The wildlife conservation community is lamenting the loss of yet another animal. The Union for Conversation of Nature officially declared the Western Black Rhino extinct after the last was spotted in 2006. This once-robust species used to roam sub-Saharan Africa, but it fell victim to poachers and a lack of conservation efforts.
This is just one recent case that demonstrates the need for greater wildlife conservation efforts and funding. Whether they’re launching awareness campaigns, fostering endangered species or fighting to enforce anti-poaching laws, wildlife conservation groups rely largely on donations from concerned civilians. If you’re looking to support wildlife conservation efforts, plenty of hard-working groups are making an impact.
African Wildlife Foundation
Africa is a bastian of exotic wildlife. Many endangered and extinct species, including the Western Black Rhino, thrived in Africa before poachers began to exploit this array of life. The African Wildlife Foundation aims to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa endure forever, and it does this through its myriad projects, such as the Bwindi mountain gorilla census and conservation efforts of the Great Fish River rhino and the West African giraffe. Eighty-five percent of donations go toward programs that include animal protection, national park revitalization and investment in African communities.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The AWF isn’t the only organization working to protect Africa’s wild habitat. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust specializes in protecting endangered African species such as elephants and black rhinos. At the heart of the trust is the Orphans’ Project, in which staff raises young wildlife in an environment that protects them from poachers and other dangers. Sheldrick was a famous naturalist and founding warden of the Tsavo East National Park. His passion for wildlife lives on the through the care and protection of animals he loved. Donations go toward funding the Orphans’ Project and protecting animal populations.
World Wildlife Fund
The World Wildlife Fund has been coming to the aid of endangered animals since 1961. The WWF has an impressive resume that includes bringing back the Amur tiger and black rhinos from the edge of extinction. The WWF has the influence to effect political policy and structure to make a difference on the ground in Africa. This influential organization is currently active rehabilitating a number of species, including tigers, polar bears and orangutans. The WWF also allocates some of its resources toward the issue of climate change.
Wildlife Conservation Society
Founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, the Wildlife Conservation Society has grown into an influential international organization. The WCS remains active in the protection of elephants, hippos and big cats through the use of population surveys, camera traps and radio collars. The WCS has offices in Rwanda, Zamibia and Madagascar, where it is able to facilitate long-term conservation solutions.
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