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Fauna & Flora International backs call to ban ‘oxo-degradable’ plastic packaging


Over 150 businesses, industry associations, NGOs, scientists and politicians have issued a call to end the use of some so-called ‘degradable’ plastic over concerns that these materials do not properly break down in the marine environment.

Discover the fascinating story behind Fauna & Flora International


With Honourable Intent is the story of an organisation that has been shaping and influencing conservation practice since its foundation in 1903. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the world’s first international wildlife conservation organisation. The pioneering work of the society’s founders led to the creation of numerous protected areas, including Kruger and Serengeti National Parks. Furthermore FFI played an instrumental role in creating much of today’s global infrastructure, including the establishment of well-known institutions such as IUCN, WWF and…

Nature, art, technology and fine dining combine to bring festive cheer for Fauna & Flora International


Fauna & Flora International is to benefit from an eco-friendly Christmas charity installation at a leading London restaurant.

Fauna & Flora International scientists discover the world’s second largest Delacour’s langur population


Finding brings renewed hope for Critically Endangered primate, but scientists warn that urgent action is still needed.

Fauna & Flora International to provide evidence in UK government microplastic inquiry


Tomorrow, the UK Environmental Audit Committee will examine the environmental impact of microplastics with input from Fauna & Flora International as one of four organisations invited to present to the committee.

Fauna & Flora International calls for oil palm moratorium to protect Myanmar’s rainforest


New Myanmar government urged to halt oil palm development until impacts are better understood and stronger policies are in place.

Fauna & Flora International joins call on UK government to ban plastic microbeads


Legislation to ban plastic microbeads will ‘level the playing field’ and ensure that brands meet their commitments, say experts at Fauna & Flora International.

Join Fauna & Flora International’s side event at COP21 on 4 December


Making national REDD+ more effective – lessons from pilot implementation and forest certification Date: Friday 4 December 2015 Time: 16:45-18:15 Location: Paris-Le Bourget site – Observer Room 8 What role does sustainable forest management play in the battle against climate change? How can we harness REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) and forest certification to cut carbon emissions while simultaneously reducing poverty and conserving biodiversity? To find out, join Fauna & Flora International (FFI), the Forest Stewardship Council®…

Why Fauna & Flora International is celebrating Giving Tuesday… and wants to include you


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) prides itself on the act of giving as a benefit to the broader global community. FFI US Executive Director, Katie Frohardt shares a few thoughts about the power of philanthropy and the importance of mobilizing more people to engage.

Fauna & Flora International trials new approach to forest conservation


A new pilot project aims to put financial responsibility for conservation in the hands of the businesses that benefit from healthy ecosystems.

Fauna & Flora International joins the Amphibian Survival Alliance


It’s not easy being green – in fact with nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species threatened with extinction, it’s never been harder.

Fauna & Flora International Summer Reception 2014


Sticking our Necks Out – Marine Turtle Conservation in Nicaragua Tuesday 10 June 2014 Presented by marine biologist José Urteaga RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ The RSA’s main building is located just behind the Strand in central London, within easy walking distance of underground and railway stations. Getting there View a map of the RSA’s location here. Nearest London Underground Stations 5 minute walk: Charing Cross (Northern Line, Bakerloo Line) 5 minutes walk: Embankment (District and Circle…

Fauna & Flora International renews partnership with Cambodian government


New agreement will help protect some of Asia’s most threatened species.

Fauna & Flora International travel blogs


In August 2013 Fauna & Flora International (FFI) hosted a group trip to East Africa for FFI Friends and Conservation Circle members. Here, FFI Chairman Andrew Sykes writes about the remarkable experience he and his family had when visiting FFI projects and encountering gorillas in the wild. Following this is a piece by FFI Friend Robert Akester and the wonderful photos he took during the trip that capture wildlife at its best. The trip of a lifetime I have just…

Happy 110th birthday to Fauna & Flora International!


World's oldest international conservation organisation celebrates its 110th anniversary.

Fauna & Flora International – 110 years


On 15 October 2013, guests gathered at the Royal Geographical Society in London to celebrate Fauna & Flora International’s 110th anniversary with a very special event. Before a 700-strong audience, Sir David Attenborough and BBC compatriot Libby Purves discussed the wonders of nature and Sir David’s incredible career in wildlife broadcasting. Talk also turned to the threats facing our natural world today, and the reasons for conserving biodiversity. Watch the videos Highlights Full version Attenborough has been a member of…

Fauna & Flora magazine – 110 years, a special preview


The current issue of Fauna & Flora magazine – a special celebratory edition to mark our 110th anniversary – looks at our long and distinguished history and at the road ahead. View the magazine in a special digital format preview below:

Clea Newman Soderlund named chair of Fauna & Flora International Board


New Board leadership announced at Fauna & Flora International in the United States.

110 Years of Fauna & Flora International


Fauna & Flora International launches the Good Scrub Guide


Do you know what you’re washing down the drain? The Good Scrub Guide will help UK consumers find plastic-free facial scrubs, to help tackle the growing problem of microplastic pollution in our seas.

Fauna & Flora International teams up with AUA Acopian Center to study human-wildlife conflict in Armenia


New research will help scientists develop new approaches to tackle conflicts between people and wildlife.

Innovative conservation funding source gets Fauna & Flora International stamp of approval


Save Vanishing Species U.S. postage stamps have raised over US$2.18 million for conservation since 2011.

Fauna & Flora International is official Conservation Partner of the Shackleton Epic, a re-enactment of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s historic voyage across Antarctica


Fauna & Flora International is to be the beneficiary of funds raised through Shackleton Epic The New York Yacht Club was the setting on September 24 for the official US announcement of the Shackleton Epic, an expedition to honor Sir Ernest Shackleton’s heroic 1914–1916 voyage. Speaking at the event, world renowned adventurer Tim Jarvis described his vision to become the first to authentically re-enact Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia and the dangerous crossing of…

Antarctic adventurers raise funds for Fauna & Flora International


Fauna & Flora International is to be the beneficiary of funds raised through an historic re-enactment of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s eventful voyage across Antarctica.

World Oceans Day special: Fauna & Flora International launches five new marine projects


Fauna & Flora International’s rapidly expanding marine programme is tackling conservation from all angles.

Fauna & Flora International Conservation Book Club


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is no longer running the Conservation Book Club. You can still join FFI as a member or support our work in other ways. Thank you.

Fauna & Flora International’s partner in Belize wins Whitley Award


Funding will help address the biggest threat to the country’s natural world.

Fauna & Flora International launches REDD+ Community Carbon Pools Programme in Vietnam


New regional initiative aims to share the benefits of reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

Fauna & Flora International receives huge boost from the Darwin Initiative


Funding will support the development of innovative conservation and sustainable livelihoods programmes around the world.

Fauna & Flora International celebrates 15 years of conservation in Cambodia


Senior Cambodian officials celebrate landmark anniversary with a visit to Fauna & Flora International in the UK

Fauna & Flora International Australia launches Conservation Circle


Vice-president Stephen Fry talks of the need for global conservation concern

Fauna & Flora International launches appeal to save one of the world’s most biodiverse regions


Building on the success of the Flower Valley Conservation Trust

Fauna & Flora International helps Brazilian tobacco farmers to protect forest


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is achieving real conservation outcomes by supporting farmers in Brazil to reduce agricultural impacts on threatened Aracauria forest.

Fauna & Flora International project explores pharmaceutical industry’s links with biodiversity


An innovative Fauna & Flora International (FFI) project, the Natural Value Initiative, has launched a study on the biodiversity risks and opportunities faced by the pharmaceutical sector.

Critically important illegal wildlife trade initiative launched to save endangered Indochinese fauna


Cross border implementation plans for the ‘Mitigating Transboundary Illegal Wildlife Trade Programme’ in Vietnam and Lao PDR

Fauna & Flora International Winter Reception 2017


Halycon Years: Lessons learnt from 18 years of investment in critical habitats Tuesday 21 February 2017 One Whitehall Place, 2 Whitehall Court, London, SW1A 2EJ The event The FFI Halcyon Land & Sea fund is one of the jewels in FFI’s crown; a shining example of what can be done when others understand and invest in our vision. Established in 1998 by Arcadia (the fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin), and joined by Hugh Sloane in 2008, the FFI Halcyon…

Fauna & Flora International in-country partner selected as Whitley Award Finalist


Uzbek conservationist Elena Bykova honoured for her work with the saiga antelope

Fauna & Flora International achieves groundbreaking impacts with British American Tobacco


FFI reflects back on our work with BAT as we begin our new phase of the partnership

Fauna & Flora International warns of environmental impacts of Lao dam project


Controversy surrounds hydrodam construction on Mekong River

Fauna & Flora International helps discover new tree in Liberia


New species discovered in Sapo National Park

Fauna & Flora International staff awarded Kyrgyz awards


Our work in fruit and nut forests recognised by Kyrgyz government

Thank you for joining Fauna & Flora International


Thank you for joining Fauna & Flora International (FFI) as a Member. Despite many challenges facing wildlife and wild places around the world our planet remains rich and diverse and beautiful and FFI is dedicated to keeping it that way and we are delighted that you are supporting our work. The publications for your Membership Category will shortly be mailed to you. If you have any queries about FFI, our work or your own membership in the future, please do…

Fauna & Flora International elects three new Vice Presidents


Dame Judi Dench, Baroness Amos and Sir Mark Moody-Stuart join FFI's list of ambassadors

Fauna & Flora International undertakes emergency saiga conservation efforts


FFI Eurasia team and partners to research mass saiga deaths in Kazakhstan in May

Welcome to the new Fauna & Flora International website!


New and improved website accompanies rebranding of Fauna & Flora International (FFI).

Fauna & Flora International launches a new look!


More than an Oryx – refreshed logo is just part of our rebranding initiative

About Fauna & Flora International Australia


Our environment is central to human life. It provides a myriad of vital tangible benefits from medical solutions, to fertile food-producing soil, to clean water – upon which millions depend – and carbon-capture capabilities. Increasing threats to our world and its biodiversity demands an increased level and speed of response.  It was with this in mind – and indeed due to Australians’ desire to play a strong part in the global solution – that FFI Australia was established in August…

Watch Fauna & Flora International VP Stephen Fry on BBC 2


'Return of the Rhino: A Last Chance to See Special' programme showcases dramatic northern white rhino translocation

Fauna & Flora International discovers new species of snub-nosed monkey


New species of primate in mountains of Myanmar already threatened with extinction

Fauna & Flora International protects turtles in the eastern Pacific


Outstanding results on hawksbill turtle conservation from Fauna & Flora International’s Americas programme.

Fauna & Flora International stimulates action plan for black crested gibbon


Important steps have just been taken with FFI support to secure the future of another of the world's most endangered apes in Yunnan Province, China.

Why Fauna & Flora International is diving into the oceans


Less visible but no less important than the terrestrial realm, the oceans support an extraordinary wealth of species, many of which scientists are only now beginning to encounter, as they explore beyond shallow, nearshore waters. In October 2010 the Census of Marine Life published the results of a decade of investigation worldwide by over 2,700 scientists. They increased the number of known marine species to nearly 250,000, reaching every imaginable habitat. As they report: “The Census found living creatures everywhere…

Fauna & Flora International welcomes the Census of Marine Life


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) welcomes the scientific findings released yesterday following the largest census of marine life ever undertaken.

Fauna & Flora International’s José Urteaga interviewed on sea turtles


José explains how Fauna & Flora International is helping local people get involved in conservation.

Fauna & Flora International working to conserve carnivores in Georgia


The Georgian Carnivore Conservation Project is primarily funded by the EU and is implemented by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in partnership with a national NGO, NACRES. The main focus of the project is the conservation of the unique and globally important biodiversity of the semi-arid landscape in the south-east of the country. The Vashlovani Protected Area complex Located in the south-eastern part of Georgia, this is the project’s key site and covers a total of 35,054 hectares, the bulk…

Fauna & Flora International surveys unexplored gibbon haven


World’s largest population of western black crested gibbon found in China’s Ailaoshan Mountains.

Fauna & Flora International makes progress in Tibetan Plateau


Sustainable caterpillar fungus harvesting, traditional stone carving and other livelihoods move forward.

Fauna & Flora International compares marine management approaches


Fauna & Flora International and Conservation International publish new report on management of large marine areas around the world.

Fauna & Flora International runs REDD workshop in Liberia


Wide range of decision-makers share views on the innovative climate change mitigation scheme.

Fauna & Flora Magazine


Our magazine Fauna & Flora magazine is designed to keep members and supporters up to date with our global projects, campaigns, events and appeals. With thematic features, project profiles and interviews, Fauna & Flora enhances readers’ understanding of conservation and offers an exclusive insight into our work around the world. Join Fauna & Flora International today to receive your copy of the latest magazine. The current issue has a special focus on collaboration and why today’s huge conservation challenges are…

Fauna & Flora International welcomes progress on business and biodiversity


Conference sees launch of groundbreaking report from The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity.

Fauna & Flora International takes part in innovative REDD conference


The future for Payments for Ecosystem Services to be scoped in Hanoi.

Fauna & Flora International’s flagship species struck down


Mass mortality among saiga in Kazakhstan, 12,000 dead.

Fauna & Flora International reports arrests of tiger poachers


Poachers responsible for the deaths of over 100 Sumatran tigers have been arrested by Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) Tiger Protection and Conservation Unit.

Fauna & Flora International’s ‘Uncle Elephant’ meets President Obama


FFI’s Tuy Sereivathana has become one of the first Cambodians to meet President Obama.

Fauna & Flora International’s José Urteaga named Emerging Explorer


FFI’s José Urteaga has been named a 2010 National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

Fauna & Flora International supports crucial next steps for rare rhinos


The four northern white rhinos FFI helped relocate back to Africa take their next steps.

Fauna & Flora International continues to support China’s earthquake relief effort


FFI’s China team continues to provide crucial help for the earthquake relief effort in Qinghai Province.

Fauna & Flora International’s China team support earthquake victims


FFI’s China’s Programme Director Dr Zhang Yingyi sends news from her team working in the earthquake affected region.

Fauna & Flora International’s ‘Uncle Elephant’ wins prestigious award


FFI’s Tuy Sereivathana awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for 2010.

Fauna & Flora International commits to promoting human rights in conservation


New initiative lays down key principles for international conservation organisations.

Fauna & Flora International launches new tree and primate initiative in northern Vietnam


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has recently launched a three-year programme to promote the conservation of threatened primates and trees across northern Vietnam.

Fauna & Flora International and BHP Billiton sign landmark agreement


Fauna & Flora International and BHP Billiton sign historic agreement to enhance regional conservation and help protect orang-utans.

Plastic pollution: our disposable life


Fauna & Flora International’s Director of Science, Dr Abigail Entwistle, discusses the consequences of our global addiction to throwaway plastic.

Less effort, more reward. Good news from a Tanzanian island


Hannah Becker (Programme Manager, Conservation Science & Design) discusses the impacts of temporary octopus fishery closures off the coast of Pemba Island, Tanzania…

FFI welcomes consultation on a ban on ivory trade in the UK


Late last week the UK government announced that it would launch a consultation on plans to ban all ivory trade in the country. Here’s what we made of the news…

Fifteen new gecko species discovered in Myanmar


With support from Fauna & Flora International (FFI), 15 karst-adapted gecko species were recently found in Myanmar within the space of just two weeks, highlighting the outstanding biodiversity of limestone ecosystems.

$10m endowment will secure the future of world leading environment conservation initiative in Cambridge


Thanks to a $10 million endowment from Arcadia, the charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, a world-leading initiative in Cambridge is now developing unique new approaches to some of the biggest challenges facing the planet today.

Tracking wolves and tracking progress


Dr Abigail Entwistle, Director of Conservation Science and Design at Fauna & Flora International, reflects on the positive outcome of a review by one of FFI’s longest-standing donors…

Forest elephants decline drastically


Initial survey results reveal a worrying decline in Guinea’s forest elephant population.

Delving into the heart of Príncipe Island’s forests


At least six species that have never been seen before on Príncipe Island were identified during recent field surveys undertaken by intrepid local and international botanists.

Celebrating Fair Isle’s marine protected area status – an island celebration to mark decades of effort!


Kerri Whiteside (FFI’s Marine Community Support Officer) shares her recent trip to Fair Isle, Scotland where she helped celebrate decades of community campaigning.

Vulture Awareness Day brings attention to some of the world’s most overlooked species


Asian vultures have undergone a catastrophic decline in recent decades, with populations crashing by as much as 99%. In India and Nepal, four of nine vulture species are Critically Endangered, largely as a result of poisoning by a drug commonly used to treat livestock, diclofenac.

Cambodia’s first conservation genetics lab to tackle illegal ivory trade


A new £300,000 grant will help Fauna & Flora International tackle the growing illegal trade of ivory in Cambodia – work that will include support to the country’s first conservation genetics laboratory to identify the origin of seized ivory.

Boots and noses fight wildlife crime in Kazakhstan


Eight specially trained sniffer dogs join patrol teams in Kazakhstan to detect illegally trafficked saiga antelope and other endangered wildlife.

Pangolins: One of the world’s least known and most hunted animals


Mark Todd discusses why pangolins are now believed to be the most trafficked mammal in the world...

Connecting the Dots: Honduras Integrated Seascape Management Project


Fauna & Flora International’s Vance Russell (Programme Development Manager, Americas and Caribbean) describes his exciting trip to our seascape project in Atlántida, Honduras…

Six-year-old Frankie hatches a plan to save the world’s rarest rhinos from extinction


While most kids his age are talking to their friends about Pokémon, young Frankie is holding his own in front of city councillors to share his vision for raising awareness – and vital funds – for the critically endangered northern white rhino.

Case studies


Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) Agricultural Landscapes programme has a successful track record in catalysing and supporting sustainable farming initiatives, increasing productivity without compromising the long-term health of ecosystems, improving access to markets for smallholder farmers, safeguarding livelihoods, lifting marginalised rural communities out of poverty, and working with some of the major players in the agricultural sector to minimise their environmental footprint. Here is a snapshot of our current projects: Improving sustainable use of nature resources in Ometepe Since its designation as a…

Excitement as UK Government unveils plans for microbeads ban


Fauna & Flora International and partners in the microbeads coalition react to the news and share their thoughts on the next steps.

A beginner’s guide to ivory trade


International trade in elephant ivory has been banned since 1989, and yet 30% of Africa’s elephant population has been lost in the last ten years. What is the best way to tackle this crisis?

Don’t miss out: rare opportunity to help name a species


A special opportunity to help name a gecko or one of three unusual snails is up for grabs through a charity auction in support of Fauna & Flora International.

Liberia takes a major step forward in protecting its elephants


Fantastic news for Liberian forest elephants as the President gives her formal signature for the immediate implementation of a National Elephant Action Plan.

Sobre nuestro trabajo en Ecuador


Ecuador posee una de las selecciones de paisajes, hábitats y especies más fantásticos del planeta. Pese a su pequeño tamaño (es del tamaño de Nueva Zelanda),alberga alrededor de un 10% de la diversidad mundial. Extendiéndose a lo largo de la línea del ecuador y la cordillera Andina y bordeado por el Océano Pacífico, Ecuador comprende cuatro regiones, cada una con su propia belleza natural y cultural y su propio valor y encanto. La región costera está compuesta de una mezcla…

Protecting marine biodiversity and local livelihoods in Nicaragua


Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) successful ‘Oceans 5’ project along the Pacific coast of Nicaragua is now in its final year. Here, Alejandro Cotto, who manages the project, and Edgard Herrera, FFI’s Director in Nicaragua, reflect on some of the achievements from the last couple of years.

New marine protected area designated in Costa Rica


Cabuya fishing community and other coastal communities take the lead in securing a new marine protected area at Cabo Blanco.

New UNESCO Biosphere Reserve declared at Myanmar’s Lake Indawgyi


One of Fauna & Flora International’s project sites in Myanmar has just been designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, an exciting development that will ensure that the lake is sustainably managed for both people and biodiversity.

Sowing the seeds of hope for Critically Endangered magnolia tree


In the limestone hills of northern Vietnam, villagers have been busy planting one of the world’s rarest magnolias back into its natural habitat.

Myanmar designates first marine areas protected by local fishing communities


Myanmar Department of Fisheries celebrates World Oceans Day by designating Myanmar’s first Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs).

Slither me timbers: snakes and scorpions of the Caribbean


Wildlife photographer and biologist Jeremy Holden recalls his encounter with the world’s scarcest snake in Saint Lucia, and asks what the future holds for this rare reptile…

Outstanding marine conservationist honoured with Whitley Gold Award


Fauna & Flora International sends its warm congratulations to Turkish partner Zafer Kizilkaya on a well-deserved award that recognises his hard work and astounding achievements for marine conservation.

Seals, sharks and stunning sea life: recollections from a Whitley Award winner


Whitley Gold Award winner Zafer Kizilkaya shares his experiences from over 20 years in conservation…

Rwanda places a high value on its mountain gorillas


Fauna & Flora International and WWF respond to the news of a price rise for mountain gorilla tourism.

Voyaging deep into Myanmar’s caves


In this vivid post, wildlife photographer and biologist Jeremy Holden guides us down into Myanmar’s limestone caves, and describes how these delicate – and often inhospitable – ecosystems offer a rather unexpected source of income for people living in the vicinity.

Closing the gender gap in conservation


“We really have this gender gap in the conservation world. We knew we had a gap but now we are thinking: what can we do about it? During the training I realised we can do something to coach our sisters and children to be involved in conservation.” - Madeleine Nyiratuza, Rwanda.

Our policy on the use of weapons in conservation


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) partners with diverse organisations in implementing our conservation projects. Very few of FFI’s partners have staff who carry arms. The exception to this are government protected area management agencies, where carrying arms is an important aspect of law enforcement, crime prevention and problem animal control. FFI partners with local organisations with codes of conduct that are fully compliant with national laws and international standards. FFI does not support a ‘shoot on sight’ policy. Respecting human…

Biodiversity ravaged by dredging at renowned Scottish dive site


The tragic and sudden loss of an important marine site in Scotland highlights the need for better protection of the country’s inshore waters.

Emergency assistance for the world’s top wildlife sites


Efforts to protect natural World Heritage sites – the world’s most iconic wildlife sites – have received a boost today with the launch of a new website by the Rapid Response Facility.

The last remaining male northern white rhino joins Tinder


The most eligible bachelor in the world is on Tinder and he’s looking for love…

Sir David Attenborough to lead celebration of global conservation success


World-leading conservationists, including Sir David Attenborough, Jane Goodall and Steven Pinker, are gathering in Cambridge to celebrate #EarthOptimism on 22 April.

Announcing the 2017 CLP award winners


The moment of truth has arrived, and the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) has just announced the winners of its 2017 Team Awards.

Causeway to catastrophe for Saint Lucia’s endangered wildlife


Plans to link offshore island refuge to mainland would spell disaster for the world’s rarest snake and other threatened species.

10,000 turtle hatchlings released back into the wild


Fantastic news for turtle conservation as thousands of olive ridley turtle hatchlings start their tough journey into adulthood with a little help from some friends.

Fact meets fiction: Kong’s kingdom harbours a very real endangered primate


As you watch a mythical giant ape battle for survival against a dramatic backdrop of limestone peaks and primeval forest, spare a thought for the real-life primates clinging precariously to existence within the very same landscape where Kong: Skull Island was filmed.

Own a leaf from the Human Nature installation


Buy 3D-printed leaves, created by Timothy Hatton Architects to mark Sir David Attenborough’s 90th birthday year and help raise funds for Fauna & Flora International Single 3D printed leaf – £20* These intricate leaves are perfect for unique gifts, mementos or even festive decorations! Set of 5 3D printed leaves – £80* There are only 80 of these special edition sets available. Last winter Timothy Hatton Architects created the Human Nature Installation within the aqua shard restaurant marking Sir David…

Here be more dragon trees


A decade of dedication has uncovered North Africa’s largest known Dracaena forest and helped to unlock the secrets of these endangered denizens of the desert.

Artificial reefs – what’s in the name?


Artificial reefs are sometimes posited as a way to help tackle the decline in coral reefs around the world. But are they up to the job?

It’s ‘make or break time’ for UK microbeads ban, say NGOs


Businesses and environmental NGOs urge UK government to seize the opportunity to become a world leader on microplastics legislation.

Efficient stoves and elephant grass aid primate conservation in Vietnam


Conservation groups and local authorities are collaborating to improve the livelihoods of poor farmers in Vietnam’s northern frontier while protecting nearby forests that house critically endangered gibbons.

Survey reveals drastic decline of waterbirds in Irrawaddy River


Over the last 14 years, waterbirds in Myanmar's Irrawddy River declined by 60% to 90% depending on the species.

The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt


Plastic pellets found littering 73% of UK shoreline searched in latest citizen science survey.

UK’s proposed ban could miss important products containing microplastics


A survey led by the microbeads coalition has revealed that limitations of the UK government’s proposed ban could let microplastics slip through loopholes.

Guidance on preventing microplastic pollution from consumer and industrial products


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has been working on tackling marine microplastic pollution sources since 2012, taking an evidence-based and research-driven approach. Microplastics are plastic pieces up to 5 mm in size which are a problem in the ocean because they can harm the wide range of marine animals that mistake them for food. The first source of microplastic pollution that FFI focused on was the use of microplastic ingredients in products such as cosmetics and toiletries that go down…

Working with wolves – sheepdog puppies join new flock


Carpathian shepherd dogs have been reintroduced to the Zarand Landscape Corridor to guard livestock and help mitigate human-wildlife conflict in Romania.

Shore birds, crocodiles and rare mangroves to be protected by new Ramsar Site in Myanmar


The designation of Meinmahala Kyun as a Wetland of International Importance protects the last wildlife refuge in the Irrawaddy delta, which once supported the largest area of estuary mangroves in mainland Southeast Asia

Why conserve a “killer”?


Lenn Isidore (Saint Lucia Projects Coordinator) explores why snakes are one of the harder groups of species to conserve, and yet, despite this why Fauna & Flora International is campaigning to conserve the Saint Lucia fer-de-lance…

Sir David Attenborough accepts £250,000 cheque on behalf of FFI


Fauna & Flora International vice-president Sir David Attenborough accepts charity cheque from players of People's Postcode Lottery at gala event in Edinburgh.

15 risks and opportunities for global conservation


Researchers have identified 15 emerging risks and opportunities for species and ecosystems around the world in a recent horizon scanning exercise.

FFI misrepresented in controversial Cross River State superhighway report


It has been brought to our attention that the names of Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and FFI’s Director of Conservation Science have been included in a Biodiversity Action Plan report produced by Nigerian environmental consultancy PGM Nigeria Limited in relation to the proposed construction of the controversial Cross River State superhighway. FFI and our Director of Conservation Science are named – at several points in the documentation – as stakeholders and advisers in the compilation of the report. Reference…

On the right road? Paving the way for wiser development decisions


In the conservationist’s lexicon, development is by no means a dirty word, but decision-makers sometimes need to be reminded to take full account of its implications for people and wildlife, as Fauna & Flora International’s Tim Knight explains. Given all the political turmoil and global conflict that characterised 2016, a year in which the unthinkable had a nasty habit of becoming reality overnight, it is no surprise that one or two surreal moments slipped by unnoticed. Last June, news reached…

A frog in kingfisher’s clothing


A coastal survey in western India has spawned the discovery of a new species hiding in plain sight.

Call for applications


Are you a Protected Area Manager in Central Africa? Would you like to develop your planning, administrative, team or project management skills? You could be eligible to attend a free 5-day training workshop with follow up support. With support from United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is running an organizational management skills workshop to take place in Rwanda, 1 to 5 May 2017. To be eligible you must either be a mid-level manager or technical…

A look back at 2016


At the end of yet another eventful year here at Fauna & Flora International (FFI), we take a look back at some of the most powerful news stories from the last 12 months.

Conserving forests: a solution to climate change?


Fauna & Flora International’s Alice Bücker shares her experiences of COP22 and reveals how community-driven forest protection is already contributing to the fight against global warming.

Can Christmas save a Critically Endangered conifer?


Fauna & Flora International’s Eastern Caribbean Project Coordinator, Sophia Steele explains how harnessing the spirit of Christmas might just save a Critically Endangered conifer…

Fed up of beach litter? It’s time to cotton on…


Countless plastic cotton bud sticks pollute our seas and beaches, but what is being done to tackle the source of this plastic problem?

First ever footage of rare wild turkey provides early Christmas present


Camera trap captures video of one of Indonesia’s least known and most elusive bird species on remote island in West Papua.

Human Nature FREE DRAW: Terms & Conditions


Free draw entry rules No purchase is necessary to enter the draw. The draw will be open from 16 November 2017 and close on 5 January at 5pm (GMT). To enter the draw, participants must provide all the information requested. Only one draw entry per person will be accepted, multiple entries will be disqualified. All participants (who have entered the draw by including their contact information, either by contacting events@fauna-flora.org or through the purchase of a single 3D leaf or…

Can drone technology save the Sumatran elephant?


Fauna & Flora International has acquired two quadcopter drones to help reduce incidents of conflict between humans and wild elephants in Sumatra, Indonesia.

A SMART approach to marine conservation in Cambodia


What exactly is the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool and how is it helping to conserve Cambodia’s marine areas?

NGOs demand ‘real action’ on illegal wildlife trade


As representatives of more than 40 countries arrive in Hanoi for a conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, a group of organisations says Vietnam has “a golden opportunity” to show it’s serious about combating wildlife crime.

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Shedding new light on night monkeys


Thanks to the moonlighting activities of a CLP-funded team, primatologists are a little less in the dark about the distribution of a nocturnal monkey.

New dollars from old scents


Saint Lucia Projects Coordinator, Lenn Isidore, explains how Fauna & Flora International is helping to promote sustainable lansan tree harvesting in Saint Lucia.

Scientists speak up for threatened seagrass meadows


United in one voice, scientists from all over the world have signed a declaration calling for global protection of threatened seagrass meadows.

Scotland’s Environment Secretary announces new Fair Isle marine protected area


After decades of community campaigning, Scotland's first ever Fair Isle Demonstration & Research Marine Protected Area has been announced.

Is the Grauer’s gorilla’s new status as ‘Critically Endangered’ actually good news?


Programme Coordinator for Fauna & Flora International’s DRC programme, Thalia Liokatis, shares her thoughts about why the IUCN re-categorisation of the world’s largest primate is a triumph in disguise…

Spoon-billed sandpiper population revealed


Scientists have estimated the world population of the spoon-billed sandpiper – a Critically Endangered shorebird – for the first time.

REDD+ and community forest management in Liberia and Myanmar


An estimated 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation or forest degradation. Liberia and Myanmar hold some of the largest remaining tracts of tropical forest in their respective regions. These carbon sinks play a crucial role in helping to tackle climate change. Both these countries are undergoing rapid development, but it is vital this is not achieved at the expense of biodiversity, ecosystem services and local livelihoods. Agricultural expansion, in particular, is driving widespread forest loss. Liberia and…

A fascinating find on the Scottish coastline


An unusual fish-like animal that has only a primitive spine has been spotted living by a ‘coral island’ in Loch Eishort, western Scotland.

Mission still possible: protecting our planet


Ahead of his presentation at London’s Royal Geographical Society [on 11th October], campaigner, writer, sustainability adviser and environmentalist Tony Juniper spoke to Fauna & Flora International (FFI) about his latest book and his long association with the organisation.

Lifeline for the world’s most trafficked mammal


Pangolins receive the strictest international protection as international trade is banned for all eight species.

Swapping Transylvanian vampires for bears and wild boar


Fauna & Flora International’s Olivia Bailey describes her night-time adventures searching for bears in Romania while assisting with a conservation film project.

