Continuing breeding programmes at Cikananga Conservation Breeding Centre

Rapid Action Fund

  The challenge CCBC has conservation breeding programmes for three ASAP songbirds, all of which are on the brink of extinction in the wild. Maintaining sustainable populations with the intention of future release is pivotal for the conservation of these species. These programmes are normally funded through zoological associations. However, due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 on the zoo community, this funding has been significantly reduced. On top of this, knock-on effects of COVID-19 have increased the price of…

Project Palaka: Phase II

Rapid Action Fund

  The challenge The Gigantes Wrinkled Ground Frog Platymantis insulatus is only found on the relatively remote Gigantes Islands, which sit within the larger Western Visayas archipelago in the Philippines. The frog lives in limestone karst forests and caves and is under threat from habitat changes. Guano mining and quarrying of limestone are particularly detrimental. Because of the remote location of the species and time it takes to get to Gigantes, the population dynamics of species are relatively unknown. As…

Bali Starling Nusa Penida wild population stabilisation and expansion

Rapid Action Fund

  The challenge In Nusa Penida, where there is a lack of natural nest hollows, Friends of National Parks Foundation (FNPF) engage international volunteers to install and maintain a network of nest boxes. These nest boxes, found across public, private and religious lands, allow the Bali Starling population to breed. If the nest boxes do not get regular upkeep, they are quickly overrun by bees, snakes, rats and geckos. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions, there are no international…