Projects We Support

Net Impact


Saving ’30 Hills’ in Sumatra

Over the last four years, LDF has been actively working with a team of creative and strategic partners to permanently protect 30 Hills, the last and largest remaining block of lush, lowland tropical rainforest that earned Sumatra its name -- the “Emerald of the Equator.

Protecting Wild Tigers in Nepal

One of the most essential ecosystems for tigers is the Terai lowlands of Nepal. LDF has provided long-term support for World Wildlife Fund and their government and community partners in Bardia and Banke National Parks, doubling tiger populations in the past 5 years.

World’s Largest Marine Reserve

The Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument will conserve in perpetuity 1.2 million square kilometers, making it the largest marine reserve in the world. The monument will protect 5,000 year-old coral forests and provide refuge for an array of endangered species.

Defending Ivindo National Park

Through the Elephant Crisis Fund, we're supporting greater patrol activity and training for rangers in Gabon’s Ivindo National Park, protecting against increased threats of poaching in this strategic region for African forest elephants.

Pacific Wolf Coalition

Supporting a coalition effort of 37 organizations dedicated to protecting the wolves of the Pacific Northwest by providing them with protection across suitable habitat in Washington, Oregon, and northern California, supporting the recovery of this critical species.

Expanding the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary

Due to increased poaching in Tanzania, African Black Rhino populations have been reduced by 96% in the past 50 years, making them nearly extinct. This grant will expand one of their last refuges -- the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary -- and increase breeding efforts.

Reintroducing Jaguars to Wetlands of Argentina

Working with Conservation Land Trust, this project will restore a critical ecosystem in northeastern Argentina -- the 3.2 million acre Iberá wetlands -- reintroducing jaguars and other mammals and birds that have been extinct locally for many years.

Restoring the Tshiaberimu Gorilla Ecosystem

A project to protect the lowland gorillas of Virunga National Park in central Africa from extinction. The project introduces 17 rescued gorillas and expands existing habitat by 22% through land purchases from the local community, supervised by trained rangers.

Restoring Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal Forest

Led by SavingSpecieis, this grant will support the acquisition and restoration of wildlands in Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal Forest (Mata Atlântica) so that rare plants and animals can flourish once again in a region known for its incredible biodiversity.

Restoring Ecuador’s Pacific Lowland Forests

Led by SavingSpecieis, this grant will support the development and implementation of multi-year restoration projects in the Pacific lowland forests of Ecuador, one of the most threatened and biodiverse ecosystems on Earth.

Saving Amboseli’s Elephants

This IFAW initiative preserves critical elephant habitat, securing migration corridors to protected areas in Tanzania, while supporting surrounding Maasai communities to participate in community scouting using high-tech data analysis.

Protecting Indigenous Lands of the Amazon

Amazon Watch’s mission is to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin, supporting indigenous-led initiatives in protecting more than 60 million acres of rainforest from oil development and mega-dams.

Smartphone Monitoring in Liberian Rainforests

This grant supports Goldman Prize winner Silas Siakor who is working to protect Liberia’s rainforest from logging using innovative smartphone technology that empowers communities to monitor and report illegal deforestation activities.

Sanctuary in Aceh, Indonesia

This grant supports Goldman Prize winner Rudi Putra’s efforts to create a wildlife sanctuary in the Leuser Ecosystem of Aceh on the island of Sumatra, the last place where orangutans, rhinos, elephants, and tigers still roam together in the wild.

Restoring Degraded Coasts in Somalia

This grant supports Goldman Prize winner Fatima Jibrell’s organization, Adeso, to restore Somalia’s severely degraded coastal ecosystems and fisheries by working closely with the communities to better manage their marine and timber resources.

Cultural Survival and Rainforest Protection

LDF is partnering with ClearWater to empower indigenous people in the Amazon to protect and defend their lands and culture by supporting a strategic collaboration between four indigenous tribes in the region, standing together against oil and timber interests.

Protecting Sea Mammals from Drift Gillnets, California

For whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, sea turtles and sharks, drift gillnets used to catch swordfish are 200-foot high “walls of death" that indiscriminately destroy the balance of life off the coast of California. With Oceana, this project seeks to ban this practice.

Recovery of Steller Sea Lions

Supported by Oceana, this project is working to ensure the recovery of the steller sea lion population in Alaska through responsible fisheries management practices that ensure sustainable catch for this endangered species.

Protecting Threatened Sharks and Rays

Four projects aimed at decreasing shark mortality in priority regions, including a conservation program in the Southwest Indian Ocean. Policy measures and tools will be developed to provide concrete improvements in the conservation of these vulnerable species.

Protecting Coral Reefs and Mangroves, Indonesia

Located near Bird's Head Peninsula in New Guinea, Raja Ampat is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands. This grant will support the creation and management of two new reserves in an area considered the global epicenter of marine biodiversity.

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