Dear Readers,

Octopuses have nine brains, are creative and ‘see’ through their skin; elephants remember food and water sources within a radius of 600 km and can recognize their own image in a mirror; chimpanzees are capable of anticipation and empathy, use tools, treat themselves with appropriate medicinal plants, communicate through vocalizations and even use suffixes; crows devise strategies; ants farm and select fungi and keep ‘herds’ of aphids. The list goes on ...

But animals, ‘the most other among others’, as Claude Lévi-Strauss famously put it, are at best regarded merely as the ‘tenants’ of biodiversity. And when a species like the bee, so ruthlessly exploited by humankind, is endangered, what do we do but invent a RoboBee that may well be impervious to pesticides ... but not to its natural environment, for there is little chance of ‘Robot Nature’ being invented any time soon.

And when the last member of a critically endangered species finally dies, there is no funeral oration. And yet what perishes is a living treasure. A genetic heritage like no other disappears. Let us never forget that all the components of the chain of life – a chain in which the human race is but one link – are connected and interlinked. The ‘living heritage’ that is being lost on Planet Earth will ultimately turn humanity into an endangered species.

As you will see from this newsletter, the Foundation is ‘doing its bit’, helped by donors. You, too, can make a difference by taking action to support endangered species.

Enjoy our Newsletter!





Jacqueline Délia Brémond
Co-Founder, Co-Chair


 20 new ‘threatened animal species’ projects selected in 2017

Find out more about the selected projects

(1) Colobus Monkey and other primates; (2) Fijian Bat; (3) Fisheries agreements for the protection of marine species; (4) Orang-utan; (5) Endangered bird species in Peru; (6) Valcheta Frog and Naked Characin of Patagonia; (7) Hammerhead Shark; (8) Galapagos Giant Tortoise; (9) Togo Slippery Frog; (10) Two endangered species in the Galapagos; (11) Sun Bear; (12) Tiger; (13) Woodchat Shrike;  (14) Gibbon; (15) Chimpanzee; (16) Chimpanzees, Elephants and Golden Cats caught in traps; (17) Chimpanzee; (18) Freshwater mammals; (19) Woolly Monkey; (20) Angelshark.

In 2008, the Foundation set up the ‘Threatened Animal Species’ small projects fund, devoted specifically to the conservation of endangered species. This fund has already helped protect 94 species throughout the world.

Click here to access all the small ‘Threatened Animal Species’ projects.


The Board of Experts annual lunch was held on 21 September in Paris

This annual gathering is an opportunity to bring together and thank the members of the Board of Experts, all volunteers, who are actively involved in the Foundation’s work. Jacqueline Délia Brémond, Co-Chair, and Olivier Braunsteffer, Director, each addressed the group during the lunch to share the latest news about the Foundation and its partnerships.

Read the full story here

Find out more:  Olivier Braunsteffer’s report on the monitoring of projects in Peru: Alliance for Responsible Mining, Autre Terre, Conservation International, Nature and Culture International, Rainforest Foundation UK.


How can conflicts be mitigated when water becomes scarce?

In the Lekurruki Nature Reserve in central Kenya, water becomes increasingly scarce during the dry season. Lekineji Moile and Ltiriyon Lelemoyog, respectively members of the Maasai and Samburu communities, talked to the Excellent Development teams about all that has changed in their lives since they helped build the Nolasurai sand dam. Fondation Ensemble supported this project from June 2016 to June 2017 in the framework of its ‘threatened animal species’ fund. For not only do around 2000 people have access to water throughout the year, but human-wildlife conflicts in the area have also become much less frequent. New friendships are now flourishing between rival communities. As is long-term cooperation ...


Access the Excellent Development technical factsheet on sand dams here.


Fighting illegal logging using real-time monitoring

How can local communities be given the means to manage their forest sustainably? Through its ForestLink initiative, The Rainforest Foundation UK has designed a mobile application that enables data from the field to be transmitted in real time to report illegal logging and other environmental offences. In just a few clicks, the competent authorities are alerted to the type and location of the illegal activity.

Access the factsheet here.


Editor-in-chief: O. Braunsteffer
Graphic design and text: B. Galliot, B. Gicquaud
The Foundation wishes to thank its partners for the photographic material included in this issue.
Fondation Ensemble - 1 rue de Fleurus - 75006 PARIS.