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Success Stories - Multinational Species Conservation Funds

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Without Borders programs promote, facilitate, and support vital conservation efforts across the globe in order to preserve the planet’s rich diversity of wildlife for all the citizens of Earth and for generations to come.

A young boy dresses up as a tiger at a tiger festival in Vladivostok, Credit Phoenix Fund
Phoenix Fund


Environmental Education and Public Outreach Deter Illegal Hunting of the Amur Tiger

The Russian "Amur" tiger is a critically endangered tiger subspecies.  With funding from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Without Borders-Rhinoceros and Tiger Fund, the Phoenix Fund has launched a successful long-term anti-poaching campaign.  The fund has supported annual tiger festivals reaching thousands in Vladivostok and other cities throughout Primorskii Krai, a Russian province.  Grants have also supported the development of curricula for students in hundreds of classrooms in the Krai, to teach students at all levels about tiger biology and conservation.  The most recent grant award will fund a "Teachers for Tigers" manual to increase the effectiveness of tiger conservation education efforts. The campaign reaches out to the general public and students to engage citizens in conservation of the Amur tiger and has succeeded in promoting a better understanding of the tigers’ plight.

Learn more about the Tiger conservation programs supported by USFWS

A group of veterinarians transports an African rhino, Credit Frankfurt Zoological Society
Frankfort Zoological Society


Critically Endangered Black Rhinos Reintroduced to Serengeti National Park - More Reintroductions Planned

In May 2010, the first five critically endangered Eastern black rhinos (Diceros bicornis michaeli) were successfully returned to the Serengeti National Park as part of a bold initiative to boost the viability of Tanzania’s rhino population. Their safe arrival is a remarkable achievement for rhino conservation and for cooperation between nations. The May flight and five future flights to deliver the rhinos to Serengeti National Park are sponsored by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Nduna Foundation, and the Wildlife Without Borders Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund. During the next two years, a total of 32 Eastern black rhinos will be returned as part of the Serengeti Rhino Repatriation Project, more than doubling the number of rhinos in the Serengeti.

Learn more about the Rhinoceros conservation programs supported by USFWS

A group of Ngobe village children watches a hawksbill  turtle release, Credit Earl Possardt/USFWS
Earl Possardt/USFWS

Marine Turtle

Community Engagement Aids in the Recovery of the Caribbean’s Most Important Hawksbill Nesting Population

Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) once nested abundantly on Chirqui Beach in Panama, but decades of poaching for their shells completely devastated this important nesting site. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Without Borders-Marine Turtle Conservation Fund  has provided grant funding to the Sea Turtle Conservancy to conduct extensive community outreach, beach monitoring and protection of the nesting Hawksbills in an effort to help the population recover.  Public outreach and engagement with the local Ngöbe Indian communities has been successful in reducing the poaching of nests and turtles on the beach, as well as reducing the capture of juvenile and adult turtles at sea by local fishermen. The project engages a broad coalition of partners from governments, communities and NGOs, involving local communities, schools, and other stakeholders to build community support. The project has led to an impressive increase in the number of hawksbill nests over the last seven years and is now viewed as a model marine turtle conservation project.

Learn more about the Marine Turtle conservation programs supported by USFWS

African elephant with young calf, Credit Michelle Gadd/USFWS
Michelle Gadd/USFWS

African Elephant

Elephants Translocated to Protected Game Reserve in Malawi

In June 2009, 83 elephants (Loxodonta Africana) were moved from a heavily settled area in Malawi to the Majete Game Reserve. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Without Borders-African Elephant Conservation Fund supported the International Fund for Animal Welfare to conduct this large scale translocation project. The translocation of the elephants was the only viable optional for their long-term survival as human-elephant conflict in the area was extremely high and many of the elephants had already suffered bullet wounds and snare injuries. The translocation activity also involved outreach to the local community on the need for the translocation and was closely coordinated with the Malawi Department of National Parks and Wildlife. The elephants are now living within a secure park with effective law enforcement and by all indications have adapted to their new environment.

Learn more about the African Elephant conservation programs supported by USFWS

A teacher conducts conservation education for young children in Borneo, Credit Ted Ullrich
Ted Ullrich

Great Ape

Health Care to Communities in Need Incentivizes Orangutan Conservation

Poverty drives the destruction of invaluable rainforest habitat in Indonesia where communities are in need of medical services and lack access to sustainable livelihoods. An innovative ongoing project in Gunung Palung National Park aims to incentivize the protection of critical orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) habitat from illegal logging by providing healthcare benefits to communities that engage in reforestation efforts and organic farming.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Without Borders-Great Apes Conservation Fund is supporting partner Health and Harmony in these efforts. The project not only directly benefits orangutans but also provides conservation-related alternative livelihoods and healthcare to villagers in need and critical field training for Indonesian medical practitioners.  Grant funding has directly supported a conservation education room for local villagers, maps of degraded areas, a seedling nursery and an economically sustainable reforestation program. More than 20 villages are now participating in the program and are working to protect the orangutan’s habitat.

Learn more about the Great Ape conservation programs supported by USFWS

An Asian elephant approaches a village, Credit Meenakshi Nagendran/USFWS
Meenakshi Nagendran/USFWS

Asian Elephant

Community Operated Elephant Early Warning System Reduces Human - Wildlife Conflict

A community operated elephant early warning system is now assisting villagers to protect their crops, reducing human wildlife conflict in Sri Lankan villages. With funding from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Without Borders-Asian Elephant Conservation Fund, the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society has developed an elephantintrusion early warning system called “EleAlert”. The system supports electric fences around communities to keep elephants out rather than fence them in national parks. The system is completely operated and maintained by local villagers and provides the community with an audible alarm when an elephant intrusion occurs. It is estimated that the early warning system will allow villagers to identify problem fencing areas and points of elephant intrusions, thus helping to reduce the amount of crop and property damage.

Learn more about the Asian Elephants conservation programs supported by USFWS

Last updated: January, 21, 2011
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