising the importance of engaging people in protecting wildlife, while building social capacity, both of which are critical for the conservation of wildlife. Projects supported through this program demonstrate meaningful on-ground benefits to both wildlife and people.
The Grants program builds on our longstanding commitment to international conservation partnerships which aim to achieve sustainable long-term conservation outcomes for wildlife in support of our goal to fight extinction on a global level.
This year we’ve invested in two projects, selected for their commitment to Fighting Extinction in ways that generate measurable outcomes for both wildlife and people:
Amphibian Conservation through Community Engagement in Ghana
Zoos Victoria’s grant will assist the recovery of the Togo Slippery Frog, recently thought to be extinct and under threat from human consumption and habitat damage along the Atewa Forest waterways.
The project will introduce chicken rearing as an alternative to consuming the Togo Slippery Frog; water tanks and household water harvesting systems to protect waterways, as well as conservation education to raise awareness of, and instil local pride in this rare and endemic frog species.
Enabling Mountain Women for Snow Leopard Conservation in Pakistan
Zoos Victoria’s grant will allow the Snow Leopard Foundation to expand upon a successful pilot project to protect the Snow Leopard and other key predators from retribution killing by the community.
This will be achieved through building predator proof corals for livestock; livestock vaccination and grazing programs to increase Snow leopard natural prey items; and through alternative livelihoods programs for women in villages with a high number of conflict incidents with snow leopard - to increase tolerance of the snow leopard and reduce retribution killings.
The project also focuses on conservation education in local schools and the broader community. In addition to these lovely images, the project has produced a small film to showcase their work.