23/07/2018

The Barcelona Zoo Foundation awards €77,000 in grants

A total of 11 projects, chosen from the 52 applications received, will benefit from the Foundation’s research and conservation programme

The Barcelona Zoo Foundation has awarded grants which are allocated annually to projects involved in the research, conservation, protection and preservation of wildlife and biodiversity. The grants awarded are the “Floquet de Neu” (Snowflake) grant, the Antoni Jonch grant and the PRIC (Research and Conservation Programme) grants. This year, 52 applications were received, of which 11 projects have been chosen by the jury. The Foundation will contribute €77,000 to fund the 11 projects this year, marking a 50% increase in the research budget and the number of projects in situ. In total, more than €900,000 has been awarded in grants since 2009.

The “Floquet de Neu” (Snowflake) grant is the oldest of those handed out, this year being awarded for the 14th time, and is aimed at the best research project on primates. The project chosen, receiving €9,000, is "Urgent conservation surveys for the endangered Ashy red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus tephrosceles) in unprotected areas of Tanzania," by researcher Julius Kibba from the University of Oslo.

The Antoni Jonch grant has also been awarded, named after the director of the Zoo from 1965 to 1987 and dedicated to research projects on native fauna. For this 6th awarding of the grant, the jury has decided to give it to "The wild cat (Felis silvestris) populations of Catalonia: Effects on their habitat and the presence of domestic cats on their state of conservation", by researcher Ferran Sayol from the Osona Naturalists Group.
Lastly, the Barcelona Zoo Research and Conservation Programme (PRIC) grants have also been awarded for the 10th time, supporting those projects which fit in with the areas of research that the Foundation wishes to promote.Nine projects have been chosen to receive a combined total of €62,000.

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