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Pallas Cat International Conservation Alliance (PICA)
Of the 41 cat species 34 are considered small cats many of which are threatened and lacking in knowledge and conservation action–the Pallas’s cat is no exception. In order to improve our understanding of the species and at the same time enhance the global conservation efforts the Pallas’s cat International Conservation Alliance (PICA) was established.
This projects leds from the ex situ Pallas’ cat management programs, works together with range country field researchers, the Pallas’s cat working group (PCWG), conservation organisations, zoological collections and conservation specialists to undertake its key objectives (Pallas’ cat distribution and survey techniques, basic ecology, awareness and communication, development of conservation action plan).
The Mabuwaya Foundation Inc. is a small community-based conservation organization in Isabela Province, north-east Philippines. Officially registered as a non-government organization in the Philippines, it is the only such group in the north-east. It grew out of a project to protect one of only two wild populations of the Philippine Crocodile, Crocodylus mindorensis, which is the most endangered species or crocodile in the world at less than 150 adults. Other priority projects include the Isabela Oriole, two species of flying fox (large fruit bats) and habitat protection and rehabilitation. There is extensive community engagement and awareness, much of which involves a critical local partner, Isabela State University. This is critically important and a major factor in the Foundation’s success in ensuring protection of the Philippine Crocodile in the region.
Zoos Victoria has partnered the Foundation since 2002, supporting the Philippine Crocodile and student projects.
Proyecto Mono Araña
The objectives of the Proyecto Mono Araña association are to conduct scientific research allowing to know various aspects of the ecology of the variegated spider monkey (Ateles hybridus), threats, state of the habitat, effects of fragmentation on the population, which allow to implement conservation actions.
But also, to train or integrate young researchers and young people from the local community on issues of ecology, environmental education and conservation. To implement actions to conserve populations and their habitat in the Caparo forest reserve, Colombia.
To set up an environmental education program to sensitize the local community to the importance of preserving this species and its habitat in the Caparo forest reserve.
Fauna & Flora International
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s oldest wildlife conservation organization, and based in Cambridge, UK. They have a significant presence in Vietnam, including a program in Pu Mat National Park in Nghe An Province, north-central Vietnam. The program encompasses protection of high priority species in the Annamite Mountain Ranges, such as Northern White-cheeked Gibbon and other endemics, as well as a small population of Asian Elephants. Supporting and training rangers is another critically important, especially in light of the Park’s large size (more than 91,000 ha) and remote location close to the border with Laos.
Zoos Victoria has partnered FFI since 2019, with a primary focus on the gibbons and elephants. We joined other organisations in funding a Park-wide survey for the gibbons, which confirmed that PuMat National Park is the global stronghold for the Northern White-cheeked Gibbon, with an estimated population of over 1,500 individuals.