Sandbar sharks catch a break in Turkey


Two no-fishing zones in Turkey’s Gökova Bay are to be extended to include critical sandbar shark habitat.

Camera traps reveal extraordinary wildlife


A camera trap survey in one of Africa’s largest conservation landscapes has captured an exciting range of species – from honey badgers and caracals to a hyena holding an elephant’s trunk…

Black rhino baby boom


A recent increase in black rhino births in three Kenyan conservancies has given Fauna & Flora International cause for celebration this World Rhino Day.

From Bee-burners to Beekeepers – a slow but sweet revolution


Fauna & Flora International’s Terrestrial Conservation Manager, Felipe Spina, shares his admiration for bees as nature’s hard workers, and explains how a new project is transforming the way that people on Príncipe Island produce honey…

Families warm up to fuel-efficient stoves scheme


Fauna & Flora International has found a hot new way to minimize deforestation thanks to the introduction of small, eco-friendly steel and clay stoves.

Plastics – one less drop in the ocean?


“The last six years has been a fascinating process of learning and collaboration, and it’s important to reflect back on the process that has got us to where we are today,” says Abigail Entwistle (FFI's Conservation Science and Design Director).

Grauer’s gorillas face high risk of extinction


The world’s largest primate has been reclassified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List following a dramatic 77% decline.

UK Government announces plans to ban plastic microbeads


Fauna & Flora International applauds plans to put a stop to microplastic pollution from cosmetic products and welcomes Government's commitment to look into other industry sources of this unnecessary pollutant.

Vultures – seeing beauty in the beast


For International Vulture Awareness Day, Fauna & Flora International’s Lizzie Duthie shares how, when she was working in South Africa, vultures captured her heart…

David Attenborough names baby gorilla for annual ceremony in Rwanda


Double honour of naming young mountain gorillas accorded to Fauna & Flora International’s vice-president and its Chief Executive Mark Rose – a rare privilege that reinforces our determination to safeguard their future.

Successful forest conservation needs clear land rights


Ellie Appleby (Fauna & Flora International’s Conservation Finance & Enterprise intern) explains the importance of securing clear land rights for successful forest conservation and the work of the Merangin team to achieve this.

UK should ban microbeads, says official Parliamentary Committee


Conservationists welcome an official recommendation to ban plastic microbeads in the UK and beyond, but warn that legislation must close the loopholes seen in voluntary industry commitments.

Longing for a lost forest


Pablo Hoffmann, Executive Director of Fauna & Flora International’s partner Sociedade Chauá, shares his hopes and fears for the future of Brazil’s Araucaria forest.

Blood, sweat, frogs and otters


The journey of two film-makers to capture the work of Conservation Leadership Programme project teams in India.

Why do we work with big business?


By its very nature, working in partnership with global players in the mining, oil & gas and agricultural sectors is always going to be controversial. When FFI took the strategic decision back in the 1990s to actively engage with big business, we were well aware that we would be exposing ourselves to accusations of ‘greenwash’ and the occasional negative headline in the environmental press. So how does FFI justify this approach? When a site is found to be rich in…

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Thank you so much for choosing to leave a gift to Fauna & Flora International in your will. It really is appreciated, and I’ll be in touch shortly to communicate our thanks more formally. Paul

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Thank you for agreeing to have a chat with me. You can email me direct at paul.white@fauna-flora.org now with a good time to talk if you’d like me to call you. Otherwise, I’ll be in touch by email over the next few days. Thanks! Paul White

Putting Príncipe back on the map with 3D technology


Felipe Spina, Fauna & Flora International’s Terrestrial Biodiversity Conservation Manager in Príncipe, explains how drones and 3D mapping technologies are bringing our knowledge of the island’s forests into the 21st Century.

Announcement to our US supporters


Since 1903 Fauna & Flora International (FFI), a UK charitable organization with operations globally, has led the way with innovative conservation. For many years, FFI and its US partner Fauna & Flora International, Inc. (FFI, Inc.), a non-profit organization, have delivered notable conservation impact around the world. Moving forward, the partnership will evolve and harness the respective strengths of each organization. FFI, Inc. will separate from FFI and take a new name that will be announced soon. “The US board…

Royal attention shines spotlight on creatures of the dark


Two Critically Endangered crab species, endemic to Bali’s Giri Putri cave, have found themselves unexpectedly in the limelight after a very special visitor stopped by…

South Caucasus


Geopolitically, the Caucasus incorporates the countries of Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan as well as parts of north-east Turkey, Iran and Russia. Biologically, it is one of the world’s richest and most endangered terrestrial ecosystems, part of the Global 200 Ecoregion network and one of only three European Endemic Bird Areas. It is also considered to be a world center for agro-biodiversity. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the region has experienced significant social and economic challenges that have, amongst…

Rhino records reveal successes and setbacks


A recent report from Borana Conservancy in northern Kenya reveals the scale of the ambition – and challenges – for those looking to secure the black rhino’s future.

Rare Sumatran tiger caught on camera


Just in time to celebrate International Tiger Day, rangers working with Fauna & Flora International have captured a stunning photo of a Critically Endangered Sumatran tiger.

Mankind must “restore what we unjustly borrowed”, says Sir David Attenborough


Broadcaster and conservation legend, Sir David Attenborough, swaps stories and ideas on the power of conservation with guests at the Rwanda High Commission.

Captivating Caribbean island to be given a new lease of life


Starving goats and predatory rats to be removed from Redonda to restore this Caribbean island to its former glory.

Kazakh kids spot saiga on the steppe


A summer camp field trip has given a group of Kazakh children a real-life encounter with an unusual animal that most of us will only ever see in photographs.

Alien onslaught


Lenn Isidore, Saint Lucia Projects Coordinator discusses the detrimental effects that invasive species can have on endemic species…

Bugs of distinction on brink of extinction


Cement companies threaten astounding concentration of unique species in southern Vietnam.

New paper aims to put biodiversity at the heart of business


Nature needs to be put at the heart of natural capital – that’s the conclusion from a new report published today by a partnership of leading conservation and research organisations.

Hunting for nurdles on your local beach – how to get involved


Madeleine Berg Projects Officer at Fidra, Fauna & Flora International’s partner in Scotland explains how a spot of unusual beach combing can help combat a major plastic problem…

Vital funding provides perfect antidote to new poisoning threat facing Mozambique’s lions


Crucial support from key donors is helping Fauna & Flora International to protect Africa’s big cats from a disturbing new poaching trend.

Purchase of forest – a step towards securing the future of Zarand landscape


Fauna & Flora International has acquired an area of Romanian forest to help protect an important threatened landscape in south-west Transylvania.

Awards for mpingo maestro are music to FFI ears


The head of one of Tanzania’s most successful conservation organisations, which grew out of an initiative launched two decades ago with support from Fauna & Flora International (FFI), has won the 2016 National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in African Conservation.

Collaborating to conserve – international experts convene in attempt to reverse leatherback turtle decline


Turtle experts from across Mexico, Central and South America have joined forces to change the fortunes of the Critically Endangered Eastern Pacific leatherback turtle subpopulation.

Cambodia’s first large-scale marine protected area declared for Koh Rong Archipelago


Cambodia’s first Marine Fisheries Management Area (MFMA) has been approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) in the waters of the Koh Rong Archipelago.

So far so good – short-term profit, long-term price


Fauna & Flora International’s Tim Knight reflects on the consequences for companies of ignoring the business case for biodiversity.

FFI’s AGM and Presentation 2017


A Cause without End? What does ‘Successful’ Conservation Look Like? An FFI Presentation preceded by the Annual General Meeting Tuesday 19 September 2017 David Attenborough Building, Cambridge Tickets are available now! Click here to purchase, or scroll down for more information on the event. The event Fauna & Flora International (FFI), renowned for innovative conservation since 1903, invites you to join us for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by a special FFI presentation. Fauna & Flora International continues to be a leading force…

Could the UK be on the brink of banning microplastics from cosmetics?


A coalition of NGOs including Fauna & Flora International has responded to indications by a UK Government Minister that microplastics may soon be banned from cosmetics, but has warned that there is still more work to do.

Signs of hope for saiga after mass die-off


Aerial survey results offer glimpse of hope for saiga antelope after mass die-off in 2015.

Sea change – new hope for our neglected oceans


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has recently received a second substantial grant from the Arcadia Fund to support its marine conservation work. Here, Georgina Magin reflects on some of the programme’s successes over the last four years…

Last roar for Tanintharyi Tigers?


Fauna & Flora International and the Myanmar Forest Department have launched a new initiative to help protect this iconic species from extinction.

Talking microplastics at the Houses of Parliament


Daniel Steadman, Marine Plastics Projects Manager at Fauna & Flora International reflects on his recent visit to the UK Houses of Parliament, where he spoke up for our oceans at an inquiry about microplastics.

Mediterranean monk seal


Mediterranean monk seals are considered one of the world’s most threatened marine mammals. Once widespread throughout the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the northern coast of Africa they have declined dramatically. This is due to major threats including deliberate killing (owing to conflict over fish stocks), entanglement in fishing nets, habitat loss and disturbance due to tourism. Mediterranean monk seal facts: • The monk seal is named after its folds of skin which slightly resemble a monk’s cowl. • Monk…



Príncipe is an old volcanic island in the Gulf of Guinea, off the west coast of Africa. It belongs to the archipelago of São Tomé & Príncipe, Africa’s second smallest nation, which lies just slightly north of the equator and just east of the Greenwich Meridian Line. The forests are among the world’s 200 most important biodiversity areas. Unfortunately, nearly all of the lowland forest has been disturbed and altered by human activity. São Tomé and Príncipe are in the…

Conservation drone reveals uncharted seagrass habitat in Cambodia


A newly acquired drone has helped Fauna & Flora International and partners discover important seagrass habitat in Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago.

World Turtle Day


To celebrate World Turtle Day Fauna & Flora International’s Alison Gunn and Kate West discuss how FFI are addressing some of the threats facing turtles in Nicaragua and Cambodia.

New Species Fund will change fortunes of world’s most endangered wildlife


Hawksbill turtles, saiga antelopes, Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys and many others are set to benefit from new fund.

Protecting Borana’s black rhinos


Across their range, African rhinos are facing severe pressure from poaching, driven by the high demand for their horn in Asian countries – particularly Vietnam. Rhino horn is used in traditional medicines and is increasingly used as a status symbol to display a person’s success and wealth. As rhinos become rarer, the demand and price for horn only increases – this in turn makes poachers more willing to take dangerous risks to obtain horn due to the large rewards involved.…

Celebrating the Salon’s nomadic sea culture


Earlier this year, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) helped to organise the Salon festival which celebrates the traditions and culture of Salon people in Langann Island, Myanmar. Here, Zau Lunn paints a picture…

Fir trees in Asia


The closely-related Yuanbaoshan and Ziyuan firs are two of the most highly threatened tree species in China. Belonging to the genus Abies, both species are restricted to small areas in southern China and have small, declining populations. When they were discovered in 1980 these trees numbered several thousand. Today, however, there are fewer than 600 Ziyuan and 800 Yuanbaoshan firs remaining. They face threats from habitat degradation, limited natural regeneration, climate change, and logging. Due to the rarity of these…

Latest Conservation Leadership Awards helping marine conservation to turn the tide


Dugongs in Mozambique and dolphins in Malaysia are among the beneficiaries of the 2016 Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) awards, on a list of winning projects that is notable for the inclusion of vital marine conservation initiatives.

Príncipe Island: a tiny biodiversity wonder in the Gulf of Guinea


Fauna & Flora International’s Felipe Spina and An Bollen describe their first impressions upon arriving on Príncipe Island as they work towards enhancing the island’s conservation.

New species of evergreen tree for India


Funding from the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP), a partnership that includes Fauna & Flora International (FFI), has contributed to the discovery of a previously undescribed species of evergreen tree in one of India’s most iconic natural landscapes.

Surprising findings from research on saiga die-off


After the mass die-off of saiga antelopes in May 2015, investigations have uncovered unexpected results.

Hunting and poaching – is it any of our business?


Fauna & Flora International’s Tom Maddox discusses the links between infrastructure development and illegal wildlife trade.

Three exciting new projects to benefit from Darwin Initiative support


Funding from the UK Government’s Darwin Initiative will help protect wildlife and ecosystems in the Caribbean, Cambodia and Honduras.

New grant provides major boost to Mozambique’s beleaguered elephants


A £350,000 grant from the UK Government’s Defra will help Fauna & Flora International secure the future of Mozambique’s elephants.

Sir David Attenborough opens global hub for nature conservation


Finding solutions to some of the many challenges facing the natural world has come a step closer today, with the opening of a new global conservation hub in Cambridge, UK.

The Patron’s Lunch Prize Draw – Terms and Conditions


  Prize draw entry rules This prize draw is free to enter. The prize draw will be open from Monday 4th April 2016 and close on Monday 18th April 2016 at 5pm (GMT). To enter the prize draw, participants must provide all the information requested on the entry form. Only one prize draw entry per person will be accepted. All participants (who have entered the draw by including their contact information) will be entered to the prize draw. The prize…

New study documents shocking collapse of gorilla subspecies during 20 years of civil unrest


Urgent action needed to reverse the decline of the world’s largest primate.

Good Scrub Guide updates will help you find microplastic free toothpastes, body scrubs and more


Fauna & Flora International is sharing the findings from three years of data collection to help people choose a wider range of microplastic-free products.

Jargon buster: What is wildlife trade?


The illegal trade in wildlife is a growing global problem worth billions of dollars a year. But what is wildlife trade? Is it always a bad thing, and why should we care? Fauna & Flora International’s Rebecca Drury explains…

Our supporters


For more than a century, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has been developing innovative ways to help secure a sustainable future for the planet. We stand up for biodiversity and aim to show just how relevant it is to all of those who share the planet. At FFI we encourage people everywhere to take an interest in FFI’s conservation work and our supporters are from all age groups, backgrounds and countries of the world. We believe that one way to…

First genetic study of Eastern Pacific hawksbill turtles


A recently published paper reveals novel genetic findings for hawksbill turtles in the Eastern Pacific.

#CharityIs about making the world tomorrow a better place


Fauna & Flora International’s Head of Supporter Recruitment and Development, Paul White, explores what charity means to him.

Historic declaration will help shut down illegal wildlife trafficking routes


The signing of a new declaration at Buckingham Palace committing the leaders of the global transportation industry to major steps to fight criminal wildlife trafficking has been hailed by The Duke of Cambridge as "a game changer in the race against extinction."

In search of the grey-shanked douc


FFI’s Alice Salaun-Carney describes her adventures exploring Vietnam’s forests looking for one of nature’s greatest gifts - the grey-shanked douc.

Culture clash or a chance for change? Looking at the role of women in conservation


FFI’s Helen Anthem looks at how culture affects the ability of women around the world to engage in conservation and asks whether this is something we should strive to change.

Cotton bud makers go plastic-free


Two leading UK brands have pledged to switch from plastic to paper cotton bud sticks, marking an important step toward cleaner seas.

Rare monkeys found deep in the forests of Vietnam’s Central Highlands


Recent survey by Fauna & Flora International finds 500 grey-shanked doucs.

Cast your vote!


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is delighted to announce that two of our projects have been shortlisted for the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) awards. We now need your vote to secure funding for both of these extraordinary projects. Project 1: conserving Nicaragua’s Ometepe Island The unique island of Ometepe is formed by two volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the island boasts a dramatic volcanic landscape, as well as diverse forests and wetlands, teeming with a…

Celebrating three conservation heroes


Fauna & Flora International staff and partners named as Disney Conservation Heroes.

Graphics for conservation: maps with a message, plots with a purpose


Dr Martin Fisher, Editor of Fauna & Flora International’s journal – Oryx – explains why strong illustrations are key to effective science communication, and introduces a new tool for conservationists grappling with graphics.

Cultural Values


Conservation cannot be achieved without the support of local people. But the challenges people face, especially the poor in developing countries, often makes it difficult for them to support conservation ideas and actions. Our pilot project in two national parks in Uganda shows that recognising the values that connect people to nature helps engage people in its conservation. Reconnecting communities with nature Nature and natural resources provide important economic benefits, but also create powerful links between people and place. Building…

Camera trapping


What is camera trapping? A camera trap is a camera equipped with a motion or infrared sensor that automatically triggers and captures a photo or video sequence when an animal approaches. Camera trapping is a highly efficient method of gathering information about animals in remote areas, as they are able to store large numbers of photos and videos and can be left unsupervised for long periods of time. Crucially, they also allow researchers to record animals behaving naturally in the…

A record-breaking bat discovery in Romania


Szilárd Bücs, who leads a team supported by the Conservation Leadership Programme, sheds light on the spectacular findings of a cave survey in Romania.

Renosterveld finds a home: one year on


Doctoral student Zoe Poulsen reports on the work of Fauna & Flora International’s partner Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust, and explains why Haarwegskloof Renosterveld Reserve in South Africa’s Cape Floral Kingdom has become the heart of local conservation, research and education.

Lessons learned from 15 years of Siamese crocodile research and conservation in Cambodia


Peer-reviewed paper published in the Cambodian Journal of Natural History looks at the key threats to Siamese crocodiles and highlights lessons learned from 15 years of conservation work.

Future of Myanmar’s largest lake secured thanks to new Ramsar Site designation


The designation of Lake Indawgyi as a Wetland of International Importance will afford greater protection for more than 20,000 birds and a rich variety of wildlife.

“I caught crabs in Bali – but I don’t want to lose them”


Fauna & Flora International’s Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, Dr Tony Whitten, discovered a new species of crab 20 years ago, but today it is in dire straits. Here, he explains how we can all lend a hand and send a bit of love the crab’s way before it’s too late.

Report outlines 2016’s most pressing conservation issues


New horizon scanning report published this month identifies 15 emerging threats and opportunities for global biodiversity.

Synthetic rhino horn: why it won’t save the rhino


Fauna & Flora International’s Rebecca Drury explains why synthetic rhino horn – though likely to be commercially viable – is extremely unlikely to save the rhino.

Jargon buster: ecosystem and landscape approaches to conservation


As environmental challenges change and intensify, our means of addressing them must also adapt. In this instalment of our jargon buster blog series, Kristi Foster considers two strategies for environmental management that are rapidly gaining traction worldwide: ecosystem and landscape approaches.

Francois’ langur


The Francois’ langur is a distinctive primate, with its punk-style tuft of black hair and white sideburns. It is found in the semi-tropical monsoon forests and limestone hills of southern China and northern Vietnam. Sadly, the population of Francois’ langurs has declined in recent decades due to illegal hunting and habitat fragmentation. The groups that remain are becoming increasingly isolated, putting them at greater risk of extinction. Francois’ langur facts: Noisy and sociable, these monkeys typically live in groups of…

Amazing muriqui monkey discovered in new hideout


A group of northern muriqui has recently been discovered in Brazil by Conservation Leadership Programme award winners.

Ecotourism initiative offers lifeline for local communities and threatened wildlife in northern Myanmar


As northern Myanmar opens its doors to increasing numbers of overseas visitors, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is at the forefront of efforts to ensure that local communities benefit from the opportunities presented by the development of a fledgling ecotourism industry.

Jargon buster: ecosystem services


In the spirit of clear communication, we are starting a series of jargon buster blog posts, which aim to demystify some of the more obscure terms used by the conservation community. In this second instalment, Kristi Foster explains just what we mean by ‘ecosystem services’.

A look back at 2015


As 2015 draws to a close, we reflect on a mixed year of conservation highlights set against a backdrop of great challenges.

Better together: collaborating for biodiversity and business


Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard explains why NGOs, consultancies and other conservationists are joining forces to bring about biodiversity conservation in the private sector.

Managing waste for conservation and livelihoods


Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard explains the links between waste, landscapes and livelihoods and why we should be re-thinking our approach to waste management.

Wising up to Caribbean frankincense


Fauna & Flora International’s Senior Conservation Biologist Jenny Daltry reveals how a study of the lansan tree is helping to support livelihoods and species conservation in Saint Lucia.

Sniffer dog, trained to detect illegally-trafficked saiga horn, wins competition


Odour detection dog, Dak, and his handler Marat have won the latest competition for dog specialists in Kazakhstan.

Addressing illegal wildlife trade


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is committed to tackling illegal wildlife trade and has been actively addressing this growing threat for more than a decade. Some of the species we focus on include: Asian and African elephant, black rhino, northern white rhino, hawksbill and leatherback turtle, saiga, Siamese crocodile, and Sumatran tiger. Our work to address illegal wildlife trade includes: Helping to protect over 120 rhinos at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Having purchased the land in 2004, FFI established…

United for Wildlife


United for Wildlife was created in 2012 by The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Led by the Duke of Cambridge, it has brought together the world’s leading wildlife charities under a common purpose: to create a global movement for change. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is a founding member of United for Wildlife, along with Conservation International, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF, and ZSL, together with the Royal Foundation.…

How we work: Promoting technological innovation


As illegal wildlife trade gets more sophisticated, we are seeking more high-tech ways of tackling it. Technology has significant potential to help the conservation sector address wildlife trade more effectively, for example by: Strengthening the quality of scientific input and monitoring using GIS, data management, tracking and mobile phone technologies Influencing consumer decision-making through smart phone apps (e.g. beat the microbead) Using drones to monitor wildlife in remote areas Current Fauna & Flora International (FFI) projects include:  Conservation Labs: FFI’s…

How we work: Building conservation leadership


The illegal trade in wildlife is a growing global problem worth billions of dollars a year, and one of the biggest threats to the survival of some of our most iconic species. Addressing this crisis is a complex global challenge, requiring cooperation between source, transit and destination countries, and between local communities, non-governmental organisations and government agencies. This requires a cadre of highly skilled professionals, working in organisations at the frontline of biodiversity conservation. These individuals need to apply multi-disciplinary…

How we work: Reducing consumer demand


Many of the species threatened by illegal trade are targeted to satisfy demand for wildlife products from growing middle classes around the world. China and Vietnam are key markets for elephant, rhino, pangolin and tiger products, which command extremely high prices and are used as status symbols or in traditional medicine. Conservation and law enforcement agencies are struggling to regulate supply and there is growing agreement that more emphasis needs to be placed on reducing demand for wildlife products. Fauna

How we work: Engaging with communities on illegal wildlife trade


Wildlife is a vital natural asset for many rural communities around the world, providing products and services that make direct, positive contributions to local livelihoods, wellbeing and culture. Empowering local people to benefit directly from wildlife resources in turn provides vital incentives to manage these sustainably, and to protect them from illegal hunting and trade. This might include, for example, helping communities to secure and uphold customary tenure and rights over access to forest lands and wildlife, building community institutions…

How we work: Protecting threatened wildlife from poaching


A major aspect of tackling illegal wildlife trade is protecting species from poaching and preventing them from entering the trade chain in the first place. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has significant expertise and experience in protecting species and engaging with communities so that they play central role in the management of their natural resources. Find out more about our work to address illegal trade. FFI is focusing on strengthening, expanding and replicating our work (and that of our partners)…

Conservation Challenge: Illegal wildlife trade


Growing demand for wildlife products and easier access to wild species is fuelling unsustainable trade and pushing many species towards extinction. To take a few examples: In 2014 an unprecedented 1,215 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone – 20% more than the previous year and equivalent to one rhino every seven hours. Elephant poaching has more than doubled since 2007: Tanzania, for example, has reported losing 60% of its elephants – more than 85,000 animals – to poaching between…

Remote cameras offer glimpse into the ‘forgotten forests’ of South Sudan


Camera trapping survey captures newest country’s first photographic records of forest elephants, African golden cat and more…

Getting ready for REDD+: new policy briefings help combat climate change by sharing real world lessons


As the world gears up for the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, Fauna & Flora International reveals how we can best harness the power of REDD+ to cut carbon emissions.

Vietnam’s primates ‘on the edge of extinction’


Global primate experts have revealed the 25 most endangered primates in the world, including three species from Vietnam.

Reflections along the Scottish coast…


FFI’s Marine Community Support Officer Kerri Whiteside shares her thoughts on why Scotland is currently an exciting place for marine conservation.

Business & Biodiversity resources


This resource page features fact sheets, reports and other materials produced by the Business & Biodiversity team in the course of its work. Biodiversity toolkit for businesses Approaching No Net Loss to biodiversity (PDF) Biodiversity action planning for development projects (PDF) Biodiversity baselines for development and conservation (PDF) Biodiversity risk assessment for business (PDF) An ecosystem approach: working with business for conservation (PDF) The business case for community consultation (PDF) Monitoring and evaluating biodiversity outcomes from business activities (PDF) Timing…

Business & Biodiversity partnerships


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) works directly with businesses and the influencers of business across a range of sectors to bring about change for the protection of biodiversity in all its forms. Learn more about why and how we work with business or explore our Working with business for conservation brochure (PDF). Our work with business focuses on: Mining & Energy By working with businesses that have the potential to pose the greatest environmental harm, FFI is helping drive a…

Northern white rhino dies in US, leaving just three in the world


Nola, one of the world’s last remaining northern white rhinos has died at San Diego Zoo, leaving just two females and one male – all at Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Confronting demand reduction in illegal wildlife trade


Fauna & Flora International’s US Board Member Herbert Raffaele explains why demand reduction matters for illegal wildlife trade.

New conservation technology network launches today


A new online platform, launched today, will allow conservationists and technology experts to share ideas on how to tackle some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Emergency support for elephant crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo


A new grant by the Rapid Response Facility will help authorities tackle the ongoing poaching crisis in Garamba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Restarting the regeneration game


Fauna & Flora International’s Dave Gill explains why a breakthrough by Guangxi Institute of Botany scientists could help save one of China’s most threatened tree species.

Dr Mary Molokwu-Odozi shortlisted for prestigious Tusk Conservation Award


The tireless efforts of Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Mary Molokwu-Odozi to train and inspire Liberian conservation professionals have been recognised by Tusk Trust in their 2015 conservation awards.

Cosmetics Europe calls for much needed phase out of microplastics – NGOs see scope for further action


In the wake of a statement by a major European cosmetics industry association calling on its members to phase out some microplastics, three NGOs including Fauna & Flora International share their hopes and concerns.

Reducing plastic pellet loss


Every plastic product we own or use was made from many much smaller pieces of plastic – most commonly tiny, coloured pellets roughly the size and shape of split peas. Because they are small (5mm or less), cheap, light and buoyant, pre-production pellets are often spilled during manufacture and transportation and can very easily find their way into the marine environment. Once at sea, these plastic pellets (and other forms of pre-production plastic, including plastic powders, beads and flakes) pose…

Accounting for nature: how the accountancy profession can help conservation


A new collaborative paper shows that accountants have a role to play in conserving our natural world, and that many are already taking part.

REDD+ Resources


Here you can find Fauna & Flora International’s REDD+ project profiles and thematic (or policy) briefings which cover a number of key mechanisms within REDD+.   Project Profiles: Wonegizi – Liberia REDD+ Pilot Project CFES – Indonesian Community-Based REDD+ Sites Hieu Commune – Vietnam REDD+ Pilot in Kon Tum Asia-Pacific Community Carbon Pools Programme   Thematic / Policy Briefs: Forest land allocation (FLA) and tenure for REDD+ FPIC-based community consultation in REDD+ development REDD+ piloting, scaling up and nesting within…

Mountain gorilla census set to begin in the Virunga Massif


New census will prove critical for future conservation of mountain gorillas across their transboundary range.

Apply now for the 2016 Conservation Team Awards


Awards offer funding, training and mentorship to emerging conservation leaders.

Conservation diplomacy: mountain gorillas as ambassadors


Conservationists are celebrating as governments from Rwanda, the DRC and Uganda approve a landmark treaty that will pave the way for coordinated conservation - without borders.

One wish (or two) for rhinos on World Rhino Day


On World Rhino Day, Fauna & Flora International’s Ros Aveling sends out a wish to help us on the path to a safe future for these awe-inspiring animals.

Free online course for budding conservationists launched


An online course officially launched today will provide free conservation education to people around the world and encourage them to get involved.

Biodiversity offsetting – learning from success and failure


Can biodiversity offsetting really help us compensate for environmental damage caused by development, or is it just a licence to trash? Fauna & Flora International’s David Marsh looks at some of the lessons we have learned about this (often controversial) tool.

Found! Fishing cat in coastal Cambodia


Pictures of the Endangered fishing cat – the first in Cambodia for more than a decade – provide welcome evidence that these elusive felines still survive in some parts of the country.

Celebrating a canine hero


Fauna & Flora International has launched Diego – a short film that shows why dogs might just be ‘rhino’s best friend’…

How to find a fishing cat in Cambodia


Cambodia’s Centre for Biodiversity Conservation team is trying to uncover the mystery of the evasive, Endangered fishing cat, which is under threat from snaring and trapping and habitat destruction. So are there fishing cats left in Cambodia? If so, how many and where do they live? Dr Nick Souter investigates…

Cast your vote to help raise $500,000 for the Conservation Leadership Programme


With one little click, you could make a massive difference for wildlife by supporting some of conservation’s brightest new minds. Please vote today!

Microsoft CEO meets Ol Pejeta Conservancy executives


As Microsoft celebrates the launch of Windows 10, CEO Satya Nadella pays a visit to Kenya’s Laikipia District to find out how technology can benefit communities and wildlife.

Sub-Antarctic fur seal found in unexpected waters


The discovery of a sub-Antarctic fur seal on the northern coast of Kenya – 210 km outside the species’ normal range – has caused great excitement among conservationists and community members alike.

First steps: an Indian Ocean island community’s big move to save their octopus


An exciting day on Pemba Island, Tanzania, as one community gets its first taste of what marine conservation can offer...

Finding ways forward for charismatic megaflora


The July 2015 issue of Fauna & Flora International’s academic journal, Oryx, is dedicated to tree conservation. In this blog, Dave Gill and Rob Loveridge pay tribute to the scientists whose work is guiding the conservation of the charismatic 'megaflora’.

When boundaries break down: oil and gas in protected areas


The ever-increasing worldwide demand for energy is driving oil and gas exploration into ocean depths, polar landscapes and once-remote corners of the globe, including protected areas. Here Fauna & Flora International’s David Marsh explores this growing problem and what we’re doing about it.

The Hieu Commune REDD+ Project


Emerging from a project entitled ’Developing community carbon pools for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, plus enhancing forest carbon stocks (REDD+) projects in selected ASEAN countries’ the carbon pools project was a first of its kind, international (4 country) exploration into the role that environmental markets can play in underpinning sustainable, commune-based forest management. The Vietnam site (Hieu Commune, Kon Plong District, Kon Tum) has now become a stand-alone project, due it a range of technical, institutional and…

The Wonegizi Community REDD+ Pilot


Northwest Liberia holds the largest remaining tract of the Upper Guinean Rainforest that once covered all of West Africa. At the heart of this ecosystem lies one of Liberia’s most important forests, the Wonegizi Proposed Protected Area, which encompasses Liberia’s second highest peak and forms a massive trans-boundary forest complex with the Ziama Biosphere Reserve, across the border in Guinea. Fauna & Flora International (FFI), together with local NGO Skills & Agricultural Development Services (SADS), and with the support of…

Celebrating seagrass and mangroves in Cambodia


Through blistering sunshine and a tropical downpour the Fauna & Flora International (FFI) coastal and marine conservation team in Cambodia kept on smiling throughout World Oceans Day, 8 June 2015!

Outstanding conservationists honoured with prestigious Marsh Awards


The hard work of two remarkable conservationists has reaped great rewards for Indonesian amphibians and Peruvian sea life alike.

