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Past Conservation Grants
Zoos Victoria’s Grants program is themed ‘Wildlife Conservation through Community Engagement’, recognising the importance of engaging people in protecting wildlife, while supporting sustainable development, both of which are critical for the conservation of wildlife. Projects supported through this program demonstrate measurable outcomes related to either wildlife, people or behaviour change.
The Grants program builds on our commitment to fight wildlife extinction, by assisting international conservation partnerships which aim toachieve sustainable and long-term conservation outcomes for wildlife, and widening our reach to a global level.Current Grant Projects include:
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 is currently introducing 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.
The project is currently 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.
Past Grant Projects include:
Safeguarding lemur habitat in Madagascar
In 2014, Zoos Victoria's grant supported the conservation of the critically endangered Sportive Lemur of Madagascar, under threat from deforestation for charcoal production. The grant funding succesfully supported school projects and outreach education for local children and community members about the value of the ecosystem and the interconnectedness of local lemurs, native trees and people, helping community members reduce their reliance on charcoal. A concluding survey reported 87% of parents understood the importance of lemurs and forest. Find out more about the project in the final report.
Restoring lion populations in Namibia
In 2014, Zoos Victoria's grant helped to reduce lion-human conflict in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area in Namibia, one of the largest lion populations in Africa. The grant funding successfully helped build lion-proof enclosures for local livestock, improve the quality and quantity of grazing available for livestock as well as encouraging native wildlife to return to the area, providing an alternative food source for lions. The grant also assisted in developing a team of guards to help track the lions to develop an early warning system for the locals. Find out more about the project in the final report.
In 2014, Zoos Victoria's grant supported the conservation of the Fatu Hiva Monarch the most endangered bird in French Polynesia. The grant funding helped control feral species and develop an alternative income to combat habitat loss due to unsustainable farming practices. The local villages closest to the bird's habitat were targeted with the development of the Bee Keeper training program to manufacture and sell honey in local island areas. Early results have estimated the wild population of the Fatu Hiva Monarch have increased to six breeding pairs, with five successful fledgings.