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Current Projects

Stop the Irrawaddy's decline
Bycatch and habitat degradation remain the most severe threats for the remaining 6,000 wild Irrawaddy Dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris). Each year, ESI trains 1,000 fishermen on monitoring and protecting the critically endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin in Southeast Asia to avoid deadly bycash and promote sustainable fishing practices. Further, ESI focuses on restoring and protecting natural estuaries where dolphins are found.

Protecting rainforests around the world
In all our projects in the tropics, we engage, participate, and support for implementing rainforest protection and restoration. We educate people about the importance of saving rainforest for biodiversity, human livelihoods, and the fight against climate change. ESI has already protected thousands of hectares of rainforest. Rainforest is essential for the survival of human being.

Protecting and restoring mangrove forest
More than 40% of the world's mangroves are already gone. Mangroves play a crucial role in preventing coastal erosion and maintaining fish diversity. They are home of many coastal fish, shellfish species, endangered migratory birds, and mammals. Through community based-projects, ESI protects and restores (planting) mangrove forest for the benefit of the local fishermen and biodiversity. To date, we have already planted thousands of trees and brought back mangrove forests at 37 sites. Learn more here!

Stopping the amphibian decline
During the last several decades, more than 120 amphibian species have vanished from the planet, and to date about 2,000 species are highly endangered. The human-induced amphibian extinction rate is alarming. ESI supports the creation of protected areas that cover the ranges of endangered amphibian species that are currently unprotected. We are conducting outreach activities about the plight of amphibians. We are also participating in inventories, monitoring, and research on threatened and poorly known amphibian species.

Sharks matter
Sharks have been around for over hundreds of millions of years. However, they are now under rampant decline by 80 percent due to over-fishing. To halt the illegal fishing of reef sharks in Southeast Asia, we conduct on site conservation education and fishing monitoring at 65 fishing areas where coral reef sharks are being caught. At the same time, we will support law enforcement at markets and pet stores illegally selling sharks. Our goal is to see no live reef sharks and their parts for sale in the Southeast Asia.

Indigenous people saving the tarsier and restoring rainforest
ESI works hand in hand with the Blaan Tribe to protect the endangered tarsier, rainforest, and vanishing indigenous culture in southern Philippines. Activities include training for local communities, education on biodiversity, rainforest conservation and restoration, tarsier research, and creation of a wildlife sanctuary.

Safeguarding gorillas and rainforest
To this day, gorillas are still hunted for their meat and their forests are cut down. Endangered Species International is deeply committed in saving gorillas and their habitats in the Republic of Congo. Our strong local team is working closely with local communities and hunters in remote villages to stop the killing of gorillas.

Saving endangered animals from bushmeat trade, Congo
In the Congo and Republic Democratic of Congo, the bushmeat trade is a leading threat to many endangered animals such as chimpanzees, bonobos, and smaller primates. We are collecting essential data on the growing illegal trade at various markets in Congo to take effective actions. Our team is engaged to show that illegal hunting of endangered species such as apes can be stopped.

Coral Reef Protection and Restoration
Corals are keystone species of the reef ecosystem in the same way that trees are keystone species of forest ecosystems. When corals are lost then fish vanish too, along with revenues from both tourism and fishing. With 231 coral reef species under threat from human activities, we restore and protect coral reefs around the world.

Saving endemic endangered fish, India
Western Ghats in southern India is a biodiversity hotspot where endemic and endangered species are numerous. ESI is fostering research and conservation activities to preserve endemic freshwater fish like the Puntius denisonii Barb (Puntius denisonii) threatened in part by open-access and unmanaged fishery for international aquarium trade. In partnership with the Conservation Research Group of St Albert College and local fishermen, various activities will be conducted to preserve freshwater fishes and their rivers.

Stop Dynamite Fishing
ESI is launching a new aggressive initiative to stop dynamite fishing between Malaysia (Borneo) and southern Philippines (Palawan). "We are implementing a new approach that was not explored by other NGOs in this region, it is time to stop illegal dynamiting of our prestigious marine life" ESI president Pierre Fidenci.

Giving hope to the bluefin tuna
The survival tipping point of the bluefin tuna has been reached! The increasing rarity of bluefin tuna and worldwide growing taste for sushi are sending the bluefin to the brink of extinction. Together we can save the bluefin!

Saving the African manatee and the Senegal River
Less than 10,000 African manatees are left in Western Africa. Threats to the African manatee include hunting, construction of dams, and destruction of coastal areas from mangrove harvesting and siltation. ESI is conducting an innovative community-based conservation awareness program along the Senegal River to protect the manatees of Senegal. At the same time, we are working closely with all local tribes to create the first African reserve to protect the manatees.

Protecting the endangered Balabac mouse deer from becoming extinct
The Balabac mouse deer is the world’s smallest deer. It is found only in one small island in southern Philippines near Borneo. Deforestation and over-hunting are the two major threats to this species. ESI is strongly engaged in protecting the Balalac mouse deer throughout research, conservation awareness, rainforest protection, and providing suitable development alternative (e.g., organic farming, solar energy development).

Philippine Forest Turtle
The Philippine forest turtle is one of the most endangered turtle on earth. It is currently found in only two islands in southern Philippines. ESI is conducting surveys to localize the remaining wild populations to establish core conservation areas of this endemic and rare turtle. At the same time, we are aggressively conducting innovative conservation awareness programs. Further, we are working with those who illegally collect the Philippine forest turtle to protect them instead, throughout ecotourism (alternative income) and conservation awareness.

Stop Illegal Wildlife Trading
ESI is launching a comprehensive program to stop illegal wildlife trading of endemic endangered species found in remote areas of Asia. Endangered species found in remote locations can suffer from tremendous illegal collecting and their populations can be depleted at an alarming rate. We are working with local communities in defining solutions and alternatives.

Extinct Species Project
The known number of recent extinct species is 905 (as of 2009) and hundreds of thousands are suspected to have vanished forever. We provide comprehensive information and data on recently extinct species worldwide to better understand species losses and their impacts on human life and ecosystems. The information is free of use and available for schools and universities. Up to date information are also posted on the ESI website.

Save the Biodiversity, Colombia
Colombia has one of the greatest biodiversity in the world. However, the current number of endangered and threatened species is alarming. More than 100 species are critically endangered, more than 200 species are endangered, and more than 180 species have their status unknown. ESI is launching aggressive conservation projects to save species to become extinct. ESI has launched aggressive conservation projects in Colombia to save endangered species to become extinct. It includes endangered birds, frogs, and turtles.

Environmental Communication Development
ESI understands the vital need to enhance environmental communication and education in the developing world. We are creating a web site for the Biodiversity Center of Palawan State University to increase their exposure and support their biodiversity activities. Education is a key component to stop the trend of species extinction around the world.

To learn more about our current projects, contact us at info@endangeredspeciesinternational.org

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