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In the US, we maximize our impact by focusing on a subset of endangered species and habitat protection initiatives globally. We work in an integrated way to improve both conservation status and livelihoods of local communities – these are our Flagships.
All of the world's rhinos are seriously threatened with extinction, primarily due to illegal hunting for their horns and habitat loss. Africa's black rhino and northern white rhino are no different. Both are critically endangered— indeed the northern white rhino is the most endangered mammal in the world.
Fauna & Flora International is working to save both subspecies through intensive collaboration with in-country organizations, government agencies and local communities in Kenya and elsewhere.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) are implementing an innovative project that builds support for protected areas in Uganda by actively integrating local cultural values into their management.
Piloted in two national parks, the approach is now being extended to other sites; UWA will apply it at new sites in Uganda, while FFI has established a culture and conservation program to apply it to projects around the globe.
Fauna & Flora International has a very long history of successful gorilla conservation, and our teams now tackle the myriad threats facing all four sub-species—Mountain gorilla, Cross River gorilla, Eastern lowland (Grauer's) gorilla, and Western lowland gorilla.
To protect these remarkable apes, we collaborate with local partners to build the key skills needed—within parks departments and communities alike—to support effective park management, strong anti-poaching, broader species and habitat monitoring, and sustainable ecotourism initiatives.
In 1996, the Royal Government of Cambodia requested Fauna & Flora International (FFI) help to protect the rich biodiversity of its Cardamom Mountains, suffering after decades of war. Ever since, we have collaborated to conserve Cambodia's wild elephants and their habitat, strengthening national conservation capacity and managing pressures of a growing economy.
Our approach is winning accolades; FFI Asian Elephant Manager, Tuy Sereivathana was named a 2011 Emerging Explorer by National Geographic Society and received the prestigious 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize for improving the future for rural Cambodians and elephants alike, using practical and effective strategies at the grassroots level.
Most of the world's surviving 250 Siamese crocodiles live in Cambodia's remote Cardamom Mountains, where they are sacred to several ethnic minorities. These crocodiles play a vital role to maintaining healthy wetlands.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) combines wildlife management, education, and economic development to create conditions in which the species can thrive. In 2009, the Royal Government honored Dr. Jenny Daltry, who built FFI's program, with a special award for her role in revitalizing biodiversity conservation in Cambodia.
The rugged limestone mountains along the China-Vietnam border are a crucial location for primate speciation, but habitat loss has isolated remaining populations, putting them in danger of imminent extinction.
Fauna & Flora International combines robust research with practical, low-cost conservation solutions—like promoting fuel-efficient stoves—to secure the survival of a half dozen critically endangered monkey and gibbon species. Most recently, we established nature reserves in China and Vietnam to protect the graceful cao vit gibbon and the charismatic Tonkin snub-nosed monkey.
Now we are extending our work into Laos, where a surge of development is creating natural resource pressures.
Fewer than 500 tigers are believed to survive across the island of Sumatra. Threats to the critically endangered tiger run the gamut of conservation challenges, from poaching to habitat loss. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) works across the two most important Sumatran tiger conservation landscapes—Kerinci-Seblat National Park and Aceh's Ulu Masen-Leuser forest block.
FFI's guiding principle is to find sustainable solutions to tiger threats and build community involvement in tiger protection.
On the crossroads between Asia and Europe, Georgia's Vashlovani Nature Reserve is home to a unique collection of carnivores: Asian leopard, striped hyena, golden jackal, grey wolf, jungle cat, brown bear and more, all threatened by poaching and sheep overgrazing the habitat.
Fauna & Flora International is working with park rangers to improve anti-poaching strategies, other park staff to develop conservation, education and community outreach strategies, and with shepherds to improve herding techniques. For example —reintroducing traditional guard dogs to protect sheep and minimize human-wildlife conflict.
Just 20 years ago, the saiga antelope migrated in herds up to 100,000 strong across the steppes of Central Asia. Now the species is nearly extinct. After the Soviet Union dissolved, poaching rates soared and the homely saiga population dropped 95% as hunters sought its horn for traditional medicine. To encourage population recovery, Fauna & Flora International is creating local ranger associations, which employ and train ex-poachers to monitor saiga populations and act as saiga advocates.
Many of the fruits we eat everyday can trace their ancestry to the fruit and nut forests of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, home to some of the oldest natural orchards in the world. However, poor land management practices, including over-cultivation, and excessive tree cutting, has driven many species to the brink of extinction.
Fauna & Flora International’s tree conservation program melds local awareness with forest planning to create an innovative—and delicious—result for now and future generations.
The Antiguan racer was once the world’s rarest snake with only 50 individuals left on a small island off mainland Antigua. Thanks to FFI’s ongoing rat eradication, captive breeding and awareness campaigns, the population has increased six-fold and is now a priority in the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.
Project impacts are even broader, from rising migratory bird populations to the creation of a new marine protected area.
Nicaragua hosts globally important nesting populations of five marine turtle species; all are endangered or critically endangered with declining populations. FFI works to protect hawksbill and leatherback turtles, which face immediate danger of extinction. We tackle root causes of turtle mortality: poaching, poor economic alternatives for local communities, limited resources and capacity within management institutions, and weak environmental legislation. The involvement of local children and community members— and many former poachers—is central to this project's success. Program manager José Urteaga is a 2010 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his creative commitment to the long haul.
Program manager José Urteaga was named a 2010 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his creative commitment to the long haul.
The Maya Golden Landscape in southern Belize is one of the country's largest areas of intact tropical broadleaf forest. This mosaic of conservation areas and community-owned lands links the forests of the Maya Mountains with the mangroves and coral reefs of the Mesoamerican barrier reef World Heritage Site—the second largest reef complex in the world. The area is a biodiversity hotspot and an excellent example of ecosystem interconnectivity.
Fauna & Flora International and Ya'axche' Conservation Trust have developed an exciting initiative of integrated landscape management to protect from the rivers to the reef.