An indigenous African conservation initiative, the African Conservation Centre brings together the people and skills needed to build East Africa ‘s capacity to conserve wildlife through sound science, local initiatives and good governance. East Africa’s great wildlife spectacle coexisted with people for millennia unlike elsewhere in the world. However, population growth, poverty, alterations in land use and poaching have halved wildlife numbers. The future of Africa’s wildlife depends on safeguarding critical space both outside and inside parks. The ACC works towards this goal by winning local support and gaining national and international backing for conservation initiatives.
The African Conservation Fund was founded in 2003 by a small group of East Africans, Britons and Americans’ who have lifelong commitments to the conservation of East Africa’s wildlife and cultures. Many of the projects the ACF support’s are carried out by their partner, the 12-year-old Nairobi-based African Conservation Centre. The programs they support through the ACC succeed in helping to nurture locally created and supported conservation that is saving large landscapes for the great migratory herds, while also improving people’s lives.
Applied Environmental Research Foundation works through 5 programmes in 2 biodiversity hotspots within India. Applied research welded with active local participation forms the core strategy in all of the Foundation’s programmes. In developing and implementing its programmes, AERF follows a systematic, phase-wise process they call “Conservation on the ground.” The Foundation aims to address the biological diversity loss of a region by building sustainable development models that would also benefit the areas’ local populace. AERF believes in community-based conservation or participatory conservation which implies involving people in the process of conservation. AERF operates through a strong network of organizations.
Associação Mico-Leão Dourado (AMLD) is a Brazilian non-profit organization founded in 1992 to save golden lion tamarins in their native habitat, the Atlantic Forest of Rio de Janeiro. AMLD has played a central role in golden lion tamarin conservation. Associação Mico-Leão Dourado is supported in the U.S. by the non-profit organization Save the Golden Lion Tamarin.
Miami University’s Project Dragonfly has partnered with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) to expand AZA’s professional development opportunities. In March 2013, Project Dragonfly and Miami became an official AZA Learning Partner. Now, a suite of Dragonfly’s graduate courses count toward earning a Certificate in AZA’s Professional Development Program. The Certificate program organizes training opportunities into concentrations, such as behavioral husbandry, conservation and research, and education and interpretation. Dragonfly courses that count toward an AZA Certificate are noted at www.EarthExpeditions.org and by contacting individual AIP Master Institutions.
Zoo and aquarium professionals looking for additional training opportunities may visit the AZA’s website to learn more about additional courses, webinars, and conferences that can help enrich their careers. Interested professionals can learn more at the AZA Professional Development page.
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center was started in 1983, as a last ditch effort to provide a home for a collection of wild animals which had been used in making documentary films about tropical forests. Shortly after the backyard “zoo” began, it was quickly realized that its local visitors were unfamiliar with different species of Belizean wildlife. Today, The Belize Zoo is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 125 animals native to Belize. The Tropical Education Centre is an 84-acre site set in unspoiled savannah land located adjacent to the Belize Zoo.
CECCOT is the Centro de Educacion, Ciencia y Conservacion Tambopata or Tambopata Center for Conservation Science and Education located in the Peruvian Amazon. CECCOT’s mission is to promote human integrated conservation of tropical rainforest by offering learning opportunities on research, conservation, education and sustainable livelihoods for the local community and visitors of all ages. CECCOT aims to become a conservation center that serves as a base for research and education programs while providing a model of sustainability and sound conservation practices.
The Cheetah Conservation Fund conducts research and implements strategies for cheetah conservation in the cheetah’s natural habitat. From its Namibian base, CCF works with countries that have wild cheetah populations. CCF works to create and manage long-term conservation strategies for the cheetah throughout its range; develop and implement better livestock management practices, eliminating the need for ranchers to kill so many cheetah; maintain conservation education programs for local villagers, ranchers, and school children; and continue intensive scientific research in cheetah genetics, biology, and species survival.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is consistently ranked as one of the top zoos in the country. Opened in 1875, it is the nation’s second oldest zoo and a national historic landmark. The zoo’s 75 acres house more than 500 animal species and 3,000 plant varieties. More than 1.2 million people visit the Cincinnati Zoo annually. This not-for-profit entity is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants and engages in research and conservation projects around the world. The Cincinnati Zoo strives to inspire every visitor every day with wildlife, and is making a statement about living sustainably by re-developing itself into the Greenest Zoo in America.
