ADM Capital Foundation
ADM Capital Foundation is an impact driven foundation focused on making change in Asia. Through research, we identify environmental challenges then work towards solutions across five key areas: marine ecology, water security, air quality, wildlife trade and forestry conservation finance.
Africa Nature Investors Foundation
ANI Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation registered in Nigeria led by experienced Africans who believe that Africa’s nature, wildlife, and ecosystems are fundamental to the long-term wellbeing of African people. ANI aims to catalyse the participation of Africans in conservation and to make Africa’s nature and wildlife a source of pride to Africans. It also aims to attract African capital into the sector and to demonstrate that appropriate private sector-led investments can make nature conservation in Africa sustainable and profitable in a manner that provides development benefits locally and nationally. ANI is co-managing Gashaka Gumti National Park and is commencing a second project in Okomu National Park, also in Nigeria, which harbours an important population of forest elephants. ANI is also working to overhaul Nigeria’s legislation to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.
African Parks Network
African Parks is a non-profit conservation organization that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. It currently manages 15 national parks and protected areas in nine countries covering over ten million hectares: Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Zambia. Founded in 2000 in response to the dramatic decline of protected areas due to poor management and lack of funding, African Parks utilizes a pioneering public-private-partnership approach to conserving Africa’s wildlife and remaining wild areas.
African People & Wildlife
African People & Wildlife (APW) works hand in hand with communities and other partners to create a healthier and more sustainable world—protecting wildlife, investing in people, and restoring balance to Africa’s vital ecosystems through effective conservation action, applied science, and collective impact. APW’s inclusive and holistic approach to conservation drives effective, measurable, and lasting outcomes for people and nature. Founded in 2005, APW is a recognized leader in the field of community-driven conservation.
African Wildlife Foundation
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is one of Africa’s largest and oldest conservation organisations with a sole focus on Africa. 60 years old and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, AWF works in fifteen African countries with global support offices in the UK, US, Switzerland and China. AWF’s mission is for wildlife and wild lands to thrive in modern Africa. With a vision for conservation to be central to Africa’s development, AWF’s prioritises African conservation leadership and policy, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem health at large landscape level, and endangered species conservation.
Basel Institute on Governance
The Basel Institute on Governance is an independent not-for-profit competence centre working around the world with the public and private sectors to counter corruption and other financial crimes and to promote good governance. The Basel Institute is an Associated Institute of the University of Basel. Drawing on its expertise in asset recovery, public governance research and anti-corruption Collective Action, the Basel Institute is leading a multidisciplinary programme of work focused on intelligence-led action against financial crime in the illegal wildlife trade.
Founded in 2012, BCP Trust is a mission-driven, community-based forest conservation non-profit organization. BCP Trust’s mission is to make forest conservation valuable to people. BCP Trust’s role is to support community projects linked to BioCarbon Partners overall forest protection efforts in wildlife-rich areas of Zambia. BCP Trust works with community stakeholders to address the root causes of deforestation, and to design and implement projects to make forest conservation valuable to people.
Big Life Foundation
Big Life was co-founded by photographer Nick Brandt and award-winning conservationist Richard Bonham in September 2010. Since its inception, Big Life has expanded to employ hundreds of local Maasai rangers—with more than 40 permanent outposts and tent-based field units, 13 vehicles, tracker dogs, and aerial surveillance—protecting 2 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa. Big Life was the first organization in East Africa to establish coordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations.
Born Free Foundation
Started by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, with their son Will Travers, the Born Free Foundation is a renowned international wildlife charity that aims to conserve and protect wild animals, natural habitats and functioning ecosystems in perpetuity, and to end the exploitation of wild animals whether free-living or in captivity. Born Free opposes the exploitation of wild animals in captivity, campaigns to keep wildlife in the wild and promotes Compassionate Conservation.
Bristol Zoological Society
Bristol Zoological Society (BZS) is a conservation and education charity, which runs and operates two zoos in the UK, and conducts applied conservation and research in habitats around the world. The Society’s mission is to save wildlife through conservation action and engaging people with the natural world. As part of this mission, BZS are involved in 14 conservation projects focused on 18 target species across 10 countries. BZS have been working in Central Africa since 1998, and in Equatorial Guinea since 2018. Here their programme has been focused on large mammal monitoring and understanding drivers of illegal hunting in Monte Alén National Park, particularly the hunting of threatened primate species. Most recently their remit has expanded to include elephant crop-raiding mitigation to reduce the need for lethal methods of controlling elephants in the region and promote human-elephant co-existence.
