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Conservation of Threatened or Endangered Small Cetaceans Fund

Dolphin Quest is inviting proposals during the 2022 funding cycle for a targeted fund aimed at the Conservation of Threatened or Endangered Small Cetaceans. Projects should focus on the conservation and research of threatened, vulnerable, or endangered small cetaceans. The extinction of the Yangtze River dolphin and the disastrous decline of the Vaquita porpoise are tragic distress calls for intensified efforts to save at-risk small cetaceans. Priority will be given to projects focusing on the following species/subspecies targeted by The IUCN’s Integrated Conservation Planning for Cetaceans (ICPC) specialist group—Franciscana dolphin, Indus and Ganges river dolphins, Atlantic humpback dolphin, Yangtze finless porpoise, Lahille’s dolphin—although others will also be considered.

Proposals should have measurable outcomes; both applied conservation initiatives and research addressing important knowledge gaps will be considered. Projects can use methods in the wild and/or research in managed care (including non-invasive data collection at Dolphin Quest), as long as there are direct conservation impacts. 

Proposals must be submitted by November 1, 2022. The fund aims to support multiple projects of approximately $5,000-$50,000 each. Proposals will be reviewed and decisions made by November 30, 2022. Funds will be distributed to awarded projects by December 31, 2022. To apply and verify eligibility, download the application here. Direct questions to [email protected]  To learn more about the IUCN ICPC’s conservation efforts for the species listed above, visit

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