Giving rhinos a sporting chance


Cricket bats, Pimm’s and…rhinos? Fauna & Flora International’s Sarah Rakowski reports on a rather unusual charity cricket match that could help change the fortunes of one of the world’s most iconic – but beleaguered – animals.

Dreaming of prosperity and sustainability in the Himalayas


After finishing his Masters Biodiversity and Conservation, Conservation Leadership Programme Alumnus Pramod Kumar Yadav embarked on an enthusiastic career studying the biodiversity, topography and spirituality of the Himalayas. Here, he shares his experiences and reveals his delight at being granted a 2015 CLP Award…

In search of the Siamese crocodile


Community Development Advisor Gordon Homer describes in vivid detail a recent expedition to the remote Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia, where he and colleagues from FFI were searching for signs of the rare and elusive Siamese crocodile.

Minecraft gamers help raise awareness about wildlife poaching


United for Wildlife is asking Minecraft players to help build a conservation map that will educate the wider gaming community about illegal wildlife trade.

10 years of success for Cambodian conservation science


With over 100 alumni, the Masters in Biodiversity Conservation is providing Cambodia’s conservationists with the skills and expertise they need to help conserve their unique biodiversity.

High street brands pledge to phase out plastic microbeads


8 June is World Oceans Day - what better time to talk about the positive steps being taken by companies to phase out plastic microbeads from cosmetic and beauty products...

Catastrophic mass die-off of saiga antelopes seen in central Kazakhstan


Government, NGO and scientific specialists pull together to find out why so many Critically Endangered saiga died suddenly in May.

Short course materials: Culture, Values and Protected Areas


Understanding what connects people and nature is important. Although economic links are well recognised and form the basis of many community-based conservation activities, cultural links are less well understood and often go unconsidered. Protected areas are seen as the crown jewels of 20th century conservation achievement. Unfortunately, many are hotly contested by the people living around them, and are challenged by critics for their negative impacts on communities. Understanding and recognising the deep links that often exist between people, place…

Could you win the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge?


Do you have a brilliant idea that could help put a stop to wildlife crime? If so, the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge could help make your idea a reality.

Wooden personalities: how I learned that trees are totally remarkable


Marta Calix explains how her internship with the Global Trees Campaign has completely changed the way she looks at trees, and why each species is just as unique and fascinating as any mammal or bird…and just as worth saving.

Climate Change Adaptation Planning


We know that climate change is a threat to all natural systems, and it is vital that any efforts to protect the natural world take account of what the future may hold. Climate change adaptation planning is an important process that identifies vulnerabilities and builds resilience to changing conditions. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has developed a climate change adaptation planning process for our project sites, which has been trialled at five sites as part of the British American Tobacco…

Embracing America’s love affair with trees


Fauna & Flora International’s David Gill describes his recent visit to the USA, and explains why time is of the essence for the world's most threatened tree species.

Conservation Leadership Programme announces 2015 winners


From whale sharks to wild roses, and from snow leopards to storks, the 2015 Team Conservation Awards will help conserve some of the world’s most iconic wildlife, while helping young conservationists develop their skills.

A tale of tenacity – standing up for Scotland’s seas


Andrew Binnie, Executive Director of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST), explains how the international recognition bestowed by a Goldman Environmental Prize is providing a real boost to coastal community conservationists.

New centre for biodiversity conservation named after Sir David Attenborough


Sir David Attenborough has inspired generations of conservationists around the world – so it seems fitting that Fauna & Flora International’s new home in Cambridge should be named after its vice-president.

Scottish marine conservationist Howard Wood wins prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize


Award recognises decades of tireless effort and outstanding conservation successes achieved by the Community of Arran Seabed Trust.

Speaking up for nature on the East African oil and gas ‘frontier’


Fauna & Flora International’s David Marsh explains how environmental and civil society groups joined forces to voice their concerns at the East African Petroleum Conference…

Black vultures return to southern Portugal


After four decades, Eurasian black vultures have finally returned to Portugal’s Alentejo region to nest – using artificial platforms constructed by conservationists.

Life’s little treasures: invertebrates under the sea


Scientists have recently published a guide to Myanmar’s marine invertebrates, but what exactly are they and why should we care? Drawing on her own past experience, Fauna & Flora International’s Sarah Rakowski shares her thoughts…

Yuanbaoshan fir


The Yuanbaoshan fir is found only in the Yuanbao Mountains of north Guangxi, China. This imposing tree is distinguished by its barrel-shaped green-brown cones and it was only described as a new species to science in 1980. Alongside its close relative the Ziyuan fir (Abies ziyuanensis), the species is considered one of the most highly threatened trees in China. There are only thought to be around 700 of these trees left in the wild, and the population structure mainly comprises…

Magnolia grandis


Magnolia grandis is one of the world’s most threatened trees with a global population of fewer than 50 individuals. It is also one of the most beautiful, boasting dark red fragrant flowers and long, leathery leaves. The decline of this species is largely due to the loss of natural forest as a result of illegal logging and land clearance for commercial plantations. Many of the remaining wild trees are found on the edges of agricultural fields or in small remnant…

Niedzwetsky apple


The Niedzwetsky apple tree is a wild relative of the domesticated apples that line our supermarket shelves and therefore is of global importance as an international genetic resource. However the species is considered one of the most threatened varieties in the world, and the last remaining Niedzwetsky apple trees are found sporadically across Central Asia’s fruit and nut forests. Sadly, the expansion of agriculture and development across its range has led to 90% of the species’ habitat being lost over…

Candelabra tree


Instantly recognisable from its characteristic umbrella-shaped crown, the candelabra tree is highly valued for its timber, medicinal properties and tasty seeds. However this is also one of Brazil’s most threatened trees. Severe deforestation throughout the 20th century led to the loss of 97% of the species’ original habitat, while its columnar trunk (which offers an imposing sight) means that since the 1500s the species has been valued as Brazil’s most important timber tree. As a result, the species is now…

Scottish puffins found with plastic pellets in their stomachs


They may be known as the clowns of the sea, but new evidence that puffins are mistaking plastic pellets for food is no laughing matter.

The wilting of safeguard policies?


As the World Bank prepares to update its Environmental Safeguard Policies, Pippa Howard asks if weak standards and poor enforcement are paving the way for companies to destroy biodiversity.

A fresh future for Siamese crocs – rescue, rear & release


The release into the wild of 20 juvenile Critically Endangered Siamese crocodiles in August 2014 was a significant step forward for the survival of the species in Cambodia. The Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project (CCCP) team works with local community members in the Areng Valley to rescue, rear and release Siamese crocodiles. Since 2011, the CCCP has released 55 crocodiles back into the wild. Around half of these were donated by farmers or confiscated from illegal wildlife traders and reared by…

New monkey species discovered in the Amazon Rainforest


Flaming orange tail and ochre sideburns set new Brazilian monkey apart from its closest relatives.

Liberian camera trap survey captures rare footage of forest elephants


Elephants, chimps and pygmy hippos all caught on camera during biodiversity surveys of a proposed protected area in Liberia.

Scallop numbers soar in Scottish marine reserve


New study by the University of York shows how a community-led marine reserve in Scotland has boosted scallop populations, with potential benefits for local fishers.

Deadly frog fungus reaches Madagascar


The megadiverse frog communities of Madagascar are at risk after the discovery of a potentially devastating fungus.

Tree conservation for zoologists


As the Global Trees Campaign publishes a series of practical guidelines for tree conservation, Fauna & Flora International’s Dave Gill explains why we need to make these techniques more accessible to the wider conservation community.

Pangolins under pressure


On World Pangolin Day, Dan Challender, Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group, outlines the devastating effect of the illegal wildlife trade on a sorely neglected animal, and highlights the need for urgent intervention on its behalf.

Natural allies – the caretakers of Maio Island


Photographer and film-maker Jeff Wilson recently travelled to the Cape Verdean island of Maio to get a better understanding of Fauna & Flora International’s work there. Through a series of beautiful images, he gives an insight into a remarkable community at a crossroads in its development.

Cambodia makes herpetology headlines… again


Cambodian herpetologist Neang Thy has been researching amphibians and reptiles since 2003 and has an impressive record of discoveries including a wolf snake, a kukri snake and a lygosoma lizard species. In 2010, Thy was honoured with a namesake gecko, the Southeast Asian Cnemaspis neangthyi, and he’s just made headlines again with the discovery of a legless amphibian, Ichthyophis cardamomensis - only the second caecilian species ever to be found in Cambodia. Here Thy shares his thoughts about the thrill of being a part of herpetology history…

Apply now for the 2015 Conservation Leadership Programme Team Awards


The Conservation Leadership Programme has helped over 2,500 conservationists develop their careers to date. Find out whether you could be one of them…

New legless amphibian discovered in Cambodia


New discovery marks the second caecilian species ever to be found in the country

Darwin Scholarship Programme applications open


Short scholarship programme seeks to address under-represented and least developed areas in science education.

A chilling tale of man and nature


Fauna & Flora International’s Jeremy Holden recounts a story heard on a recent visit to Sumatra, which speaks of the relationship between man and nature, and the dangers of greed over harmony. Please note: some of the images in this blog are quite graphic and may offend some readers.

The relationships that could save our planet


Guest blogger Mialy Andriamahefazafy looks at the critical role that partnerships play in conservation, and asks whether we need to pay closer attention to how they work.

Jargon buster: mastering the basics of conservation


What exactly is biodiversity? Is there a difference between an ecosystem and a habitat? In this first instalment of our new jargon buster blog, we cover some of the fundamental terms that conservationists use on a daily basis.

A look back at 2014


As another year comes to an end, we reflect on some of Fauna & Flora International’s biggest news stories from 2014.

Sumatran tiger champion honoured with an MBE


Debbie Martyr, Fauna & Flora International’s Tiger Protection & Conservation Team Leader in Sumatra, Indonesia, has been awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours list for 2015.

Tackling tiger trade: fighting fire with fire


With illegal poaching becoming an increasingly organised affair, the time has come for better coordination of anti-poaching efforts, says Debbie Martyr. Here, she explains how a simple idea – conceived over a beer one pensive evening – brought together Indonesia’s top brass to talk tiger trade.

Elephant heroes remembered a decade on from an unforgettable disaster


“The people of Aceh have a long history of working with elephants. It is heartening to see this, for the mutual benefit of both humans and elephants.”

Ten years on from the Boxing Day tsunami


A decade ago hundreds of thousands of people were left devastated by an enormous tsunami that snatched away both lives and livelihoods as they went about their daily business.

Life with the langurs


With a wealth of vivid detail, Conservation Leadership Programme alumna Martina Anandam describes how a visit from a fellow primatologist has helped her gain a new perspective on her work with langurs in India.

The world according to Gorp the frog


Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Neil Aldrin Mallari, Country Director of the Philippines and keen frogger turns his hand to translating a message from Gorp the frog to the human race…

Stranded pilot whale rescued in Cape Verde


When a pilot whale was found stranded on a beach in Cape Verde recently, a rescue team quickly sprang into action, putting their training into effect.

Selling houses to save species – all in a day’s work for some


The significance of making connections to ensure successful conservation is a recurring theme in the global offices of Fauna & Flora International (FFI). Connections are made, relationships nurtured, and ideas put into action. Paul White, FFI’s Head of Supporter Recruitment and Development, ponders some not so obvious links between saving species and selling houses...

Counting tigers and training conservationists


As a three-time recipient of a Rufford Small Grant himself, Dr Matt Linkie knows the long-term benefits of supporting conservationists and their projects better than most. Now able to share his own lessons with new grantees, Matt talks about the importance of promoting good science in the tropics…

Cape Verde


Situated in the Atlantic Ocean, 460 km off the coast of Africa, Cape Verde is an archipelago nation formed of 10 major islands and a number of smaller, uninhabited islets. With ecosystems ranging from the flat and dry to the lush and mountainous, Cape Verde is home to a variety of plant and animal species. The archipelago is recognised as a global hotspot for marine biodiversity in particular, and supports a high diversity of emblematic and unique marine animals, including…

Royal visit to USA shines a spotlight on illegal wildlife trade


A visit Stateside by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge highlights the impact of the illegal wildlife trade and the importance of supporting conservation globally.

Capturing the cultural heritage of an Australian paradise island


Over the last 12 months, Sue Sargent, Fauna & Flora International’s Conservation Partnerships Manager, has been working with the Butchulla community on a project trying to capture what archeologists say is more than a 5,000 year cultural history. Sue talks about the journey…

Save the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey


Help save a species from extinction

Atlantic cod


Although cod is more famous for its flavour than its behaviour, a closer look reveals a fascinating animal whose history is closely entwined with our own. Atlantic cod is recognised as one of the world’s most important commercial fish species and has been caught and sold for well over a thousand years – since at least the time of the Vikings. It is so valuable, in fact, that wars have even been fought over the right to fish in prime…

Computer games: raising funds and awareness for charities


As gamers and game developers increasingly take an interest in real-world environmental issues, Fauna & Flora International’s Guy Smith looks at what this new era of ‘gaming for good’ could mean for conservation.

Disney Conservation Heroes named


Fauna & Flora International staff and partners are among 19 inspiring people named as Conservation Heroes in Disney’s 2014 awards.

Intercontinental connections: uniting young people to save the rhino


Guest blogger Trang Nguyen explains why she believes young people in Africa and Asia hold the key to the rhino’s future.

Leatherback turtle nesting season begins in Nicaragua


With this year’s first recorded leatherback nests in Nicaragua, conservationists are crossing their fingers for a good season.

Rumour and confusion – investigating the death of a tiger cub


Illustrator Imogen Clowes shares her experiences and artwork from a recent trip to Sumatra, Indonesia, where she witnessed an upsetting event…

New Green List of Protected Areas applauds effective conservation


The announcement of a new IUCN Green List of Protected Areas has been welcomed by leading conservationists at the World Parks Congress in Sydney.

Latest IUCN Red List released at World Parks Congress


The world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of plant, animal and fungi species shows biodiversity at risk.

More than maps – how GIS has changed the way we see the world


Today is GIS Day, but what on earth are Geographical Information Systems, and what have they ever done for us? In this edited extract from our magazine, Fauna & Flora International’s Andy Cameron explains.

NGOs call for better protection of World Heritage sites


Nine leading NGOs, including Fauna & Flora International, are calling for urgent action to protect UNESCO World Heritage sites from mining and other extractive activities.

Elusive jungle rabbit keeps researchers on the hop


Amazingly until the last years of the 20th Century, the Sumatran striped rabbit had never been photographed. Jeremy Holden tells us how Fauna & Flora International changed that.

Emergency funding ‘critical for the wellbeing of World Heritage sites’


As leaders gather for the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, a new report highlights the importance of emergency funding for World Heritage sites in times of crisis.

Princely visit provides a boost to marine conservation in Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago


His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visits unique marine conservation sites in Cambodia

Conservation online: putting the ‘world’ into World Wide Web


Guest blogger Chris Sandbrook, Lecturer in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge, shares his thoughts on how internet technologies can help make the world a smaller – but better – place...

First video footage of wild red pandas in Myanmar


Scientists have captured Myanmar’s first wild film footage of one of the world’s most adorable – and endangered – species – the red panda.

Australia takes the next step in the fight against ocean plastic pollution


Fauna & Flora International’s campaign against microbeads gains traction, with the launch of Australia’s own Good Scrub Guide

New Marine Protected Area proposed for Myanmar


Stakeholder support for the establishment of a Marine Protected Area in the Myeik archipelago

Ol Pejeta Conservancy


In 2003, Fauna & Flora International (FFI), with the help of the Arcus Foundation, protected 36,420 hectares (90,000 acres) at the foot of Mount Kenya. Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC) is a vital part of the Laikipia ecosystem in northern Kenya, protecting critical migration corridors and diverse wildlife, including black rhinos and Grevy’s zebra. The project safeguards the conservancy’s wildlife, provides a sanctuary for chimpanzees and generates income through wildlife tourism, which is reinvested in conservation and community development. OPC also…

One of world’s last remaining northern white rhinos dies


Suni, one of a handful of remaining northern white rhinos, has died unexpectedly at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya.

Emergency appeal to combat militant elephant poaching in DRC


As poaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) escalates, Fauna & Flora International seeks urgent public support to help ranger teams. Warning: this story includes some graphic descriptions and images of an extremely distressing nature.

Cross River gorillas to benefit from new protected area in Cameroon


The new protected area is the third in Cameroon designed specifically to protect the Critically Endangered Cross River gorilla.

Why we need biodiversity in our quest to save forests and climate


A new paper by scientists at Fauna & Flora International argues that protecting biodiversity could be key to keeping forests standing in the long term.

Scrub it out! Take the pledge and say “no” to plastic pollution


People power will help us put a stop to microplastic pollution – a major threat to ocean wildlife.

‘Mother of the forest’: why local enthusiasm could be the baobab’s saviour


Georgina Magin, Fauna & Flora International’s Global Trees Campaign manager, writes about her recent trip to visit some of Madagascar’s most charismatic flora.

New visitor centre showcases splendour of South Africa’s floral kingdom


Fauna & Flora International’s partner in South Africa has opened a new research and visitor centre to share the wonders of one of the richest plant kingdoms on earth.

Sumatran tiger trapped and killed in Kerinci


Tiger Monitoring Teams working in Sumatra, Indonesia, made a disturbing discovery during a routine patrol.

A tribute to William Oliver 1947-2014


William Oliver will be remembered for his lifetime dedication to conservation and his unique, passionate and determined personality.

Sumatran secrets start to be revealed by high altitude camera trapping


Biologist and wildlife photographer Jeremy Holden continues his Rainforest Diaries series, with a glimpse of life around Lake Gunung Tujuh in Sumatra’s Kerinci Sebat National Park, Indonesia.

Our camera trapping efforts are rewarded as he uncovers the secret life of the mammals in Sumatra's high altitude forests.

Kicking goals for wildlife: securing the future of northern Kenya’s wildlife through sport


Since its establishment in 2004, the Northern Rangelands Trust has helped many communities set up, manage and fund conservancies in northern Kenya. Their model is a beautiful example of conservation ‘by the people, for the people’.
Zoos Victoria’s Brooke Squires works in their Wildlife Conservation & Science Department, and has a particular passion for Kenya, having worked there for seven years. Here Brooke blogs about one of these community conservancies, where football is the name of the game…

Celebrating the world’s Critically Endangered trees


Fauna & Flora International's Global Trees Campaign programme officer, David Gill, makes a case to increase support for the world’s Critically Endangered tree species

International partnerships to help Siamese crocodile captive breeding programme


Joint venture takes positive steps to conserve wild Siamese crocodiles.

World’s leading primatologists gather in Vietnam for international summit


Primate scientists share knowledge and latest learnings at the 25th International Primatalogical Society congress in Hanoi

The wonder of nature at night through the lens


In his latest Rainforest Diary entry, biologist and wildlife photographer Jeremy Holden experiments with mushrooms, and discovers a mystery only revealed at night...

Yellow-bellied weasel found in Cambodia


World’s first photograph of elusive carnivore has important implications for the species.

Witness to a crime: getting to grips with the realities of wildlife conservation


It’s not unusual for conservation donors to visit the projects they so passionately support. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Philanthropy Adviser Paul White recently travelled with a group who got more than they bargained for during a visit to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Paul kept a diary of a very eventful day – and here we share some of it with you.

New threatened tree populations discovered in Vietnam


Surveys carried out by the Center for Plant Conservation Vietnam (CPCV) have identified new populations of a number of threatened species including the Critically Endangered Magnolia grandis.

Four chameleon species discovered in Mozambique’s ‘sky islands’


Expeditions to northern Mozambique’s remote mountains have uncovered a wealth of new species, including four pygmy chameleons.

Sumatran elephants get help from virtual zoo keepers


Xbox gamers rise to Microsoft’s Zoo Tycoon ‘community challenge’ to save endangered species.

New population of Critically Endangered parakeets found in Brazil


Researchers supported by the Conservation Leadership Programme have uncovered a small population of grey-breasted parakeets nesting on a mountain in north-east Brazil.

‘Be prepared’: the motto of scouts and photographers alike


Wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden continues his Rainforest Diary series. Here, he writes about a lost opportunity and a very lucky break...

Back to the future – why learning from the past can help the future


City slicker Nina Loi Nevado, an intern with Fauna & Flora International in the Philippines, takes a country break with the intention of helping a local community with forest management, but comes back having learnt more than she ever imagined…

African rhinos


Rhinos are among the world’s most recognisable animals, thanks to their huge size, thick grey skin and the distinctive horns that give these animals their name; the word ‘rhinoceros’ is taken from the Greek for ‘nose-horn’. Five rhino species survive on earth today. Two of these – the white and black rhino – are found in Africa, while the remaining three are from Asia. Despite their names, the two African species cannot really be distinguished by colour, but rather by…

Declaration calls on governments to halt tropical deforestation


A group of leading NGOs and businesses, including Fauna & Flora International, have issued a declaration that urges governments to stop the loss of tropical forests.

Relative Importance


June 2014 Interview with FFI Project Adviser Josh Kempinski and his mum the actress Frances de la Tour.  Interview by Tim Knight, photos by Chris Loades. Josh Kempinski currently works for Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in the emerging field of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), a mechanism that offers financial incentives and a range of other social and environmental benefits to developing countries that manage their forests sustainably, thereby contributing to biodiversity conservation and the reduction…

Oil, water and democracy: when governments sell out on environment


From the Peruvian Amazon to Canada’s subarctic, decision-makers are putting For Sale signs on some of our last pristine ecosystems. Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard and Kristi Foster ask, is this really democracy?

World Ranger Day: celebrating the unsung conservation heroes


Mountain gorillas. Sumatran tigers. Hawksbill turtles. All owe their survival to the dedicated rangers who put their lives on the line to protect them. Today, we salute these stalwarts of conservation.

The canine army that’s protecting rhinos


Fauna & Flora International Deputy Chief Executive Ros Aveling is enthusiastic about the dog squad being trained to save some of the world’s most endangered species at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya…

Leave only footprints in the sand…


Summer has finally arrived in the northern hemisphere! If you’re heading to the coast any time soon, Fauna & Flora International Marine Project Officer Kate West has a few tips to ensure you don’t leave an unwanted legacy behind you.

Results announced for tiger snare sweep competition in Sumatra


The Kerinci Seblat Tiger Programme in Sumatra, Indonesia, holds an annual competition that rewards Tiger Protection and Conservation Unit teams for putting in extra effort to protect tigers and other Sumatran wildlife during a peak poaching season. The results of the 2014 Great Kerinci Snare Sweep are now in, as team leader Debbie Martyr reports…

Thirty new marine protected areas declared in Scotland


Scotland’s first community-led marine protected area is among the new designations, thanks to the hard work of Fauna & Flora International’s partner, the Community of Arran Seabed Trust.

The art of scientific scribing – why papers and journals are so important in conservation


Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Stephen Browne puts pen to paper to share why scientific writing is such a powerful tool in the conservationist’s box…

Can partnerships save the world’s biodiversity?


In our rapidly changing world, partnerships are proving to be one of the most successful approaches in conserving the earth’s biodiversity. Fauna & Flora International’s Kristi Foster explains why NGOs, businesses, governments and communities are putting down their gloves and joining forces.



Scotland boasts over 16,000 km of coastline including 800 islands, carved out by glaciers during the last ice age. With the exception of its southern border with England, Scotland is entirely surrounded by the sea – the North Sea, Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea meet off its coast, and the mixing of cold and warm water currents in these different bodies of water create ideal conditions for marine life to thrive. 8,500 animal and plant species can be found in…



Encompassing the Namib and Kalahari deserts, the southern African country of Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world and receives less rainfall than any other country in sub-Saharan Africa. Its ancient and intensely arid Namib Desert is home to diverse habitats, from coastal wetlands and expansive gravel plains, to sand dunes and rocky outcrops such as the Erongo Mountains. Together these habitats support a high level of biodiversity, including globally threatened plant, invertebrate, reptile and…

Community forests for climate, people and wildlife


Fauna & Flora International’s Community Forest Ecosystem Services (CFES) programme creates a direct link between healthy forests and improved well-being of forest-dependent communities. The programme helps Indonesian communities gain legal rights to forests and build the capacity to govern, protect and benefit from them. Record deforestation Between 1990 and 2010 Indonesia lost over 24 million hectares of tropical forests, driven primarily by conversion to tropical agriculture. The country has recently overtaken Brazil as having the highest rate of deforestation globally.…

The Conservation Business Club


The Conservation Business Club brings together like-minded individuals, who have both the interest and the ability to make a difference to conservation – either individually or as a group. The club encourages members to act as advocates for biodiversity conservation and the work of Fauna & Flora International (FFI) within their own networks, and aims to influence decisions and encourage further support for FFI’s work. The Conservation Business Club also provides opportunities for members and their contacts to network with…

Sweeping for tiger snares in Sumatra


Fauna & Flora International biologist and wildlife photographer Jeremy Holden reports on this year’s Great Kerinci Snare Sweep – an annual competition to step up protection for tigers at a critical time of year.

Mining & Energy


Anglo American partnership eni e&p partnership Rio Tinto partnership (ended 2016) Demand for energy and resources such as copper, aluminium and rare earth metals is pushing extraction into more remote corners of the planet, putting increasing pressure on wildlife and ecosystems. As important drivers for economic growth, extractive industries are a growing activity in many developing countries worldwide, where environmental regulations and management are often not in place. Together the extractive sector – oil, gas and mining – has substantial…

Working with business


Conserving wildlife and wild places alongside economic development is a defining challenge of the 21st century. Following the alarming global decline in species and habitats, together with the services they provide to people, the international community’s standpoint on business and biodiversity is undergoing an important shift. Businesses, which rely on everything from fresh water to healthy soils, are recognising that they need to look at the big picture – how their activities are linked to biodiversity and nature’s services –…

Working with government


As decision-makers, land use planners, environmental stewards and educators, governments have significant and lasting impacts on the environment. They can also play a critical role in biodiversity conservation. Declining natural resources pose a growing threat to economic sustainability, resource security and human well-being today and for the generations to come. Governments worldwide face the escalating challenge of balancing environmental stewardship with development goals, economic interests and political pressures. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) works with all levels of government to…

The World Bank


The World Bank Group has acknowledged Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) leadership role in extractive sector environmental management, biodiversity risk assessment and biodiversity offset design, management and implementation. The World Bank Group is made up of five institutions that work together to reduce poverty around the world. These include the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Together the IBRD and IDA form the World Bank, a partnership that…

Conservation and sustainable agriculture in southern Brazil


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working in partnership with business and civil society to establish an economically viable approach for farmers to maintain and restore biodiversity through threatened landscapes of southern Brazil. The project partners are British American Tobacco (BAT) subsidiary Souza Cruz and Brazilian NGO Sociedade de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educação Ambiental (SPVS). Araucaria forests and farms Brazil’s South Region is the country’s primary agricultural centre and the main location of Souza Cruz’s tobacco growing operations.…

BROA: Biodiversity Risk & Opportunity Assessment


Businesses that grow or source products from farms depend on the services that healthy, biodiversity-rich ecosystems provide, from water supply and soil formation to pollination and pest control. Yet their environmental footprint may threaten what they and other users depend on. The Biodiversity Risk & Opportunity Assessment (BROA) is a tool for organisations with agricultural supply chains to assess how they impact and depend on biodiversity, as well as the risks and opportunities this brings. BROA was developed by the…

Wildly popular online game supports wild populations of rhinos


World’s most popular free Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game RuneScape adds support to United for Wildlife alliance.

10th annual naming ceremony celebrates new baby mountain gorillas


2014's Kwita Izina ceremony celebrates 18 baby mountain gorillas born in Volcanoes National Park during the past year.

Myanmar’s palm oil industry heads for a sustainable path


New research and discussions show there is hope to conserve Myanmar’s unique biodiversity as its palm oil industry expands – if the country can learn from the experiences of its neighbours.

Training Cambodia’s next conservation scientists


Nick Souter, Project Manager for Fauna & Flora International’s Cambodian University Capacity Building Project, co-manages the only conservation Masters degree course in the country.

Here we share an edited extract from a piece Nick wrote recently for Australian Quarterly, on why this project is so important.

Back in the DRC – heading home to a war zone


Fauna & Flora International’s Thalia Liokatis, Programme Coordinator for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has just returned from a long-postponed trip to a country of special meaning to her – both personally and professionally. Thalia blogs about her birthplace, and manages to find great beauty amongst some hideous tragedy…

Why marine protected areas are not just about conservation


Economic arguments against marine protection are fundamentally flawed, says Andrew Binnie from the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST). Here, he sets the record straight…

Garamba National Park under attack from armed poachers in DRC


Poaching crisis in eastern DRC sees elephants killed by weapons more commonly seen in warfare.

Warning: this story includes some graphic descriptions and images of an extremely distressing nature.

Heart of Darkness: Venturing into the Tanintharyi


Fauna & Flora International biologist and wildlife photographer Jeremy Holden continues his Rainforest Diary series, this time heading where no man has gone before, well, at least where no outsider has been for more than sixty years, as he ventures in Tanintharyi in southern Myanmar

Revive the Clyde campaign launched to restore Scottish seascape


Campaign video shows shoppers’ shock as fish & chip shop serves up puny portions from local waters.

Emergency appeal launched to combat rise in elephant poaching


EMERGENCY APPEAL UPDATE: (added 2 July) We are delighted to announce that a supporter of the RRF has agreed that any donations made to the Sumatran elephant emergency appeal will be matched dollar for dollar, up to the value of $50,000. So donate now to double the impact of your contribution. Please CLICK HERE to donate now. An emergency appeal has been launched by the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) for local conservation group HAkA, in response to a significant increase in poaching of Sumatran elephants in Aceh, Indonesia.

Trash, trade or treasure: should we offset biodiversity?


Biodiversity offsets are a hotly contested topic in the worlds of conservation and corporate sustainability. Here’s the latest in the debate on whether they should – or shouldn’t – be tools of the conservation trade.

Andy Murray defends Wimbledon…and wildlife


Sporting star serves up support for anti-poaching alliance.

Getting to the root of the issue: giving the Niedzwetzky apple a helping hand in Kyrgyzstan


Robin Loveridge, Global Trees Campaign’s Programme Officer at Fauna & Flora International, goes apple hunting and looking for new solutions to an old problem in nature’s Eden in Central Asia, where apples first evolved.

Trekking tourists to become wild gorilla guardians


Online pledge campaign launched, set to turn tourists into conservation partners

Help us protect Sumatran tigers in the wild


Please donate today to help our teams protect Critically Endangered Sumatran tigers from poachers and their snares.

Large group of rare crane species found in northern Myanmar


Conservationists excited by unusual sighting of a large number of sarus cranes in Indawgyi Lake.

Notes from the field: Sumatran tiger diaries


Debbie Martyr, Team Leader of Fauna & Flora International’s Kerinci Tiger Project, gives an insight into the team's work to protect tigers, combat poaching and fight illegal wildlife trade on the island of Sumatra.

Help us get to the core of the problem and save this Endangered apple tree


Join Fauna & Flora International today and help us protect the world’s most endangered wild places.

Indawgyi Lake in Myanmar: A bird watcher’s paradise


Fauna & Flora International’s birding expert Ngwe Lwin invites you to visit one of Southeast Asia’s best kept ecotourism secrets – northern Myanmar’s Indawgyi Lake.

First community-based tourism initiative announced for Kachin State in Myanmar


Ministries join hands to support responsible tourism in Indawgyi Lake

Grabbing the biodiversity crisis by the horns


Yes, we know there’s a biodiversity crisis looming. But now isn’t the time to bury our heads in the sand. Now’s the time to brave up, get real and get moving says Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard.

