Supporting leading conservationists around the globe means we can put your donations to work in the most effective way. We are investing in our very best scientists and ecologists through our Conservation Partnership programme.
In recognition of their exceptional achievements to date, we’re providing them with much-needed long-term funding to enable them to make a crucial difference on the ground for our endangered wildlife. Through our long-term work supporting conservationists around the world, we are uniquely positioned to judge where the most effective work to safeguard wildlife is taking place. And behind each successful project is a talented individual with the drive and leadership skills to direct their teams, often working in really difficult circumstances, to achieve success. Meet these outstanding five individuals who we are proud to call our Conservation Partners:
Elena Bykova and Olya Esipova
Saiga antelope, Uzbekistan
Saiga Conservation Alliance
Saiga antelope have roamed the earth since the ice age but are now critically endangered, with small populations remaining in central Asia. Poaching for their horns and habitat loss has put saigas further at risk. Elena and Olya are raising public awareness of saigas and are studying a recently re-discovered isolated population in Uzbekistan.
Slow lorises, Java
Little Fireface Project
Java in Indonesia has been subject to devastating deforestation, causing lorises to lose 90% of their tropical forest habitat. As they climb slowly through the remaining trees, slow lorises are captured and sold illegally through the pet trade, for medicine or as props in tourist photos. Anna’s tackling the illegal wildlife trade head on, orchestrating a social media campaign to stop tourists posing with captured lorises and to ensure lorises have a space in the wild.
Ruaha Carnivore Project
Ruaha National Park in Tanzania is home to over a tenth of the world’s lions, but also has the highest rate of lion killing in East Africa. Lions frequently attack domestic livestock, so they’re often killed in retaliation by local farmers. Traditional livestock enclosures are fairly ineffective at keeping lions at bay, so Amy is helping to reinforce enclosures that are 95% effective at preventing attacks.
Persian leopards, Iran
Tandoureh National Park is a last remaining Persian leopard stronghold. As people and wildlife compete for space, the leopards are in increasingly close contact with local communities and pose a big threat to their livestock. Although the park is protected, the leopards are still hunted. Mohammad’s studying six leopards and working with reformed poachers to better understand their motivations, whilst teaching local communities how to better protect their livestock.
Snow leopards, Mongolia
When we first partnered with Bayara, mining was destroying the rugged mountainous snow leopard habitat of Tost, South Gobi. But through Bayara’s campaigning, Tost was declared a nature reserve in 2016. However, there were still several mining companies with existing mining licenses within the protected area. Since then, Bayara has succeeded in getting all these licences revoked, and is now training rangers to prevent poaching across the reserve.
Giant otters, Peru
San Diego Zoo
Giant otters, already hunted to the point of extinction for their fur, now face massive habitat loss from deforestation that’s destroying their riverbank homes. On top of that, 40 tonnes of mercury pours into the water every year, a by-product of gold mining. This is causing a decrease in the quantities of fish giant otters depend on. Adi’s studying the giant otter populations in the oxbow lakes they inhabit, as well as helping locals understand the risk that mercury poses to wildlife in order to secure the conservation of the otters and their habitat.
PTES awards each Conservation Partner up to £100,000 in order to make a lasting difference to key endangered species around the globe. Please join our programme today and help support this unique, cutting-edge work. Together we can guarantee a future for those species whose future is currently so uncertain.