As you know, this year my foundation started a small grants program to support wildlife conservation projects around the world. In June, we announced the first round of awards to a variety of projects focused on everything from Arkansas dragonflies and Oklahoma ants to Nigerian monkeys and Pakistani wolves. Thanks to our growing army of recurring small donors we have now awarded almost $6,000 this year. I wanted to highlight the projects that have received funding in the latest round of awards here (and yes, perhaps entice you to become a recurring donor so we can start doing even more).
Sometimes people tell me they feel silly signing up as a recurring donor for just a (tax-deductible) $1-2 a month and I tell them actually this would be great! If a quarter of my online followers signed up at this level we’d instantly become one of the world’s largest wildlife conservation charities.
Sagar Raj Kandel
Sagar (Tribhuvan University) received funding to support his project focused on leopards in and around Banke National Park in Nepal and his work to learn more about their abundance and diet. The goal is to generate data that will help inform conservation plans and reduce conflict with local communities. Funds will be used to defray costs associated with laboratory analysis of prey samples.
Marie-Michaire (Laboratory of Applied Ecology, University of Abomey-Calavi) received funds to purchase camera traps that will allow him to figure out what mammal species are living within Lama Forest in southern Benin as well as produce material that can be used in educational materials that will help others learn about the species hanging on in this protected area.
Hannington (Busitema University) received funds that will be used to compensate women and children as they survey for invertebrates in the Aturukuku River in Uganda – the data they collect will generate important information about water quality and help generate strategies for how it can be improved. Funds will also be used to purchase an overhead project so that Hannington can communicate findings to local stakeholders in community meetings.
Marina Garrido Priego
Marina (Osa Conservation) received funds to help form the first conservation action plan for the Golfo Dulce Poison Dart Frog, a highly-endangered species found only on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Marina will use the funds to conduct surveys that will help establish the current distribution of the species and also conduct workshops with local communities that will help them learn more about the species in the region and opportunities to get involved with conservation efforts.