Improve the Conservation Status of Threatened Shark and Ray Species in the South Western Indian Ocean Region

Creative Commons: Kevin Leno

More than 210 shark and ray species globally can be found in the southwest Indian Ocean, and over 55 are endemic to the region; however, roughly 25% of these species are considered threatened. 

To protect these species, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is working in collaboration with regional governments and marine experts in Madagascar, Tanzania, and Kenya to improve shark and ray conservation efforts through a mix of policy initiatives and field-based conservation in priority sites. WCS is developing evidence-based national roadmaps for shark and ray conservation that are based on best available science to achieve wide national ownership in the target countries. 

The project is implementing shark and ray fisheries management, monitoring, and conservation measures in priority seascapes in the southwest Indian Ocean region.

Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Our work is divided into six main program areas – Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.

Explore Our Programs

Sign up to receive updates about our work.

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. Please check the box below if you would like to hear from us via email:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please check out our privacy policy.

Check out our privacy policy for details on how we protect and manage your submitted data.