Centre on Illicit Networks & Transnational Organised Crime Confidential
The Center on Illicit Networks and Transnational Organized Crime (CINTOC) is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping governments and communities find more efficient ways to counter illicit networks and crime syndicates engaging in illegal activities. Its work focuses on points of convergence, finding links between transnational crime and terror networks smuggling narcotics, people, wildlife and weapons. CINTOC believes criminal organizations function like businesses, moving commodities along transnational supply chains. By following the money and identifying individuals involved in trafficking illicit goods transnationally, it believes it can identify key strategic vulnerabilities in the crime syndicates.
Chengeta Wildlife is an independent, non-profit organisation established in 2014, based in the USA and the Netherlands. Its mission is to develop sustainable solutions to protect the integrity of important natural ecosystems, wildlife populations, and the human communities dependent on them. Chengeta Wildlife shares these solutions via advisory assistance, written doctrine, training, mentoring and other technical support.
Connected Conservation is a small grouping of researchers and consultants based in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The team has extensive and diverse experience in human-wildlife management, coexistence strategies, utilising GIS and remote sensing. They also conduct environmental impact assessments, project management, monitoring and evaluation, policy reviews, training needs assessment, project communications as well as tourism and micro-scale business development.
Conservation Justice has been working to address illegal logging and wildlife smuggling in Gabon since 2010, collaborating with both national authorities and civil society. During this time more than 400 wildlife and timber traffickers have been arrested by the Gabonese authorities, with 77% of wildlife smugglers given jail sentences. Conservation Justice conducts projects based on investigations, arrests, judicial prosecutions and publicity, and leads outreach activities with professionals and local communities. Conservation Justice’s work generates a deterrent against wildlife and timber illegal trade and prevents further development of trafficking. Conservation Justice has recently started operations in Burkina Faso. Conservation Justice also supports Independent Forest Monitors in Central Africa and is coordinating the Wildlife Crime Unit with WWF in Dzanga-Sangha in Central Africa Republic. Conservation Justice’s leader is a founding member of EAGLE Network (Eco Activists for Governance and Law Enforcement) and initiated well-known wildlife law enforcement projects in Benin (AALF-B), Togo (TALFF), Burkina (RALF) and Congo (PALF).
Conservation Lower Zambezi
Founded in 1994, Conservation Lower Zambezi is a Zambian non-governmental organization committed to the conservation and sustainable use of the local wildlife and natural resources of the Lower Zambezi through wildlife protection, environmental education and community support. Conservation Lower Zambezi assists the Department of National Parks and Wildlife in their wildlife protection activities and assists in the treatment and rehabilitation of injured and snared animals while also providing environmental education and community development; promoting the local community’s understanding of the benefits of protecting the environment.
Conservation South Luangwa
Conservation South Luangwa is a Zambian registered non-governmental organization founded in 2003. Conservation South Luangwa is dedicated to protecting South Luangwa, it’s wildlife and habitat through a combination of law enforcement support (anti-poaching, training, aerial support, K9 units), human wildlife conflict mitigation, veterinary work and community outreach.
The EAGLE Network (Eco Activists for Governance and Law Enforcement) counters wildlife crime by working with governments on investigations, arrest operations, legal follow up and media activities, to get the law applied. A large part of the work of EAGLE’s activists is in fighting corruption. The EAGLE model started in Cameroon and has since been replicated in Congo, Gabon, Togo, Benin, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, to form a network, and has shifted enforcement from zero wild life prosecutions to a rate of one major trafficker arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned per week. The over-arching objective of the EAGLE Network is developing civic activism and collaborating with governments and civil society to improve the application of national and international environmental legislation through investigations, arrests, prosecutions and publicity. Through this, EAGLE aims to generate a strong deterrent against the illegal trade in wildlife, timber and related criminal activities, including corruption.
Founded in 2013 by a multi-disciplinary team, Ecoexist takes a holistic approach to find practical, affordable, effective and lasting ways for people and elephants to coexist, ultimately, providing a model for conservation. Elephants needs are similar to humans, we all require space, food and water. In a place of heightened competition for these resources, we strive to find ways for people and elephants to share space by ensuring they are available to both. We address the needs for people to be safe, food secure and gain benefits from living with elephants, while ensuring critical habitat security for elephants. We work on the ground and at policy level to create an enabling environment for coexistence. Awareness and education are key for long-term success of our efforts, and all our activities are monitored through research, providing evidence to inform policy and improving our knowledge of the issue.
Elephant Family is dedicated to protecting the Asian elephant from extinction in the wild. In the last 100 years their population has plummeted by 60% across their 13 range states. Wild habitat is shrinking at a rapid pace leading to an increasingly fierce competition between people and elephants for living space and food. The demand for live elephants for the tourism industry and poaching for their parts and derivatives also remains a constant threat. Since 2002, Elephant Family has funded 180+ conservation projects and has raised over £20m through public art events for this endangered animal. Elephant Family funds pioneering projects across Asia to reconnect forest fragments, promote human-elephant coexistence and fight wildlife crime.