The Danau Girang Field Centre is a collaborative research and training facility managed by Cardiff University and Sabah Wildlife Department. It is situated in Lot 6 of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in Sabah, Malaysia and is surrounded by a mixture of lowland dipterocarp forest types, ranging from primary forest to disturbed secondary forest, in a matrix landscape with significant human impact including villages, small scale agriculture and oil palm plantations. Centre staff conduct ongoing research on the genetics and demographics of the Sanctuary’s mammal species, mainly in collaboration with the NGO HUTAN. The centre also provides facilities for field courses for the higher education sector, from overseas and within the Asia-Pacific region including Malaysia.
Ecology Project International works to create partnerships for global impact. EPI’s mission is to improve and inspire science education and conservation efforts worldwide through field-based student-scientist partnerships. EPI empowers youth to take an active role in conservation.
Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Project (KOCP) is a small NGO dedicated to conservation of the orang-utan, elephant and other wildlife species living in Sabah (Borneo). KOCP works in close partnership with the local communities, the Sabah Wildlife Department and various partners to achieve its conservation goals. Set up in 1998, the project consists of highly motivated team of trained staff from the Kinabatangan community.
Irbis Mongolian Center
Established as a non-governmental organization in 2001, the Irbis Mongolian Center was established to support research and conservation of cats in Mongolia. Together with Meredith Brown, Irbis Mongolia initiated a first-ever field study of the Pallas’s cats (Otocolobus manul). The project has a dedicated field camp, employed biologists, and research is ongoing.
The Iwokrama Centre was established in 1996 to manage the Iwokrama forest area. Enshrined in an Act of the Guyana Parliament, the agreement gave the Centre the mandate to “promote the conservation and the sustainable and equitable use of tropical rainforests in a manner that will lead to lasting ecological, economic and social benefits to the people of Guyana and to the world in general.” Dedicated as a place for research “to develop, demonstrate, and make available to Guyana and the international community systems, methods and techniques for the sustainable management and utilization of the multiple resources of the Tropical Forest and the conservation of biological diversity,” the Iwokrama rainforest is located in the geographical heart of Guyana. It comprises 371,000 hectares of forest (1.6% of Guyana’s landmass and 2% of Guyana forests).
The Faculty of Science at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, has committed itself to providing the best undergraduate and graduate education and performing the best research in Thailand. The Faculty of Science joins the national effort to make Thailand a knowledge-based society by promoting human resource development in Thailand and the Asian-Pacific region. The Faculty of Science consists of 12 departments including Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Plant Science.
Para La Tierra is not-for-profit conservation organisation that protects habitats and species in Paraguay through scientific research and community outreach. Para La Tierra also promotes a responsible approach to reserve management where tourists contribute to social, scientific and conservation projects that are designed to have a positive impact on Paraguay.
Rancho San Gregorio is a picturesque and historic ranch located in a canyon on the western slope of the peninsular ranges on the Baja California peninsula — approximately eight miles southeast of the Mission San Borja de Ádac. The historic rancho has two important springs that supply an abundant source of water that has always been vital to the inhabitants of the area. Many artifacts and cave paintings can be found on the ranch, left from the prehistoric era in Baja California. Since the end of the European colonization period, the primary residents of the San Gregorio have been the Villavicencio family. The Villavicencios [note, no apostrophe] have a fascinating cultural history as direct descendants of the Californios who came to the peninsula in the seventeenth century.
San Diego Zoo Global is a conservation organization dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide. San Diego Zoo Global operates three world-class facilities: the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is committed to generating, sharing, and applying scientific knowledge vital to the conservation of animals, plants, and habitats worldwide and is the largest zoo-based multidisciplinary research effort in the world with more than 150 dedicated scientists carrying out research vital to the conservation of animals, plants, and habitats in over 35 countries worldwide.
The largest watershed partnership in Hawai‘i, the Three Mountain Alliance was formed in 2007 and covers 1,116,300 acres. With 10 partners, the overall goal of the Three Mountain Alliance is to sustain the multiple ecosystem benefits of the three mountains of Kīlauea, Mauna Loa, and Hualālai of Hawai’i Island by responsibly managing its watershed areas, native habitats and species, historical, cultural, and socio-economic resources for all who benefit from the continued health of the three mountains.
The mission of the Vermilion Sea Institute is to foster sustainable and enriching relationships between human societies and the ecosystems that support them. VSI supports and implements programs that address not only ecological, but also cultural, economic, and sociopolitical aspects of environmental issues. VSI work takes several different forms, but the projects are united by common themes: first, VSI’s approach is usually interdisciplinary, because environmental problems require it; and second, VSI leverages limited resources by investing in individuals whose advancement of VSI’s mission will reach far beyond the extent and duration of our support. By helping individuals—from students to farmers to entrepreneurs—access the intellectual and financial resources they need to undertake successful careers or projects that contribute to environmental sustainability, VSI makes an investment that continues to compound its value to our cause.