Protecting Wild Tigers in Nepal
One of the most essential ecosystems for tigers is the Terai lowlands of Nepal. LDF has provided long-term support for World Wildlife Fund and their government and community partners in Bardia and Banke National Parks, doubling tiger populations in the past 5 years.
Defending Ivindo National Park
Through the Elephant Crisis Fund, we're supporting greater patrol activity and training for rangers in Gabon’s Ivindo National Park, protecting against increased threats of poaching in this strategic region for African forest elephants.
Pacific Wolf Coalition
Supporting a coalition effort of 37 organizations dedicated to protecting the wolves of the Pacific Northwest by providing them with protection across suitable habitat in Washington, Oregon, and northern California, supporting the recovery of this critical species.
Expanding the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary
Due to increased poaching in Tanzania, African Black Rhino populations have been reduced by 96% in the past 50 years, making them nearly extinct. This grant will expand one of their last refuges – the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary – and increase breeding efforts.
Reintroducing Jaguars to Wetlands of Argentina
Working with Conservation Land Trust, this project will restore a critical ecosystem in northeastern Argentina -- the 3.2 million acre Iberá wetlands -- reintroducing jaguars and other mammals and birds that have been extinct locally for many years.
Restoring the Tshiaberimu Gorilla Ecosystem
A project to protect the lowland gorillas of Virunga National Park in central Africa from extinction. The project introduces 17 rescued gorillas and expands existing habitat by 22% through land purchases from the local community, supervised by trained rangers.
Restoring Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal Forest
Led by SavingSpecieis, this grant will support the acquisition and restoration of wildlands in Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal Forest (Mata Atlântica) so that rare plants and animals can flourish once again in a region known for its incredible biodiversity.
Restoring Ecuador’s Pacific Lowland Forests
Led by SavingSpecieis, this grant will support the development and implementation of multi-year restoration projects in the Pacific lowland forests of Ecuador, one of the most threatened and biodiverse ecosystems on Earth.
Saving Amboseli’s Elephants
This IFAW initiative preserves critical elephant habitat, securing migration corridors to protected areas in Tanzania, while supporting surrounding Maasai communities to participate in community scouting using high-tech data analysis.
Sanctuary in Aceh, Indonesia
This grant supports Goldman Prize winner Rudi Putra’s efforts to create a wildlife sanctuary in the Leuser Ecosystem of Aceh on the island of Sumatra, the last place where orangutans, rhinos, elephants, and tigers still roam together in the wild.
IFAW Animal Action Education
IFAW’s Animal Action Education program engages more than 5M students and educators in dozens of countries each year with educational materials to educate, inspire and empower young people to respect and protect animals and the environment.
Evaluating Ivory Trade Policies
Led by implementing partner NRDC, this project provides an in-depth review of China’s ivory trade policies and domestic ivory market, providing guidance to the CITES Management Authority of China and the country’s State Forestry Administration.
Sniffer Dog Program Analysis for Africa
Commissioned by Elephant Crisis Fund, this project with Working Dogs for Conservation investigates how best to use sniffer dogs in detecting both poachers and ivory as it is trafficked from Africa to foreign markets.
Surveying the Chinese Ivory Trade
This project funds an investigation by experts commissioned by Wildlife Conservation Network to determine why average retail prices for raw ivory in China have tripled in the last four years, reaching $2,100 per kilo by May.
Government Policy and Opinion Leaders
A campaign led by IFAW to support business and media influencers in pressuring governments to enact a ban on ivory sales. This includes a U.S. campaign with 450,000 signatures on a petition asking Obama to ban the domestic ivory trade.
Identifying Wildlife Crime Routes
Using cutting-edge DNA testing and other forensic analysis, this investigation by WildLife Direct tracks the movement of elephant tusks through Kenya, establishing entry points, routes and exit points of ivory, as well as the modus operandi of dealers and cartels.
Establishing a Hong Kong Ivory Ban
Hong Kong has long been a primary portal for China’s ivory trade. A ban on domestic ivory trade there would set a powerful precedent. Supported by Elephant Crisis Fund, WildAid is working to create a groundswell of support working with senior legislators in the country.
Changing Public Opinion in China
TV spots by stars like Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, and Li Bingbing have gained widespread publicity and are helping to shift policy in China, contributing to a landmark announcement by the government that it will phase out the country's ivory industry.
Increasing Penalties for Wildlife Crime, Kenya
Previously just 4% of suspects in wildlife cases went to jail and maximum fines for ivory possession were only $350. A new watchdog system, supported by Elephant Crisis Fund, in Kenya’s courtrooms has now led to multiple life sentences and fines up to $225,000.
Implementing Maasai Mara Quick Response
One of Africa’s most iconic wilderness areas was beset by ivory poaching when the Mara Elephant Project was founded. To prevent the spread of poaching, Elephant Crisis Fund co-funded a new Quick Response Team to hold the line in this important protected area.
Securing Thuma Forest Reserve in Malawi
Through Elephant Crisis Fund, we support 20 anti-poaching scouts to secure the elephants in this rugged forest reserve. Thuma is one of the few regions in Malawi where elephants still roam free.
Supporting Air Patrols in Tsavo
Through the Elephant Crisis Fund we've funded aerial patrols and integrated ground operations over the vast Tsavo ecosystem in Kenya, home to numerous elephant herds. In just 18 months the project was able to find and destroy 81 poacher hideouts.
Tracking Elephants for Security in Kenya
Sophisticated tracking programs are sending real-time elephant locations to regional command and control centers. Our program with Elephant Crisis Fund aids ranger deployment in Kenya’s Maasai Mara and Northern Rangelands and will soon extend to other regions.
Defending the Babile Elephant Population
This project protects the 200 remaining elephants in the Babile Elephant Sanctuary, which was once thought to be beyond rescue. The Elephant Crisis Fund rapidly mobilized to revitalize ranger forces in this critical region in Ethiopia.
Increasing Impacts of Patrols in Niassa
Patrols, aerial surveillance and intelligence gathering deter poaching and are key to saving one of Africa's most important elephant populations. Through Elephant Crisis Fund we support an advanced data collection platform to respond to threats in Mozambique.
Boosting Security in the Tutu Basin
Through the Elephant Crisis Fund, we are bolstering long-term investments for wildlife protection in this sensitive region of the DRC, supporting anti-poaching and intelligence gathering efforts to fight the spread of poachers in this key stronghold for forest elephants.
Protecting Boumba Bek National Park
The Tri-National Dja-Odzala-Minkebe transborder forest (TRIDOM) is home to the largest elephant population in the Congo Basin. When a funding shift by USAID resulted in a serious funding gap, the Elephant Crisis Fund stepped in to ensure protection for the region.
Protecting Dzangha Sangha National Park
Wildlife Conservation Network was instrumental in recapturing the World Heritage site of Dzangha Bai in the Central African Republic, following an invasion by rebels who began killing elephants. This region is home to the world’s best-known forest elephant population.
Protecting Snow Leopards in Central Asia
Expansion of a project led by The Christensen Fund in Central Asia (Tajikistan, Kyrgystan, Mongolia and Russia) dedicated to working with a wide array of local community organizations to protect snow leopards from extinction.
Saving ‘30 Hills’ in Sumatra
Over the last four years, LDF has been actively working with a team of creative and strategic partners to permanently protect 30 Hills, the last and largest remaining block of lush, lowland tropical rainforest that earned Sumatra its name – the “Emerald of the Equator.