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3 December 2013

Three exciting projects have successfully secured Zoos Victoria's International Conservation Grants helping in the global fight against the extinction of threatened species.

The grants program was developed to better support meaningful international wildlife conservation projects and first called for submissions in August, receiving an overwhelming response of over 230 grant applications from mostly not-for-profit organizations, all over the world.

The 2013-2014 grants focused on wildlife conservation through community engagement, which has been widely documented as the key to sustainable long-term conservation outcomes for wildlife.

The three successful organisations and their projects are:

Each of the three successful projects demonstrates a strong commitment to eco-socio benefits for their local communities. The grants projects will be completed throughout 2014 with final outcomes submitted in December, 2014.

Want to know more about the projects?

Panthera - Restoring Lion Populations in Namibia

Panthera will use the grant to build fencing and fit GPS collars on selected lions to secure community livestock, reducing the human and wildlife conflict in Zambezi, Namibia, home to one of the largest lion populations in Africa. Decreasing conflict is expected to benefit the population of lions in the area as well as promote the area as tourism destination for visitors.

Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership, Conservation Fusion and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium - Safeguarding Lemur Habitat in Madagascar

The partnership project will use the grant to introduce an affordable alternative to food and fuel sources into the local community to protect the endangered Northern Sportive Lemur. They will establish the use of fuel efficient stoves to prevent habitat destruction, also helping to generate income for local women’s group that make the stoves. The project will also look at a reforestation program of native trees to restore the ecosystem.

The Ornithological Society of Polynesia - Recovery of Fatu Hiva Monarch through Community Engagement

The project will use the grant to support existing initiatives to control feral cat and rat populations and as well as training a detection dog on Fatu Hiva island in Marquesas Archipelago to protect the endangered Fatu Hiva Monarch. Sustainable livelihoods will also be a focus including the development of Bee Keeping and the establishment of a fruit tree nursery to replace habitat clearance caused by the spread of unsustainable farming practices.

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