Marsh Awards recognise outstanding achievements of two young conservationists


Recipients announced at Fauna & Flora International event in London.

A community taking control of marine conservation in Scotland


On the Scottish island of Arran, situated off the west coast of Scotland, a community has been campaigning to protect its seas for almost 20 years. It all began in 1995, when two Arran divers, Howard Wood and Don McNeish, set up the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) with the aim of reversing the decline of the island’s marine habitats, which had largely been caused by the 1984 removal of the ban on bottom trawling within three miles of…

Distinctive new wolf snake species discovered in Cambodia


‘Chequered’ snake named in honour of Zoos Victoria in Australia.

The Duke of Cambridge and David Beckham Unite for Wildlife


Royals and sports stars encourage the public to choose a side as an anti-poaching campaign is launched in London.

Investors size up corporate sustainability


Companies need better reporting on environmental management to aid investment decisions, reveals a new collaborative paper.

Magical marine moments – our favourite underwater encounters


Sometimes it feels like our amazing seas don’t quite get the attention they deserve. So, for World Oceans Day, Fauna & Flora International staff share some of their favourite marine memories, to get you in the spirit...

World Oceans Day marks Cambodian conservation success


Director General of the Fisheries Administration joins celebratory events at Koh Rong Archipelago, set to be the site of a new marine fisheries management area

Help us release thousands of leatherback hatchlings into the ocean


fauna-flora.org/public/?content=saving-leatherback-turtles">A gift from you today could help us save hundreds of turtle’s eggs from being dug up and taken illegally from beaches in Nicaragua.

Endangered wild cattle discovered in north-west Cambodia


Unexpected photos from Siem Reap Province, north-west Cambodia, signal hope for the country’s wild cattle amidst threats from hunting and habitat loss.

Managing watersheds for people and nature in Lombok, Indonesia


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working in partnership with business, government and civil society in Lombok to define and promote integrated ways to manage watersheds to enhance biodiversity, support agriculture and improve livelihoods. The project partners are British American Tobacco (BAT) subsidiary Export Leaf Indonesia (PT ELI), the University of Mataram, local development NGO Transform and district and provincial government. Water and forest resources on Lombok Agriculture and tourism are the main sources of income for people on the…

Landscape level assessment for the Central Namib Desert


The southern African country of Namibia has been high on Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) agenda since early 2007. Both Pippa Howard and Dave Wright from FFI’s Business & Biodiversity programme have written lauding the dramatic beauty and high level of biodiversity of the Namib Desert’s varying landscapes. In these blog posts, they also outline some of the challenges to the long-term sustainability of the Central Namib in the light of short-term developments such as uranium mining. All those who…

Painting a brighter future for gibbons in China


Tingting, Primate Programme Officer in China, shares a stunning success story from Fauna & Flora International’s environmental outreach work in China.

Scottish residents search beaches for plastic ‘nurdles’


Concerned local residents have launched ‘The Great Nurdle Hunt’ to help put an end to microplastic pollution on Scottish beaches.

Dog Island in Anguilla is declared rat-free


Anguillan wildlife is already showing signs of recovery after the successful removal of black rats from Dog Island.

Industry must act now to safeguard biodiversity threatened by limestone quarrying, say NGOs


Rare and often-overlooked species found only in limestone ecosystems get a conservation boost.

Microplastic pollution hits the headlines


As cosmetic companies face mounting pressure to drop microbeads from their products, Fauna & Flora International urges people to vote with their wallets.



Limestone is an extremely important raw material, used primarily in the construction industry. This rock is an essential ingredient of cement and is also used as both a building and an ornamental stone. Limestone is of major importance in economic development, with cement production even used as a barometer of growth and progress. For many infrastructure projects – such as dam and bridge construction, port development, and road-building – limestone quarrying is a fundamental, and in most cases irreplaceable, development…

Jeremy Holden’s Rainforest Diary: damselflies and cloud forest


Wildlife photographer and biologist Jeremy Holden spends a lot of time in pursuit of the perfect picture. Here he shares part two of his Rainforest Diary – giving us another glimpse of life under the canopy…

Immediate action needed to help save snow leopards from extinction


Support our work to help us tackle the numerous threats facing the beautiful snow leopard.

2,000 plastic beads? Not in my face scrub…


With a simple experiment, Fauna & Flora International’s marine plastics project officer, Tanya Cox, demonstrates why tiny plastic microbeads pose such a big threat to our oceans.

The tiger is not just the king of the jungle – but its heart and soul too


Matt Linkie, Fauna & Flora International’s Regional Conservation and Development Adviser, shows his stripes and shares his excitement at the wonders of the rainforest, uncovered by camera traps…

Myanmar research reveals underwater treasures


Expedition to Myanmar’s Myeik Archipelago finds a "seascape bursting with life"…

On the trail of the gibbon’s song


Tingting, Fauna & Flora International’s Primate Programme Officer in China, vividly describes her trek through China’s remarkable Ailaoshan Nature Reserve, and her hopes of hearing the western black-crested gibbons sing…

In memoriam: Mark Shand


Following the sad news about the passing of writer and conservationist Mark Shand, we share a few words of tribute from those who knew him.

Landmark book on Cambodian birdlife published


A new book that documents all Cambodian bird species, including those of national conservation concern, has been published and is now available for purchase worldwide.

Conservation Leadership Programme announces 2014 award winners


Emerging conservation leaders embark on projects to safeguard priority species and sites with CLP funding and training.

Getting incentives for forest conservation off the ground


A new study argues that actions to clarify land tenure and improve the economic viability of REDD+ are needed in order to reach environmental and livelihood goals.

Working across sectors


To support multiple land uses while maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, the engagement of the many stakeholders that utilise, benefit from and influence biodiversity and ecosystem services is vital. In landscapes affected by extractive and agricultural sectors, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working with government, business and civil society sectors to catalyse cross-sectoral collaborations to support more integrated, sustainable landscape planning and management and to achieve shared conservation objectives. Engaging multiple stakeholders Sustainable conservation is only possible once all…

Integrated approaches to landscape planning and management


From desert to tropical forest, mountain range to coastal plain, extractive and agricultural sectors are increasingly affecting even the remotest and most fragile of ecosystems around the world. Balancing act These are ecosystems that provide a range of benefits (in the form of ecosystem goods and services) and support multiple objectives for the people and businesses associated with them – for water supply and regulation, food production (commercial and subsistence), energy generation, mineral extraction, tourism, livelihoods and well-being, and biodiversity…

Charity Auction


This special auction will bestow the opportunity to assist in the naming of newly discovered species to the highest bidder offering a donation to support FFI’s Karst Programme. A new genus of snail in Vietnam Last year FFI issued a remarkable press release concerning the identification of the greatest concentration of threatened species on the planet – the Hon Chong hills of southern Vietnam. You can download the media release and fact sheet (PDF) to find out more. Some of the…

Study shows climate change disrupts natural relationships between species


Scientists find climate change affects how species interact, thus impacting the natural food chain.

Uncovering the conservation challenges of Zambia’s national parks


In the second instalment of her Zambian adventure, Fauna & Flora International's Pippa Howard explains some of the country's conservation challenges and why its biodiversity is worth fighting for.

Priority conservation projects given the green light by renowned Swiss foundation


An unprecedented partnership between Fondation Segré and Fauna & Flora International will give a series of priority projects the chance to deliver lasting sustainable outcomes for threatened species and habitats

Searching for Zambia’s Thornicroft giraffe


In the first instalment of her Zambian adventure, amidst crocodile threats and sleeping next to elephants, Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard describes why conservation runs in her veins.

World’s first video footage of the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey captured


Hope for the newly discovered monkey as the Myanmar government prepares for the gazettement of a new National Park

Protecting one of the most threatened habitats on Earth


Long-time friend of Fauna & Flora International, Dr Odette Curtis makes an impassioned plea to help the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust build a new centre that looks set to become a hub for all concerned with saving one of the world’s most truly spectacular habitats…

Historic signing for green growth and conservation in Cambodia


Royal Government of Cambodia to work with major NGOs to benefit the Kingdom

Jeremy Holden’s Rainforest Diary: Lake Gunung Tujuh, Sumatra


Wildlife photographer and biologist Jeremy Holden spends a lot of time in pursuit of the perfect picture. Here he shares part one of his Rainforest Diary - giving us a glimpse into life under the canopy...

Culture and values enhancing conservation in Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains


A new video made by a team of Ugandan conservationists hopes to illustrate the link between traditional values and conservation of some of the world’s threatened habitats and species

A glimpse of Liberia’s secret biodiversity


A decade after the country emerged from conflict, Fauna & Flora International’s Josh Kempinski shares a glimpse into some of Liberia’s incredible and yet unseen biodiversity, from pygmy hippos to chimpanzees.

Sumatran Tiger Tales – a story of recovery?


Fauna & Flora International’s inaugural Singapore Conservation Circle Dinner Hosted by Fauna & Flora International President, HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands Tuesday 6 May 2014 It is with great pleasure that Fauna & Flora International (FFI) invites you to hear the uplifting tale of the Sumatran tigers’  steady recovery in the wild from Dr Matthew Linkie, FFI’s Regional Conservation and Development Advisor for Asia-Pacific. Dr Linkie has worked on wild tiger conservation projects since 1999 and overseas a wide…

Protecting tropical trees in Sumatra


A series of biodiversity surveys in Indonesia’s Kerinci Seblat National Park are helping scientists develop conservation action plans to protect endemic species. Fauna & Flora International’s Indonesian team are conducting a series of biodiversity surveys in the tropical forests of Kerinci Seblat National Park near Jambi, on the island of Sumatra. The lush, tropical national park, the largest in Sumatra, is home to hundreds of endangered, endemic and protected fauna and flora, including the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran elephants, Malayan tapir,…

Celebrating conservation heroes who dispel the myth of the ‘weaker sex’


In celebration of International Women’s Day, Kassie Campbell, conservationist and tiger handler with Fauna & Flora International partner organisation, Australia Zoo, shares her admiration for three women whose conservation credentials are to be celebrated.

Rare turtle spotted in the Rio Grande


Unique sighting in Belize of the Critically Endangered hicatee, also known as the Central American river turtle.

Pulling together for plant conservation in China


Conservation is difficult enough without conflicts with communities, but how can we mend the problems of the past and move towards a more collaborative future? A recent workshop in China aimed to find answers to this very question, as Fauna & Flora International’s Wuying Lin explains…

Return of the howler monkeys: signs of recovery 13 years after Hurricane Iris


Maarten Hofman, until recently Research Coordinator with Ya'axché Conservation Trust, now FONASO PhD Candidate, shares his thoughts on a recovering ecosystem. He recalls the joy of witnessing the first signs of a species returning since Hurricane Iris cleared most of its habitat 13 years ago.

Dung glorious dung


Species Programme Manager Sarah Brook, from Fauna & Flora International in Cambodia, sings the praises of poo in her new blog about the importance of number twos in teaching more about about wildlife...

Siamese crocodiles released into the wild


Hope for Siamese crocodile conservation as the second group of crocodiles is released into a secret site in southern Cambodia.

Curbing illegal wildlife trade


Nav Dayanand, Managing Director with Fauna & Flora International in the United States, attended and presented at last week's Illegal Wildlife Trade symposium in London. Here he asks 'Can these new global commitments guarantee hope for many endangered species?'

Stripping nature: floods and biodiversity


As a flood-stricken UK battles nature’s forces, with thousands of homes under water and flood warnings still mounting, Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard questions if we could have prepared for these natural disasters – or if we’ll prepare for the next.

United for Wildlife alliance to tackle illegal wildlife trade


Two-day symposium focuses on finding solutions for crisis level illegal wildlife trafficking

Cultural exchange: working with indigenous communities for conservation


Pamela Wairagala, Fauna & Flora International’s Senior Project Manager in Uganda, explains how gaining a better understanding of cultural connections with nature can help conservationists overcome conflict.

Celebrating World Wetlands Day in Myanmar


Tony Whitten, Fauna & Flora International's Asia-Pacific Regional Director, reports back from weekend activities in Myanmar, celebrating World Wetlands Day.

Incentives needed before deforestation reduction can be successful


A new report highlights the need for significant scaling-up of demand to meet the increasing supply of carbon emission reductions from global REDD+ activities.

An aerial perspective


For photographer Jeremy Holden getting a good perspective on a landscape is more important than Christmas. This Christmas in Sumatra he decided to combine the two.

Moratorium on wildlife consumption issued for Vietnamese New Year


With celebrations for Vietnamese New Year - or Tet - fast approaching, concern is high for the state of wildlife

Dead as a dodo? Scientists spot rare Samoan species


A research team has spotted the rare and iconic ‘little dodo’ – the first sighting in almost a decade.

Tracking snow leopards and blue sheep in China


Researcher Lingyun Xiao has just returned from a month of field surveys looking at snow leopards and their prey in China’s Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve. Here, she reveals that inspiration can come in all shapes and sizes…

Tonkin snub-nosed monkey strikes a pose


Fauna & Flora International's Vietnam Primate Programme Biologist Nguyen Van Truong shares his thoughts about shooting to thrill - capturing that perfect photo, unexpectedly.

A helping hand – building conservation capacity when and where it matters most


Conservation is challenging at the best of times, and often a little bit of help can go a long, long way. Here, Rebecca Drury shares the inspiring story of Ya’axché Conservation Trust, Fauna & Flora International’s long-standing partner in Belize.

Visit to the fruit and nut forests of Kyrgyzstan


English major at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, Sarah Garnett joined FFI for an internship in August, travelling to Kyrgyzstan to see some of our work in one of the world’s most beautiful places…

Designing Cambodia’s first large marine protected area


Cambodia’s waters are home to an abundance of important habitats ranging from coral reefs and seagrass meadows to mangrove forests. These ecosystems support a rich variety of marine life, including many charismatic species such as Irrawaddy dolphins, hawksbill and green turtles. Cambodia’s marine environment plays an important socio-economic role; fishing and related activities are crucial for coastal economies, and fish is an essential part of people’s diet in Cambodia, accounting for over three quarters of the animal protein consumed. Unfortunately,…

Back from the brink and beyond – can we resurrect a lost species?


The idea of de-extinction – bringing back extinct species – has long persisted in the realms of science fiction, but could it really be possible? And if so, what are the ramifications? Guest blogger Sandhya Sekar from the University of Lincoln discusses the issue…

Ol Pejeta Conservancy extends breeding plan for the northern white rhinoceros


New plan will see northern white rhinos carefully inter-crossed with southern white rhinos to ensure the lineage lives on.

Just keep breathing – learning to dive in Myanmar


Representatives from local government and staff from the Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Myanmar team recently faced their fears and learned to dive, forming the country’s first underwater survey team. Zau Lunn, FFI’s Marine and Coastal Programme Coordinator, recounts his experiences…

Facing the global energy crisis: why it is vital we conserve biodiversity


Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard and Kristi Foster break down the divide between the energy crisis and biodiversity loss – and explain what we’re doing about it.

A look back at 2013


As the year draws to a close, we reflect on the best of 2013 in conservation

Without ecology there is no economy


Fauna & Flora International’s Helen Nyul and David Wright explore the need to value nature following the inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital

Microbeads causing macro damage to our oceans


A guide to help you choose products for the health of your skin – and our seas

Myanmar critical for hoolock gibbon conservation


Research points to Myanmar as best hope for survival for the hoolock gibbon

Searching for gibbons is no walk in the park


Jeremy Parker not only talks the talk, but walks the walk too, as he joins his Fauna & Flora International colleagues in Vietnam on a gruelling hike way, way up into Tu Sua mountain...

Variety is the spice of life – biodiversity in the Cardamom Mountains


Biologist and photographer Jeremy Holden takes us on a journey to Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains – an area of incredible, and in many cases unique, biodiversity…

How does it feel to meet a wild gorilla?


Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Chloe Hodgkinson and Dr Ros Aveling describe how it feels to encounter a mountain gorilla in the wild, and explain why it is so important to conserve these magnificent animals.

Should nature’s benefits matter to business?


A new collaborative paper shows why ‘natural capital’ could increasingly appear on corporate balance sheets

Survey in Vietnam records highest number of Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys to date


Rare reversal of decline in unique species is cause for celebration

Microplastic pollution confirmed to be a threat to marine biodiversity


New research confirms scientists’ predictions that microplastic pollution could severely affect marine biodiversity and the health of our oceans

Name that gibbon – cultivating conservation through name games


Wu Huiying from Fauna & Flora International in China tells how a simple name game could turn out to be a game changer for gibbon conservation…

East Africa’s largest black rhino population hits 100


The birth of Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s 100th black rhino offers new hope for a species on the brink.

The problems of unwelcome nature


With cockroaches in the kitchen and elephants in the garden, biologist and photographer Jeremy Holden considers the implications of uninvited guests...

Tales of tree conservation


As the Global Trees Campaign celebrates the launch of its new website, the partnership team share a few stories describing some of their successes and challenges.

Rare pheasant snapped in Sumatra


Camera trapping work conducted by Fauna & Flora International in the Sumatran rainforests of Ulu Masen in Aceh produces a surprise result

Cultural Values: a review of policies and practices


A review of policies and practices designed to integrate cultural values into conservation initiatives

1,001 gorillas crowdfunding campaign


Thank you Our Indiegogo campaign came to an end last week on 13 December, raising £28,883. We’re still receiving offline donations so we expect this figure to continue rising for a little longer yet. When we launched this campaign with FFI vice-president Sir David Attenborough on 31 October at Parliament, we had one simple aim – we wanted to raise enough money to make a positive impact on the work to save the Critically Endangered mountain gorilla. We have done…

Encounter with a leopard seal


Wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden reflects on some close calls and wonders why humans are so rarely victimised by animals...

New populations of Indochina’s rarest deer discovered in Cambodia


Surveys confirm three populations of the Endangered hog deer in Cambodia

Sir David Attenborough launches crowdfunding campaign to conserve gorillas


Fauna & Flora International vice-president announces appeal to raise funds to protect mountain gorillas.

Batting for conservation’s underdogs


Bats become a familiar sight at this time of year, as people prepare for Halloween festivities. But are they really so spooky? Fauna & Flora International’s Kristi Foster speaks up for these maligned mammals, and asks if we are doing enough to protect them.

Bat conservation boosts biodiversity in Cambodia


Twenty-four of the world’s eminent bat biologists gather for a workshop in Phnom Penh.

110th Anniversary Appeal


FFI's 110th Anniversary Appeal - the actions we take now could determine what is left of the natural world for future generations.

How we work: safeguarding species, habitats and livelihoods


At the heart of Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) marine programme is our work to safeguard marine species, habitats and livelihoods through effective protection and management of marine ecosystems. To achieve this, we work to: Create and maintain effectively-managed marine protected areas Improve the sustainability of small-scale fisheries Conserve marine species Creating and maintaining effectively-managed marine protected areas Marine protected areas can be extremely effective in sheltering species and habitats from threats, and can provide a refuge for commercially-valuable species…

How we work: tackling the wider threats to our oceans


Marine protected areas are vital, but by themselves they are not enough to ensure the sustainable management of our oceans. We also need to address the wider impacts that mankind is having on our marine environment, while recognising the economic and social importance of marine resources, which provide around a billion people with their main source of protein and contribute an estimated US$3 trillion per year in economic goods and services. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working to address…

How we work: supporting local stakeholders


At Fauna & Flora International (FFI) we believe that the most effective and long-term solutions to safeguarding species and habitats lie in local hands. As such we are committed to helping local people and organisations sustainably manage their marine environment and resources by building their knowledge, understanding and capacity to carry out conservation. To achieve this, we support a diverse range of partners – from government agencies, NGOs and academic institutions to community-based organisations – to help them access the…

Conservation milestone for baobabs in Madagascar


Community-managed forest provides great hope for the future of Madagascar’s iconic trees

Sowing the seeds for forest restoration in Cambodia


Reforestation Specialist Arnaud Guidal reflects on the challenges and successes of returning degraded lands back to their natural state

Working smarter to conserve an Australian icon


Sue Sargent, Conservation Partnerships Manager with Fauna & Flora International in Australia, comes face to face with some of the conservation challenges facing one of Australia's most iconic species - the grey nurse shark.

Subterranean, blind water mite discovered in Vietnamese cave


A remarkable new Nilotonia species has been discovered by scientists in a cave in Cat Ba island in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Report from the field: well enforced ‘No Fishing Zones’ in Gökova Bay provide refuge for sandbar sharks


Edita Magileviciute, Fauna & Flora International’s Marine Programme Development Officer for Eurasia, shares some great news from one of our newest projects, which is working to strengthen the management of Turkey’s stunning Gökova Bay Marine Protected Area.



Situated at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Turkey is a cultural melting pot with a rich history and varied landscape that ranges from arid plains to mountains – a result of complex earth movements that have shaped the region over millennia. Turkey is also bounded by seas on three sides: the Aegean Sea to the west, the Black Sea to the north and the Mediterranean to the south, with the Sea of Marmara enclosed within the north-west of the…

Attempted live sloth export sparks international conservation incident


Private zoo stopped by local community members and conservation organisations while trying to export sloths on a private jet off an island in Panama

New smartphone app will help consumers ‘beat the microbead’


Fauna & Flora International is part of an NGO collaboration that has launched an international smartphone app to help consumers find plastic-free personal care products.

Dead turtle sightings spark alarm among conservationists


Marine turtle experts convene to discuss claims of mass turtle mortality off Nicaragua’s Pacific coast.

Standing up for snakes


Wildlife photographer Jeremy Holden learnt the hard way to watch his step, but lived to tell the tale about his love of the maligned but beautiful snake.

Elephant killed by poachers in Indonesia


Police getting closer to arresting and prosecuting suspected poachers

A spike in interest sees World Rhino Day take centre stage


Poaching is at crisis point, but there is still hope for the future.

Royals and conservationists are United for Wildlife


The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry forms an alliance to combat global conservation crises.

Starting a career in conservation? CLP Conservation Awards now open


Kick-start your career or make a lasting impact on the success of a local conservation challenge.

Filming the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey in northern Vietnam


A Vietnamese film crew documents just what it takes for Fauna & Flora International (FFI) to help conserve the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey in the frontier province of Ha Giang in northern Vietnam. In his first week on the job, Programme Officer Jeremy Parker tagged along to tell us the story...

It takes people to save a species


Nav Dayanand, Managing Director of Fauna & Flora International in the United States, shares his thoughts from a recent visit to the Antiguan Racer Conservation Project and explains how it felt to meet one of these snakes in person.

Cape Verde designates salt marshes as ‘Wetland of International Importance’


The addition of Maio Island’s salt marshes to the Ramsar List will help raise the profile of this critical wetland site, which is home to a key nesting population of the Endangered loggerhead turtle.

Why do we need World Lion Day?


Lion numbers have drastically declined over the past two decades. World Lion Day helps to draw attention to their plight, describes Ros Aveling, Deputy Chief Executive of Fauna & Flora International.

Rangers destroy 40 active tiger snares in Sumatra’s Kerinci Seblat National Park


Tiger Protection and Conservation Units hailed for their heroic efforts in this year’s Great Kerinci Snare Sweep.

The trouble with tussacs


Conservation in the Falkland Islands is restoring the native tussac habitat. This is great news for endemic birds and basking pinnipeds - but it can make life difficult for researchers.

Sapo Conservation Centre opens in Liberia


Liberia's Sapo National Park marks its 30th anniversary with the launch of a new research and training centre.

New Director named for gorilla conservation collaboration


Anna Behm Masozera named new Director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme

Finance sector and biodiversity


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working to mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services related risks, opportunities and dependencies into the decision-making strategies of investors. Our aim is to increase the sustainability of land and natural resource use by influencing the investment decisions of the mainstream finance sector. Through programmes such as the Natural Value Initiative (NVI) we help finance institutions integrate biodiversity and ecosystem services into investment decision making. Natural capital accounting In 2012, FFI, in partnership with KPMG and…

Ecosystem services and valuation


Humankind depends on nature for a wide range of products and services such as food, medicines, the regulation of floods and climate, as well as spiritual values, recreation, and cultural identity – collectively these benefits are described as ‘ecosystem services’. Despite their fundamental importance to our everyday lives, ecosystems and the services they provide are frequently undervalued or ignored in decision-making as they are often provided free of charge or because markets fail to adequately capture their true value. This…

Innovative finance for conservation


We are exploring a number of different innovative finance instruments and mechanisms to support marine environments, forests, biodiversity, livelihoods and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Environmental impact investment


FFI has identified a burgeoning appetite from donors, philanthropists and investors for markets-based approaches to environmental protection through impact investment.

Innovative finance instruments


FFI seeks to support the development of innovative financial instruments for financially sustainable and triple-bottom-line approaches to conservation that deliver conservation, social and economic benefits.

What is a species?


In recent years there has been a spate of news stories announcing new species discoveries from all corners of the Earth. But what exactly do we mean by ‘new species’? And how can scientists be sure this is indeed a new discovery? Guest blogger Sandhya Sekar from the University of Lincoln explains…

Reforestation of vital Cambodian habitat


The first steps in recreating the flooded forests of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap

President Obama’s fight to combat wildlife trafficking


Executive Order provides a critical boost in countering trade and trafficking contributing to species extinction, criminal syndicates, instability, security threats and disease on a global scale

The stunning seabirds of Ascension


Photographer Jeremy Holden recently visited Ascension Island in the South Atlantic and saw firsthand how removing invasive predators can help to restore natural ecosystems.

There’s something exciting happening above the Gobi Desert


Last August, Fauna & Flora International posted a blog by Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Dr Tony Whitten, on our work in Mongolia. Here, Tony gives an update on an exciting new survey now underway over the Gobi Desert.

Twelve baby gorillas named in traditional ceremony


Rwanda celebrates as thousands take part in the 2013 naming ceremony celebrating mountain gorilla conservation.

Singapore pollution reaches hazardous levels


Singaporeans warned to stay indoors to avoid hazardous smog levels from illegal Sumatran forest fires.

Who knows whose nose? Training rangers to identify mountain gorillas


International Gorilla Conservation Programme's field officer Charles Kayijamahe kept field diaries during his recent work on gorilla identification training in both Rwanda and Uganda over the last several months. On the eve of Kwita Izina, the Rwandan Development Board's annual gorilla naming ceremony, we thought we'd share an excerpt from his diary.

Into the valley of the shadow of death: disaster planning for the remarkable Chilean plum yew tree


In the latest instalment of the Global Trees Campaign blog series on remarkable trees, Tom Christian of the iCONic project writes about a recent experience collecting seeds from the Chilean plum yew with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Turtle conservationist murdered in Costa Rica


Fauna & Flora International is saddened to report the death of Jairo Mora Sandoval, a young turtle conservationist killed during a nightly beach patrol in Costa Rica.

Frisky, photogenic giants


Jeremy Holden reveals the results from Fauna & Flora International’s three-year camera-trapping programme on Da Lai Mountain in Cambodia. The video footage shared here captures the plight of the last remaining pair of Asian elephants on the mountain.

Cambodia celebrates World Oceans Day


Kids and conservationists make a splash for a healthier planet on World Oceans Day 2013

Cause for celebration as Iberian lynx caught on camera in western Portugal


Rare sighting raises hopes for the future of this Critically Endangered cat.

Livelihoods & Governance library


The Livelihoods & Governance library contains a number of documents produced by the Conservation, Livelihoods and Governance team with the following themes: Our approach to conservation, livelihoods and governance Lessons learned from REDD+ and other conservation strategies Tools for participatory approaches Assessing cultural ecosystem services Integrating conservation, livelihoods and governance Conservation and livelihoods after crises Our approach to conservation, livelihoods and governance Fauna & Flora International (FFI) promotes the use of a sustainable livelihoods approach to working with communities to…

When art imitates life, and life imitates art


Esther Tyson, member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, has recently returned from a working trip in Cambodia. Esther sketched aspects of two Fauna & Flora International programmes and was also Artist-in-Residence for Song Saa Private Island. In the lead up to World Ocean’s Day on 8 June, Esther shares some of her diary with us, in what was to become a memorable cultural and artistic exchange.

Think. Eat. Save. for World Environment Day


Reducing the amount of food we waste will help address ‘the largest single driver of biodiversity loss’, says UNEP.

A little hope after rhino poaching incident at Ol Pejeta Conservancy


A bittersweet update from Fauna & Flora International’s partner in Kenya reveals a little hope after a tragic loss

Conservation meets innovation


Ken Banks, Technology and Innovation Advisor at Fauna & Flora International (FFI), introduces Conservation Labs, a new FFI initiative looking to explore the potential application of new technologies for global conservation.

Is there hope for the Bengal florican?


Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity, an opportunity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. To commemorate the occasion, Fauna & Flora International’s Jeremy Holden tells us about his encounter with Cambodia’s rarest bird species.

Religion and conservation combine to save Sumatra’s forests


Islamic faith leaders in Indonesia contribute to curb deforestation in Darwin Initiative funded project

Meeting the green giant of Sabah


Robin Loveridge describes a spectacular dipterocarp in the latest installment of the Global Trees Campaign’s 'Remarkable Trees' blog series. Fauna & Flora International supports community forestry initiatives in Borneo to grow and protect threatened tree species.

Deep and meaningful: images of our oceans


Photo exhibition: 20 May – 8 June Opening night and talk: 20 May, 6pm – 7:30pm Our oceans are home to some of the most spectacular life on Earth, from the majestic blue whale to tiny corals that form vast reefs teeming with life. Join us for the opening night of our photo exhibition on Monday 20 May (6pm – 7:30pm) and learn all about this amazing underwater world from leading marine biologist, Professor Callum Roberts. Get a glimpse of life…

What should you do if you find a dolphin or whale on the beach?


Edita Magileviciute, Marine Programme Development Officer, recently delivered a training workshop for local community members in Maio, Cape Verde, on cetacean rescue. The Maio Whale Strandings Response Team is now poised for action should the need arise.

Whitley Fund for Nature announces 2013 award winners


Fauna & Flora International partner wins prestigious award for his work to create Turkey’s first community-managed marine protected area.

The chronicles of Oryx: a history of conservation – part four (1934-1943)


This year, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) marks its 110th Anniversary. To celebrate, Elizabeth Allen has been searching through the archives, looking at how conservation has changed over the decades. Here, she looks at how conservation fared during a very turbulent period in history.

Saving the Siamese Crocodile


Tuesday 18 June, 2013. 6:30pm – 9:00pm Haberdashers’ Hall, 18 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9HQ Information on how to book tickets can be found at the bottom of this page, and further information about this event and our speaker can be found below. Crocodiles have a special place in the rich cultural heritage of Cambodia, with stone cavings of Siamese crocodiles to be found on the walls on ancient Angkorian Temples. For some Cambodians, these freshwater crocodiles are the spirits…

The Good Scrub Guide


These microbeads are washing straight down the drain and invariably enter the marine environment because their size makes them impossible to filter out. Once they reach the sea, they are impossible to clean up.

Pop song campaign highlights the importance of Cuban plants


Conservation Leadership Programme award recipients have been busy planting ideas for Cuban flora

Displacement behaviour not in evidence in Aceh


Tony Whitten, Asia-Pacific Regional Director at Fauna & Flora International, recently attended a meeting in Aceh, Indonesia, that proved both inspirational and insightful. The resulting appeal by meeting participants was decidedly not the conservation equivalent of scratching backsides in Aceh.

Conservation Leadership Programme announces 2013 award winners


Funding will support emerging conservation leaders as they work to conserve threatened species and ecosystems around the world.

