We would like to share information from conservation projects as widely as possible. This part of our website will be updated regularly with other projects.
Societe d’Ornithologie re Polynesie (SOP-Manu)
The Societe d’Ornithologie re Polynesie (SOP-Manu) is a member of BirdLife International-Pacific and was founded in 1990. Its small team is dedicated to protecting and recovering threatened birds across the 120 islands of French Polynesia. This is a vast area of more than 5 million square kilometres in the South Pacific. The single greatest threat to the islands’ birds is introduced, invasive species. Zoos Victoria’s provided a grant to SOP-Manu in 2013 to support protection of the Fatu Hiva Monarch (Pomarea whitneyi). This medium flycatcher is endemic to Fatu Hiva Island in the Marquesas Archipelago, about 1,450km north-east of Tahiti. With a total population of less than 25 birds it is one of the most at-risk species of birds in the world and listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Although the situation facing this species is severe, the recovery of the Tahiti Monarch from just 21 birds in 1998 to just over 100 in 2021 shows that the situation can be turned around.
Zoos Victoria is now partnering SOP-Manu to recover the Fatu Hiva and Tahiti Monarchs, and the Marquesas and Niau Kingfishers.
Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre – UWEC
The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) started as rescue centre for injured and orphaned animals in 1952. In the early 1960s, its role changed to a traditional zoo and became known as Entebbe Zoo, and 1994 the UWEC Trust was founded to take over the zoo primarily for Conservation Education purposes. The Zoo covers 29 ha and houses about 120 species, plus others that are free-ranging.
UWEC is a member of the Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the World Association of Zoos & Aquaria and International Zoo Educators.
Conservation Education has remained a major focus, with active programs on-site and outside Entebbe in rural and regional communities. UWEC also has the mandate to develop a Conservation Education Strategy for Uganda, starting with creation of regional conservation hubs. Supporting education and keeper training are the primary current objectives of ZV’s sister zoo partnership with UWEC. This commenced in 2019 and is continuing remotely via Zoom and other platforms until covid travel restriction are lifted and international travel can recommence.
MYCAT is the alliance of the Malaysian Nature Society, TRAFFIC, Wildlife Conservation Society-Malaysia and WWF-Malaysia, supported by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia for recovery of wild tiger populations. MYCAT leads antipoaching patrols, leads outreach and legislation efforts to conserve tigers in Taman Negara.
MYCAT leads Citizen Action for Tiger (CAT) Walks citizen conservationists from around the world can help conserve tigers by participating in antipoaching patrols in Taman Negara, helping camera trap wildlife. The Realm of the Tiger Program is offered annually is more immersive education and conservation program that includes CAT walks and more.
The AFSGH, or French Association for the Safeguarding of the Greater Hapalemur, was created in 2009 under the impulse of Delphine Roullet, head of primates at the zoological park of Paris and also coordinator of the European breeding program of the Greater Bamboo Lemur since 2007 .
Thanks to the funds that the association has managed to collect and to the actions carried out in the field, the population of the Greater Bamboo Lemur went from a hundred individuals in 2008 to more than 600 individuals in 2014.
The main mission of Helpsimus is the protection of the great hapalemur in its natural environment. To achieve this, the association has implemented several actions:
– Scientific monitoring of the species
– Protection of its habitat
– Aid to the development of the Malagasy populations neighboring the Greater Bamboo Lemur
– Financial participation in the education of children