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Monday, December 11, 2017

Highly-Rated Organizations Fighting for Wildlife Conservation and Preservation


Millions of Americans have seen and reacted to photographer Paul Nicklen’s video footage of a
starving polar bear walking through a northern Canadian territory. Nicklen and his team were
filming and photographing scenes for a project on climate change with Sea Legacy, an unrated
organization, when they came across the bear hungry, desperately searching for food. Nicklen
wrote, “It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the
beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy.”

Images like the ones Nicklen shared tug sharply at many of our hearts. If you are prompted to
take action, consider supporting one of these highly-rated wildlife conservation organizations that
are working to protect our national and global creatures and their habitats.


☆☆☆☆Embracing all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection
of wildlife


The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that compliment the conservation,
preservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural
environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing
veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans,
along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.


Saving wildlife


The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), founded in 1895 saves wildlife and wild places
worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of
the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these
activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living
in harmony. We currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and
educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues
affecting our planet. Our parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo,
Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. The WCS parks in New York City welcome 4 million visitors
each year, including helping the city to educate millions of schoolchildren in science and conservation
issues.


Protecting endangered species and habitats through science-based field action


Global Wildlife Conservation protects endangered species and habitats through science-based
field action. GWC has built its success upon a foundation of excellence in Exploration, Research
and Conservation. GWC envisions a world with diverse and abundant wildlife, a truly Wild World.
We are dedicated to ensuring that the species on the verge of extinction aren't lost but prosper
well into the future. Through our three key goals we are bringing together scientists,
conservationists, policy makers, industry leaders and you to ensure a truly collaborative
approach to species conservation. Our three key goals are to save species, protect wildlands,
and build capacity. Through this approach we are ensuring that species conservation remains
core to our approach while addressing larger landscape issue challenges and developing a
long term support network to guarantee that our donors and partners investments have the
greatest possibility of success.


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The spirit of innovation in conservation
Founded in 2002, Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) is dedicated to protecting endangered
species and preserving their natural habitats. We support innovative strategies for people and
wildlife to co-exist and thrive. We partner with independent, community-based conservationists
around the world and provide them with the capital and tools they need to develop solutions for
human-wildlife coexistence. WCN's conservationists actively engage local people as effective
stewards of their environment and work in a culturally-respectful manner to ensure that
conservation skills and values will be passed on to future generations.


Wildlife Alliance
☆☆☆Direct protection to forests and wildlife


Since its inception in 1994 as the Global Survival Network, the organization now known as
Wildlife Alliance has worked with local governments, communities, and like-minded
non-governmental organizations to implement cutting-edge programs in Southeast Asia
and the Russian Far East. These programs aim to conserve the environment and stop
illegal logging, poaching, and the illegal wildlife trade by directly protecting wildlife and
habitats, reducing consumer demand for wildlife, and providing environmental education and
legal and ecologically sustainable alternative livelihoods for local communities.


Conserving America’s wildlife heritage


The mission of Wildlife Forever is to conserve America's wildlife heritage through conservation
education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Since 1987, Wildlife
Forever has provided funding to more than 600 projects in 50 states plus Canada through private
special interest conservation groups, state game and fish departments and federal agencies.
Wildlife Forever projects target research, management, land acquisition, and educational
purposes. Special emphasis is placed upon grassroots programs.


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Protecting the future of nature


Founded in 1961, World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) mission is the conservation of nature. Using the
best available scientific knowledge and advancing that knowledge where we can, we work to
preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems by:
protecting natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered
species; promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources; and
promoting more efficient use of resources and energy and the maximum reduction of pollution.
We are committed to reversing the degradation of our planet's natural environment and to building
a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature. We recognize the critical
relevance of human numbers, poverty and consumption patterns to meeting these goals.


Dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities


Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is one of the country's leaders in science-based, results-
oriented wildlife conservation. We are committed to saving imperiled wildlife and championing
the Endangered Species Act, the landmark law that protects them. Defenders of Wildlife is a
national membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants
in their natural communities. We work to protect and restore America's native wildlife, safeguard
habitat, resolve conflicts, work across international borders and educate and mobilize the public.


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Conserving and enhancing habitat and biodiversity on private land


The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management
on working lands through partnerships and education.


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Protecting America’s wildlife


The National Wildlife Refuge Association (Refuge Association) occupies a special niche as the
only non-profit organization focused exclusively on promoting the world's largest wildlife
conservation network, the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1975, the Refuge Association
has worked hand-in-hand with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect, conserve, and
restore the ecological integrity of the Refuge System. To accomplish our mission and raise the
stature of the Refuge System, the Refuge Association engages thousands of supports including
Refuge Friends groups, private landowners, hunters and anglers, and educators and students
from all walks of life. In addition, the Refuge Association leads a coalition of 23 diverse organizations
called the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) and our combined 16 million
members urge Congress to provide robust funding for the Refuge System. The Refuge Association
is ensuring a future for wildlife across America.


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