Happy returns to Vietnam


Josh Kempinski paints a picture of Kon Tum, Vietnam, following his latest visit, and describes how new thinking about ecosystem valuation may help to save this beautiful forest landscape.

Flagship Species Fund supports eight conservation icons in 2013


Fauna & Flora International’s Flagship Species Fund announces eight grants to be given to species conservation projects in 2013.

Biodiversity offsets: playing with matches?


A few weeks ago, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) held an internal workshop in Cambridge on the controversial topic of biodiversity offsetting. Joe Bull, a Phd candidate studying offsets in Uzbekistan with part funding from FFI, presented at the workshop and shares about the experience.

FFI Cambodia staff honoured for conservation work


Kingdom of Cambodia recognises FFI staff for conservation efforts

Shackleton’s wildlife – what would he have seen?


Wildlife photographer Jeremy Holden has just returned from an intrepid Antarctic visit. Here he blogs about what he saw and how conservation efforts on South Georgia are returning the island to its former splendour.

Striped like a badger – new genus of bat identified in South Sudan


Rare specimen discovered by researchers from Bucknell University and Fauna & Flora International while conducting field research with wildlife authorities in South Sudan.

Conservation challenge: marine plastic pollution


Famed for their versatility, durability and cost-effectiveness, plastics changed the face of the industrial landscape in the early 1900s. Derived from crude oil fractions, plastics are polymers – long chains of repeating units – which can be moulded and shaped for a wide variety of applications ranging from clothing and packaging to aircraft and even spacecraft components. There are many different types of plastic, but generally they can be grouped into two main polymer families: thermoplastics (which soften on heating…

Investing in livelihoods for the benefit of conservation


Fauna & Flora International’s Environmental Markets Community Specialist, Jane Dunlop, explains how a community-owned fund that provides accessible loans to small enterprises is supporting conservation work in Indonesia.

Launch of final component of the REDD+ Community Carbon Pools programme in Cambodia


The REDD+ Community Carbon Pools programme has reached a significant milestone as Fauna & Flora International (FFI) launches the Cambodian component to be the fourth and final region of the programme.

Is capacity building the key to a brighter future?


In this entertaining and thought-provoking blog, Chloe Hodgkinson (Fauna & Flora International’s Liberia Programme Manager) shares some lessons from a recent conference on ‘capacity building for conservation’ in Colombia.

CITES takes decisive action to protect tropical tree species


Fauna & Flora International and Belizean partner Ya’axché Conservation Trust commend a CITES decision to strengthen protection for tropical hardwoods, write Gail Stott and David Gill.

The chronicles of Oryx: a history of conservation – part three (1924-1933)


This year, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) marks its 110th Anniversary. To celebrate, Elizabeth Allen has been searching through the archives, looking at how conservation has changed over the decades. Here, she discusses how the focus of the organisation began to shift during FFI’s third decade.

Mountain gorillas benefit from rainwater harvesting project


International Gorilla Conservation Programme finds win-win solution for people and wildlife.

New bike trail could help conserve one of Europe’s last great lowland landscapes


Cast your vote to support Fauna & Flora International’s partner in Romania.

Northern white rhino portraits win prestigious award


Stunning photographs capture fragile beauty of one of the world’s rarest mammals.

Gorillas in crisis – caught in the crossfire of conflict


Setting the record straight about the Grauer’s gorilla, potentially the most threatened gorilla in the world.

Putting gender on the conservation agenda


To celebrate International Women's Day today, Helen Schneider, Director of Livelihoods & Governance at Fauna & Flora International (FFI), reflects on the importance of gender as an issue with which conservationists need to engage.

Extinction looms for forest elephants


Study reveals 62% of all African forest elephants have been killed for their ivory over the past decade

An appetite for the truth: why do people eat turtle eggs?


Gena Abarca, Environmental Education Coordinator for Fauna & Flora International’s sea turtle programme in Nicaragua, shares some key findings from a recent study that looked to uncover the truth behind turtle egg consumption.

The chronicles of Oryx: a history of conservation – part two (1914-1923)


This year, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) marks its 110th Anniversary. Over the next 12 months, FFI’s Elizabeth Allen will be searching through the archives, looking at how conservation has changed over the decades. In part two, she discusses how attitudes began to change during FFI’s second decade.

Crocodile crisis in Cambodia


Emergency rescue appeal launched to save the world’s second largest Siamese crocodile population

Marine management in the Philippines


The Philippines lies within the ‘coral triangle’ – the epicentre of marine biodiversity – and is home to around 3,000 fish species, 500 coral species and over 40 species of mangroves. Endangered species of sea turtles, whale sharks, yellowfin tuna and dolphins also inhabit these waters. The reefs are among the most threatened in the world due to overfishing, destructive fishing methods, pollution, coral mining and unregulated coral reef tourism, all of which contribute to the rapid decline of marine…

Seven wonders of endangered species named


The results of a poll asking the global community to vote for the seven wonders of endangered species have been announced, with some unusual results.

Tall, stripy and mighty: introducing the African zebrawood


In the latest instalment of the Global Trees Campaign’s 'Remarkable Trees' blog series, Fauna & Flora International’s David Gill describes his encounter with the African zebrawood from Cameroon.

Triumphant Shackleton Epic expedition arrives at Stromness


They did it! Jarvis and Gray make it across the mountains of South Georgia after harrowing three day climb...

Two new salamander species discovered by Colombian researchers


Conservation Leadership Programme alumni describe two new salamanders from Tamá Bi-National Park

Final leg of Shackleton Epic underway


It's true - a picture does tell a thousand words. The images below, taken in recent days, show the reality of the journey the crew of the Shackleton Epic are currently enduring.

Sea turtles celebrated at Symposium in the US


Sea turtle experts from Fauna & Flora International arrive in the United States for International Sea Turtle Symposium

Setting an offsetting example


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is assisting Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals mine to meet its commitment of Net Positive Impact on biodiversity. Angela Hawdon describes how the project is bringing a range of stakeholders together to identify and protect this wonderful Coastal Dune Forest habitat.

The chronicles of Oryx: a history of conservation – part one (1903-1913)


This year, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) marks its 110th Anniversary. Over the next 12 months, FFI’s Elizabeth Allen will be searching through the archives, looking at how conservation has changed over the decades. She begins with the origins of FFI, and reflects on the utilitarian approach of early conservationists.

Fund offers renewed hope for habitats


Fauna & Flora International’s Halcyon Land & Sea fund receives US$5 million boost from Arcadia.

Dart through the heart: Colombian frog becomes cherished mascot for conservation


During a trip to Colombia, Stuart Paterson (Conservation Leadership Programme Manager) took the opportunity to visit an amphibian research project that has spurred an entire community into action…

Face to face with a tiger… in Australia?


As part of a Conservation Cultural Exchange arrangement, four tiger patrollers from Indonesia recently visited project partner Australia Zoo. For a bunch of guys who spend their lives protecting Sumatran tigers, it was the first time any of them had been able to get up close and personal with a live tiger. The trip opened their eyes to many other things too, and Andi Siswanto (with some help from his fellow travellers M Rosali, Jefri Yulius and Seven X) was inspired to document some of his thoughts in this lovely blog...

The Epic journey begins


The world’s first authentic recreation of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous voyage sets sail from Antarctica

Scientists capture first Liberian mongoose records in Sapo National Park


Camera trap survey findings will help inform the conservation of this key ‘ecosystem engineer’ species.

Depressingly inspirational: 1920s film depicts a lost world


Stephen Browne, Fauna & Flora International’s Asia-Pacific Director of Operations, tries his hand as a film critic to highlight a film that gives an insight to a way of life and a time abundant with wildlife that we can only hope to see again.

Rosewood burning: a symbolic sacrifice to stop the destruction


The decision by the Government of Belize to burn a stockpile of illegally-harvested rosewood timber may have prompted mixed reactions, but it has certainly got the nation talking about the issue, says Fauna & Flora International’s Karina Berg.

“Fragile planet” – getting the right messages across


Conservationists often talk about “fragile ecosystems”, but just how fragile are they? Fauna & Flora International’s Mark Infield investigates, and asks whether “doom and gloom” messages are actually counter-productive…

Crocodiles and conservation: how evolution gets it right


Jeremy Holden examines our strange fascination with crocodiles – some of the planet’s longest-serving residents – and asks whether even 200 million years of evolutionary progress can withstand mankind’s modern pressures.

FFI Travel Programme – “Seeing is believing…”


With over 140 projects in over 40 countries Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is custodian of a long list of extraordinary travel experiences waiting to be enjoyed by our supporters. FFI offers trips to project locations of striking natural beauty, where we provide you with privileged insight to how conservation works behind the scenes. If you would like to see for yourself what it takes to make conservation happen please join us on one of these unique trips organised especially…

Saiga saga profile raised in Kazakhstan


A campaign aimed at raising awareness of the Critically Endangered saiga antelope has already achieved huge successes in Kazakhstan.

The plight of the pangolin


Prak Chanthy, Project Officer for Fauna & Flora International’s HARVEST programme in Cambodia, is passionate about pangolins. Here she shares a story she’s written, in both English and Khmer, to help us all understand the plight of the very unusual, scaled little mammal.

Mount Mabu and ‘the Google forest’ – the largest rainforest in southern Africa


If you close your eyes and think about exploration, what images are conjured up in your mind? A Victorian gentleman perhaps, bedecked with khaki overalls, explorer’s hat and an extravagant moustache. You might imagine gruelling journeys and mosquito bites, and long hard treks through the jungle carrying butterfly nets. You probably would not imagine someone sitting at a computer, intently focused on Google Earth. But that is exactly how the forest on Mount Mabu, Mozambique, was discovered. Often referred to…

Bicycles, green space and urban living


Liam Walsh, who until recently was Programme Development Officer for Fauna & Flora International in Vietnam, discusses the consequences of our increasingly urbanised planet, and suggests a simple remedy.

Real life superheroes


Kassie Campbell, a regular contributor to our site, blogs on meeting a real life conservation Wonder Woman, deep in the Sumatran jungle.

Discovering a new global biodiversity hotspot in China


Tony Whitten (Fauna & Flora International’s Asia-Pacific Regional Director) reports on a recent trip to southern China, where he and other staff attended a remarkable symposium that focused on a little-known component of biodiversity.

Winter wonderland


For those in the Northern Hemisphere, the cold, dark days until spring can be a challenge. Here, Fauna & Flora International’s Sarah Rakowski shares a selection of beautiful “wintery” photographs that she hopes will help to show the world the bright side of winter....

Conservation in New Zealand’s changing landscape


As the Hobbit reaches British cinemas, Pippa Howard shares her views about how the breathtaking and biodiverse landscapes of New Zealand are changing.

Victorian diaries: getting to know Alfred Russel Wallace


Earlier in the year, Fauna & Flora International’s Tony Whitten reported on his cruise around the beautiful islands and reefs of far eastern Indonesia aboard Seatrek Bali’s Ombak Putih, planning an itinerary based on the travels and travails of Alfred Russel Wallace – ‘the Attenborough of the Victorian Age’. Now he is on a quest to get closer to the man…

Charity boxing match raises funds for conservation in Belize


British boxer Georgina Banton was fighting for the future of the natural world when she donned her gloves to raise funds for Belizean NGO, Ya’axché Conservation Trust.

Bewitching baobabs


In the second instalment of our 'Remarkable Trees' blog series, Richard Jenkins from IUCN shares his fascination with Madagascar’s iconic baobabs...

At the crossroads of change: the Agta of the Sierra Madres


Leonard G. Reyes showcases through photos how Fauna & Flora International works with the Agta people to help conserve Philippine rainforest.

Cao vit gibbon population on the rise


Research findings offer a glimmer of hope for one of the world’s rarest primates.

Conservation cultural exchange benefits wild tigers


Tiger protectors come face to face with live tigers for the first time

Is love really all we need?


In light of IUCN's latest campaign, Mark Infield (Director of Fauna & Flora International’s Cultural Values Programme) asks whether talking about love, not loss, is a better way to get the message through…

Countdown begins for Antarctic expedition


Shackleton Epic expedition leader Tim Jarvis waves goodbye to friends and supporters as he prepares to embark on his most ambitious adventure yet.

Blind, scaleless cave fish species discovered in Vietnam


Could there be more biological treasures awaiting discovery in Asia’s limestone cave systems?

Belize declares new marine reserve around Turneffe Atoll


New multiple-use reserve will help protect a globally important coral reef ecosystem that is home to turtles, manatees and more.

Leading the way to better bat conservation


After three years of academic graft, the bat signal flashes in the sky for Dr Neil Furey, writes Jeremy Holden.

Ol Pejeta named ‘Private Conservancy of the Year’


Award recognises the conservancy’s responsible, respectful approach to sustainable tourism.

Are we rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic, or can we avoid the iceberg?


Anna Lyons describes three recent events that have underlined the importance and urgency of scaling up responsible business practices, and argues that Singapore may be rising as a centre for sustainable action.

Sumatran Tiger Tales – a story of recovery?


We are pleased to report that our drinks reception Sumatran Tiger Tales; a story of recovery? on Tuesday 26 February at Drapers’ Hall in London was a great success. Nearly 150 Fauna & Flora International (FFI) supporters joined us to hear the key speech from Dr Matthew Linkie, FFI’s Aceh Programme Manager. Dr Linkie provided a fascinating talk outlining the principal threats to Sumatran tigers and the work that FFI are carrying out in southern Sumatra at Kerinci Seblat National…

New tool helping deliver conservation outcomes for agricultural sector


A new tool aimed at promoting conservation and management of biodiversity across the agriculture sector has been officially launched – and made freely available to all companies seeking to make their business practices more sustainable.

The art of conservation


Over the years, Stephen Browne has amassed an impressive collection of folk art. Set against the background of the economics vs aesthetics debate, he talks about some of his favourite pieces and discusses what these say about the cultures they come from...

Census confirms growing mountain gorilla population


Mountain gorillas are now the only great ape with clear signs of increasing population despite continued pressure on habitat

A record-breaking season at the Iberian lynx breeding centre


With another update from the Iberian lynx breeding centre in Portugal, volunteers Maike Demski and Tom Smith tell of the astonishing success of this year’s breeding season, and introduce a few of the characters…

Conservation Leadership Programme alumnus wins prestigious film-making award


Panda Award winner Anirban Dutta Gupta shares some tips for budding environmental film-makers.

Some things are sacred


With the publication of a report into the sacred sites of Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains, Dr Mark Infield asks whether we are doing enough to ensure that conservation and cultural values go hand-in-hand.

New report about the ‘materiality’ of natural capital launched today


A new collaborative report, aimed at Chief Financial Officers, accountancy professionals and business leaders, investigates the concept of materiality and how it may be used in response to declining natural capital.

New FFI President a royal appointment


Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands elected as President of Fauna & Flora International

Mining copper amid glaciers in the Chilean Andes


While in transit on her way back from a trip to Chile with Anglo American, Pippa Howard shares her reflections on the importance of sustainable water management high in the Andes Mountains. Mining, agriculture and people’s livelihoods all depend on the fresh water that cycles through the alpine wetlands.

What is nature for?


In his latest blog, Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Mark Infield asks whether simple economic arguments for conservation are enough.

Important news for threatened forests – Disney launches global paper policy


Fauna & Flora International commends Disney on the launch of its comprehensive new Paper Sourcing and Use Policy.

Oysters: the best ambassador of them all?


Whales, dolphins and tropical fish are all very well, but here Elizabeth Allen, Programme Officer for Conservation Partnerships at Fauna & Flora International, extols the virtues of the humble oyster, and reflects on its potency as a symbol for the relationship between mankind and the sea.

Elephant dreams


Jeremy Holden ponders how an encounter with a herd of elephants has influenced his thoughts - both waking and asleep.

A race against the odds


With the Saint Lucia racer recently dubbed ‘the world’s rarest snake’, Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Jenny Daltry looks back at the hugely successful Antiguan Racer Conservation Project, which may hold the answers to saving this species.

Diving into Aceh’s ocean of knowledge


The October 2012 issue of Oryx - The International Journal of Conservation, contains a collection of articles examining marine conservation in Aceh, Indonesia. In this blog Matthew Linkie, FFI’s Aceh Programme Manager, explains the processes involved in the creation of these six articles.

Australian diver becomes 100th shark watching volunteer


Grey Nurse Shark Watch celebrates its successful volunteer programme and community based photographic identification project, that’s working to ensure the survival of the species.

There are big challenges ahead, says new Executive Director of Ya’axché Conservation Trust


Christina Garcia talks to Fauna & Flora International about the emerging challenges and exciting opportunities for conservation in Belize.

Who loves creepy-crawlies?


Eighteen years ago, Fauna & Flora International's Dr Tony Whitten first learned about a serious threat to the Hon Chong hills in Vietnam, which are home to many rare and endemic species. Here he shares his thoughts on the news story, which has finally broken.

A bitter pill to swallow


Godwin Limberg, manager of FFI’s Murung Raya project in Central Kalimantan, looks at the issues around traditional Asian medicines and considers whether studying the psychology behind medicine might be the key to saving species.

Elephant born in Aceh conservation camp


Banda Aceh's newest elephant recruit born on Tuesday morning. Mother and calf doing well.

Making our mark on the world stage of conservation


Pippa Howard and Laura Somerville talk about their experiences at the World Conservation Congress in Korea, where landscape level approaches and collaborations were at the forefront of people’s minds.

The conservation shamen


From tiger spirits to the law of the jungle, Jeremy Holden discusses how local beliefs and customs affect the way people view these big cats, and what this means for conservation.

Calling all budding conservationists: 2013 CLP Conservation Awards now open for applications


Read on to learn more about the awards and who can apply…

Collaborating on the coast


Cambodia Country Manager Berry Mulligan grabs his camera and escapes his desk in Phnom Penh to visit the Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Aceh Programme and learn about locally-lead marine resource management.

Rescued kestrel released after close call with illegal hunters


A team of conservationists in Macedonia has managed to rescue, revive and release a lesser kestrel that had been shot and injured by hunters.

The way of the wombat … the fight to save our Northern hairy nosed friends


We had such great feedback from a recent guest blog by Kassie Campbell, tiger handler at Australia Zoo, that we asked her write for us again. Here she blogs about an iconic Aussie marsupial, the wombat…

Taxi for turtle delivers hope for the future


Godwin Limberg spends his days working for Fauna & Flora International in Kalimantan and his nights, it would appear, running Murung Raya’s local wildlife rescue centre and saving small animals from a life less … alive

Eyes of wonder


As a biologist, Jeremy Holden could give you many scientific reasons for conserving species. But here, he tells how a chance encounter with a peacock reminded him that our need to protect the world’s natural wonders runs far deeper than that…

Conservation Report reveals successes on the ground


Fauna & Flora International’s ‘Conservation Report’ – a summary of results from our global projects – highlights enormous collective conservation achievements in 2011

Wild ass – no longer the butt of jokes


Tony Whitten, Regional Director at Fauna & Flora International and recipient of the Mongolian President’s Friendship Medal for his services to conservation, explains why recent biodiversity assessments in the Gobi desert gave him a sense of vindication and high hopes for the future.

Orang-utan release operations continue in Kalimantan


Eight more orang-utans released into Bukit Batikap Protection Forest in Indonesia

Birthday flowers


Even though he is "too old" to really celebrate his birthday, Dr Stephen Browne, from FFI’s Asia-Pacific team, explains how the inspiration of a photograph on his wall and an amazing historical figure, made his 43rd birthday one to remember.

Rare golden mongoose found in Aceh


A recent short training session for community rangers conducted by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in the Jantho Wildlife Reserve, Aceh, produced a surprise result.

An eye on the ground


How do you put a name to something if it’s not in the textbooks? It’s all about knowing who to ask and how to ask it, explains Jeremy Holden.

Going, going, gone: auction offers up rare opportunity to name a species


Proceeds will help scientists save a disappearing ecosystem.

New facebook options – Like, Dislike or Go to Jail


Dr Ulrike Streicher is one of the few wildlife veterinarians in Indochina and one of Vietnam’s longest standing primate specialists. Uli splits her time between her two roles as Fauna & Flora International’s Vietnam Primate Programme Manager and as a wildlife veterinarian for primate and wildlife rescue centres across Indochina with support from the Eva-Mayr Stihl Foundation. A recent posting on a popular social media forum has had huge impact and caused outcry on a global scale. When Uli sent the posting and pictures to the office in Cambridge, partly to let us know and partly to help explain what life can be like working in conservation on the ground, we were moved beyond words. Not only at the fact that human beings have done this, but that this is not uncommon. This despicable, unnecessary brutality is what Uli and her team, and others working not only in Vietnam but many other countries around the world, deal with every single day. As Uli is dedicated to the conservation of primates, we asked if she’d mind sharing this story and her thoughts with our staff around the world, and now we share it with you, because this needs to be told. ** WARNING ** We have not posted the most extreme of images that accompany this piece, due to the broad age range of our readers, but please be warned that some of the images below are very graphic and may cause distress.

FFI’s November Presentation 2017


Land Matters: Successes and Challenges of Conservancies in Kenya Tickets are available now! Click here to purchase, or scroll down for more information on the event. The Event: With rising human population and the effects of climate change being felt across the globe, the pressure on our planet’s natural resources has never been greater.  In early 2017 in northern Kenya, the effect of drought on land already degraded due to overgrazing contributed to bitter and bloody conflict.  In Laikipia, one…

Scoring goals for turtle conservation in Nicaragua


Karina Berg, Programme Officer for the Americas and Caribbean region at Fauna & Flora International, reflects on her recent trip to Nicaragua and introduces the Hawksbill Cup – a fun new way to keep communities engaged with turtle conservation.

Species name up for auction


In  the March issue of Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI’s) Update newsletter we reported on a new discovery by Odette Curtis of the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust. The discovery was a beautiful and fragile member of the iris family, from the African genus Hesperantha. This plant belongs to South Africa’s renosterveld ecosystem (a vegetation system that supports the highest number of bulbous plants in the world). So far it has only been found on one site in the Overberg district on…

Tiger Rescue – a life saved, yet lost to the wild


Our team in Kerinci Seblat National Park dedicate their lives to saving Sumatra’s tigers. An incident like the one team leader Debbie Martyr describes below – and in the accompanying video - of finding a tiger caught in a snare is their worst nightmare.

Following in the footsteps of tigers


Jeremy Holden – field biologist, wildlife photographer and intrepid explorer – describes how it really feels to meet a tiger in the wild, and talks of the spiritual links that have formed between the people of Sumatra and their majestic neighbours.

Record amount raised for Siamese crocodiles


Reptile World Serpentarium in St Cloud, Florida, recently hosted an event to raise funds for the Siamese crocodile, with the majority of funds raised directed toward Fauna & Flora International’s Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Program. The Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Program (CCCP) was co-founded by Fauna & Flora International (FFI), the Royal Government of Cambodia and local communities to save the Critically Endangered Siamese crocodile and its globally important wetlands. The total amount raised was $9,000, a record for the four-year-old grassroots…

Remote wildlife Eden uncovered in Cambodia


Recent camera trapping work, by Fauna & Flora International's Cambodia Elephant Conservation Group, has captured a treasure trove of rare and endangered species on film.

Scarlet snake discovered in Cambodia


Named after the country in which it was found, the Cambodian kukri snake is already under threat from habitat loss

From little things, big things grow


As a Programme Development Officer working with Fauna & Flora International in Vietnam, Liam Walsh sees a lot of activity based around agriculture in his day-to-day work life. Here he ponders the importance of the land, the nutrients it provides and people whose lives so rely on it - and finds some joy and humility in growing his own.

Virunga National Park Headquarters evacuates rangers and families


Amid rebel militia advancements toward Rumangabo, where Virunga National Park headquarters is located, the park has evacuated most of the rangers and their families in order to keep them out of harms way.

Thank you!


Thank you so much for “going wild” with us! Best regards, Jan and Kim Welcome to Fauna & Flora International’s website, please take a minute to look around and see some of the great projects that your donation will be supporting.

The Saint Lucia racer takes the title of world’s rarest snake


Doing nothing is not an option says Dr Jenny Daltry, Senior Conservation Biologist with Fauna & Flora International

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon


On 7th October 2012 20 members of Fauna & Flora International (FFI) staff, alongside some enthusiastic supporters, strained their sinews and crunched their calves to hurl themselves through the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon. The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon takes place every year in London, incorporating some of the capital’s most famous and beautiful sights, such as Hyde Park and the Houses of Parliament. All the staff at FFI would like to say a big thank you to the…

Feeling peckish? You probably won’t after this


Fauna & Flora International's wildlife photographer, field biologist and adventurous snacker Jeremy Holden chews the leg off a cricket and wonders if other cultures aren't onto something with their diverse eating habits...

Emergency help needed as Okapi Wildlife Reserve destroyed


Urgent appeal launched following a murderous raid by poachers

Serge Negus announced as conservation ambassador


Environment Reporter, conservationist, naturalist and music lover Serge Negus has been announced as Fauna & Flora International Australia’s first official Honorary Ambassador.

Alliance formed to manage British marine reserve


A new partnership between fishermen and conservationists establishes a blueprint for sustainable conservation of Lyme Bay.

On the tiger trail – it’s a jungle out there


Experiencing first-hand the remarkable work undertaken by the Tiger Protection and Conservation Units, Mark Turner recounts his time spent on patrol in Indonesia's Kerinci Seblat National Park.

Swimming with sharks


Mike Forsdick jumped into the deep end when he joined the board of Fauna & Flora International Australia recently - and found himself diving with grey nurse sharks...

Governments and oil companies slammed over Virunga exploration


A collective of the world's leading conservation groups are supporting a statement made yesterday calling for the halting of all petroleum exploration in Virunga National Park.

Hope from the sidelines at Rio+20


Rio+20, the largest UN summit ever organised has come and gone, and while feedback has generally been critical, staff from Fauna & Flora International (FFI) found a silver lining in side events.

Putting names to faces – 20 mountain gorillas named in traditional Rwandan ceremony


Thousands of people take part in the 2012 naming ceremony to celebrate mountain gorilla conservation and wish the new arrivals a long and healthy life.

“Ometepe, we want you green!”


During a trip to Ometepe Island in Nicaragua, Adam Henson (Technical Director for Fauna & Flora International US) discovers why local farmers are happy to help protect the island’s natural resources…

United by birds – Ometepe school children get painting for World Environment Day


Parades, piñatas and paintings help raise awareness for Nicaraguan biodiversity on Ometepe Island.

Cracking success as 18 Siamese crocodiles hatch


Fauna & Flora International’s Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project team is pleased to announce the arrival of 18 baby crocs.

Conservation through dedication: an uphill battle…


Fauna & Flora International’s Tiger Protection and Conservation Units in Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra, have long enjoyed the support of Australia Zoo. An exchange programme now underway is seeing a small group of tiger handlers from the zoo spend some time in the forest, getting to know the boys on the ground, and also the problems they face in saving Sumatran tigers in the wild. Kassie Campbell was one the first to be put through her paces…

Tribute to a Nigerian conservation leader


Supporters and friends of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) have been invited to the Lekki Conservation Centre, NCF Headquarters at Victoria Island (Lagos, Nigeria) tomorrow to celebrate World Environment Day (WED), initially planned for Tuesday 5 June. Although the main theme  – ‘Green Economy, does it include you?’ –  has not changed,  the event will now also mark the life and work of the internationally respected conservation leader, Professor Emmanuel Asuquo Obot, killed in a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria ten days…

Office towers and trumpet trees – building greener cities


It may seem as though Stephen Browne, Manager of Fauna & Flora International Singapore has been seconded to the Singapore Tourism Board for his latest blog, but it’s the naturalist within that has him singing the praises of the green city and its trees.

Youth: the next wave for change?


To mark World Oceans Day, Sarah Rakowski (Communications Officer at Fauna & Flora International) examines how youth engagement is shaping marine conservation efforts, and what this means for the future of our oceans.

Artist pledges to donate proceeds to support conservation work in Sumatra


Seven unique prints depicting Sumatra’s wildlife are on sale now, with all proceeds going to support Fauna & Flora International’s work in Indonesia.



DFID project reference: CSCF 552 Project title: Empowering marginalised coastal communities in Ecuador to engage in local decision-making and manage their natural resources. Project start: 1st July 2011 Project end: 31st March 2015 All published project documents can be found below: Original project proposal (PDF) Original DFID project budget (PDF) Annual report: year 1 (PDF) Financial report – year 1 (PDF) Financial report – year 2 (PDF) Financial report – year 3 (PDF)

Help us ‘Change the Face of Conservation’


Fauna & Flora International launches global campaign for World Environment Day 2012.

Tracking down new conservation heroes


In his role as Programme Manager for the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP), Stuart Paterson has come across some pretty heroic characters. Here, he explains how the CLP's learning exchanges help alumni share their superpowers.

Conservation Leadership Programme announces 2012 award winners


The latest round of funding will support 28 projects in 22 countries, benefitting species as diverse as the manatee, the chestnut-bellied hummingbird (pictured), the Amur tiger and the pearly tree frog.

The delights and dangers of local knowledge


To believe or not to believe? That is the question explored by field biologist and wildlife photographer Jeremy Holden in his latest blog.

Support chimpanzee conservation in Tanzania


The Ntakata Forest in the Mahale Mountains of north-west Tanzania is home to the eastern long-haired chimpanzee. Threatened by habitat loss, poaching and disease (often transmitted by humans), this charismatic primate is listed as Endangered by the IUCN. The Tongwe people who live in the Ntakata Forest have never hunted the chimpanzees for their meat because of their respect for these creatures and the forest they inhabit. Sadly, however, this critical habitat area is coming under increasing threat from deforestation…

Genetic study sheds light on evolution and may help prevent extinction of the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey


Hope for the newly discovered monkey as the Myanmar government supports a new National Park and first evidence secured of the primate’s existence in China

In at the deep end


Edita Magileviciute has been tasked with developing Fauna & Flora International’s new marine programme in Eurasia. Here, she takes readers on a trip to Turkey, whose sparkling waters hide a multitude of problems.

Extinction looms for gibbons in Vietnam, scientists say


A new report assessing the status of Vietnam’s gibbons shows that immediate conservation intervention is needed to prevent their extinction.

Australia Answers The Call for gorilla conservation


Jose Harnett, from Fauna & Flora International’s Australia office, headed to the University of New South Wales to teach some students a lesson or two about recycling...

Tonkin snub-nosed monkey sighting in Vietnam


A rare sighting of a large group of one of the 25 most endangered primate species in the world

More than just a tree hugger


To help raise awareness of the world’s threatened trees, Fauna & Flora International will be publishing a 'Remarkable Trees' series of blogs covering tales of some of our favourite arboreal species. Here, David Gill (Programme Officer for the Global Trees Campaign) plants the seed…

Jungle cats caught on camera in Belize


Motion-detecting cameras in southern Belize have captured striking images of two kings of the Central American jungle.

Sustainable agribusiness takes centre stage in Singapore


Conservation business leaders from Fauna & Flora International (FFI) actively endorse the World Sustainable Agriculture Congress

Fighting intensifies in mountain gorilla sector, Virunga National Park


IGCP Director warns that although gorillas are not targeted, the impact of heavy artillery on their habitat and behavior could jeopardise their safety.

Keeping an eye on migratory birds – nature’s endurance athletes


Taking a well-earned rest during their trans-continental journeys, many exotic migratory birds are stopping off in Belize. Here, Sergio Rejado Albaina explains how local bird clubs are making the most of the opportunity.

