Wildlife conservation programs are a modest but essential piece of the United States’ engagement with the developing world.  Through the Multinational Species Conservation Fund (MSCF) programs, the United States supplements the efforts of developing countries that are struggling to balance the needs of their human populations and endemic wildlife.  MSCF programs help to sustain wildlife populations, address threats by controlling illegal poaching, reducing human-wildlife conflict, and protecting essential habitat.  By working with local communities, they also improve people’s livelihoods, contribute to local and regional stability, and support U.S. security interests in impoverished regions.

The MSCF has been extraordinarily successful at leveraging partnerships with corporations and non-governmental organizations to magnify its effectiveness.  These programs have leveraged more than three times the U.S. federal investment through matching contributions from public and private partners. The MSCF has helped to stabilize or increase key populations of tigers in the Russian Far East, rhinos in Africa and Asia, and gorillas in East Africa.  These programs have broad support from conservationists, zoos, circuses, sportsmen, veterinarians, and animal welfare groups.  The MSCF has long enjoyed strong bipartisan support and we urge you to continue that support going forward.

Target funding levels for FY 2012 are:

MSCF – $12.5 million*

  • African Elephant Conservation Fund – $2.0 million
  • Asian Elephant Conservation Fund – $2.0 million
  • Rhino-Tiger Conservation Fund – $4.0 million
  • Great Apes Conservation Fund – $2.5 million
  • Marine Turtle Conservation Fund – $2.0 million
  • Wildlife Without Borders – $7.40 million

*These numbers represent level funding for all of the Funds except Rhino-Tiger, which has a $1million increase to bring it level with African and Asian Elephants and Marine Turtles and to capitalize on commitments made at last year’s Tiger Summit.

African Wildlife Foundation ● American Bird Conservancy ● American Veterinary Medical Association ● Association of Zoos and Aquariums ● Bonobo Conservation Initiative ● Born Free USA ● Chelonian Research Foundation ● Conservation International ● Defenders of Wildlife ● Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International ● Fauna & Flora International ● Feld Entertainment, Inc. ● Humane Society of the United States ● Humane Society International ● International Cheetah Foundation ● International Crane Foundation ● International Elephant Foundation ● International Fund for Animal Welfare ● International Rhino Foundation ● Jane Goodall Institute ● National Audubon Society ● National Wildlife Federation ● The Nature Conservancy ● Ocean Conservancy ● Safari Club International ● Sea Turtle Conservancy ● Sierra Club ● The WILD Foundation ● Wildlife Alliance ● Wildlife Conservation Society ● Wildlife Management Institute ● World Wildlife Fund