National Geographic: Big Cats Initiative to Protect and Restore Big Cat Populations

Deadline: 9 January 2019

National Geographic is seeking applications for field-based, action-oriented, and direct conservation efforts to halt the decline of big cats.

This Initiative seeks to advance conservation efforts benefitting big cat populations, protecting and restoring them and their habitats via field-based, action-oriented, direct, and quantifiable strategic programs.

BCI conducted an evidence-based analysis to assess big cat conservation in Africa, identify funding gaps, and determine a focused engagement strategy for lion conservation funding (Jacobson and Riggio, 2018).

Priorities Area

Priority will be given to applicants who propose a project within one of the following National Geographic lion priority areas:

Niokolo-Koba (Senegal), W-Arly-Pendjari: W-Arly (Burkina Faso), W-Pendjari (Benin), W (Niger), Benoue Complex (Cameroon), Zakouma (Chad), Chinko (Central African Republic), Omo-Mago (Ethiopia), Queen Elizabeth (Uganda), Laikipia-Samburu-Marsabit (Kenya), Tsavo-Mkomazi: Amboseli-Chyulu-Tsavo (Kenya), Mkomazi (Tanzania), Katavi-Ruaha (Tanzania), Serengeti-Mara: Maasai Mara (Kenya), SerengetiNgorongoro-Loliondo (Tanzania), Southern Maasai Steppe (Tanzania), Selous-Mikumi (Tanzania), NiassaQuirimbas (Mozambique), Luangwa Valley (Zambia), Zambezi Valley: Mana Pools (Zimbabwe), Lower Zambezi (Zambia), Etosha-Kunene (Namibia), Kavango-Zambezi: Khaudum-Caprivi (Namibia), LuengueLuiana (Angola), Sioma Ngwezi (Zambia), Okavango-Chobe (Botswana), Hwange (Zimbabwe), Kgalagadi: Kalahari Gemsbok (South Africa), Central Kalahari-Khutse-Gemsbok (Botswana), Greater Limpopo: Gonarezhou-Save Valley (Zimbabwe), Kruger (South Africa), Limpopo (Mozambique).

Funding Information

  • Applicants may request up to $100,000. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one or two years.
  • Up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant and/or team members.
  • Up to 15 percent can be used for institutional overhead (applicable only for awarded grants of at least $50,000).

How to Apply

  • Interested applicants can apply online via given website.
  • They do not accept mailed or emailed applications.
  • All application materials must be in English.

For more information, please visit Big Cats Conservation.


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