Gareth Goldthorpe, Carnivore Project Coordinator in Georgia, speaks in New York and St. Louis


The Explorers Club headquarters in New York City and The Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis were perfect settings for special events recently, featuring guest speaker Gareth Goldthorpe, Carnivore Project Coordinator in Georgia. Gareth presented an overview of our program in Georgia, which sits at a fascinating biological crossroads between Asia, Europe, and Africa. His work with our Georgian partner NACRES addresses a problem familiar to us here in the US – human-carnivore conflict related to the wolf. He shared…

Cambodia suspends land concessions for companies


Prime Minister Hun Sen announces temporary suspension of economic land concessions to strengthen effectiveness of land management

Siamese crocodile nest survey unearths hope


Fauna & Flora International's Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project team have just returned from the field where they conducted surveys for crocodile nests.

From itchy to deadly – living with jungle parasites


If you thought life in the jungle sounded glamorous, prepare to think again. In his latest blog, wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden tells of encounters with some of the rainforest’s less alluring inhabitants: parasites.

Cambodian environmental activist killed


Anti illegal logging campaigner killed in Cambodia

Eternity Trail built in memory of Nicaraguan conservationist


New trail in Ometepe Island Biosphere Reserve will keep visitors safe and protect fragile forest ecosystems.

Why art thou yet so fair? Looking more closely at degraded habitats


Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Aldrin Mallari warns against giving up on degraded ecosystems too soon and hints at treasures yet to be found.

The dynamic love life of the Iberian lynx


With an update from the Iberian Lynx breeding centre in Portugal, volunteer Sarah Havery describes the telltale signs of lynx courtship, and how it feels to welcome a new generation of the world’s rarest cat species.

Building brighter futures for communities in the DRC


New schools and health centres in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will benefit both people and wildlife in and around Maiko National Park.

It’s really not easy being green


In his latest blog, wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden reveals his life-long love affair with amphibians, and talks about righting some wrongs committed in his youth.

Getting the lay of the land in Namibia


Lahja Tijilumbu is an intern working with Fauna & Flora International and partners on a Landscape Level Assessment of land use and biodiversity vulnerability within the uranium province in the Central Namib. Here, she discusses the progress so far…

Keeping shark fins on sharks


Fauna & Flora International supports No Shark Fins Singapore campaign

The thick and fin of shark fin soup


Dr Stephen Browne, Senior Programme Manager for our Asia-Pacific team, gets behind a new Singapore based campaign to see an end to the infamous practice of shark fin soup.

Two new frog species discovered in the Philippines


Pioneering assessment survey provides new information on the ecology and natural history of many species of vertebrates.

A simple case of demand and supply


With mounting pressure on developing countries to conserve their natural environment, Karina Berg – Fauna & Flora International’s Programme Officer for the Americas and Caribbean – asks whether the burden of responsibility really lies closer to home…

Landscape level assessment


Landscapes are complex and increasingly have to support many different land uses and objectives, from food production and livelihoods, to providing water, timber and energy, to maintaining sites important for natural and cultural heritage. It is important to identify and prioritise areas for conservation that are of greatest significance and offer greatest opportunities for linking biodiversity and socio-economic development. Assessing the best and most sustainable land use options requires a sound, defensible understanding of the landscape in question. This includes…

Scientists discover new species of roundleaf bat in Vietnam


Hipposideros griffini is the latest in a spate of new bat discoveries in the region.

The crocodile connection


Dr Mark Infield, Fauna & Flora International’s Cultural Values Programme Director, explains how we can harness people’s deep (and sometimes surprising) connections with nature for the benefit of all.

Forging stronger links in an international chain


In a bid to share knowledge and experience across an international team, Cambridge-based Rob Harris and Cambodia-based Tuy ('Vathana') Sereivathana swapped countries for a while. Here, they share their experiences.

Natural Value Initiative shortlisted for Guardian Sustainable Business Award


Awards recognise innovative business initiatives that are making a real impact in addressing today’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.

Conservation on the radar


It may sound like science-fiction, but satellites in space are now helping scientists assess the state of the world’s forests. In his blog, Fauna & Flora International’s Jose Don De Alban explains how the technology works and what it means for conservation.

Cubs born in Iberian lynx breeding centre in Portugal


World’s rarest cat species gets a boost.

“Cockles & mangroves, alive, alive-o”


With apologies to the Irish for a bit of poetic licence with the lyrics of the folk song, ‘Cockles and Mussels’, Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Helen Schneider reflects on a recent visit to fishing communities on Ecuador’s Pacific coast.

Shared interest: offsetting biodiversity impacts in Mongolia and Australia


Jack Whelan, Executive Director of Fauna & Flora International Australia, discusses progress made during a recent visit by Mongolian government officials who were looking to learn more about Australia’s biodiversity offset schemes.

Signs of recovery in one of UK’s ‘most degraded marine areas’


Researchers from the University of York believe fish populations may already be starting to recover in Scotland’s first fully protected marine reserve.

Sumatra’s Tiger Saviours


With encouraging reports that Sumatran tiger numbers are increasing in some areas, wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden shares his thoughts on the secret to this success.

Award-winning conservationist Lisel Alamilla appointed to Belize government


With 17 years of experience promoting conservation, sustainable development and indigenous rights, Lisel Alamilla is ideally placed to usher in a new, brighter era for Belize’s natural environment.

Emergency funds to combat wildfires on Mount Kenya


As wildlife flees the area, emergency funds provided via the Rapid Response Facility will bring in aerial support for firefighters battling flames on Mount Kenya.

Would you like pork blood stew with your fertilised egg, Sir?


Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Aldrin Mallari salutes the balut, and suggests lessons learnt from tasting and tolerance can be just as useful in conservation.

When patience pays off


David de Beer – External Consultant to the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia – shares some thoughts from his recent visit to Fauna & Flora International’s EU-funded Livelihood Programme for Community Rangers (one of a suite of projects known as Aceh Peace Process Support, or APPS).

Mr What’s-His-Name


Fauna & Flora International’s Tony Whitten, Regional Director of Asia-Pacific, continues his travels and blogs in the wake of Alfred Russel Wallace and encounters a dogged local conservationist.

Rare peacock turtle rescued and released in Myanmar


A Fauna & Flora International field team recently came across a rare beauty whilst working in Myanmar.

Far from the madding crowd: restored mangroves provide an oasis of calm in Jakarta


In the north of Jakarta mangroves are springing up once more, restoring a wasteland to its former, verdant glory. Dr Stephen Browne of Fauna & Flora International tells the story of this remarkable recovery, and explains what this means for both people and wildlife.

Celebrating amazing women in conservation: spotlight on Madagascar


8 March is International Women’s Day – what better time to celebrate the work of amazing women in conservation, like Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka…

There are many pieces in a monkey puzzle


In his latest blog, Dr Stephen Browne talks about the remarkable progress made towards conserving the recently discovered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey, and the work that still needs to be done.

Asian waterbird census highlights case for Ramsar site in Myanmar


Wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden may not count his chickens, but takes no issue with the more exotic species found around the Indawgi Lake region of Myanmar.

I’m not really one to boast, but …


Dr Tony Whitten, Fauna & Flora International's Asia-Pacific Director blogs about how REDD is providing the green light for Village Forests and local management in Indonesia

Encouraging news from China’s cao vit gibbon conservation project


Three new infants are born in Bangliang Nature Reserve, Guangxi Province.

Orang-utans reintroduced into Kalimantan forest


First steps realised in action plan to see all rescued orang-utans released into their natural habitat

Past connections form conservation future in Australia


Fauna & Flora International's Dr Mark Infield, Programme Director of Culture & Conservation, heads down under to enjoy the fruit that doesn't fall far from the tree.

Game on! Football helps kick-start conservation in Garamba National Park


Fauna & Flora International is using sport to get young people excited about conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Back from the brink: financiers save critically endangered native tree


Jose Harnett, from Fauna & Flora International's Australia office, got caught up in the fun of the serious business of raising money for charities in ICAP's Charity Day...

Shiny new lizard discovered in northeast Cambodia


Discovered in Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation Area, this new lizard species is the most recent find in a string of discoveries in the remote northeast Cambodia, increasing the conservation value of this unique region

The next generation of conservationists – working with elephants in Cambodia


Phalla Leng, Fauna & Flora International's Project Assistant with the Cambodian Elephant Conservation Group, and her Ministry of Environment counterpart Sovannak Keo, have teamed up to blog about their experiences in the field, working to save the Asian elephant.

Eco-tourism company gives conservation boost to Kenyan communities


New agreement between Kenya’s Sera Conservancy and tourist operator offers a pioneering approach to conservation

In the wake of Wallace – part two – birds of paradise


In the continuation of his blog on Alfred Russel Wallace, Fauna & Flora International’s Tony Whitten spends another day in paradise, retracing the steps of one of his conservation heroes.

Marine life in and around the Great Sandy Biosphere


Within the Great Sandy Biosphere, between Fraser Island and the mainland of south-east Queensland, Australia, lies the Great Sandy Strait. These coastal sandy habitats support species such as resident and migratory turtles and shorebirds, dugongs, and humpback whales. A little further south in the Great Sandy Marine Park, the endangered grey nurse shark can be found. However, pressure from fishing, unsympathetic tourist activity and the degradation of coastal habitats is putting the species that rely on these ecosystems at risk.…

Green is the new blackwood at London Fashion Week


Ethically sourced African blackwood jewellery to shine at The Good Fashion Show.

High level forest disturbance increases human-elephant conflict risk in Cambodia


Large scale habitat conversion and high levels of forest disturbance have resulted in a spate of recent sightings of elephants in and around number of villages across the Cardamom Mountains landscape over the last 12 months. Until recently, elephants were rarely if ever seen, even by conservation researchers. These pictures and video were captured in January 2012 by the FFI Cambodian Elephant Conservation Group team. Taken on the forest edge close to a sugar cane plantation, they show how scary…

The problem is hazy, but the solution is clear


Stephen Browne, Senior Programme Manager with Fauna & Flora International’s Asia-Pacific team, squints through the haze and suggests where there's smoke, there's fire.

Mountain gorilla found dead in poacher’s snare


Young gorilla struggled for days before dying in a snare set for antelope

£75,000 bequest to help wild orang-utans in Kalimantan


A legacy gift from a conservation supporter creates genuine prospects for the survival of Bornean orang-utans

What’s in a name – the perils of naming new species


Living a life less ordinary, wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden's white picket fence and 'happily ever after' turns out to be - a carnivorous plant. Uncomfortable with the honour of this new species taking his name, Jeremy ponders the process.

Protecting wetlands in Uzbekistan’s arid climate


A research team, supported by the Conservation Leadership Programme, is leading the way to better bird conservation.

Helping turtles head in the right direction


Karen Winnick, a Board member for Fauna & Flora International in the United States, is the author and illustrator of children’s books and an avid supporter of wildlife conservation. Recently she joined US Executive Director Katie Frohardt on a visit to our turtle project in Nicaragua.

Surviving Siamese crocodile blessed by monk


Infant mortality is high in most species, but baby Rathana, the sole survivor of the first captive bred Siamese crocodiles in Phnom Tamao’s new breeding facility, is being given all the help the Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project can muster. For three months he lived in a special enclosure in the garden of Fauna & Flora International’s Phnom Penh office. Now he is getting bigger and able to look after himself he has been moved to the facility’s brand new rearing…

Lynx lineage lies with good breeding


Alex Rowell responded to a call from Fauna & Flora International, asking for voyeuristic volunteers to monitor lynx breeding in Portugal. Tour of duty complete, Alex blogs about his experience and what it will take to have lynx once again roaming the Iberian peninsula.

Virtual cats help protect big cats in the wild


New Facebook game lets you donate as you play.

We work the black seam together – the sting of energy impact


Michelle Pfaffenthaler, technical advisor for Fauna & Flora International's Business & Biodiversity programme, blogs about the demand for coal and the alternatives to fuel the world's insatiable energy requirements.

No pictures please – snow leopards steal camera trap


Camera survey gives a rare glimpse into snow leopard family life.

Unprecedented hawksbill nesting activity in northwest Nicaragua


Results offer hope for Critically Endangered hawksbill turtle population.

Tackling illegal logging in Aceh, Indonesia


New report by Fauna & Flora International offers important insights into the protection of tropical forests

Water, water everywhere and every drop to drink


Stephen Browne, Senior Programme Manager with Fauna & Flora International's Asia-Pacific team, ponders payment for providing a cool glass of H2O.

Photographing the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey


Wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden led the camera trapping team responsible for the first ever photos of the latest large mammal to be discovered, the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey.

First images of newly discovered primate


World’s first look at the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey

Chilli chocolate, cool capuchins and a changing climate


Helen Schneider, FFI’s Programme Director, Conservation, Livelihoods and Governance, takes a journey to Central America to explore how we can work in a changing climate.

Good news for wild carnivores in Romania


Transylvania’s Zarand landscape corridor to be protected

Puppy power combats human-carnivore conflict in Eastern Georgia


Livestock guarding dogs the key to Tusheti shepherds livelihoods

Camera trap captures first footage of pygmy hippos in Liberia


Monitoring programme provides a rare glimpse of one of the world’s most elusive mammals

Food for thought – the magnificent markets of Asia


Anna Lyons, programme manager with Fauna & Flora International’s Business & Biodiversity team, curries favour - or is that flavour - and gets fanciful with foodie thoughts...

Grey nurse sharks ‘Missing in Action’


Australia Zoo lends its weight to international conservation effort to save the grey nurse shark

The climate change challenge: thoughts from COP17


Following this month's climate change talks in Durban, Linda Rosengren looks at the progress made and some of the hurdles yet to overcome...

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The Lion King survey


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Photo gallery – Ten years of turtle conservation in Nicaragua


Over recent months we have been celebrating the 10th anniversary of Fauna & Flora International’s Turtle Conservation Programme in Nicaragua. We hope you've enjoyed the peek inside the daily workings of one of our benchmark conservation programmes. There's still more to come, but this week, we thought we'd take you on a pictorial journey through the last 10 years. Alison Gunn, FFI's Programme Manager, Americas & Caribbean, has unearthed some classic moments from the archives. We hope you enjoy!

Firecrackers, feathers and fowl play – when net profit results in gross loss


Travelling around Asia gives Stephen Browne, Fauna & Flora International’s Asia-Pacific Senior Programme Manager, time to think about the impact flying has on the world, and reports here an impact that is probably lesser known.

Eco-tourism venture launched in Flower Valley


A property originally bought by Fauna & Flora International becomes a model for conservation in the Cape Floral Kingdom

Enlightened self interest – the bottom line for protected areas


Dr Mark Infield, Fauna & Flora International's Director of Cultural Values & Conservation Programme, ponders the reality behind self-interest and local support of conservation.

Australian Navy gives tiger conservation a lift


Four year old Sumatran tiger pulls rank to check out the chopper

Chasing a phantom wolf


Gareth Goldthorpe, Fauna & Flora International’s Project Field Coordinator in Georgia, joins the field team for a week of trapping wolves and bears in eastern Georgia.

Always smile at a crocodile


Cambodian monks learn about Critically Endangered Siamese crocodiles

Turtle power just as strong ten years on


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) US Executive Director Katie Frohardt has been championing conservation of sea turtles for a decade. Her first trip to Nicaragua was shared with some people who have become instrumental in the ongoing success of FFI's turtle programme.

I don’t eat turtle eggs – do you?


Gena Abarca, Environmental Education & Communication Coordinator with Fauna & Flora International Nicaragua recollects some personal highs - and lows - all in the line of raising awareness of turtles in Nicaragua.

Coordination and communication: the secrets to effective community conservation


Fauna & Flora International’s Community Conservation Technical Advisor in the DRC, Samuel Boendi Lihamba, recently visited the United States for an International Seminar in Protected Area Management. Samuel shares his thoughts on his trip and his hope and vision for the future.

People and biodiversity: does REDD+ benefit both?


New tool will help planners assess the social and biodiversity impacts of REDD+ projects

All geckos great and small


Mark Infield blogs about the value of conserving species for oft-overlooked reasons...

Brown bear


Despite its name, the brown bear varies greatly in colour, ranging from very light brown through to black. It is powerfully built with a large head, muscular shoulders and long, tough claws. Although formally classified as carnivores, brown bears are actually omnivorous and feed on a wide variety of grasses, roots, nuts, berries, insects and larvae, as well as meat (when available). Brown bear facts: Its scientific name, Ursus arctos, literally means ‘Bear bear’ (in Latin and Greek respectively) Cubs…

The environmental cost of your caffeine fix


Fuelled by a passion only a fellow coffee addict could fathom, Dr Stephen Browne, Fauna & Flora International's Asia-Pacific Senior Programme Manager, gets a buzz from the most beautiful of brown brews.

Tajikistan holds first international biodiversity conference


Fauna & Flora International and partners bring together students and leading experts to discuss environmental challenges and opportunities in Tajikistan

South Sudan


After two protracted civil wars, the Republic of South Sudan emerged on 9 July 2011 as an independent nation. South Sudan is diverse, vast and culturally rich with over 40 ethnic groups and languages. Historically its floodplains, grasslands and forests literally teemed with wildlife thanks to the fresh water and fertile soils provided by the White Nile and its tributaries. Despite the ravages of war, a huge wildlife migration (on a par with the Serengeti) persists in South Sudan and widespread…

Grey nurse shark


The grey nurse shark (also known as the sand tiger shark) is found around the coasts of tropical to temperate oceans worldwide, although populations are becoming increasingly isolated. Reaching up to 3.2 metres in length, it has a stocky build, flattened head and characteristic, fang-like teeth that protrude even when its mouth is shut. Grey nurse shark facts: Although it might look fearsome, the grey nurse shark is harmless and placid Grey nurse sharks have the lowest reproductive rate of…

New approaches to marine conservation in Ecuador


Hidden treasures off the Ecuador coast The eastern shores of the Pacific Ocean harbour a dazzling diversity of marine life. Remarkable numbers of species have been recorded, including five species of sea turtles, twenty kinds of whale and dolphin, hammerhead and whale sharks, manta rays and countless species of fish, corals and molluscs. Recognising the importance of Ecuadorean waters for both marine biodiversity and coastal communities, the Government of Ecuador is striving to establish a national network of Marine Protected…

Caught in a trap: red pandas in Myanmar


Jeremy Holden, renowned wildlife photographer and part time Fauna & Flora International staffer, recounts a recent trip into northern Myanmar setting traps for local fauna - although not the same traps others are setting.



Of all the big cats, the lion is perhaps one of the most iconic. It holds a special cultural significance in countries around the world, and has captured the imagination of many artists, writers and film-makers. Lions once ranged across Africa through to south-west Asia and west into Europe. Today however they are restricted to sub-Saharan Africa, with an isolated subspecies population in north-west India. Lion facts: The Asiatic lion (found only in India) is listed as Endangered by the…

Art works for your visitor reception


UNIQUE ART WORKS IN AID OF CONSERVATION Two extraordinary rhino related art works up for grabs! FFI is in the fortunate position to have been provided with two impressive art works to offer to our supporters, the sale of which will support FFI’s conservation work around the world. Artworks Southern white rhinos at Solio by Robin Moore White rhino light sculpture by Michael Methven How to pledge Southern white rhinos at Solio Robin Moore (RESERVE PRICE £500 GBP) An exceptionally powerful…

The Sea Turtler


Perla Torres, Turtle Nesting Beach Coordinator for Fauna & Flora International in Nicaragua, reflects on her experiences of marine turtle nesting beach conservation and monitoring.

A conservation leader in the making


Joy Juma, from Kenya, is among the first early-career conservation practitioners to take an innovative Masters programme at the University of Cambridge

Convert or conserve? The key is in collaboration…


Now Conservation Partnerships Manager, Environmental Markets with Fauna & Flora International in the UK, Zoë Cullen spent two years working with communities to protect tigers and habitat in a remote area of Sumatra, Indonesia. She reflects on a project that is particularly close to her heart...

Myanmar snub-nosed monkey


The Myanmar snub-nosed monkey is a new species to science, discovered in 2010 by a team of local and international conservationists in Northern Myanmar. It has almost entirely black fur with white only on ear tufts, chin beard and perineal area. It also has a relatively long tail, approximately 140% of its body length. The Myanmar snub-nosed monkey is found in Kachin State in north-eastern Myanmar and is cut off from other related species by the Mekong and Salween Rivers.…

Red panda


The red panda is largely found in mountainous, temperate forest regions in Asia. Although the full extent of its range is not well understood, this is known to include Nepal, India, Bhutan, southern China and northern Myanmar. Red pandas feed mainly on bamboo leaves and shoots, but also forage for other foodstuffs such as fruits, roots and grasses, bird eggs, insects and grubs. Red panda facts: Red pandas have a wide range of calls, including the unusual “quack-snort” A shy…

A Quite Interesting* encounter with Stephen Fry


Stephen Fry and Tony Jones were on board to help celebrate the launch of Fauna & Flora International Australia's new Conservation Circle group

Pheasant fun


A recent trip to southern Vietnam gives Dr Stephen Browne an opportunity to write about his favourite subject – pheasants!

New survey gives hope to the Critically Endangered Sumatran tiger


Report confirms Aceh’s forest a global priority for wild tigers in Asia.

New research helps boost conservation of Mexican cloud forests


Report findings will provide a scientific basis for future conservation of one of Mexico’s most biodiverse ecosystems

New ‘Tread lightly’ report investigates oil, gas and mining companies’ progress on biodiversity issues


New report by Fauna & Flora International’s Natural Value Initiative shows that companies in the extractive sector are starting to think about their impact on biodiversity, but more needs to be done

Ground-breaking documentary ‘The End of the Line’ wins prestigious award


PUMA.Creative Impact Award raises the profile of one of the world’s most significant threats to biodiversity

Mass die-off of saiga examined in Kazakhstan


Leading vet suggests overeating has caused the decimation of saiga antelope population

An African adventure


James Kirby sits on the Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Australia Advisory board. As Chief Executive of Hungerford Hill Wines, James has a clear understanding of the need for sustainable land management. It was with great personal and professional interest he and Claire Wivell Plater visited Africa to visit some of the projects FFI are involved in...

You never forget your first time


Alison Gunn, Programme Manager, Americas & Caribbean for Fauna & Flora International reflects on the first time she witnessed a turtle coming ashore and laying her eggs - and how far the programme has come since.

National Action Plan for conservation of gibbons welcomed in Vientiane


The Government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has taken a further step in demonstrating its commitment to protecting globally important biodiversity with the launch of a national action plan for the conservation of gibbons.

What a load of rubbish!


Dr Stephen Browne, Fauna & Flora International’s Senior Programme Manager, Asia-Pacific, ponders how an evening promenade on a tropical Thailand beach highlights the problem with our throwaway society...

Helping Anglo American’s Minas Rio mine protect biodiversity


Fauna & Flora International’s Helen Nyul describes her involvement in Brazil’s Minas Rio mine as a case study for how we work with our corporate partner Anglo American.

Kalimantan through local eyes


A photo essay by Terry Sandy, Community Engagement Officer with Fauna & Flora International, Puruk Cahu

New Marine Protected Area provides safe haven for turtles in Uruguay


Conservation Leadership Programme supports local NGOs to save threatened species

Orna Bird – long time turtle supporter


As part of celebrating the 10th anniversary of Fauna & Flora International's turtle programme in Nicaragua, we'd like to introduce you to some of the people without whom we'd never have got so far. Orna Bird is one such person.

Innovative Indigenous Bunya Mountains project receives Australian award


Bunya Mountains Elders Council project wins 2011 Queensland Landcare Award

Small island, big issues: how working at the small scale can help influence the larger scale


Dr Stephen Browne, Fauna & Flora International's Senior Programme Manager, Asia-Pacific, puts the tiny Indonesian island of Lombok under the microscope and concludes that from little things, big things grow...

New water supply systems help quench Tusheti thirst


Rehabilitation of drinking water supply systems in Tusheti

Balancing conservation and development in Murung Raya, Central Kalimantan


The Murung Raya district occupies 2.3 million hectares in the geographic centre of Borneo, straddling the equator in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan. Ecosystems in this district include significant areas of lowland mixed dipterocarp forest, a variety of heath forest, up to sub-mountainous and moss forests. Protecting natural treasures Besides a wealth of biodiversity and a variety of ecosystems, Murung Raya is also rich in natural resources, vast stands of commercial timber, and extensive coal and gold deposits. Forests…

Kyrgyzstan – the spirit of the place


Fauna & Flora International's Director of Development & Communications, Chris Greenwood, thinks about Kyrgyzstan a lot. Here he illustrates some of those thoughts with photographs showing a glimpse of how beautiful the country really is.

Three new bat species discovered in Indochina


A diabolic find for Vietnam

Kalimantan’s conservation leadership challenge benefits entire community


Angela Hawdon, Corporate Partnership Manager in Fauna & Flora International’s Australia office, shares her thoughts on an exciting community project, deep in the heart of Borneo.

Turtle tales – 10 years of conservation work in Nicaragua


2011 marks the 10th anniversary of Fauna & Flora International’s benchmark Turtle Conservation Programme in Nicaragua. Over coming months, we will be featuring a series of reports, stories, blogs and photos, delving into all aspects of the programme, from humble beginnings to hopes for the future – and all its champions along the way.

Tiger Tiger burning bright


Dr Sverre Aarseth, life-long wildlife enthusiast, mountaineer, tiger admirer and now a proud supporter of Fauna & Flora International (FFI) blogs about a recent trip to Aceh, Indonesia.

Poaching pressure on the rise during the holy month of Ramadan


Tiger patrols in Sumatra’s Kerinci Seblat National Park maintain their vigilance

Notes from the field – the Philippines


Rachel Austin, Fauna & Flora International's Marine Programme Manager, recently wrote an article for FFI's Update publication on the Philippines programme. Here is the full version.

Help us save the eastern lowland gorilla


Appeal off to a strong start but more help needed

Benchmark programme addresses cultural values in Ugandan communities


Project expands to include Batwa tribes in Semlike National Park

Communities are the essential conservation ingredient


Angela Hawdon, Corporate Partnership Manager with Fauna & Flora International, blogs on her recent, very colourful visit to Kalimantan.

Critically Endangered sea turtles begin nesting season in Nicaragua


Fauna & Flora International gear up to celebrate 10th anniversary of turtle programme

Kalimantan community loses future leader of conservation


Vale Junaidi Shalat Godwin Limberg, Fauna & Flora International’s Project Manager for the Murung Raya Conservation and Sustainable Development Project, sent the following information through today, advising of the untimely death of a highly-regarded member of the Murung Raya community.

Why a man dressed as a gorilla took part in an environmental cycle


Rob Harris, Fauna & Flora International’s Projects Officer for Asia-Pacific, on his recent sponsored bicycle ride, complete with his trademark fancy dress costume

Shock at light punishment for killing of mountain gorilla


Poachers receive small fine for spearing of blackback in Bwindi National Park, Uganda

World’s first flute made from FSC African Blackwood


Irish flute manufacturer Martin Doyle launches the world’s first sustainable wooden flute

Back home in the DRC after 11 years


Thalia Liokatis, Fauna & Flora International’s Programme Coordinator for the Democratic Republic of Congo, blogs about her recent return to her country of birth.

Damn Dams? The dilemma of producing clean renewable electricity while considering social and environmental issues


The numerous hydro-electric dams planned for the Cardamom Mountains have been troubling Fauna & Flora International in Cambodia for many years. A recent opportunity to visit the dam construction on the Stung Atay (the Atay River) allowed Dr Stephen Browne, Asia Pacific Senior Programme Manager to experience the multi-faceted issues first hand.

Dolphin conservationists save tigers in Bangladesh


Conservation Leadership Programme team helps put out fire in Bengal tiger territory

End of BBC Wildlife Fund announced by BBC Chairman


Fauna & Flora International support campaign to keep Fund running

Searching for gibbons in the Heart of Borneo


Fauna & Flora International’s Ally Catterick headed into the forests of Kalimantan to see what all the noise was about…

Critically Endangered primates to receive a boost in Vietnam


Agreement reached to conserve the threatened Tonkin snub-nosed monkey

First anniversary of Biosphere Reserve coincides with the planting of 10,000 seedling trees on Ometepe Island


Nicaragua's volcanic island of Ometepe to establish seven wildlife corridors

Cutting through the REDD tape of our first forest audit


With the heat turned up on the voluntary carbon market, Zoe Ryan blogs about the huge implications of the auditing process of the Danau Siawan peat swamp forest REDD project in Kalimantan...

BioCarbon attracts new investment


Investment from International Finance Corporation and Global Forest Partners set to enable large scale REDD projects

Alive and well – for now: Visiting Namibia’s uranium and biodiversity-rich desert


Fauna & Flora International’s Rio Tinto Partnership Manager David Wright recalls his recent trip to help Namibia find the balance between conservation and mining.

Buddhist ceremonial release of world’s rarest turtles into protected pond in Cambodia


Conservation project poised to help wild population of threatened turtles and improve livelihoods for local communities

Bringing together unlikely partners to protect the Nimba Mountains


Fauna & Flora International helps to find long-term solutions to the conflict between iron mining and biodiversity protection in the remote mountain range that straddles Liberia, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire.

Biodiversity and Palm Oil – A Pressing Issue


Fauna & Flora International’s Agribusiness Programme Manager Anna Lyons ponders the main challenges the organisation faces when it comes to palm oil and how we are overcoming them.

National Gibbon Conservation Action Plan launched in Lao People’s Democratic Republic


Lao PDR further commits to protecting globally important biodiversity by launching a national action plan

Vietnam’s gibbons


In several respects, the status of gibbons in Vietnam is an indicator of the general status of the nation’s biodiversity and the natural environment. The geography of Vietnam lends itself to the high level of biodiversity for which it is known. The distribution of its six gibbon species also reflects the countries diversity – with the primates found from the most northerly sub-tropical forests that experience cold winters at high altitudes, to tropical monsoon lowland forests in the south. Quick…

Why World Heritage Sites need stronger protection


With the annual UNESCO World Heritage Commission meeting coming to a close, Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard reflects on the need for better conservation of these globally important, supposedly protected areas.

National Geographic Explorer celebration unfolds this week in Washington DC


Fauna & Flora International staff honoured at National Geographic Emerging Explorer presentation

Heritage in Danger


Fauna & Flora International's Asia Pacific Regional Director, Tony Whitten, blogs from the 35th World Heritage Committee meeting in Paris...

Influencing UK biofuel policies to protect global biodiversity


Fauna & Flora International is playing an active role in the debate around biofuels and what the biofuels industry means for wildlife and landscapes.

Transylvania – the hidden wild treasure of the Carpathian Mountains


Paul Hotham, Fauna & Flora International's Eurasia Regional Director, reveals the truth behind the myth of this beautiful region of Romania...

Poachers kill black back mountain gorilla


Tragic news of the death of a mountain gorilla in Ugandan National Park

Conservation movement comes under criticism from television documentary


Fauna & Flora International's Dr Chris Greenwood responds to Channel 4's 'Conservation's Dirty Secrets' programme

Twenty two baby gorillas to be named in traditional Rwandan naming ceremony


Ceremony to emphasise community development for long-term conservation

The Garden of Eden?


Fauna & Flora International's Director of Development & Communications, Dr Chris Greenwood, tried for an apple a day, but failed dismally, on a recent trip to Kyrgyzstan.

Road proposals proving heightened threat to Indonesian national park and tiger habitat


Kerinci Seblat road construction opposition grows as NGO coalition urge government to improve and maintain existing network of roads

River to Reef – exploring the Maya Golden Landscape in Belize


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) US warmly welcome our new Technical Director, Adam Henson who’s only been with us for a few weeks, but he hit the ground running with a visit to Belize, to see our work with on-ground partner Ya’axché Conservation Trust (Ya’axché). Here Adam blogs about the experience, and shares some insider information on the exquisite Maya Golden Landscape…

Natural World: In Our Hands


Fauna & Flora International launches global campaign to raise awareness of endangered species

Grey nurse shark monitoring project launched in Australia


Swimming with sharks to benefit their future survival

Learning to count snow leopards in Tajikistan


Alex Diment, FFI's Capacity and Development Manager for Eurasia, blogs about a recent trip to the breathtakingly beautiful, yet often unexplored Tajikistan.

