Friday, October 24, 2008
USFWS Wildlife Without Borders grant received! I'm overdue to acknowledge this fantastic grant, which I received last month. This is the first time Wildlife Without Borders has requested applications for their new Africa regional program and I'm very excited that my work in Gabon was awarded this funding! This is my largest single grant to date and it will focus on capacity building in Gabon: training in manatee research and conservation techniques for Gabonese biologists, resource managers, students and ecotourism operators, and development and implementation of a public education / outreach campaign. I'm already working to set up permanent manatee displays at two national parks in Gabon (more on that as it gets going) and hope to extend this work on a more regional level for manatees throughout western Africa starting next year.