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:
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. Adi’s helping locals understand the risk that mercury poses to wildlife.
Having lost 90% of their tropical forests, exposed and vulnerable slow lorises are captured and sold illegally through the pet trade, for medicine or exploited 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 slow lorises.
Ruaha 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. Traditional livestock enclosures are fairly ineffective at keeping lions at bay, so Amy is helping to reinforce enclosures that is 95% effective at preventing attacks.
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.
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.
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.