Have you ever wondered how the well-known wildlife charities work to help conserve rare and vulnerable animals and plants? One of the noblest and powerful environmental organizations in the world is the World Wildlife Fund (WDF). Established in 1963, WDF has saved more than one billion African greenbacks in aid of wildlife conservation. With the help of volunteers and financial donations, WDF preserves the land and natural habitat of animals and plants; supports projects that promote ecological biodiversity; and works to build up national parks and conservancies. As a result, many threatened and endangered species have been saved from extinction. In addition, many other animals and plant species live in areas that have been protected or are thriving.
One of the best wildlife charities, the Bornfree Foundation, works with voluntary organizations, third sectors, local communities and governments to protect wildlife. They also aim to strengthen the voluntary protection and management of natural habitats. Their programs include building partnerships between communities and organizations to preserve the native wildlife; conducting field research on conservation issues; and implementing effective strategies to ensure the long-term sustainability of ecosystems, including reserves and parks. Through their program called “Blueprints for Action”, the foundation has saved the Mauiese dolphin from extinction. Through their network of over 900 voluntary partners, WDF has saved the Amur tiger from extinction; the big horned sheep from the Kalahari Desert; the black rhino from South Africa’s Kruger National Park; the Cape buffalo from Cape Town and Zimbabwe; and the Indian lion from India’s Himachal Pradesh.
All these animals and plant species have a right to live in natural environments. WDF has been able to preserve its natural habitat by working with governments, communities and other organizations. Through their work to conserve these animals, they have helped to increase biodiversity and improve the economic development of the countries in which they operate. In fact, according to the latest report by the World Wildlife Fund, only three of the 10 most globally influential wildlife charities are still operating today. This organization has also become the leading conservation organization for marine wildlife, the most successful one being Global Witness.
One of the main purposes of the various wildlife charities is to save and protect natural habitats. These organizations must help to conserve species that are at risk of extinction or are severely threatened with extinction. One of how they accomplish this is through the establishment of conservation projects. These projects aim to promote the action and involvement of individuals, communities and wildlife stakeholders in wildlife conservation and management. In this way, the various wildlife species are given the help they need to survive and grow.
Apart from conservation efforts, many wildlife charities also undertake research and conservation efforts aimed at improving the management of wildlife resources. They use sophisticated technologies and innovative approaches to manage conservation efforts. For example, the world wildlife fund has been able to make great strides in the area of conserving forests and the management of wildlife. The Sheldrick wildlife trust, on the other hand, has been able to provide solutions to help increase the effectiveness of conservation efforts.
A few years back, there was no such thing as a Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. There were just a few dozen localised African units that were solely focused on the conservation of wildlife. Now, there are more than half a dozen local units across Africa that have been entirely transformed into conservation spaces. These have become truly world-class wildlife parks and sanctuaries that are home to a wide variety of species. They not only have protected areas but also provide a great source of income for the local people.
There are many conservation genetic strategies that these organizations have developed over the years. Some of these strategies are focused on enhancing the genetic diversity of their African wildlife species. This is done by conserving habitat, improving the quality of the food chains, avoiding unsustainable hunting and introducing viral translocation to ensure that a specific gene becomes prevalent in a specific location. Others include the use of livestock and crops to ensure that conservation genetics can be applied to different landscapes. For example, planting trees on a specific landscape when it used to be that way has been shown to decrease the need for hunting.
Wildlife charities have an important role to play in conserving the wildlife of the planet. They have a crucial role in managing conservation projects and funding projects. The future of the world’s wildlife lies in their hands. It is their conservation efforts and your support that will ensure that they continue to exist. Help us save our precious animals and let them thrive!