Elephant Protection Initiative
The Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation is the secretariat to the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI), which is an alliance of 21 African countries, determined to conserve their elephants whilst meeting the aspirations of their people. A majority of Africa’s estimated surviving 400,000 elephants are in EPI countries, which span the continent, from east to west, from savannah to dense forests. The EPI Foundation galvanizes support for EPI countries to achieve their elephant conservation objectives, working directly with government ministries and wildlife authorities in partnership with NGOs, IGOs and the private sector.
Elephant Research and Conservation
Elephant Research and Conservation (ELRECO) is a German non-profit organization established in 2017 in Germany by the two committed conservationists Dr. Tina Vogt and Bernhard Forster. ELRECO’s concern applies particularly to the conservation and research of the West African Forest Elephant in Liberia and neighbouring countries. ELRECO’s overall mission is the survival of viable populations of this iconic species thriving in healthy forest ecosystems and in harmony with people, enabling future generations to appreciate their unique values.
ElephantVoices engages in research, conservation and advocacy to advance the understanding of elephant cognition, communication and social behavior and to promote the sound and ethical management and care of elephants. ElephantVoices uses knowledge based on decades of study to educate and to act as a voice for elephants.
Elephants Alive (formerly known as Save the Elephants-South Africa) is a non-profit organization based in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Its mission is to secure a future for elephants and sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live, to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species. Its scientists track elephants, identify individuals, study population dynamics, habitat use and examine the effects of elephants on key tree species.
Environmental Investigation Agency
EIA is an independent campaigning organization committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse. EIA’s vision is a future where humanity respects, protects and celebrates the natural world for the benefit of all. Since 1984 it has gathered evidence and used it to crack down on timber barons, ivory dealers, chemical traders and skin traders to change opinions and laws around the world.
Fauna and Flora International
Founded in 1903, Fauna & Flora International’s aim is to create a sustainable future for the planet, where endangered species are effectively conserved by the people who live closest to them, with the support of the global community. To achieve this, it acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take into account human needs. Fauna & Flora International’s work spans across the globe, with over 140 projects in more than 40 countries, mostly in the developing world.
Focused Conservation is a nonprofit organization working to dismantle the illegal wildlife trade by supporting governments and law enforcement agencies in investigating, arresting and prosecuting wildlife traffickers. Drawing on decades of international law enforcement experience, the Focused Conservation team leads and coordinates complex transnational investigations to infiltrate and exploit organized trafficking networks and build cases for prosecution. In addition, Focused Conservation works to 1) build host-nations’ capacity to tackle organized crime by establishing and supporting trusted law enforcement units and 2) collect, analyze and share information and intelligence with strategic partners to drive investigations and bring wildlife traffickers to justice.
Forgotten Parks Foundation
Forgotten Parks Foundation’s vision is a world where national parks, biodiversity, and healthy ecosystems are valued and protected as an integral part of the lives and well-being of a global society. Over the next decade, our mission is to identify the world’s 25 most important Forgotten National Parks and Protected Areas, and in partnership with governments and local communities ensure their long term protection. This will be achieved through the provision of management support, community development and the implementation of sustainable financing mechanisms.
Fundação Kissama (Kissama Foundation)
Fundação Kissama (Kissama Foundation) is an Angolan registered non-profit conservation organisation established in 1996. It has experience with managing conservation areas, and rehabilitated and managed one of Angola’s premier parks, Kissama National Park, from 1999-2010. Through the Giant Sable Project, Fundação Kissama is also involved in the rehabilitation and management of Cangandala National Park and Luando Strict Nature Reserve, with work including anti-poaching and in situ conservation-breeding of Giant Sable. Fundação Kissama is also involved in the development of biodiversity-related learning support materials including children’s books on flagship species.
Frankfurt Zoological Society
Frankfurt Zoological Society is an independent, non-profit organization established in 1858, based in Frankfurt/Main (Germany). Its work is committed to conserving wildlife and ecosystems focusing on protected areas and outstanding wild places. The common goals of all projects are conserving biodiversity and protecting wilderness areas: large grasslands, forests, wetlands and mountains. Frankfurt Zoological Society works together with nature conservation authorities, non-profit organizations and local communities in 29 conservation projects and programmes in 18 countries.
Founded in 2002, Freeland is a non-profit international organization dedicated to making the world free of wildlife trafficking and human slavery. Head-quartered in Bangkok, it works throughout Asia and beyond. Freeland programs include support for law enforcement agencies through training and tip-offs; support to vulnerable communities through alternative livelihoods; and public education through mass media campaigns and grassroots outreach.
