5 Wildlife Organisations you should know

When thinking about organisations that strive to make our world a better place, those working on animal welfare might come to your mind among the first.

Today, on world wildlife day we’d like to feature some of them and tell you a bit more of their story and their mission.

Snow Leopard Conservancy

It is an organisation that operates in Pakistan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Russia, and India. It was founded in 2000, by Dr. Rodney Jackson, a leading expert on snow leopards (Panthera uncia). His mission has always been helping local people coexist with this elusive predator. And this mission led him to found the organisation, with the objective of educating local communities and transforming the snow leopard from a pest to a valuable asset in the eyes of local people. Snow Leopard Conservancy is among the selected group of organisations we donate 6% of Work For Impact’s yearly revenue.

If you’d like to take a closer look at the Snow Leopard world, on Thursday, March 4, at 2 pm CT you can join the team for a John Muir Laws Nature Journaling Workshop. You’ll learn how to draw our favorite cat, the snow leopard. Learn more about the event here.

Orangutan Outreach

Orangutan Outreach’s mission is to protect orangutans in their native forests of Borneo and Sumatra while providing care for orphaned and displaced orangutans until they can be returned to their natural environment. 

The organisation, founded by Richard Zimmerman in 2007, grew quickly thanks to Richard’s passion and a close affiliation with the Animal Planet series Orangutan Island. Over the years, Richard has expanded Orangutan Outreach to work with an increasing number of partners such as the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF), International Animal Rescue (IAR), the Center for Orangutan Protection (COP), the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), the Orangutan Information Center (OIC) and the Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF).

You can help the organisation in many ways, from adoption to volunteering, learn more on how you can support their initiatives here.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhinos. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock programme. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.

Their mission is to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes, and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprise for reinvestment in conservation and communities.

You’ll see all the passion and commitment of the team by reading the story of Owuan, and their once-in-a-lifetime mission to save the northern white rhinos.

Learn more about their projects and how you can participate.

The Wildlife Trust

Based in the UK, The Wildlife Trust is a movement made up of 46 independent charities on a shared mission. The objective is to bring people close to nature, with land and seas rich in wildlife.  

Their mission is to bring about living landscapes, living seas and a society where nature matters.

We are continuing to lose wildlife and the places where wildlife lives at an alarming rate. A landscape-scale approach to conservation  where wildlife habitats are bigger, better managed and more joined-up – lies at the heart of The Wildlife Trusts efforts to address this. 

The Wildlife Trusts look after more than 2,300 nature reserves, covering 98,500 hectares, and operate more than 100 visitor and education centres in every part of the UK, on Alderney and the Isle of Man.

Even though they are based in UK there are many ways people can help them in their mission, by volunteering, donating, getting engaged with their campaign and initiatives

Learn more on their website.

Kids saving the Rainforest

Is a nonprofit corporation on a mission to protect the diverse wildlife of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast by rehabilitating wildlife, conducting original scientific research, training volunteers, and promoting conservation and reforestation.

Their activities are all focused on preserving and taking care of wildlife.

They offer educational tours to the public of our wildlife sanctuary, home to nearly 50 animals who cannot be released back into the wild. They inform people about the dangers of human-wildlife interaction, the pet trade, and ultimately they teach people how to respect wildlife and to engage in ecologically responsible tourism.

Currently they are seeking help to restore their rescue center, where they were used to rescue over 100 animals each year, with the goal to be released back into the wild as soon as possible.

Last year they had no choice but to shut down operations of their Rescue Center, focusing all of the resources on the Wildlife Sanctuary. If you want to take part in their campaign follow the link.

Every little action counts

The list could go on and on as so many organisations are working on making this world a better place. Every small contribution counts and WFI proudly supports a number of NGOs doing meaningful actions around the world.

If you’d like to  learn more about how we help NGOs around the world visit www.workforimpact.com/partners.