WHAT IS ASCARIS?
ASCaRIs is a non-profit scientific organization aiming at promoting research, disseminating new knowledge and ultimately funding research projects on African small carnivores – based on much needed donations.
Contrarily to large carnivores such as Lion, Leopard, African Wild Dog or Spotted Hyaena, African small carnivores have received very little attention from the scientific community. Yet, they also play important roles in the ecosystem. They can control some prey populations (e.g. rodents and insects) – which are often considered as agricultural pests by humans – or transport and disseminate the seeds of several plants (a phenomenon called zoochory), among other functions. In addition, some small carnivore species are highly social and therefore constitute interesting models to study the processes underlying the evolution of sociality in mammals.
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?
With so much emphasis put on larger, more charismatic, and sometime more endangered carnivores, it is often difficult for researchers interested in studying the smaller species to obtain enough funding to really make a difference. Yet, almost everything still needs to be discovered about the biology, ecology and behaviour of a majority of the 80+ species of small carnivores living in Africa. Your precious donations will therefore assist us in developing and funding new projects in multiple regions of this fascinating continent. These funds will be used to acquire research material, cover basic running costs (e.g. fuel for field vehicles) and pay tuition fees of postgraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
We currently have a few research projects running. Click on the respective projects to learn more about them. Please do not hesitate to contact us if 1) you have ideas and/or funds for other projects, and would like to collaborate with us, or 2) you work on African small carnivores and would like to join ASCaRIs and showcase your important research work on this website.
PROJECTS IN NEED OF FUNDING
We showcase here projects which are in the planning phase and which will require your generous support in order to become a reality.
HAVE SOME FLAIR!
Please donate to assist our research efforts and help us reaching our goals!
Sponsors donating $100 and above will be listed on this website*.
Sponsors donating more than $1,000 will be acknowledged in scientific papers and conference presentations* emanating from the corrresponding projects.
Private donors willing to fund the entirety of a research module (from $5,000) will be given the opportunity to visit the corresponding field project and assist the research team with data collection (e.g. live-trapping, radio-collaring, radio-tracking, setting up camera-traps, etc.) during 1-2 week stays, as per arrangement and local conditions.
ASCaRIS adopts a full transparency policy and annual financial reports will be made available to sponsors and private donors on demand.
WE THANK YOU WHOLEHEARTEDLY FOR YOUR PRECIOUS AND GENEROUS ASSISTANCE!
*Kindly contact us per email if you want to remain anonymous.
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