Game Rangers International
Game Rangers International (GRI) is a Zambian conservation organization, working alongside the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) to protect the wildlife in Zambia. The organization has been active in Kafue National Park (KNP) since 2008, originally founded to protect the threatened elephant population in KNP through law-enforcement, animal welfare, education and outreach. GRI has developed over the years and to encompass the following themes; Resource Protection, Community outreach and Education and Wildlife Rescue.
Gabonese National Parks Agency
The Gabonese National Parks Agency (ANPN – Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux)
ANPN was created in 2007 by the law that created 13 National Parks covering 11% of Gabon’s land territory. Today it counts 700 staff and is responsible for the management of 9 RAMSAR sites, an arboretum and the Wonga Wongué Wildlife Reserve, in addition to the National Parks and their buffer zones. ANPN is responsible for protecting, managing and developing the national parks network and recently has been given new responsibilities to work with the forestry ministry to manage human wildlife conflict nationally, and to participate in the policing of illegal forestry, as well as poaching and ivory trafficking.
Gorongosa Restoration Project
Gorongosa National Park is Mozambique’s flagship national park – a hub for ecotourism, science research, conservation, and community engagement. The park is perhaps Africa’s greatest wildlife restoration story: a 20-year Public-Private Partnership between the Government of Mozambique and the Gorongosa Project, a U.S. non-profit organization. By adopting a 21st Century conservation model of balancing the needs of wildlife and people, it is protecting and saving this beautiful wilderness, returning it to its rightful place as one of Africa’s greatest parks. The Park is one of the few places left in Mozambique where the elephant population is actually on the increase, making this a strategically critical area for conservation.
Instituto de Ciências, Tecnologias e Agroambiente da Universidade do Porto
Research Centre on Biodiversity and Genetic Resources seeks to understand the evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes of biological diversification, and to use this knowledge to inform the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services. This goal is pursued through three main thematic lines: Evolution, Genetics and Genomics; Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation; and Sustainability, Ecosystems and the Environment. CIBIO is giving growing attention to tropical research and has been implementing a strategic network of TwinLabs, primarily with research organizations from Portuguese-speaking African countries, but also from other African countries. TwinLabs facilitate the joint development of research, advanced training and capacity building, with a focus on the interactions between biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, and its sustainable use for supporting the quality of life and reducing poverty. TwinLabs were created in Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa and are in preparation in Botswana, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe. The TwinLab strategy is expected to turn CIBIO into a hub of tropical research in Africa, using the historical and cultural links to foster collaborations between European and African countries.
International Fund for Animal Welfare
Founded in 1969, IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org and follow on social at @action4ifaw and Facebook/IFAW.
Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation
Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) works in Namibia and has pioneered a leading model of community-based natural resource management. Since its earliest days, IRDNC’s purpose has been to link conservation to the social and economic development of the people who live with wildlife and other valuable natural resources. IRDNC strives to improve the lives of rural people by diversifying the socio-economy in Namibia’s communal areas to include wildlife and other valuable natural resources.
Legal Assistance Centre, Namibia
The LAC’s main objective is to protect the human rights of all Namibians. It is the only organization of its kind in Namibia. It has a head office in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. It is funded by national and international donor organizations as well as individuals. Its work is supervised by the Legal Assistance Trust, whose trustees include legal practitioners, other professionals and community leaders. It works in five broad areas: Litigation, Legal Information and Advice, Education and Training, Research, Law Reform and Advocacy.
Liberty Shared aims to prevent wildlife trafficking by gathering data and information via technological interventions and strategic collaborations, and to develop information products for distribution to the financial industry, NGOs and law enforcement that disrupt the flow of money arising from wildlife trafficking. Our organisation contributes to ongoing efforts to improve the abilities and impact of civil society and private sector operations and partnerships.
Lilongwe Wildlife Trust
Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT) is an award winning conservation charity working to protect the wildlife and habitats of Malawi. It runs various rescue and rehabilitation, environmental education, advocacy and enforcement, research and community conservation projects. LWT’s founding project, Lilongwe Wildlife Centre (LWC), remains Malawi’s only accredited wildlife sanctuary. Since LWC’s completion, LWT has extended its reach and impact across Malawi and has been at the forefront of Malawi’s efforts to combat the illicit trade in wildlife products.
Lukuru Wildlife Research Foundation
The Lukuru Foundation works entirely on-the-ground as an organization at the frontline preserving large-scale forest habitats of the République Démocratique du Congo. Our program includes the documentation, scientific study, and safeguarding of landscapes which harbor critical populations of wildlife with highest conservation concern and/or scientific importance. Covering the watershed of the Tshuapa, Lomami, and Lualaba Rivers, we identify presence and indices of abundance for key species including the forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis). In partnership with local, regional, and national enforcement bodies as well as local support from affected communities, we work to combat the criminal-led elephant poaching groups who have encroached into the forests of the Lomami National Park and the broad adjacent landscapes, contrary to traditional land ownership conservation efforts and legalities of the national park statutes.
