Zoos Victoria is a not-for-profit zoo-based conservation organisation dedicated to fighting extinction. Our pursuit of tangible conservation outcomes for threatened species includes a major focus on engaging communities (people) in ways that enable them to take action to help wildlife; ‘Wildlife Conservation through Community Engagement’.
Please note: preference may be given to projects that focus on species (including closely-related species) which are in Zoos Victoria's animal collection. For more info on what is in the collection click here (PDF link).
The International Conservation Grants target projects that focus on alleviating community-driven threats to wildlife. The project must result in measurable outcomes for wildlife, as a result of specific community action(s). The target audience (people) can be an in situ community or a community not located in the immediate locale of the wildlife. Zoos Victoria defines an in situ community as a community of local people who are directly impacted by, or directly impact a project.
Two project examples are listed below:
Behaviour change action: local communities make fuel briquettes and fuel efficient stoves.
Measurable outcome related to people (measure of behaviour uptake), e.g. number of women using briquettes and stoves; related benefits such as income generation from sale of stoves, and increase in skills from producing own stoves.
Measurable outcome for wildlife: decrease in amount of firewood being extracted from forest (threat reduction); increase in number of lemurs in the forest.
Behaviour Change Action: Recycle your mobile phone.
Measurable outcome related to people (measure of behaviour uptake), ie. number of phones donated for recycling.
Measurable outcome for wildlife: decrease in amount of coltan extracted from gorilla habitat. Increase in number of gorillas in coltan mining areas.
Wildlife impact must be located outside Australia. However, the target audience for the behaviour change may be located within Australia, or within the locale of the wildlife.
Grant applications will be reviewed by Zoos Victoria’s Wildlife Conservation and Science team, made up of conservation staff with both biological science and social science expertise.
Applications can be made via the online application form. All enquiries or points of clarification can be directed to:
Mr. Chris Banks
Manager, International Conservation Partnerships, Wildlife Conservation & Science, Zoos Victoria
Applications are open from August 1, 2018 and close on 30 September, 2018.