We would like to share information from conervation projects as widely as possible. This part of our website will be updated regularly with other projects.
Tenkile Conservation Alliance (TCA)
The Tenkile Conservation Alliance (TCA) is a non-government organisation (NGO) established in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 2001.
TCA was set up to save the critically endangered Tenkile (Dendrolagus scottie) and Weimang (Dendrolagus pulcherrimus) tree kangaroos. These flagship species represent the protection of the Torrricelli Mountain Range, some 200,000 hectares of lowland and mid-montane tropical rainforest.
TCA works closely with 50 villages, ~12,000 people, who hold these species on their land. TCA conducts education, research and community development programs whilst building the capacity of the local stakeholders.
TCA, through its’ successful programs, is regarded as a stand-out example of successful in-situ conservation.
Please visit the TCA website for more information & short video.
Sumatran Ranger Project
Established in 2016 by Auckland Zoo Primate Team Leader Amy Robbins.
Sumatran Ranger Project is a community conservation initiative to help ensure long term protection of the Leuser Ecosystem in North Sumatra.
The Leuser Ecosystem is one of the world’s most biodiverse regions and is of huge global significance. More than 2.6 million hectares span the provinces of North Sumatra and Aceh on the island of Sumatra. This is the last place on Earth where the Sumatran orangutan, tiger, elephant and rhinoceros co-exist. There is substantial human-wildlife conflict in forest-edge communities living within the Leuser Ecosystem and few employment options.
Sumatran Ranger Project employs a team of rangers from several forest edge communities, focusing on wildlife monitoring, community engagement and anti-poaching through snare removal. During patrols, rangers focus on community engagement and support to understand their activities at the forest edge and attitudes to wildlife as well as identifying alternative livelihood schemes to reduce reliance on harmful activity.
We provide mitigation and assistance to buffer zone communities afflicted by human-wildlife conflict. Predator compensation is provided to locals who lose livestock to Sumatran tigers and provision of non-lethal deterrents to remove Sumatran orangutans and elephants from private land along the forest edge, help reduce retaliatory killing.
Sumatran Ranger Project operates a camera trap program to identify biodiversity near human settlements in the Leuser Ecosystem. More than 25 vertebrate species have been recorded to date.
We support local education initiatives to help connect youth with nature in forest edge communities. We support forest edge schools with supplies, fencing and fruit trees. We have funded botanical interpretation within the National Park to support learning of children, tourists and local guides.
In addition to providing long-term employment as rangers, SRP is developing a number of enterprise programs for alternative livelihoods to reduce reliance on poaching and oil palm employment, including snare wire handicraft, a community seedling cooperative and low-impact eco-tourism.
European Association for the Study and Conservation of Lemurs (AEECL)
The mission of the European Association for the Study and Conservation of Lemurs is to promote knowledge and conservation of Madagascar lemurs through scientific research, captive breeding and the protection of their natural habitats.
In particular, they lead conservation programs and research projects on the most endangered lemurs. One of their priorities is the Blue-eyed black Lemur, one of the most endangered species in the world.
Over the past years, the AEECL has worked to create a 260 km² natural reserve: Sahamalaza National Park, welcoming populations of Blue-eyed black Lemur. An eco-tourism project is underway in this area. The AEECL initiates reforestation campaigns each year and establishes firewalls.
The association also supports the development of local communities by building schools, and strengthening the capacities of villagers in different areas.
Katala Foundation Incorporated
Katala Institute serves as center for conservation, research and education with focus on highly threatened species in the Palawan biogeographical subregion in the Philippines. The facility thereby supplements the organization’s field programs, where in-situ conservation projects for globally threatened species are implemented. Activities in the Katala Institute include for example the rescue of Philippine Cockatoo fledglings and preparation for their release into suitable habitats. The facility also maintains conservation breeding groups of freshwater turtles, with the endemic Palawan Forest Turtle of particular importance. Similar breeding groups will be established in the future for the globally threatened Calamian Deer, Palawan Pangolin, and Palawan Porcupine.