Maisha specializes in the prevention of environmental and wildlife crime. They develop and implement strategic solutions against poaching, illicit trafficking and other crimes in cooperation with government and non-government entities. Their unique methodology integrates efficient, state-of-the-art technology with high-level intelligence practices. Maisha’s holistic team combines rich experience in the worlds of intelligence, operations, cyber security, K9 training and field work.
Mara Elephant Project
Mara Elephant Project protects elephants in the greater Mara ecosystem as a keystone species for conservation. It manages human-elephant conflict by collaring and tracking elephant movement, deploying anti-poaching patrols and rapid response units and other innovative approaches to eliminate the illegal killing of elephants in collaboration with partners, landowners and government. MEP engages with local communities and other key stakeholders to participate in a variety of ways to inspire and advance conservation of all wildlife and the habitat upon which they depend. Working with others, MEP strives to achieve best land use practices, including for livestock, throughout the greater Mara ecosystem resulting in sustainable economic benefit for its communities and the people of Kenya.
Maravi Risk Management
Maravi Risk Management is an ethical risk management company that designs bespoke solutions to allow clients to mitigate risk and build resilience into their organisations and operations. They are particularly proud to support organisations fighting wildlife crime across Africa.
Mareja Community Conservation Project
Mareja in northern Mozambique covers nearly 40,000 hectares of miombo coastal forest – a rare biodiversity hotspot . The project works hand in hand with the Makua tribe to protect and nurture these habitats, its game and wildlife. It has been working for 20 years to try to find sustainable alternatives to poaching and illegal logging, through daily ranger patrols and a system of rewards and tourism, Mareja has achieved many small successes. On average their rangers collect 1,500 snares a year and capture around 50 poaching groups.
Mali Elephant Project
The award winning Mali Elephant Project (MEP) is a joint initiative between the WILD Foundation and the International Conservation Fund of Canada that protects the unique population of desert-adapted elephants over a range of 32,000km2 in the Gourma region of central Mali, West Africa. The MEP empowers local communities in “elephant-centred” sustainable resource management that promotes peaceable coexistence through providing benefits from elephant conservation for local people. It also works with government to protect elephants in a zone suffering, since 2012, from insecurity and lawlessness surrounding a separatist rebellion, jihadist insurgency and government coup. With support from the ECF and other partners, the MEP has successfully halted a sudden escalation in poaching activity through a combination of community-based approaches and the training, equipping and deployment of Mali’s first government anti-poaching unit (trained by Chengeta Wildlife).
Mount Elgon Elephant Project
The elephants of Mt Elgon are the only elephants in the world known to go deep underground to mine salt. Recent investigation of a remote area of Mt Elgon has shown this cave mining behaviour extends not just to the well-known Kitum Cave but a network of other caves, unknown to science. However, just as the extent of this unique elephant mining culture is coming to light, so too are threats to these elephants. The East African Wild Life Society Mt Elgon Elephant Project is learning more about them and is seeking to protect these unique elephants and mitigate the human-elephant conflict that poses severe risks to both elephants and humans.
Natural Resources Defense Council
NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. NRDC was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement. Today’s leadership team and board of trustees makes sure the organization continues to work to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC combines the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of some 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.
Created in 2018, Parcs de Noé is a branch of the French NGO, Noé (existing since 2001). The goal of Parcs de Noé is to contribute to the sustainable management of protected areas through a model of delegated management, involving responsibility and accountability, to safeguard biodiversity, security and local development. Between 2018 and 2021 Parcs de Noé has secured over US $16 million and assumed management responsibility (contracts for 15 – 20 years) for the Termit & Tin-Toumma Reserve in Niger, the Binder Léré Protected Area Complex in Chad, and the Conkouati-Douli National Park in the Republic of Congo. Parcs de Noé aims to manage 5 protected areas by 2025.
Northern Rangelands Trust
The Northern Rangelands Trust is a community led, non-governmental conservancy organization that was set up in 2004 in northern Kenya by a coalition of local leaders, politicians and conservation interests. Its mission is to develop resilient community conservancies, which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. The 33 member conservancies work across 44,000 square kilometers of northern and coastal Kenya. With support from its donors, NRT is supporting and empowering communities to develop locally-led governance structures, run peace and security programs, take the lead in natural resource management, and manage sustainable businesses linked to conservation.
