|Grantee||Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) ↗|
|Target||Sri Lankan leopard, Sri Lankan elephant, Sri Lanka frogmouth, Serendib scops owl|
Preventing Extinction Fund – Protected Area Rapid Response Award
The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) is securing 4 hectares of critical forest habitat for threatened and endemic species in Sri Lanka’s intermediate zone. The property is located in Budunwela, Sri Lanka, and rests on the border of the Sri Lankan montane rainforests and Sri Lankan lowland rainforests ecoregions. This land purchase helps protect endemic species, including the Sri Lanka frogmouth, Serendib scops owl, and Ceylonese combtail. It also serves as a critical corridor for threatened species, including the Sri Lankan leopard, Sri Lankan elephant, and Indian pangolin. This grant was made under the Preventing Extinction Fund, a joint initiative of QRFN and Rainforest Trust.