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The Fund honors Orville Crowder and Don and Sherry Messersmith, leaders in nature tourism, as a means to further global nature conservation. The Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund, together with the Audubon Naturalist Society, helps fund small, local conservation and education projects in developing countries by providing seed money to communities and individuals whose projects have not attracted major support from other sources.

Grants have provided more than 160 projects in over 55 countries with start-up costs since 1974. ANS has administered the Fund since 1999.

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ANS Crowder-Messersmith Fund Committee recently awarded four 2017 grants for conservation education to:

  • Promoting conservation of the endangered goliath frog and slippery frog through education in Dikome Balue municipality, Rumpi Hills, Cameroon.
  • Conservation education focused on the endangered Goliath Grouper for Belizean students and the local community.
  • Education of indigenous people near a priority site of the critically endangered Ecuadorian brown-headed spider monkey.
  • Building capacity of Cross River communities to protect the largest remaing rainforest in Nigeria from destruction due to a planned 6-lane highway.

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