Research Grants and External Funding
Kanahau and its researchers owe great thanks to various funding bodies for their financial support. Without successful grant applications, the biodiversity research and study of threatened species on Utila (for the most part) would not have been possible. External funding is often sought to conduct species specific projects, with finances dedicated to covering logistical and costs of active species research, population monitoring and conservation action. External funding is also essential for the facility to provide alternative incomes to local people, generate community initiatives/workshops and purchase new equipment which can improve our efficiency and output!
In 2016, our project of 'Reproductive and dispersal behaviour of the Critically Endangered Utila Spiny-tailed Iguana Ctenosaura bakeri on the island of Utila, Honduras' was kindly funded by MBZ (Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund; #152511721)! Check out the research case study! (MBZ - Utila Spiny-tailed Iguana)
In 2016, our project focusing on the reproductive and dispersal behaviour of the Critically Endangered Útila Spiny-tailed Iguana Ctenosaura bakeri was granted funding! We are very thankful for the continued support of the International Iguana Foundation (IIF)!(Check out the IIF case study here)
In 2017, our project 'Population Status and Conservation Requirements of the Bica Anole (Norops bicaorum)' was funded by MBZ (Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund; #172515600)! Owing to their kind contribution, we were able to perform detailed mark-recapture abundance studies for Norops bicaorum across the island! Check out the research case study! (MBZ - Bica Anole)
In 2017, we were fortunate to attend IguanaFest, an amazing Iguana Conservation Fundraising initiative hosted at Ty Park’s Reptile Farm in Punta Gorda, Florida. All the proceeds of the event go to conservation, with our project on the Critically Endangered Ctenosaura bakeri receiving much support! (Follow the event here)
In 2018, we are proud to thank the Crowder Messersmith Conservation Fund (Audubon Naturalist Society) for their support of our project 'Creating a flagship species for conservation; Environmental education and community engagement with regards to the Utila Spiny-tailed Iguana on Utila Island, Honduras. Thanks to this grant, we are able to employ a Honduran Environmental Educator, field guides and much more! Check out our Final Grant Report here, and see the video of Iggy the Recycling Iguana (Utila Carnival Parade float)