Oxford Brookes University Pan Verus Project
The Pan Verus Project was founded by Oxford Brookes University PhD candidate Sarah Bell in 2017. The project involves MSc students and alumni from the university to create a 360º conservation project, which aims to protect and conserve Sierra Leone’s wildlife through research, education, and training. This is designed to provide opportunities for Sierra Leoneans to step to the forefront of wildlife conservation within their own country. The Pan Verus Project is largely focused in and around the Outamba Kilimi National Park, Sierra Leone’s oldest and most biodiverse national park which protects one of the country’s last remaining elephant populations. The project is currently working on wildlife surveys within the national park, a ranger training program, and an education and outreach program involving 25 villages, two primary schools and the project’s nature club.
The PAMS Foundation is a not for profit conservation organization registered in Tanzania. Its mission is to help sustain and conserve biodiversity, wilderness, habitats and ecological processes through actions that benefit nature and communities. Goals include: Playing a leading role in the effective protection of elephants and in addressing illegal wildlife trade, building the capacity of rangers in the areas of our influence, helping to ensure appropriate management of conservation areas in Tanzania, and playing a leading role towards helping improve management effectiveness of protected areas.
Panthera is the only organization in the world that is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 40 wild cat species and their ecosystems. Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global strategies for the most imperiled large cats: tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, pumas, and leopards. Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera partners with local and international NGOs, wildlife authorities, scientific institutions, local communities, governments around the globe, and citizens who want to help ensure a future for wild cats and their habitats. In Africa, Panthera supports state wildlife authorities in the management and protection of several key parks and reserves, which, besides big cats, harbor threatened populations of elephants and great apes.
Re:wild conserves the diversity of life on Earth by safeguarding wildlands, protecting wildlife and supporting guardians. We maximize our impact through scientific research, biodiversity exploration, habitat conservation, protected area management, wildlife crime prevention, endangered species recovery, and conservation leadership cultivation.
Save The Elephants
At times it is necessary for a grant to be channeled through Save the Elephants. Save the Elephants (STE), founded in 1993, works to secure a future for elephants in a rapidly changing world. To battle the current surge in ivory poaching, the STE/WCN Elephant Crisis Fund is identifying and supporting the most effective global partners to stop poaching, thwart traffickers and end demand for ivory. Leaders in elephant science, STE also provides cutting-edge scientific insights into elephant behavior, intelligence, and long-distance movement and applies them to the long-term challenges of elephant conservation.
Saving the Survivors
Saving the Survivors (STS) was originally founded in 2012 by Dr. Johan Marais to provide veterinary care for rhinos in response to an emerging poaching crisis. Whilst best known for their work with rhinos, over the past decade STS has expanded operations to encompass the treatment of almost any other African endangered species. The Saving the Survivors teams work with lion, leopard, African wild dog, antelope, giraffe and elephant, to name but a few. They work throughout Southern Africa, but also offer assistance to endangered species worldwide. Their work is not only field based, reactive emergency work; they also manage and contribute to many proactive initiatives such as breeding programs, anti-poaching projects, human-wildlife conflict mitigation and assisting governments, agencies and private stakeholders in landscape planning and management.
Southern Tanzania Elephant Program
Southern Tanzania Elephant Program (STEP) is a Tanzanian elephant conservation organisation whose mission is to secure a peaceful future for elephants and for the ecosystems on which they inter-depend. Believing in the importance of strong protected areas and the welfare of people living around their boundaries, we work with a range of partners towards long-term security for elephants in southern Tanzania. Our core programmatic areas include increasing elephant protection, enhancing human-elephant coexistence, and conducting elephant monitoring and research.
Space For Giants
Space for Giants is an international conservation charity that protects Africa’s elephants from immediate threats like poaching while working to secure their habitats forever in landscapes facing ever-increasing pressures. Everywhere they work, in Kenya, Gabon, Uganda, and Botswana, Space for Giants uses science and best-practice to develop and deliver anti-poaching initiatives, secure protected landscapes for elephants, work to lessen the problems that arise where people and elephants live alongside each other, and provide conservation training and education. Space for Giants is based in Kenya, and registered as a charity in the UK and a non-profit in the US.
Stop Ivory is an independent non-government organization which aims to protect elephants and stop the ivory trade by implementing the Elephant Protection Initiative with support from Conservation International. Stop Ivory was introduced to the world at the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade by five African Elephant Range States when it helped launch the Elephant Protection Initiative. Stop Ivory is now working with these range States – Botswana, Tanzania, Gabon, Ethiopia and Chad – to achieve the aims of the Elephant Protection Initiative, and put an end to the poaching crisis and the illegal trade in ivory.
Tashinga Initiative Trust
Against the backdrop of highly intensified poaching scourge for ivory, rhino horn, bushmeat and fish, Tashinga Initiative Trust addresses the lack of operational capacity, illegal activity, unsustainable resource use and the needs of Wildlife Ranger communities who are key to the ultimate protection of each National Park and Safari Area across the vastness of Zambezi Valley’s wildlife protected areas system. The Trust has operated for 11 years, fundraising from donors globally, and implementing project grants directly into the field against identified and vital needs.
