International Programs

Fairchild recognizes that the conservation of plants is best delivered in the natural range of the species.  In support of in-situ conservation of threatened plants and habitats, our international program encompasses an ambitious range of projects that are helping conserve some of the world's most endangered species & habitats. 

Madagascar: We have partnered with organizations in Madagascar to save two unique habitats. In the south of Madagascar we have partnered with the Arboretum d'Antsokay to support the development of a regional conservation facility for the unique spiny forest of Madagascar. This extraordinary habitat is displayed in the new Lin Lougheed Spiny Forest of Madagascar exhibit at Fairchild. We have partnered with Man and the Environment (MATE) to help conserve one of the last pieces of coastal forest along the eastern coast of Madagascar. The Vohibola Forest Reserve contains endemic trees and palms found nowhere else in Madagascar. A Fairchild-MATE expedition to Vohibola in 2006 discovered a new palm species.

Africa: Fairchild is supporting the botanical exploration and documentation of some of East Africa's richest forests. We are part of a joint Missouri Botanical Garden and World Conservation Union project to complete a conservation assessment of the plants of the East African coastal and montane forests. We have funded the completion of a checklist of the Shimba Hills of Kenya, this work revealed that these forests are the richest in Kenya. We are currently supporting a checklist of the Chyulu Hills, Kenya. We are supporting cycad conservation in Africa through support to field work and funding a PhD scholarship for an African student to train with Dr John Donaldson of SANBI, South Africa.

Please click here for recent press on the Mijikenda Kaya Forests (Kenya)

Latin America: Fairchild is working with partners in Mexico on cycad conservation research and botanic garden policy. We have worked with botanic gardens in Mexico to deliver courses in plant anatomy and conservation. The Fruit Program is actively exploring and conserving the ancient heritage of avocado cultivars in Central America. We have partnered with the Fundacion Maquipucuna to help in the conservation of the orchid rich cloud forests of Ecuador. We are working with the Summit Nature Park in Panama assisting in the renovation of the botanic garden established by David Fairchild.
Caribbean: Fairchild is currently part of a team exploring the botanical diversity of Jamaica, with the Institute of Jamaica and University of West Indies we are undertaking a botanical assessment of the Cockpit Country. With the Smithsonian Institution, University of Puerto Rico, Jardin Botanico Moscosoa (Dominican Republic) and United States Department of Agriculture we have completed the first assessment of endemic genera in the Caribbean.