Tajikistan’s Darwin Scholars


Through our National Conservation Training Program, with funding from DEFRA’s Darwin Initiative, Fauna & Flora International is investing in the future, and mentoring five postgraduate students to complete their research in important conservation issues. The students are all pursuing Masters Degrees, within the institutes affiliated with the Tajik National Academy of Sciences. Faridun Rahimov Conservation status of pheasant populations in Tajikistan Faridun is studying pheasants in Tajikistan, where they are on the very edge of their range. In addition, he…

Culture, Values and Conservation, Uganda


In 1983 the Ugandan Government declared Lake Mburo National Park. Protecting the many species of plains game, including Uganda’s last impalas, and the rich mosaic of wooded hills, grassy valleys lakes and wetlands they roamed was important. Unfortunately, following the norms of the time, Bahima pastoralists and their unique long-horned cattle were evicted. Breaking the centuries’ old connection to the land turned the Bahima against the park and set in train a conflict that lasted for decades. The value of…

Conservation of world’s rarest cat wins Best of the Best award


LIFE Nature honours Iberian lynx habitat protection programme in Portugal

Raising the bar on biodiversity with Anglo American


Fauna & Flora International renews its partnership with mining company Anglo American to promote integration of biodiversity management throughout the business.

Why should biodiversity matter to mining companies?


Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI’s) Helen Nyul explains why it is vital for mining companies to address their dependencies and impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and FFI’s recommendations for how to go about it.

Sustainable fynbos harvesting introduced to Chelsea Flower Show


Flower Valley Conservation Trust initiative invited to world-famous Chelsea Flower Show

Business must respond to biodiversity loss


Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI’s) Business & Biodiversity Director Pippa Howard explains why she feels strongly that companies can and must play a fundamental role as agents of sustainable development.

Cambodia’s ‘Uncle Elephant’ named Emerging Explorer


Fauna & Flora International’s Tuy Sereivathana honoured as an inspiring conservationist by National Geographic

Sanjas stop lion attacks during Niassa’s big wet


Fauna & Flora International supports our on-ground partner Sociedade para Gestão e Desenvolvimento da Reserva do Niassa in the management of Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique - home to thousands of iconic African species including elephant, zebra, African wild dog and the apex predator, the lion.

Life size sculptures of marine turtles raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans


Fauna & Flora International supports Selfridges Project Ocean retail event

Visiting the UK: my first trip out of Cambodia


Socheata Ke is the Research & Community Officer - Coastal & Marine Conservation Projects for Fauna & Flora International. Here she blogs on her recent trip to the UK which was both a chilly, yet warming experience...

The future of England’s forests – winner announced


Andy Byfield announced as winner of The Independent/Fauna & Flora International forest essay competition

Cambodian scientist discovers new species of blind and legless lizard


First on record in Cambodia and the first reptile to be both discovered and formally described in a scientific journal by a Cambodian national.

A bumpy road to tiger conservation in Sumatra


FFI's Debbie Martyr talks tigers and road proposals through Kerinci Seblat National Park

Not just another ordinary day in the office


Gareth Goldthorpe, Fauna & Flora International’s Project Field Coordinator in Georgia blogs about how an eight-month old orphaned bear cub spotted near the Georgian Republic and South Ossetia administrative boundary rallied a group of NGOs to ensure his safe rescue.

Conservation Leadership Programme announces award winners for 2011


CLP announces its annual conservation awards.

Ranger shot and killed in Virunga National Park


Patrol under fire by planned militia ambush

Brown bear cub rescued near Georgian border by international conservation effort


Eight-month old male cub symbolic of conservation in the region

Making tough decisions in Namibia’s uranium region


Pippa Howard describes a recent trip to Namibia’s uranium mines, the challenges facing the team as they work with mining companies to improve their biodiversity management, and developing a strategic approach to Fauna & Flora International’s engagement with what many see as controversial corporations and development objectives.

Big cats without boundaries: Eurasian countries come together to protect precious leopard habitat


Population and habitat surveys set to aid understanding of Persian leopard

A celebration of success


Conservation Partnerships Manager for Fauna & Flora International in Australia, Jody Gunn celebrates a successful partnership, in the truest sense of the word.

Sumatran tigers help save their species in the wild


Birthday cake for seven year old siblings at Australia Zoo

A conservation conference like a pair of slippers


Dr Tony Whitten, Fauna & Flora International's Regional Director Asia Pacific, blogs on one his favourite events on the conservation calendar, the Student Conference on Conservation Science.

Concert to raise awareness of responsible woodwind


World’s first FSC-certified clarinet to feature in concert

Human virus linked to deaths of endangered gorillas


Research confirms human disease can pass to wild gorilla population

Fundraiser for Forests


What have school playgrounds, palm oil and tropical forests got in common?

Conservation workshop discusses restoration of cao vit gibbon habitat


Findings presented to Chinese and Vietnamese government officials

Tiger snares active in Kerinci Seblat National Park Sumatra


Largest number of snares seized in seven years

A flying rescue mission for Siamese crocodiles


Adam Starr, Project Manager at Fauna & Flora International's Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project wrestles with setting up a new home for more than a handful of highly endangered Siamese crocodiles.

Congolese government suspends oil exploration activities in Virunga National Park


Africa’s oldest national park – and one of the most biodiverse areas in the continent - is given a reprieve by DRC government.

Conservation challenge: Our depleted oceans – what lies beneath…


We think of our oceans – the lifeblood of this blue planet – as a vast and unknown wilderness. However, if you peek beneath the waves the oceans are no longer pristine. Instead the evidence of man’s impact on oceans and their life is immediately obvious. From the bleached corals to the floating litter, from the decimated fish populations to ravaged seabeds, mankind’s impacts are reaching wider and deeper into our marine environment.

The business of being green


Putting a value on sustainability in business

Oil Palm the biggest threat to orang-utans


First study on orang-utan survival in human altered habitat in Indonesia

Why being a woman makes light of Aceh’s toughest men


Iep Diah is Fauna & Flora International’s Human Wildlife Conflict Coordinator in Aceh, Indonesia. To celebrate International Women’s Day, she talks about her job which involves working with some of Aceh’s toughest men; ex-combatants, loggers and poachers.

Saving the wild baobabs of Madagascar


Malagasy 'tree monitors' saving the iconic baobab of Madagascar.

Win £5,000 in an Essay Competition to Protect English Forests


Fauna & Flora International announce essay writing competition in The Independent newspaper

Sumatran tiger poacher arrested in Indonesia


Poacher caught with precious tiger skins and deer antlers in Sumatra.

A glimpse of Cambodia’s elephants mating for the camera


Matt Maltby, Projects Officer at Fauna & Flora International’s Cambodia Programme talks about elephants, mating and the challenges of day-to-day conservation in Cambodia.

Paddling through Borneo’s peat swamp forest


Rebecca Foges, Fauna & Flora International’s Communications Officer, describes her unexpected encounters visiting an FFI project in the jungles of Borneo.

Three new baby mountain gorillas in Rwanda are welcome news for the region.


Good news for Rwanda with three new baby gorillas

Vietnamese environmental award for the floating school of Ha Long Bay


The Vietnamese EcoBoat educates children while they explore caves and beaches and meet local people living in Ha Long Bay.

FFI is saddened to hear about the death of another ranger in DRC


Another ranger killed in Virunga National Park

Rangers and soldiers killed in Virunga National Park


Rangers and soldiers killed protecting Democratic Republic of Congo's famous gorilla park

National tree of Tanzania makes sustainable music


A UK clarinet manufacturer announced today that their wood is FSC-certified, sourced from the Mpingo forests of Tanzania.

Harpy Eagles’ return signals success for Belize’s bird conservation


Harpy Eagle's return from 'extinction' to Belize.

Sea fair celebrates Nicaragua’s turtle conservation


The small Nicaraguan community of Astillero on the southern Pacific Coast is celebrating their successs in protecting precious, endangered turtles.

Cementing a 40-year association with FFI


Dr Tony Whitten has recently joined Fauna & Flora International (FFI) after many years as Senior Biodiversity Specialist at the World Bank where his exploits are described in his popular blog.

A year in fundraising


Carolyn Causton offers her own perspective on fundraising for conservation.

Ometepe as a Biosphere Reserve – connecting people and nature


Great gains for conservation have been made since Fauna & Flora International (FFI) first began working on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. An island of dazzling diversity Formed by two volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua, linked by a low strip of wetland, Ometepe is one of the largest freshwater islands in the world. Within its 276km2 there is a dramatic range of altitude, topography and climate, creating a mosaic of habitats representing the majority of the country’s ecosystems. Ometepe’s humid and cloud…

Balancing economic needs with environmental protection in the Nimba Mountains


Pippa Howard highlights a joint initiative to encourage cross-border environmental management in West Africa’s Nimba Mountains. The project is part of Fauna & Flora International’s Business & Biodiversity Programme and is run in collaboration with in-country teams in Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire and Guinea, along with many other local, national and regional organisations.

Celebrities help raise funds for FFI on ICAP Global Charity Day


Fauna & Flora International is set to receive a substantial donation of £200,000 from ICAP (the world’s premier interdealer broker and provider of post trade risk and information services).

Supporting the new wave of marine conservationists


The Conservation Leadership Programme is a partnership between BirdLife International, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International and FFI.

FFI supporters gave big for the Big Give


Overwhelming support from wildlife lovers results in FFI hitting its £40,000 target on the first day of the challenge

The future of the Iberian lynx discussed in seminal workshop


Fauna & Flora International's Portuguese partner brings together wide range of sectors to promote lynx conservation.

Mountain gorilla census shows population increase


Numbers of critically endangered primate up in Virunga mountains region

Rhino walk raises over £700


A young supporter has raised money for FFI’s rhino work by walking 16 and a half miles through the Buckinghamshire countryside.

Integrating religion within conservation: Islamic beliefs and Sumatran forest management


Jeanne McKay sheds light on an innovative project in West Sumatra. The initiative harnesses environmental principles in Islam to encourage forest conservation.

New species of carnivorous plant discovered in Cambodia


A new species of carnivorous pitcher plant has been found by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in Cambodia’s remote Cardamom Mountains.

Flower Valley Conservation Trust


Who is Flower Valley Conservation Trust? Flower Valley Conservation Trust operates in the heart of the threatened Cape Floral Kingdom, South Africa. In 1999, Flower Valley farm, found close to the most southerly tip of Africa where the Trust is based, was threatened by plans to plant vineyards. That would have led to many hectares of invaluable fynbos, the local indigenous vegetation, being lost. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) intervened – and with the help of the Arcadia Fund, bought…

Lisel Alamilla wins Marsh Award


Recognition for the Executive Director of Belizean organisation, Ya’axché Conservation Trust.

The Big Give


Thank you to everyone who supported FFI through this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge! This was Fauna & Flora International’s sixth Big Give Christmas Challenge, and in keeping with the previous five – this year was our most successful yet. Over the three days of the Challenge our supporters donated an astonishing £86,275 – that’s incredible and we are so grateful to everyone who took part. With the matched funds, and the Gift Aid, FFI will benefit from over £177,000.…

World’s rarest snake back from the brink of extinction


Fauna & Flora International announces ten-fold increase in Antiguan racer snake population, thanks to our work with local and international partners.

Marine life in and around the Great Sandy Biosphere


Within the Great Sandy Biosphere, between Fraser Island and the mainland of south east Queensland, lies the Great Sandy Strait. These coastal sandy habitats support species such as resident and migratory turtles and shorebirds, dugongs, and humpback whales. A little further south in the Great Sandy Marine Park, the critically endangered grey nurse shark can be found. However, pressure from fishing, unsympathetic tourist activity and the degradation of coastal habitats is putting the species that rely on these ecosystems at…

Art Exhibition in support of FFI


 MACAWS with guest speaker Tony Juniper David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QY Wednesday 12 July 2017, 18:30 Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is pleased to invite you to the Private View of Macaws, a unique exhibition of life-size, full colour prints by celebrated artist Elizabeth Butterworth and Master Printer Martin Saull. These life-sized, hand-inked prints depict in perfect ornithological detail members of the parrot family known as macaws, and capture on paper the brilliant plumage of these birds…

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Thank you for confirming your email address for the Fauna & Flora International (FFI) news and updates. To make sure you receive future emails, please add newsletter@fauna-flora.org to your address book or list of trusted senders. Despite many challenges facing wildlife and wild places around the world our planet remains rich and diverse and beautiful and FFI is dedicated to keeping it that way and we are delighted that you are interested in learning more about our work. If at…

Notes from the Field: FFI Philippines Country Manager on his project in Southern Luzon


Aldrin Mallari writes about Fauna & Flora International's work to protect forests in Quezon Province with the Agta-Dumagat indigenous group

Masters in Conservation Leadership


The University of Cambridge welcomed the first 12 students to its new Masters in Conservation Leadership, launched in October 2010. This programme aims to equip future conservation leaders with the strategic skills they need for effective action to halt global losses in biodiversity.

Our Promise To You


  Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has enormous respect and a sense of care for its members and supporters – you make our work possible, you inspire us, you challenge us to be better at conservation and fundraising – because of this we set out our promise to you for how we will carry out our fundraising, and how we will treat those who support our work. This promise is central to the way we fundraise, and although we are…

Offshore Islands Conservation Programme


Many of the hallmarks of Fauna & Flora International (FFI) are stamped on one of the Caribbean’s longest running conservation initiatives, including championing ‘lower’ species, being innovative and responding to locally-identified needs. This programme dates back to 1995, when an Antiguan forester and naturalist, Kevel Lindsay, asked FFI to investigate the endemic Antiguan racer. This little snake had been rediscovered on one of Antigua’s cays, but, like many Caribbean species, almost nothing was known of its status or needs. Great…



Anguilla is one of the most northerly states in the Lesser Antilles and a British Overseas Territory. Its 13,500 people inhabit the main island of Anguilla, a low strip of land 26 km long and 5 km wide at its widest point. This island has been heavily impacted by agriculture and, more recently, the clearance of its dry forests for luxury residential and tourism development. Anguilla is surrounded by some 50 km2 of coral reefs, many of which are still…

Save the Serengeti


Please help us convince governments to reroute the highway planned for Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.



Rwanda is a small, landlocked highland country in central Africa, famous for its mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei). The gorillas inhabit the Virungas, a spectacular range of volcanoes straddling the borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. In addition to Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda has two other significant protected areas: Nyungwe National Park in the south-west and Akagera National Park in the east of the country. Nyungwe National Park is the largest contiguous block of ancient montane forest in…



Uganda is a landlocked country in east-central Africa, full of mountains, rivers, lakes and forests, all drenched in abundant rainfall. Winston Churchill famously waxed lyrical about it, saying “…for magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life – plant, bird, insect, reptile, and beast – for the vast scale… Uganda is truly the ‘Pearl of Africa’”. Bordered in the south by Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, Uganda contains the fabled “Mountains of the Moon”…

Saint Lucia


Though less than 616 km2 in area, the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is exceptionally rich in animals and plants. More than 200 species occur nowhere else, including 7 per cent of the resident birds and an incredible 53 per cent of the reptiles. The nation’s best known species is the gorgeous but endangered Saint Lucia amazon parrot. Other species of conservation concern include the pencil cedar, staghorn coral and Saint Lucia racer. The racer, confined to the 12-hectare Maria…

Palm oil and biodiversity conservation


The unsustainable production and expansion of palm oil poses a major threat to the world’s tropical forests and peat lands. Over 85% of palm oil is grown in Indonesia and Malaysia, where the industry has been criticised for damaging the environment. Rainforests rich in biodiversity, including the habitat of the iconic and endangered orang-utan, have been lost. The degradation of peatlands, which store vast amounts of carbon, has contributed significantly to global greenhouse gas emissions. The global demand for palm…

Rio Tinto partnership


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Rio Tinto worked successfully in partnership for 13 years from 2003 to 2016. The purpose of our collaboration was to integrate best practice management of biodiversity into Rio Tinto’s decision-making processes. For well over a decade, this work continually pushed the boundaries of mining best practice through pioneering initiatives for maintaining biodiversity values in their areas of operation. FFI’s long-term partnership with Rio Tinto ended in 2016, when it became apparent that achieving a…

Crested gibbons of South East Asia face imminent extinction


Fauna & Flora International leads gibbon experts in call to action for world’s least known apes.

Conservation boost for saiga antelope


Fauna & Flora International is pleased to hear about the news of Mongolia joining the international saiga conservation strategy.

Putting Tajikistan on the conservation map


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is one of the few international conservation NGOs operating in Tajikistan. Bordering Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China, Tajikistan is recognised as a key part of the ‘Mountains of Central Asia’ Biodiversity Hotspot. The mountains of Tajikistan cover 93 per cent of its land area and harbour an astonishing number of plant and animal species, including the Marco Polo sheep, endangered snow leopard and Siberian ibex. Its breathtaking landscapes include snowcapped peaks and wild fruit and…

Building capacity for protected area management in Romania


Romania is home to a huge variety of habitats – from the Danube Delta, a World Heritage Site, to virgin forests. It contains vast expanses of natural and semi-natural ecosystems and has one of the largest areas of undisturbed forest in Europe. Grasslands, subterranean caves and an extensive river network add to the richness of the country’s park system. Protecting natural treasures However Romania faces a huge challenge to protect these natural treasures in the face of increasing economic growth…

Answer The Call


Answer The Call Mobile Phone Recycling Programme Gorillas are on the brink of extinction, partly because their habitat and family groups are being destroyed by the mining of coltan, a mineral needed to make mobile phones and other electronic devices. Send your phone in now Download and print out a label to send your phone in for free now! Together, Australia Zoo and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) have developed Answer The Call, a programme designed to help you help…

Projects supported by FFI Australia


Fauna & Flora International Australia is supported by various companies, individuals, partner NGOs and Australian zoos. Some of the projects currently being supported are: Humane Society International supports the International Gorilla Conservation Programme Since 1991 Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has been working in partnership with WWF and the three Protected Area Authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda through the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) to conserve the Critically Endangered mountain gorilla and its habitat.…

Management team


The Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Management Team is responsible for providing leadership, implementation and monitoring of the Business Plan and Strategy, and providing decision-making on activities required to deliver the fundraising and overall financial performance of the organisation. The group develops and implements new systems and processes, and is responsible for effective dissemination of information around the organisation in order to ensure consistency of approach and the utilisation of best practice.

Grey wolf


The mysterious grey wolf once roamed freely across the wilderness areas of the northern hemisphere. More recently, however, it is seen less and less frequently with local extinctions occurring across Western Europe. Today, thankfully, numbers appear to be more stable. Historically the wolf has been vilified by almost every culture with which it has come into contact; from the story of Little Red Riding Hood that dominates children’s stories in the West to the shape-shifting werewolf, or spectre wolf, that…

Olive ridley turtle


These solitary, mostly carnivorous marine turtles prefer the open ocean and migrate hundreds or even thousands of miles every year. Olive ridley turtles only come together for the arribada, when females return to the beach, nest and lay up to one hundred eggs, between June and December. Olive ridley turtle facts: Olive ridley turtles are named for the generally greenish colour of their skin and shell, or carapace They are closely related to the Kemp’s ridley, with the main difference…

Lansan tree


The Lansan tree is endemic to the West Indian islands of Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent. The total world population is unknown, but surveys in 2009 found lansan trees are still locally common in the lower montane rainforests of Saint Lucia. Martinique, on the other hand, is reported to have fewer than 50 individuals left. Lansan tree facts: The tree takes its English name from the French word ‘l’incense’, or ‘l’encens’ in Creole Lansan resin is prized…

Hawksbill turtle


We thought they had vanished but today hawksbill turtles can be found swimming throughout the tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. They are known as travellers and move long distances from their feeding sites to nesting grounds. Hawksbill turtle facts: These turtles have a brilliantly coloured shell, also known as tortoise shell Hawksbill turtles have a pointy beak and a narrow head, perfect for finding food, which is often located in hard to reach places Prior to 2007…

Biodiversity conservation beyond 2010


Fauna & Flora International joins other Cambridge-based organizations in calling for biodiversity to recognised as a public good.



Kazakhstan is a huge country in Central Asia with a wealth of landscapes and biodiversity. These vary from Siberian Altai in the north-east of the country to desert and mountains in the south-east. Rapid economic development is helping to reduce poverty in Kazakhstan. Protection of the environment is now more important than ever for the stewardship of Kazakhstan’s rich natural assets such as the unique saiga antelope and stunning montane forests. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working on the…

eni e&p partnership


Biodiversity is one of the criteria considered crucial to the company’s environmental performance. The FFI partnership has made a significant contribution to eni’s high score in the DJSI biodiversity performance.

White-whiskered spider monkey


The white-whiskered spider monkey is found in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. Living in the tree canopy and feeding mainly on fruit these acrobats of the forest are classified as Endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Little is known about this spider monkey, which is unique to Brazil and found nowhere else in the world. White-whiskered spider monkey facts: It is a large, slender monkey with long, spider-like limbs It has a long, prehensile tail that acts like a fifth limb…



The elusive jaguar, the largest cat in the western hemisphere, once roamed from south-western America through the Amazon Basin and into Argentina. Today it has been eliminated from much of its range. The jaguar has a strong association with the water and is found in a variety of habitats from rainforest to swamp areas, grasslands and dry deciduous forest. Jaguar facts: Derived from the Native American word yaguar, jaguar means “he who kills with one leap” Jaguars live alone and…

Black rhinoceros


Poaching in the 1970s and 80s decimated black rhinoceros populations across Africa, with numbers plummeting from 100,000 to 4,000. Today black rhinos are found in habitats ranging from desert in south-western Africa to the montane forests of Kenya. The eastern black rhino is one of the most endangered rhino subspecies in the world with only around 700 individuals remaining. Black rhino facts: There are four different types, or subspecies, of black rhino living in different areas across Africa One of…

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+)


REDD+ refers to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation; the ‘plus’ goes beyond the basic structure of REDD to include forest conservation, the sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. REDD+ offers financial incentives for developing countries to reduce carbon emissions from forests. Between 15-25% of global carbon emissions are attributed to deforestation – a significant contribution to climate change. Essentially, REDD+ gives standing forests a dollar value according to the amount of carbon they contain…

University Capacity Building Project in Cambodia


Cambodia is biologically one of the richest countries yet least known countries in the world. Following the dismantling of the science and education sectors during the Pol Pot era, this nation’s ability to manage its natural wealth has been severely hampered by a lack of skilled people and biological information.

Grandidier’s baobab


This strange yet magnificent tree is only found on the island of Madagascar. Of the eight species of baobab, six can be found only in Madagascar. Grandidier’s baobab once grew in dry, deciduous forest but today exists in open, agricultural or degraded land. Grandidier’s baobab facts: Known as the ‘upside down’ tree it has a huge cylindrical trunk that can grow up to three metres across and is covered with smooth, reddish-grey bark Sometimes baobabs will mysteriously re-grow after being…

Conservation Leadership Programme


The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is a partnership of three conservation organisations – BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Cork oak


Cork oak forests are found in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and northern Africa. Cork oak is an evergreen tree, can grow to 20 metres in height and has thick, deeply ridged bark that is harvested as cork. Interestingly this does not damage the tree as the bark renews itself. So it’s a perfect example of a truly sustainable natural resource. Cork oak facts: The Romans used cork oak for buoys in fishing nets after they discovered the bark could float…

Mpingo tree


The mpingo tree is one of Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI’s) longstanding flagship tree species. Its dense black wood, which gives the tree its other name, the African blackwood, is in demand for making professional musical instruments. Mpingo trees can be found across 26 African countries, from northern Ethiopia, to Angola in the south and from Senegal in the west to Tanzania in the east. Mpingo facts: Has the ability to survive fires that sweep through grasslands destroying other vegetation…

Bornean orang-utan


At one time orang-utans ranged throughout much of Asia, from Java in the south, up into southern China. Today they are found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Within Borneo their range is limited to remote forests and protected areas and they are absent from large areas of the island. Bornean orang-utan facts: The orang-utan is Asia’s only great ape Fruit makes up the bulk of an orang-utan’s diet, however other items include leaves, flowers, pith, fungi, honey,…

Leatherback turtle


The leatherback turtle is the oldest and largest turtle living in our oceans and is an important part of our ecosystem. Leatherback turtles can be found in tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. Leatherback turtle facts: Leatherbacks can grow to 7 feet (2 metres) and weigh more than 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) They can trace their evolutionary roots back more than 100 million years, to before dinosaurs walked the…

Grauer’s gorilla


Grauer’s gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri – also known as eastern lowland gorilla), is found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The species is confined to the primary tropical forest of eastern DRC and most notably, Kahuzi-Biega National Park. A recent report by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Wildlife Conservation Society documented a shocking 77% drop in Grauer’s gorilla numbers, from an estimated 17,000 in 1995 to just 3,800 individuals in 2016. Grauer’s gorilla facts: They are…

Western lowland gorilla


The western lowland gorilla is found in the lowland tropical forests and swamp forests of Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. These Critically Endangered gorillas are threatened by commercial hunting, deforestation and the Ebola virus. Western lowland gorilla facts: Western lowland gorillas are closely related to the Cross River gorilla, Gorilla gorilla diehli They eat mainly fruit (when in season, less so during the dry season) but also leaves and shoots. They…

Cross River gorilla


With an estimated 280 individuals left in the world, the Critically Endangered Cross River gorilla is Africa’s most threatened great ape. Living in the highlands of Cameroon on the border with Nigeria, they have been hunted for years by local residents, making them very wary of humans. Fauna & Flora International has worked with local communities near the gorilla’s habitat to instill a sense of pride in their native species. This has paid off, and it is now almost a…

Pemba flying fox


Flying fox bats have a wide distribution from Australia and south-east Asia to the western Indian Ocean, but surprisingly are not found on mainland Africa. Two species are recorded on Tanzania’s offshore islands. Pemba Island, 40km off the Tanzanian coast is home to the Pemba flying fox, which was first described in 1909.  This species is distinctive for its bright chestnut-orange fur. It feeds mainly on fruit, but may also consume nectar, pollen and leaves. Pemba flying fox facts: Pemba…



Tanzania is a large country in East Africa bordering the Indian Ocean and well known for its iconic wildlife, national parks, and World Heritage Sites. The presence of the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro and one of the largest protected areas in the world, the Selous Game Reserve all prove Tanzania’s importance in the global conservation arena. Six Endemic Bird Areas have been identified in Tanzania, the most identified in any African country. This is thought…

Tonkin snub-nosed monkey


The unusual and mysterious Tonkin snub-nosed monkey is one of the 25 most endangered species of primate in the world. It is only found in Vietnam and was believed extinct until its rediscovery in the early 1990s. In May 2002, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) discovered a vitally important population in a small patch of limestone forest known as Khau Ca, in Ha Giang Province. Tonkin snub-nosed monkey facts: It is believed there are fewer than 200 Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys…

Western black crested gibbon


The western black crested gibbon is one of the most threatened primates in the world and a target species of the primate conservation work of Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in the Asia-Pacific region. This species is listed as globally Critically Endangered, with fewer than 1,400 individuals remaining in the world, most of which are in Yunnan Province in China, while small populations remain in north-western Vietnam and north-western Laos. It is one of the most northerly gibbon species with…

Hainan gibbon


The Hainan gibbon is the world’s rarest ape, with around 20 individuals in two family groups living on Hainan Island just off the coast of southern China. Hainan gibbon facts: The two family groups are among the largest gibbon groups known. Usually gibbon groups comprise one male and one female who bond for life, along with one or two offspring. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has been implementing an environmental education programme among local schools for several years to raise…

Natural Value Initiative


The Natural Value Initiative (NVI) aims to help financial institutions better understand and address the biodiversity impacts and associated risks of the financial services they provide. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) leads the partnership which includes the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), Nyenrode Business School, and the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development. The NVI has also collaborated with a number of investors including Aviva Investors and F&C Investments. To date, the NVI has created a…



Located in West Africa, the Republic of Guinea is one of the three countries in Africa known as Guinea. The country’s 10 million people share their home with an impressive array of wildlife and plant species. The country is the source of 22 West African rivers, including the Niger, Gambia, and Senegal Rivers. Protecting the forests that act as watersheds for these rivers is crucial for the health of wildlife and humans alike. The south of Guinea contains important remnants…

Conservation challenge: human rights


Ecosystem goods and services, sustained by biodiversity, play an important role in supporting a range of economic, social and cultural rights, including rights to food, health, water and an adequate standard of living, as well as freedom to pursue cultural practices.

Working collaboratively for conservation and livelihoods after crises


Many poor and vulnerable people in developing countries depend directly on natural resources and healthy ecosystems, and this dependence can be increased during and after crises. Healthy ecosystems also increase resilience to natural disaster.

Fires rage close to Cristalino State Park


Fauna & Flora International works with communities to break the cycle of fires that threatens the Amazon rainforest.