The WILD Foundation
At the heart of the global wilderness community for over 40 years, the WILD Foundation protects wilderness while meeting the needs of human communities, working across cultures and boundaries by collaborating with local peoples, organizations, the private sector, and governments to create dynamic practical projects, inspiring solutions and communications initiatives. WILD’s work advances a reciprocal, balanced relationship between people and nature. Its aim is to ensure that enough wild land and seascapes are protected and interconnected to maintain nature’s life-supporting systems and the diversity of life on Earth.
Tikki Hywood Foundation
The Tikki Hywood Foundation strives to bring awareness and sound conservation practice to the plight of lesser known and endangered animals globally. It aims to increase awareness of the conservation tool that is legislation and are constantly seeking ways of improving and upholding the laws that protect fauna and flora. It operates as a 24 hour wildlife rescue centre and are also available to advise or assist wild animal cases around Africa and the globe. In addition to these conservation efforts it runs successful captive breeding and release programs throughout Zimbabwe, in an effort to augment dwindling wild populations.
TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organisation working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Our team of over 140 staff around the world carry out research, investigations, and analysis to catalyse action by governments, businesses, and individuals, in collaboration with a wide range of partners, to help ensure that wildlife trade is not a threat to the conservation of nature.
The Tsavo Trust is an action orientated, field-based, Kenyan not-for-profit conservation organisation that works to give the wildlife and people of the Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) the right to a future. The TCA holds significant wildlife populations, both inside and outside the National Parks, including extremely large numbers of high value species – elephant and black rhino. The Trust is working towards protecting wildlife and its habitat as well as promoting community engagement in conservation challenges. The Tsavo Trust is committed to working in partnership with governmental, nongovernmental, community and private stakeholders to attain a shared vision for a sustainable future for the TCA.
The Zambezi Society
Founded in 1982, The Zambezi Society is a non-profit, Zimbabwean-based organisation focused on conserving the wildlife and wildernesses of the Zambezi Valley. Driven by a passionate team of volunteers, it works closely with local and international organisations, government authorities and with local communities. It is committed to initiating rapid, well-informed, and effective action to: maintain the Zambezi River basin’s biodiversity; conserve Zambezi wildernesses and promote the recognition of their values; ensure that conservation is incorporated into planning for the whole Zambezi river basin; encourage people to find ways of using the natural resources of the Zambezi basin without destroyed them.
Stichting Wings for Conservation
Stichting Wings for Conservation is a small non-profit foundation, based in the Netherlands, taking action against elephant poaching in Africa. The Foundation is currently working in partnership with the Chadian Government in Central Africa, providing aerial support to increase the protection of elephant populations. Since April 2018, the Foundation’s aircraft has flown over 300 hours of surveillance missions, covering a distance of over 40,000 kilometers.
Uganda Conservation Foundation
The Uganda Conservation Foundation is a UK charity and Uganda non-profit which aims to safeguard natural heritage via practical conservation and community interventions in and around Uganda. It currently has projects in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, and Kidepo Valley National Parks, as well as at a national level. It works closely with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), their partners and local communities to achieve its goals in the protection of Uganda’s wildlife, the development of park-adjacent communities, and the enforcement of the criminal justice system in tackling wildlife crime.
University of Utah IsoForensics
IsoForensics is combining radiocarbon ivory dating and strontium isotope ratios with genetic analysis to provide a picture of when and where poachers are killing elephants; together these methods are useful tools in the ongoing battle against illegal animal product trade. The combination of genetics with isotopes provides geographic information on the origins of ivory that previously had not been used in the illegal wildlife trade; likewise, using 14C to determine the time of death had not previously been used in wildlife forensics. Lesley Chesson is the President of IsoForensics. Thure Cerling is a Senior Scientist at IsoForensics and a Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah.
University of Washington, Center for Conservation Biology
The Center for Conservation Biology’s mission is to develop and apply noninvasive field, lab and analytical methods to address pressing conservation problems worldwide. Their DNA-based forensics tools are helping wildlife authorities combat the rampant illegal elephant ivory trade across Africa. Dr. Samuel Wasser, Director of the Centre for Conservation Biology, is acknowledged worldwide as a pioneer of non-invasive wildlife monitoring methods.
Wild Planet Trust
Wild Planet Trust, formerly Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, is a registered education, scientific and conservation charity established in 1957 and based in Devon, UK. They are active in conservation both in the UK and abroad, often working alongside partner organisations to conserve species and their habitats. In Nigeria, they work with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation to protect the elephants of the Omo Forest Reserve.
