Freshwater fish – the importance of updating conservation status

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This week ASAP Director, Nerissa Chao, is attending an IUCN Red Listing workshop for Freshwater Fishes in the Sunda region. For the entire week, experts are discussing and reviewing the status of freshwater fish species. But why is this important, and what does IUCN Red Listing lead to? A focus on freshwater fish According to Mittermeier et al., 2010, freshwater ecosystems cover an estimated 0.8% of the world’s surface, yet support up to 12% of the world’s known species. Despite…

Funding opportunity for ASAP partners and species: New Protected Areas

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Next round: The Rainforest Trust opens calls again for proposals to create new protected areas ASAP Partner, Rainforest Trust, has an open call for proposals. They are offering support for organisations across the tropics to create new protected areas for Critically Endangered and Endangered species. Rainforest Trust prioritizes projects in Key Biodiversity Areas with globally significant populations of Critically Endangered and Endangered species, following the A1(a) criterion of the KBA Standard. This opportunity is open to any NGO legally registered…

Singapore’s national plan to save the Sunda pangolin

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Being the world’s most trafficked mammal has brought the pangolin to the brink globally. But a new national strategy will ensure the Sunda pangolin will continue to find refuge in Singapore.   Conservationists from Singapore and beyond have developed a Sunda pangolin National Conservation Strategy and Action Plan. The document sets out a 50 year road-map for securing a thriving future for the Sunda pangolin in Singapore. Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for…

Conservation plan to save the Helmeted Hornbill launched

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Today we launch a new 10-year conservation strategy and action plan to protect the Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil). It includes calls for increased funding to scale-up conservation attention on a bird that has seen a recent surge in international trade. About the bird The eye-catching Helmeted Hornbill has a relatively short bill, with a distinctive red helmet. The unique call of the male can be heard over a huge 2 km distance. Adults can grow up to 1.2 metres, and…

International Conservation Grants from Zoos Victoria – Now open!

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Zoos Victoria has announced their 2018-19 round of International Conservation Grants is open for applications. The grants are for projects that support wildlife conservation, outside Australia. Projects favoured are those that influence the adoption of conservation sensitive-behaviours. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate meaningful on-ground benefits to wildlife and people. Applications can be made on-line on the Zoos Victoria website at Please note that the on-line application form and Application Guidelines can be found through the link. Applications will close on 30 September…

Palawan Forest Turtle breeding success gives hope for critically endangered species

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First-ever critically endangered Palawan Forest Turtle hatched under human care Recorded for the first time, the critically endangered Palawan Forest Turtle (Siebenrockiella leytensis) has been hatched under human care. The success means new hope for the ASAP Species, which is highly sought after for the illegal wildlife trade. The turtle is currently teetering on the brink of extinction. After nearly five years of conservation breeding efforts, two ASAP Partners, the Katala Foundation Inc and Wildlife Reserves Singapore, have announced the news….

Postdoctoral Opportunity Working With Javan Slow Loris

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Oxford Brookes University is hiring a full-time postdoctoral fellow for two years, with the possibility to extend for a third year. The role will work part-time in Oxford, and part-time in Java Indonesia. The fellow will examine the impact of wildlife-friendly crop production on the diversity of insect and mammal pollinators and seed dispersers, including the Critically Endangered Javan slow loris. Java is one of of the most heavily populated islands on earth. Understanding the impact of farming practices on…

Interactive Grant Writing Workshop with the National Geographic Society

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The National Geographic Society (NGS) will be hosting an in-person and interactive workshop to assist potential applicants in developing project ideas and application materials while fostering collaboration and innovation. This one-and-a-half-day workshop will be held June 30-July 1, 2018, in Kuching, Malaysia. NGS will cover the costs of one additional night’s accommodation and meals on workshop days for workshop attendees. The workshop is intended to provide information about and practice developing key attributes of a successful NGS grant. In addition,…

WildCRU Diploma 2019

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Since 2009, the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at University of Oxford has been running a postgraduate diploma in international wildlife conservation established specifically to provide training in applied conservation skills to promising conservationists from less-developed parts of the world, where such training may be difficult to obtain. Importantly, we have been able to sponsor most of our students each year (typical class size is 8 students – full or partial sponsorship). The application period for the 2019 course is…

Primate Innovation Award

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The Primate Innovation Award facilitates dialogue, ideas exchange and expertise sharing between primate-focused NGOs and charities. Two heads are often better than one which is why this Award recognizes forward-thinking charities for proposals that identify and implement synergies in the area of primate conservation. The Award is carried out in collaboration with International Primatological Society and the winners will be announced at the 27th International Primatological Society Congress which is held August 19 – 25, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. For details,…