Zoos Victoria’s International Conservation Grants build on our longstanding commitment to international conservation partnerships. The grants recognise engaging with and building the capacity of people to save wildlife is a significant challenge, and one that we believe is essential if we are to secure sustainable long-term conservation outcomes for wildlife. Grant bids will be accepted up to AUD 20,000 for approved 12 month projects.
The theme for the 2014 grants is ‘Wildlife Conservation through Community Engagement’, recognising the importance of engaging people in protecting wildlife, whilst building social capacity, both of which are critical for the conservation of wildlife. The three successful projects chosen each demonstrate meaningful on-ground benefits to both wildlife and people.
The theme for 2015 grants will be confirmed during the call for submissions in mid 2014.
Safeguarding Lemur Habitat in Madagascar
Partners: Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership, Conservation Fusion & Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
Zoos Victoria’s grant will help these partners address community-driven threats currently pushing the world’s most endangered primate to extinction. This will involve establishing fuel efficient stoves that help to prevent habitat destruction and generate income for local womens’ groups that make the stoves.
Restoring Lion Populations in Namibia
Zoos Victoria’s grant will enable this great conservation organisation to build fencing that will secure community livestock and reduce human wildlife conflict. The funds will also be used to fit GPS collars on selected ‘conflict prone’ lions to alert a team of response rangers of their proximity.
Fatu Hiva Monarch Project
Partners: Societe d’Ornithologie de Polynesie
Zoos Victoria’s grant will help to reduce predation on the Monarch bird endemic to Fatu Hiva Island, French Polynesia. This will be achieved by helping to control feral cat and rat populations as well as training a detection dog. Sustainable livelihoods such as bee keeping and the establishment of a fruit tree nursery will also be supported to replace habitat clearance caused by the spread of unsustainable farming practices.