Wild Survivors is a UK charity with conservation projects based in Northern Tanzania. Our mission is to prevent human-elephant conflict by delivering sustainable initiatives that place community welfare at the heart of wildlife conservation. With a focus on conflict hotspots, we establish community-led coexistence projects that encompass beehive fences, alternative livelihoods, and forest protection, combined with innovative wildlife technology. Together with local partners, we restore wild spaces and protect critical elephant habitat, with projects informed by a robust scientific data and research framework. We aim to scale-up practical community conservation solutions, increase education, and promote the protection of elephants and the biodiverse ecosystems they maintain.
WildAid, a registered non-profit based in San Francisco, is the only organization focused on reducing the demand for endangered species products. WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes by reducing demand through public awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products by persuading consumers and strengthening enforcement. With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and global network of media partners, WildAid leverages nearly $289 million in annual pro-bono media support. WildAid’s message reaches up to 1 billion people every week.
Wildlife Action Group Malawi
The Wildlife Action Group (WAG) is an NGO, who co-manage two governmental protected areas Thuma Forest Reserve and Dedza-Salima Forest Reserves. Its mission is to protect Malawi’s wildlife and environment and to assist and support the Malawi government in the protection of areas like national parks, game and forest reserves.
Wildlife Conservation Global
Wildlife Conservation Global operates the Okapi Conservation Project which works in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the Institute in Congo for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) and local communities throughout the Okapi Wildlife Reserve – a 13,700 square km protected area in the heart of Africa – to ensure the protection of many species in this remarkably diverse equatorial rainforest including the largest populations of forest elephants, okapi and chimpanzees in DRC.
Wildlife Crime Prevention
Wildlife Crime Prevention is dedicated to working alongside public and private partners to create a Zambia free from illegal wildlife trade through law enforcement, support to wildlife crime prosecution, awareness and research.
Wildlife Conservation Society
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), founded in 1895, saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth. WCS is working to conserve the world’s largest wild places in 15 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world’s biodiversity, and our four zoos and aquarium in New York City inspire four million people each year.
Wildlife Justice Commission
The Wildlife Justice Commission’s mission is to disrupt and help dismantle organised trafficking networks dealing in wildlife, timber and fish. The Wildlife Justice Commission does this by conducting intelligence analysis and undercover investigations, helping secure arrests and seizures, building law enforcement capacity to respond to wildlife trafficking, and holding governments accountable when they fail to address wildlife trafficking.
Wildlife Traxx Consultancy
Since its inception in 2017, Wildlife Traxx Consultancy has led the effort to train first responders (rangers and community scouts) across conservancies in Kenya in order to enhance the prosecution of wildlife crime offenders and thus protect the future of endangered species. Through the use of forensic science, the overall mission of the Consultancy is to enhance the monitoring of illegal ivory trafficking and increase the prosecution of ivory poachers and traffickers across Africa.
Wildlife Works Elephant Protection Trust
In partnership with Wildlife Works, The Elephant Protection Trust raises funds to support the 100+ rangers who protect a vital area of 500,000 acres between Tsavo East and West National Parks called The Kasigau Wildlife Corridor. There are over 11,000 elephants and other endangered species in that eco system threatened by human-wildlife conflict. Its mission is to build a future where elephants and all wild animals can live in peace with their human counterparts.
WildlifeDirect is a Kenya and US registered charitable organization founded in 2004 by the prominent Kenyan conservationist and paleoanthropologist, Dr. Richard Leakey, and former World Bank Representative to Kenya, Harold Wackman. WildlifeDirect was initially conceived as an online platform to provide a voice to African conservationists to protect wildlife as an important global heritage. WildlifeDirect mission is changing hearts, minds and laws to ensure Africa’s critical species endures forever. WildlifeDirect is also well known for its flagship campaign, Hands Off Our Elephants, under the patronage of the First Lady of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta.
Working Dogs for Conservation
Working Dogs for Conservation is the world’s leading conservation detection dog organization and are pioneers in using dogs’ extraordinary sense of smell to further conservation. Its founders were the first to train dogs to detect wide-ranging carnivores non-invasively, to uncover illegal snares in Africa, and to find invasive plants, insects, and fish. Its dogs can detect weeds before they break the surface, animals that live below ground, and aquatic organisms invisible to the human eye. It is also at the forefront of the fight against wildlife trafficking, training dogs to detect ammunition, guns, poisons, snares, ivory, rhino horn, and pangolin scales.
World Wildlife Fund
For 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by more than one million members in the United States and close to five million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
Zoological Society of London
Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. Its mission is realized through its groundbreaking science, its active conservation projects in more than 50 countries and its two Zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Its belief is that a diverse and healthy natural world is valuable in its own right and is essential for ensuring secure and healthy lives for people.