A legacy of success
With well over a century of conservation activity behind us, it is no surprise that Fauna & Flora has played a pivotal role in safeguarding the future of an incredible variety of species in all corners of the globe, from British bats to Mexican cacti, iguanas in the Bahamas and tree snails from Tahiti.
Our 100% Fund, for example, which was launched in 1971 and ran for three decades, supported over 700 small-scale but no less crucial conservation projects in almost 150 countries, enhancing the survival chances of hundreds of the world’s most endangered plants and animals.
Bringing species back from the brink of extinction
Some of Fauna & Flora’s achievements are more familiar than others: the eleventh-hour rescue and subsequent reintroduction of the Arabian oryx is widely regarded as a classic example of captive breeding success; the collaborative International Gorilla Conservation Programme partnership that had its origins in our Mountain Gorilla Project has seen numbers of this critically endangered primate increase to an estimated 880 individuals even in the face of intense pressure on its habitat; thanks to locally-led tiger protection teams, Sumatran tiger numbers in Kerinci Seblat National Park held firm despite an alarming spike in poaching activity; at the time of its rediscovery in 1995, the Antiguan racer was almost certainly the rarest snake in the world, but against the odds Fauna & Flora and our partners have brought about a twentyfold increase in its population and transformed this Caribbean serpent into a national icon.
We don’t adhere to a set formula. Experience tells us that, while a scientific grounding is important, species conservation also requires flexibility, a degree of improvisation, imagination and broad collaboration. The emphasis may be on habitat protection or restoration, law enforcement, eradication of invasive species, or changing human behaviour, but is more likely to require some combination of these. We tailor our approach to the specific needs of a species and the nature of the crisis it is facing, but always with one eye on the needs of the communities who share its habitat or have an influence on its survival.