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

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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.

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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

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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

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  • 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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