Sumatran tiger


There are around 500 Sumatran tigers existing in the wild. Smallest of all the tigers, its stripes are narrower than in other tiger subspecies and it has a more bearded and maned appearance. Sumatran tiger facts: They are generally very shy and seek to avoid people Sumatran tigers hunt wild boar and deer species but will take other prey opportunistically Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the tiger subspecies and can weigh up to 140kg Kerinci Seblat National Park and…

Cao vit gibbon


The radiant cao vit gibbon (Nomascus nasutus), also known as the eastern black crested gibbon, is the rarest ape in the world after its closest relative the Hainan gibbon. It is only known from one patch of forest on the China-Vietnam border where an Fauna & Flora International (FFI) survey team rediscovered it in 2002. Recent surveys have recorded about 110 individuals. FFI’s country programmes in China and Vietnam are working together to protect this population on both sides of…



Madagascar is one of the world’s treasure houses of biodiversity. Its charismatic lemurs are the  most famous denizens, but many other curious creatures inhabit this large island off the coast of Africa. The vast majority of its species of fauna and flora are endemic to the island. Much of Madagscar’s wildlife is under threat from conversion of their habitats, particularly humid forest. The severe poverty that blights the island’s communities is causing serious damage to its environment. Less than 3…



Kenya retains a remarkable variety of globally important and locally valuable flagship species and habitats. These include savannah rangelands and forests, and critical habitats in the coastal and marine environment. Unfortunately, habitat loss is a major problem for Kenya’s wildlife. Many of the megafauna, such as lions or rhinos, are losing the large areas of habitat they need. Hunting is another issue, whether it is due to conflict with humans, poaching for the wildlife trade or for food. Fauna & Flora…



Myanmar, the second largest country in mainland Southeast Asia, is home to a wealth of biodiversity. The country still harbours large tracts of forest and many charismatic and unique species such as the red panda and the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey. The latter was only discovered in 2010 by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and partners. In stark contrast to the country’s biological riches, over two thirds of the country’s human population currently live below the poverty line and depend on…



Indonesia is unquestionably one of the world’s top biodiversity rich countries and thus a priority for global conservation. The Indonesian archipelago’s 17,000 islands are home to roughly 12% of the world’s mammals, 16% of the world’s reptiles and amphibians, 17% of the world’s birds and 25% of global fish populations. Yet this biodiversity faces a myriad of threats including logging and palm oil plantation expansion. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) established a formal country programme in Indonesia in 1996 with…



Australia supports almost 10% of the biological diversity on Earth, making it one of the world’s 17 ‘megadiverse’ countries. The species found in Australia are unique, with 80% of mammals, reptiles and flowering plants found nowhere else in the world, including the spotted tail quoll and the bunya pine. Its marine life is equally as diverse, supporting the world’s largest area of coral reef, the highest mangrove species diversity and the highest diversity of temperate seagrass. Such habitats support critical…

Northern white rhinoceros


The northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) has been the star of one of the world’s most dramatic rescues. In December 2009 the last four breeding individuals were flown from Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic to Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was a key instigator in this last chance to save the subspecies from extinction. It hadn’t been seen in the wild for years and the last eight individuals in zoos weren’t breeding. We’re…

Asian elephant


The Asian elephant historically roamed from Iran to Indonesia and China but now only remains in highly fragmented populations across 13 countries. Global population estimates are of between 40,000 – 50,000, but a lack of reliable up-to-data suggests that this figure could actually be much lower, with possibly only 30,000 animals remaining in the wild. Asian Elephant facts: Threatened by habitat loss, hunting and conflict with human populations Asian elephant are smaller and have smaller ears than African elephants Female…



Vietnam is blessed with very rich biodiversity, largely on account of its wide range of latitudes. From north to south it stretches over 1,600 km long. It features two World Natural Heritage sites, Halong Bay and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, and six World biosphere reserves. At the same time, the human population is burgeoning – it currently stands at 86 million people. The country is also undergoing extremely rapid growth, which is drawing on its natural resources like timber,…



China is a vast country with a gloriously rich array of plants and animals. Its habitats vary from tropical rainforest, to temperate forest, to upland grassland, to the Gobi desert. The rapid economic development of China in the past 30 years has wreaked havoc on its environment. Many habitats are fragile and vulnerable to mining, infrastructure, tourism and dam construction. Many species can only be found in China. Species such as the cao vit gibbon and the big tree rhododendron…



Nicaragua is one of the largest counties in Central America and has a diverse and beautiful landscape. It is known for its volcanoes, the Rio Coco, and the largest lakes on the continent Lake Nicaragua and Lake Managua, as well as its breathtaking marine life. The country is blessed with seven different types of forest, from the subtropical dry forest to tropical rain forest and tree savannas. Each of these forested regions contains its own unique collection of plants, animal…



Ecuador is home to some of the most fantastic arrays of landscapes, habitats and species on the planet. Despite its small size, it hosts approximately 10% of the world’s biodiversity. Transected by both the equator and the Andean mountain chain, and bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador encompasses four distinct regions each with its own natural and cultural beauty, charm and value. The coastal region is a mix of beaches, bays and small islands where mangroves and jungles punctuate the…



Brazil is a country of superlatives. 20 per cent of the planet’s fresh water. One third of all species. The largest wetlands on Earth. Five different terrestrial biomes, from open fields, wetlands, dry woodlands, savannas, to the outstanding Amazon and Atlantic rain forests. 3.5 million km2 of marine areas. Sadly, the conservation challenges are also superlatives. Nearly 200 million people live in Brazil, most of them in big cities along the Atlantic coast. This has caused high rates of habitat…



The Central American country of Belize packs a big punch for its size. Despite being less than 20,000 km2, its diversity of plants and animals holds global significance. This is partly due to almost 60 per cent of the country being forested – an unusual trait for this region. The Maya Golden Landscape, in Toledo District in southern Belize, forms one of Central America’s last unbroken stretches of broadleaf forest. The forests extend all the way from the Maya Mountains in…

African wild dog


The sight of a 50-strong pack of African wild dogs in action has to be one of the most wonderful and exhilarating spectacles on the vast African savannah. Wild dogs are renowned for their strong family bonds, and anyone lucky enough to witness their interaction with a new litter of pups cannot fail to be struck by their collective devotion. Peaceful and co-operative within their family groups, they look after their young and sick and depend on each other for…



Mozambique is a vast country covering over 800,000 km2 in south-eastern Africa bordering the Indian Ocean. It shares Lake Niassa (Lake Malawi) with neighbouring Malawi. The lake is thought to harbour over 600 endemic species of fish, primarily cichlids. Biodiversity is also high along the coast and in the mountains in the north and east of the country. New species are continually being discovered in Mozambique, which shows how diverse and understudied it is. A Fauna & Flora International (FFI)…



The saiga antelope is superbly adapted to the harsh conditions of the grass and semi-desert steppes of Central Asia, which are among the last remaining wilderness areas in Eurasia. This unique looking antelope lives in large nomadic herds but unfortunately their numbers are dropping and they are now considered Critically Endangered. Saiga facts: The saiga can travel many kilometres a day and has no fixed home range The species became extinct in China in the 1960s Its nose has an…



Romania retains a high proportion of natural ecosystems. Almost half of its land area covered with natural and semi-natural landscapes, including one of the largest remaining areas of undisturbed forest in Europe. The quality of the Romanian forest ecosystems is demonstrated by the presence of the full range of European forest fauna. The country supports half of Europe’s brown bears and 30 per cent of Europe’s wolves.  Major grasslands, caves and an extensive network of rivers, including a significant part…



Tajikistan is a mountainous, landlocked country with rich landscape, wildlife and culture. Its biological richness is equivalent to nearby countries 20 times its size, with a wonderfully diverse array of fauna and flora, including a globally significant population of snow leopard. The country is recognized as a part of the ‘Mountains of Central Asia’ Biodiversity Hotspot. However its natural heritage is under severe threat from habitat fragmentation and degradation. 90 per cent of the forests have disappeared in the past…

Antiguan racer


Dubbed the ‘world’s rarest snake’ in 1995, when only 50 individuals remained, the Antiguan racer has been making a steady comeback with Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI’s) help. Antiguan racers used to be the top predators throughout Antigua until Asian mongooses were released by British plantation owners in the 1890s, which wiped out most of the snakes. The species was declared extinct in the 1930s, but a few survived on Great Bird Island, an 8.4 hectare cay that had luckily…

A surprising flagship species for restoring a Caribbean paradise


The Antiguan racer is endemic to Antigua and Barbuda and was abundant until Asian mongooses, Herpestes javanicus, were introduced in the 19th century. The mongooses hunted many native birds, reptiles and amphibians to extinction and reduced the snake population to only 50 individuals on the 8.4-hectare Great Bird Island. The Antiguan racer had thus become the rarest snake in the world. To save these harmless reptiles from extinction, the Antiguan Racer Conservation Project was formed by a partnership of organisations…

Worrying changes in marine policy in Australia – act now!


Fauna & Flora International alerts those concerned about marine protection to New South Wales proposed moratorium on new marine parks.

Conservation Challenge: Capacity to Conserve


The term ‘capacity development’ is not easy to get your head around, but when you boil it down it is all about people and the process of improving the effectiveness of what we do. People are both the driving force behind biodiversity loss and the reason for protecting it. It is no surprise then that harnessing human potential is fundamental to conserving our remaining biodiversity. Long-term conservation success depends on developing a network of committed individuals and institutions that are…

Global Trees Campaign


The Global Trees Campaign, a joint initiative between Fauna & Flora International and Botanic Gardens Conservation International, is the only international campaign working dedicated to conserving threatened trees. It exists to secure the future of the world’s threatened tree species and their benefits for humans and the wider environment.

Halcyon Land & Sea


Through Halcyon Land & Sea – our fund dedicated to securing vital areas of natural habitat – FFI is able to ensure that some of the world’s most special sites, and their associated wildlife, will survive.



As Liberia recovers from years of conflict, war-torn communities are slowly returning to their ancestral lands and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is helping them to secure sustainable livelihoods. This country is home to large sections of Upper Guinean Forest. This globally important lowland rainforest region is rich in endemic and rare species. Diana monkeys, chimpanzees and other endangered species rely on this forest for their survival. Sadly, it is at risk from extreme and immediate threats, such as slash-and-burn…

FFI Australia Founders’ Board member fundraises for biodiversity


Mark Joiner raises over AUS$70,000 for Fauna & Flora International by cycling across US state.

The Rapid Response Facility


The Rapid Response Facility (RRF) is an emergency small grant programme that provides rapid support to sites of global biodiversity importance during times of crisis, with a particular focus on UNESCO natural World Heritage sites.

The Flagship Species Fund


The Flagship Species Fund (FSF) was launched in 2001 as a joint initiative between Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Since then, the partnership has contributed to the conservation of many threatened plant and animal species across the globe. However, after 14 years of highly successful partnership, Defra and FFI regret to announce that we have decided to bring the fund to a close this year. This decision has…

Ceiba tree


The ceiba tree  is one of the largest trees in Belize’s Golden Stream Watershed ecosystem. Though not listed on the IUCN Red List, it is a vital component of the ecosystem and has an iconic status in the region’s communities. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working with the grassroots organisation Ya’axché Conservation Trust to protect the ceiba’s forest habitat by working with local people. The habitat is home to jaguar, tapir and many other threatened species. Ceiba tree facts…

South Africa


South Africa’s landscape is one of the most diverse in the world. Its Cape Floral Kingdom (or the Cape Floristic Region), is one of only six floral kingdoms in the world. The ecosystem supports 9,600 recorded plant species. 70 per cent of them are found nowhere else on the planet. Many of the critical habitats of the Cape Flora (including lowland Fynbos, succulent Karoo and Renosterveld) are severely threatened by human development pressures on land. Ploughing of land for agriculture (arable, dairy farms)…



Cambodia is one of the most biodiverse countries in South East Asia. Its forests harbour many threatened species that have disappeared from neighbouring countries. The Siamese crocodile and Asian elephant still survive in the country’s lush forest refuges. As Cambodia’s economy is developing, once inaccessible forest areas now face multiple threats from logging, mining, poaching and agricultural encroachment. The main challenge for the Royal Government of Cambodia is to balance the needs of economic development with sustainable natural resource use.…



Kyrgyzstan is a country blessed with beautiful wild landscapes, exceptional wildlife, a rich culture and a deeply generous and hospitable people. Their traditions are founded on the principles of co-existence with nature and a deep respect for the land. However this is also a country of change and of economic extremes, where the modest successes of market reforms in the capital city Bishkek contrast starkly with the crippling poverty in rural areas. This poverty is forcing local people to use…

Antigua and Barbuda


This Caribbean nation is often referred to as a ‘twin island state’, because most of its 85,000 people inhabit the main islands of Antigua and Barbuda. In fact, this is an archipelago of dozens of islands, surrounded by 240 km2 of coral reefs. With “one beach for every day of the year”, the country attracts more than 700,000 visitors every year. Yet pockets of poverty still linger and most government agencies and nongovernmental organisations remain sorely under-funded and understaffed. The…

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the most important countries in Africa for biodiversity conservation. It has the highest number of species for almost all groups of organisms with the exception of plants in which it is second to South Africa. The DRC also harbours a number of spectacular endemic species like the okapi, Grauer’s gorilla, bonobo, and the Congo peacock. It possesses over 50% of Africa’s tropical forests. Dense forests and woodlands cover half of the…

Great green macaw


The image of a tropical rainforest wouldn’t be complete without a gaggle of squawking parrots. The great green macaw is one of the larger and more colourful parrots in South and Central America’s forests. Sadly, as their habitat disappears, so do they. As little as 30% of its original range may remain. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working to save threatened Chocó rainforest in north-western Ecuador, one of the last places the bird survives in the country. Great green…

The International Gorilla Conservation Programme


There are few animals on earth as strong as the mountain gorilla, or as fragile. Mountain gorillas, numbering approximately 880 total individuals, are found in only two locations on earth- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and the Virunga Massif (comprised of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, and Parc National de Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo). In 1991, Fauna & Flora International, in solidarity with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and the…

Linking land for the last Iberian lynx


The highly charismatic Iberian lynx was once common throughout Spain and Portugal. The species has declined dramatically with the most recent reports indicating that there are fewer than 300 wild individuals left, mainly restricted to three isolated populations in southern Spain. The Iberian lynx is the most endangered cat species in the world. The decline in lynx populations is due to a number of factors including scarcity of prey, loss and fragmentation of its cork oak and maquis habitats, road…

Third issue of Cambodian Journal of Natural History published


Fauna & Flora International publishes 2010 issue of scientific journal on the country’s little-studied wildlife.



Portugal contains a wealth of unique ecosystems, including extensive cork oak forests and maquis shrublands. These areas represent important reservoirs for biodiversity in Europe, including many birds of prey. The habitats also play a vital role in supporting local culture and traditional lifestyles. For example, communities have harvested cork from the cork oak habitat for hundreds of years. Diverse habitats are also beneficial in the production of products such as honey, local cured meats and cheeses. The country’s wildlife is…

Snow leopard


The mysterious snow leopard is a beautiful and charismatic animal, found in the remote mountainous regions of Central Asia. Protected by thick, smoky-grey fur, and capable of leaping thirty feet and taking prey three times its own weight, it is well adapted to the cold, harsh landscape. Snow leopard facts: Shy and well camouflaged, the snow leopard is very rarely seen and does not act aggressively towards humans They are solitary cats except when females are raising cubs Snow leopards…

Oryx publishes REDD articles


FFI's academic journal releases papers on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation.

New FFI briefing on biodiversity and carbon storage


Biodiversity is critical for effective forest carbon storage function in the long-term.

Tonkin snub-nosed monkey in danger


Fauna & Flora International publishes new report on important population of critically endangered primate.

Cambodian Journal of Natural History


The Cambodian Journal of Natural History, Cambodia’s first peer-reviewed scientific journal, was launched in 2008 by Fauna & Flora International and the Royal University of Phnom Penh as part of the University Capacity Building Project. Aimed at helping Cambodian scientists to share their findings and improve their writing skills, it addresses the critical need for information on the conservation status and management requirements of Cambodian biodiversity. The journal publishes original work by Cambodian and foreign scientists on all aspects of…

Central Asia’s fruit & nut forests


Central Asia holds an amazing array of ecosystems but one of the most fascinating is the ancient forests of fruit and nut trees. They are not only diverse habitats full of wildlife but they support local communities. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) works with in-country partners in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to promote the sustainable use and more effective protection of forest resources. We are helping government authorities, NGOs and local communities to work together to manage their valuable forests. Fruit…

The Amazon rainforest


Though “save the rainforest” slogans have been around for decades, our planet’s tropical forests are under more serious threat than ever. The Amazon is the largest rainforest on Earth and harbours a dazzling array of species. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is on the frontline of forest conservation in the southern edge of the Amazon in Brazil, where the forest is most threatened. Many people make the mistake of thinking all tropical rainforests are more or less the same; but…

Cycling for Biodiversity


Britain’s busiest gorilla took part in the London to Cambridge charity bike ride.

First Important Plant Areas in Turkey book published


FFI is proud that its work documenting Turkey’s most botanically rich areas has now been published.



Legal details for Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is a company limited by guarantee, incorporated in England and Wales in January 1992, Registered Company Number 2677068.  It was originally established in 1903 and is registered with the Charity Commission, Registered Charity Number 1011102. FFI’s registered and principal office is at: The David Attenborough Building Pembroke Street Cambridge CB2 3QZ United Kingdom. FFI has sister organisations in the United States of America and Australia, and a subsidiary…

Contact Us


To get in touch: If you have an enquiry simply send an email to info@fauna-flora.org. Our head office is: Fauna & Flora International The David Attenborough Building Pembroke Street Cambridge, CB2 3QZ UK Our London office is: Fauna & Flora International 14 Gray’s Inn Road London, WC1X 8HN UK Call us on +44 (0)1223 571000 or fax us on +44 (0)1223 461481.   Fauna & Flora International US Our US office is: Fauna & Flora International USA Inc 4th Floor,…



We know that conservationists can use some pretty tough jargon. We’re sorry – we’re scientists so we sometimes find it hard to weed out the technical words. This page should help to illuminate any phrases that you might not be so familiar with, or those that you’ve heard but aren’t quite sure what exactly they mean. IUCN and the IUCN Red List IUCN – the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a network of experts from government, NGO and academia. IUCN Red…

Press & Media


With over 145 projects in more than 45 countries, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has a wealth of stories from around the world. These range from the discovery of new species, to groundbreaking forest protection schemes. Take a look at our latest media releases below. FFI’s Communications Team can also offer journalists Exclusive interviews with a range of experts, working on the front line of conservation Trips to witness firsthand the many benefits our conservation projects are having on the ground…

Help in other ways


If you want to help Fauna & Flora International (FFI) but haven’t got money to spare, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved and show your support for FFI’s work. Fundraise for FFI by running a marathon, cake sales or walking from Land’s End to John o’ Groats! Set up a Just Giving page and start collecting donations today! If you need any help, just email us. Use EveryClick to do your shopping online, select Fauna & Flora International…



Buy FFI Gifts Make a long-lasting, unique gift that conserves endangered wildlife and makes you stand out from the rest! Gifts currently available to buy: FFI Gift Memberships FFI Gift Cards Dedicate a Tree Gift Membership “Fauna & Flora International saves endangered species and habitats around the world, I’m proud to have been a member for over 50 years” Sir David Attenborough, FFI Vice President. If you have a friend or relative who cares about protecting life on Earth, membership…

Gifts in Wills


Gifts in Wills account for a quarter of the income we receive from individuals. Writing a gift into your Will really does help us to ensure animals such as rhinos and elephants still exist in our children and grandchildren’s lifetimes. By leaving Fauna & Flora International a gift in your Will, you are making a positive impact on the future of our natural world for generations to come. Gifts in Wills have already helped us to achieve so much Establishing…

The FFI Friends


The Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Friends are a group of supporters committed to conserving the world’s threatened species and ecosystems for today and for the future. FFI Friends provide essential core support that underpins FFI’s ability to break new ground, confront major challenges and make successful conservation a reality. As well as providing regular donations to the organisation the FFI Friends are a reliable source of support through pro bono contributions, and as effective ambassadors of our work through…

Tribute Funds


A tribute fund is a lasting way to commemorate and honour someone special who has passed away. It is a wonderful way to remember and to help raise funds to support the work of Fauna & Flora International (FFI). Your tribute fund gives friends, relatives and colleagues a focus for making their own individual contribution whenever and however they want, by cash, cheque or card and by post, phone or online. Each gift is recorded and acts as a tribute…



Donations are a crucial source of additional funds. Your support will help to ensure that our vital work to protect the variety of life on Earth continues throughout the coming century. Our low overheads and carefully monitored working practices ensure that funds are put to the most effective possible use. Make a single donation Make a one-off donation, of however much you can afford, to protect threatened species and ecosystems worldwide. Make a regular donation UK bank account holders only…



Photography and Fauna & Flora International Many of the photographs appearing on this website are drawn from our extensive wildlife photography archives. To find out more about our wildlife photographs, please contact Lizzie Duthie, Fauna & Flora International Communications Officer, at lizzie.duthie@fauna-flora.org or call: +44 (0)1223 579 332.

Reports & Documents


Below are a selection of PDF downloads of various reports and documents which you may find useful. We’ll be adding more soon so please check back or contact us if you have any questions. Organisational Documents Conservation Report 2014-2015 (PDF) Independent review of Fauna & Flora International’s Halcyon Land & Sea and Halcyon Marine initiatives for the Arcadia Fund (PDF) Our Annual Review and Accounts are located on a separate page Asia-Pacific Using presence-only modelling to predict Asian elephant habitat…

Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation


The Conservationist’s Journal Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation, published quarterly by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Fauna & Flora International, is a leading scientific journal of biodiversity conservation, conservation policy and sustainable use, with a particular interest in material that has the potential to improve conservation management and practice. The website www.oryxthejournal.org plays a vital role in the journal’s capacity-building work. Amongst the site’s many attributes is a compendium of sources of free software for researchers and details of…

Our history


Established over a century ago, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the world’s first international conservation organisation. The pioneering work of its founders in Africa led to the creation of numerous protected areas, including Kruger and Serengeti National Parks. FFI has always been a groundbreaker; it is renowned for its innovative, landmark programmes, many of which have come to be regarded as classic examples of conservation practice. 1960s The translocation of the Arabian oryx in 1962, and its successful reintroduction…

Job opportunities


Thank you for your interest in working with Fauna & Flora International (FFI). Our current vacancies are advertised below. We do not keep speculative CVs or applications on file, so please revisit this page to see the latest vacancies if you are interested in working with us. Regrettably, due to limited resources and the high number of applications we receive, we are only able to contact short-listed candidates. FFI values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. Strictly no…

Annual reports & accounts


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Annual Report and Financial Statements Download our full Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for 2016 (PDF) Download our full Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for 2015 (PDF) Download our full Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for 2014 (PDF) Download our full Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for 2013 (PDF) Download our full Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for 2012 (PDF)

Our achievements


Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is making a real difference to the planet’s biodiversity. By finding where we are needed most and forming successful partnerships, we have managed to save some of the world’s most beautiful, fascinating and threatened wildlife and ecosystems. In total FFI is directly influencing the conservation of over 13.5 million hectares of important conservation lands and sea. Our support for habitat protection around the world is helping to create safe havens where biodiversity can flourish. Here…

Our people


FFI is lucky to have a diverse range of experience and expertise within its ranks, people who dedicate themselves to conservation across the world. Here is a taste of some our team. Uncle Elephant – Tuy ‘Vathana’ Sereivathana Vathana has always had a deep respect for nature and a particular fascination with elephants. He has worked with FFI since 2003 firstly as a seconded government officer on elephant conservation then with the FFI Cambodia team as manager of the Cambodian…



Mountains act as a vital component of the global water cycle as their run-off feeds most of the world’s rivers. More than half of humanity depends on mountains for their water supply. 10 per cent of people live in mountainous regions. Undisturbed mountain biological diversity is high because of the range of climatic conditions and altitudes occurring over small areas. This diversity adds to the strength of mountain ecosystems. When vegetation is intact, the impacts of events such as landslides…

Marine Conservation


Over 70% of the Earth’s surface is water. Life in the seas evolved three billion years prior to life on land, giving rise to a variety of life unrivalled elsewhere. Currently there are over 250,000 marine species known to science, although it is recognised that the actual figure could be 10 times this number. Marine ecosystems provide us with essential resources and services, including food, minerals, oil, medicines, and recreation. They also play a critical role in the regulation of…



Grasslands cover more than 40 per cent of the Earth’s land area and are found in every region of the world. They can be natural ecosystems, maintained by grazing ungulates, or semi-natural, created by humans through livestock rearing and agricultural practices. Disturbances of fire, drought, grazing and frost prevent the establishment of forest and support a high diversity of plants and animals. Grasslands are essential for the livelihoods of millions of people. They provide forage for domestic livestock and sources…

Siamese crocodile


Over the past one hundred years, habitat destruction and hunting have eradicated the Siamese crocodile from 99 per cent of its historical range throughout South East Asia. Only around 250 adult Siamese crocodiles remain in the wild, chiefly in the remotest highlands of Cambodia, particularly in the south-western Cardamom Mountains. Siamese crocodile facts: Wild Siamese crocodiles in Cambodia feed mostly on fish and snakes, but also crabs, insects, birds and small mammals There are no known records of Siamese crocodiles…

Mountain gorilla


Around 880 mountain gorillas remain in the world today. Two isolated populations survive, one in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, south-western Uganda, and the other on the forested slopes of the Virunga volcanoes, straddling the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda. Mountain gorilla facts: Mountain gorillas have longer hair and shorter arms than their lowland cousins and tend to be a bit larger than other gorillas In 1902, the German explorer Oscar von Beringe became…



Located just 2° above the equator in Central Africa, Cameroon is among the richest countries in Africa in terms of biodiversity resources.  Cameroon supports over 900 species of birds, over 300 mammals and many other stunning creatures. Its forests harbour not one but two subspecies of the western gorilla – the Cross River gorilla and the western lowland gorilla. It is often called ‘Africa in miniature’ because it exhibits all major climates and vegetation of the continent: coast, desert, mountains,…

Thank you St Faith’s School!


Cambridge school becomes Friend Against Extinction.

In memoriam of Dr Ymke Warren


FFI mourns the loss of a friend.

New species discovered in Liberian forest


Fauna & Flora International facilitates plant survey which finds new type of plant in Sapo National Park.

Conservation Leadership Programme announces winners


Fauna & Flora International capacity building programme names 36 chosen projects from around the world.

Island of Ometepe becomes Nicaragua’s third Biosphere Reserve


Fauna & Flora International welcomes good news for the volcanic island on eve of World Environment Day.

Georgian partner NACRES hosts global bear conference


Fauna & Flora International and NACRES facilitate best practice bear management methods.

New survey highlights stunning biodiversity of Belize’s Central River


Fauna & Flora International’s partner Ya’axché Conservation Trust protects crucial Central River watershed forest.

A future for sustainable mpingo


Clarinet players will soon have the choice of buying environmentally and socially sustainable instruments

Conservation Leadership Programme celebrates 25 years


Fauna & Flora International helps celebrate a quarter of a century of conservation.

Chagos Marine Protected Area approved


Fauna & Flora International delighted with decision to protect world’s largest coral atoll.

FFI launches new chimp project in Uganda


Harnessing local cultural values to save endangered primates in Mt. Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

New species of gecko named after FFI scientist


Species discovered in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains despite its amazing camouflage.

Albino howler monkey born


Fauna & Flora International has spotted a rare sight on Nicaragua’s Ometepe Island.

Tiger adventures


Usually found dressed as a gorilla for various publicity stunts in Cambridge, Fauna & Flora International's Rob Harris was lucky enough to visit our tiger team in Sumatra. Here he writes about his adventures!

Breakthrough in Brazil


Fauna & Flora International helps to define Amazonian park’s management activities

The new and the old – new technology preserves an ancient culture


FFI Australia is working in partnership to develop innovative conservation strategies.

First sighting of Iberian lynx in Portugal since 2001!


A critically endangered Iberian lynx has been recorded in Portugal for the first time since 2001.

FFI conservation biologist given Royal award


Dr Jenny Daltry is honoured in Cambodia for her many achievements.

World’s rarest rhinos travel back to Africa


FFI plays critical role in last ditch efforts to save the world’s rarest large mammal from extinction.

New survey of critically endangered gibbon


FFI reports on the status of wildlife in one of Indochina’s most biodiversity-rich spots.

Latest raid on ‘Ecstasy Oil Factories’ in Cambodia


FFI is on the front line of an initiative to stop illegal activity in the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary.

Stephen Fry elected as Vice President of FFI!


New ambassador for FFI will help raise awareness of the need for conservation.

Nurturing the next generation of Latin American conservationists


Fauna & Flora International helps to gather regional experts to create innovative training program.

Captive breeding offers hope for Siamese crocodiles


DNA analysis reveals over half of individuals at Cambodian breeding centre are purebred Siamese crocodiles.

Companies must gear up to weather the coming natural resource crunch


FFI launches new Natural Value Initiative report to help bring about positive change in the private sector.

Sir David Attenborough to speak out for FFI


Our Vice President narrates BBC appeal on our orang-utan work.

Sumatra earthquake update


FFI and partners rush to help in distributing aid to worst hit villages near national park

FFI helps to create two nature reserves in China and Vietnam


Two of world’s most endangered primates face a brighter future thanks to new protected areas.

What Avoided Deforestation Projects Need to Know


The lessons of over a century’s experience of habitat management.

Global climate wake up call


Wave of local events around the world calls for action on climate change.

Rapid Response Facility launches new website


FFI grants programme website to help share lessons learned from emergency situations.

FFI ambassador Stephen Fry presents BBC Two series


‘Last Chance to See’ TV programme showcases some of the planet’s most endangered species

Two FFI ‘Conservation Hero’ award successes


Members of Cambodian croc and Pemba flying fox teams praised for their hard work.

Rare Philippine crocodiles released into the wild


Conservation Leadership Programme-supported project increases wild population of the world's most threatened crocodile by 50%.

Belize’s biggest nature reserve threatened with illegal dam


Fauna & Flora International’s Belizean partner discovers illegal encroachment on the country’s most important protected area.

FFI launches ‘Gibbon Month’ in China


Rare Chinese gibbons were the stars at a new awareness raising campaign.

Rare sighting of one of the world’s most endangered primates


Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys spotted in forests of northern Vietnam by local community conservation team.

Huge seizure of ‘ecstasy oil’ in Cardamom Mountains


FFI and Cambodian government rangers confiscate illicit cache of oil taken from rare tree.

Forest Footprint Disclosure Project launched


Businesses urged to be more transparent about their effect on the world’s forests

FFI destroys illegal chainsaws in Cambodia


Chainsaw burning to symbolize a zero tolerance approach against illegal activities in the Cardamom Mountains’ Wildlife Sanctuaries

Urgent action necessary to save Pacific tuna stocks


‘Hard decisions’ must be taken now to save tuna populations from downward spiral urge conservation groups.

UNESCO Biosphere award for FFI project site


The Great Sandy, Australia, is recognised for its spectacular biodiversity.

Conservation Leadership Programme announces 2009 Team Conservation Awards


Winning projects range from protecting the elusive Andean Cat in Argentina to involving community in the conservation of an endemic bird species in the Philippines.

As apples blossom in the UK their wild ancestors face extinction


Fauna & Flora International publishes new Red List of Trees of Central Asia which sheds light on region’s threatened fruit and nut trees.

Good news for Mpingo Conservation Project!


FFI project helps to bring about first FSC certification of community-managed natural forests in Africa.

FFI congratulates Sir David Attenborough on his Bafta


FFI Vice President Sir David wins Bafta for ‘Life in Cold Blood’ series.

Forests under increasing stress from climate change


Forests' role as massive carbon sinks is "at risk of being lost entirely", top forestry scientists warn.

FFI Vice President wins Wildlife Warrior award


Two prominent FFI supporters, including Australian personality Rove McManus, win prizes from Australia Zoo.

Palm Sunday special: Global demand for xaté palm threatens Belize’s forest


FFI and Belizean partner are working hard to reduce pressure of illegal palm harvesting in Belize.

Spare a thought for rare magnolias in the wild


FFI tree experts warn that nearly half of all magnolias are threatened with extinction.

FFI leads survey of one of world’s rarest gibbons


Further proof of Vietnamese endangered primate hotspot underlines need for conservation action.

Jakarta Green Monster runs ‘Love Water Camp’


FFI partner in Jakarta raise awareness of water issues in city’s slums.

Celebrations to commemorate community’s first turtle hatchlings release


FFI Nicaraguan turtle conservation programme helps community to protect their local marine turtles.

Businesses called on to contribute to ‘Stern-like’ report on biodiversity


FFI’s Natural Value Initiative to help compile information for European Commission study.

‘Ecstasy oil’ distilleries raided in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains


FFI destroys factories linked to the production of a raw ingredient of the drug ecstasy.

A rare sight


Photographed baby cao vit gibbon a sign of hope.

Two black rhino calves born


Births boost wildlife conservancy’s endangered rhino population to 80.

DNA testing offers new hope for one of world’s rarest crocodiles


First of its kind analysis could identify rare Siamese crocs.

Caterpillar invasion threatens Liberia’s flora


Plague of hairy caterpillars the worst in 30 years.

Update on DRC’s Garamba National Park


Rebuilding process begins following devastating rebel attack.

FFI croc protector on BBC Wildlife Diary


Adam Starr speaks about his adventures in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains

Violent attack on National Park Head Quarters in DRC


Lord’s Resistance Army rebels devastate headquarters of UN World Heritage Site in the Congo.

Ol Pejeta has new rhino star


Tame blind black rhino selected to help educate visitors about species’ conservation.

Green-blooded, turquoise-boned species of frog discovered


FFI reveals four Cambodian ‘new to science’ frogs and publishes country’s first amphibian guide.

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