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Project information

Field programmes

50 projects in 14 countries with a focus on island ecosystems. One third of our total staff are based overseas working closely with local authorities and NGO partners. Also 3 Critical Species themes; Critically Endangered Amphibians, Endangered Birds of South Asia & Globally Threatened Primates.

2011 to 2015


  • Need


    In many cases, our involvement with a particular species has developed into a series of projects aimed at improving the underlying threats facing that species and its habitats.


    In Mauritius for example, intensive and successful efforts to save a number of bird and reptile species on the edge of extinction from the pervasive impacts of invasive alien species have evolved into long-term programmes to restore ecosystems, so ensuring threatened species have a functioning and safe habitat for many years to come.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To "Save Species from Extinction"


    » Through the application of good science we implement effective conservation measure which will promote the long term survival of threatened species,

    What success will look like

    Reversal of species decline.

  • Impact


    Re stabilishement of sustainable populations.


    We contiously monitor a variety of risks which could effect any of our projects including political instability, natural disasters, disease, invasive species and funding issues. We establish safeguards wherever possible to mitigate for these risks or minimise their impact.


    We produce and annual report and a newsletter twice yearly.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500,000 Overseas programmes 50 projects in 14 countries
  • Background


    In the next five years we will focus on five key global island
    regions: Caribbean Islands, Madagascar and Comoros,
    Mascarenes, Pacific Islands and at the Trust’s home in the
    Channel Islands. Using our TopSpots we will prioritise those
    ecoregions within each island group that are most important
    for conservation.


    Human societies rely on the natural environment for their survival and the loss of biodiversity is jeopardising our welfare, health, economic wellbeing and, for many millions of people in the poorest countries, their future development opportunities. Ensuring biodiversity is managed sustainably is one of the great challenges of the modern age.We believe that, jointly, non-government organisations like Durrell, alongside national governments, can and do improve the state of the natural world.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For 50 years, Durrell has championed and led the conservation of species most highly threatened with extinction. This mission has taken us to many parts of the globe, but in particular to the many islands that support such a high proportion of globally threatened species. In that time, Durrell has built up a core body of conservation
    expertise and a network of partnerships with leading organisations that will allow us to further develop our ability to save species for another 50 years to come.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Richard Lewis

    Joined Durrell in the late 1990’s & became Programme Director In 2008 with responsibility for all Durrell's endangered species projects in Madagascar.

    Matthew Morton

    Leads our work in the Eastern Caribbean region. Based in St. Lucia where Durrell has had an active presence in the early 70’s.

    Prof. Carl Jones MBE, Scientific Director Of The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

    Carl began working in Mauritius and Rodrigues in 1979 and his dedication has led to the restoration of many species and habitats.