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.
Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust
Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust funds and operates a range of programs aimed at protecting wilderness and wildlife in Eastern Africa.
Leuser Ecosystem Action Fund
LDF was instrumental in the creation of the Leuser Ecosystem Action Fund (LEAF). The Fund will invest in a range of conservation strategies to secure the long-term preservation of this ecosystem.
Leveraging Technology and Innovation For Conservation in The Congo Basin
The Congo Basin Institute at UCLA is a new network that drives research in Central Africa through technology development, science, capacity building, and local participation.
Saving The Heart of Borneo Through Global Park Defense
Global Conservation protects endangered UNESCO World Heritage and national parks in developing countries through the deployment of Global Park Defense systems against wildlife poaching, illegal logging, and land clearing.
Strengthening Protection of Kayapo Indigenous Lands in The Brazilian Amazon
LDF’s support of the Wild Foundation will help increase the capacity for the Kayapo to monitor and defend their lands from illegal activity.
Wildlife Conservation in Northern Botswana
The Botswana Predator Conservation Trust conducts wildlife behavior and communication research on free ranging wildlife in Northern Botswana.
Mali Chimpanzee Habitat & Viability Assessment
The Jane Goodall Institute’s proposed work in Mali is part of the Institute’s 30-year goal to protect Africa’s wild chimpanzee populations across the natural chimpanzee range.
Understanding Threatened Ecosystems And Training The Conservation Army
Founded by Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, the Amazon Biodiversity Center is a conservation research project in the Brazilian Amazon that studies the impacts of fragmentation on rainforest ecosystems.
Improving Anti-Poaching Operations In Bili-Mbomu
Africa Wildlife Foundation seeks to improve anti-poaching operations and leverage the use of adaptive technologies to further habitat and wildlife protection in the Bili-Mbomu forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Building The Largest Nature Reserve in The Continental U.S.
American Prairie Reserve plans to create the largest nature reserve in the continental U.S. by stitching together a protected area five thousand square miles in size, or 3.2 million acres.
The Quick Response Biodiversity Fund
The Quick Response Biodiversity Fund – launching in partnership with RESOLVE and the Weeden Foundation – is providing a solution-oriented approach towards saving the world’s most important sites.
Network Of Grassroots Groups Protecting Wildlands
Fund for Wild Nature provides support for a network of the boldest and most effective grassroots groups working to protect wildlife and wild places throughout North America.
Protecting the Giant Sequoia National Monument
Sequoia ForestKeeper is the only on-the-ground advocacy organization in the southern Sierra Nevada working to protect the ecosystems and wildlife in the region, including the Giant Sequoia National Monument.
Protecting The Iconic Gray Wolf
LDF has partnered with the Pacific Wolf Coalition and Defenders of Wildlife to help in the recovery of the iconic Mexican Gray wolf. Both groups are proactively working with ranchers and other stakeholders to reduce wolf-livestock conflict and provide real and practical solutions so wolf populations can continue to grow and thrive.
Defending The Defenders
The goal of the Environmental Defenders Fund is to create a unique collaborative opportunity that allows a range of environmental and biodiversity funders to engage on the complex issue of “defenders under threat” in an efficient and under-the-radar manner.
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 Tompkins Conservation, 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 SavingSpecies, 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.
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.
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."
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