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Wild Bairds Tapir in Chimalapas, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2004. Photo by TSGCF 2003 grantee Ivan Torres.

Grant History of Tapir Specialist Group Conservation Fund

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The Tapir Specialist Group Conservation Fund (TSGCF) was established in 2003 as a vehicle to raise and contribute funds towards tapir conservation initiatives.  The organizations involved in the management of the TSGCF are the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG), Houston Zoo Inc. in the United States, Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark, Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Tapir Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), and European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA) Tapir Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), which are today the key groups working on coordinating and implementing tapir research, conservation and management programs.  The money in this Fund consists of contributions from tapir holding zoos and conservation organizations, as well as personal donations from tapir supporters and enthusiasts worldwide.  Funds are collected, managed and distributed via Houston Zoo and Copenhagen Zoo.  A TSGCF Reviewing Committee reviews each application submitted and decides which projects to fund based on the merits of each proposal and significance for tapir conservation.

PURPOSE: TSGCF grants are RESTRICTED to projects contributing to the implementation of actions listed on the Tapir Action Plans developed during previous Population and Habitat Viability Assessment (PHVA) Workshops.  Please refer to the PHVA Reports / Species Action Plans: Malayan Tapir Action Plan (2003), Mountain Tapir Action Plan (2004), Baird’s Tapir Action Plan (2005), and Lowland Tapir Action Plan (2007).

CRITERIA FOR FUNDING: (1)The TSGCF will ONLY accept applications from members of the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG), or members of the Tapir Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs) of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA); (2)The proposal is cooperative in nature and may have matching funds; (3) The proposal is scientifically significant and sound, logistically feasible, has a high probability of success, and clearly contributes to the conservation of tapirs and their remaining habitats; and, (4) Funding restrictions: The TSGCF DOES NOT support: salary, tuition fees, scholarships, conferences, courses and meetings, and operational/overhead costs for institutions or established projects and/or programs.

FUNDING CYCLES: Grant deadlines are July/August each year. For further information and submission forms, please contact TSG Chair Patricia Medici

GRANT HISTORY:

TSGCF 2008: FOUR grants of US$1,000

Clockwise: Manolo José García Vettorazzi, Andrés Tapia, Eduardo Naranjo, Georgina O'Farrill

Manolo José García Vettorazzi
TITLE: Contribution to the Development of the Action Plan for the Conservation of Baird´s Tapir and its Habitat in Guatemala
COUNTRY: Guatemala
SPECIES: Baird's Tapir

Andrés Tapia
TITLE: Conservation Status of the Mountain Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque) in the Eastern Flanks of the Central Andes of Ecuador
COUNTRY: Ecuador
SPECIES: Mountain Tapir

Eduardo Naranjo
TITLE: Distribution and Local Ecological Knowledge of Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) in the State of Campeche, Mexico
COUNTRY: Mexico
SPECIES: Baird's Tapir

Georgina O'Farrill
TITLE: How Many Tapirs are There in Mexico?: Non Invasive Estimates of Population Size of the Greater Calakmul Tapir Population
COUNTRY: Mexico
SPECIES: Baird's Tapir

TSGCF 2006: SIX grants of US$1,000

Manolo García
TITLE: Conservation of Baird's Tapir in Guatemala
COUNTRY: Guatemala
SPECIES: Baird's Tapir
Iván Lira Torres
TITLE: Population Status and Conservation of Baird's Tapir in the Zoque Forest, Mexico
COUNTRY:
Mexico
SPECIES: Baird's Tapir
Javier Adolfo Sarria Perea
TITLE:
Determining the Presence of Andean Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque) in the Massif of Mamapacha (Boyacá - Colombia)
COUNTRY:
Colombia
SPECIES: Mountain Tapir
Cristina Tófoli
TITLE: Lowland Tapir Footprint Identification Technique (FIT)
COUNTRY:
Brazil
SPECIES: Lowland Tapir
Miguel A. Morales
TITLE: Foraging Habitat Preferences, Diet Composition, and Seed Dispersal of the Lowland Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) in the Interior Atlantic Forest of Paraguay
COUNTRY:
Paraguay
SPECIES: Lowland Tapir
Silvia Chalukian
TITLE: Tapir Density and Habitat Use in El Rey-Centinela Conservation Unit: First Stage
COUNTRY:
Argentina
SPECIES: Lowland Tapir

TSGCF 2004: THREE grants of US$1,000

Antony Lynam & Leonardo Salas
TITLE:
A Preliminary Study of Habitat Selection, Abundance, and Threats for Malayan Tapirs (Tapirus indicus) in the Tenasserim Hills, Southern Myanmar
COUNTRY: Myanmar
SPECIES: Malayan Tapir
Nereyda Estrada Andino
TITLE: Abundance, Distribution and Conservation of Baird’s Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) in the Natural Area of Rus-Rus, La Moskitia, Honduras
COUNTRY: Honduras
SPECIES: Baird's Tapir
Olga Lucía Montenegro
TITLE: Lowland Tapir Distribution Update at the Colombian Orinoquia Region
COUNTRY: Colombia
SPECIES: Lowland Tapir


TSGCF 2003: THREE grants of US$650

Adrian Naveda
TITLE: Ethnozoology of Lowland Tapir in Venezuela
COUNTRY: Venezuela
SPECIES: Lowland Tapir

Ivan Lira Torres
TITLE: Field Verification of Baird's Tapir Distribution in Oaxaca, Mexico: An Important Step Towards a National Conservation Action Plan
COUNTRY: Mexico
SPECIES: Baird's Tapir
Emilio Constantino
TITLE: Identification of Forest Fragments with Populations of the Colombian Tapirus terrestris colombianus and Strategies for its Conservation
COUNTRY: Colombia
SPECIES: Lowland Tapir


NOTE: Currently, only TSG members may apply for these grants. For information and submission forms, please contact TSG Chair Patrícia Medici.




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