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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

10 Highly-Rated Wildlife Conservation Charities

Each week, Charity Navigator features 10 outstanding charities working on a particular cause or issue. This week’s list includes the ten most highly-rated organizations working on wildlife conservation. These charities’ work spans conservation and advocacy for a number of species. Keep reading to learn more.

Big Cat Rescue
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Caring for big cats & Ending the trade as Pets, Props, and Parts

Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats. The Rescue is home to 80+ lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species, most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from the fur trade, or retired from performance. They work to end abuse at its root by ending the private possession and trade in exotic cats through legislation and education.

☆☆☆☆ + Impact
When the buying stops, the killing can too

WildAid’s high-impact media campaigns feature some of the most influential voices in the world advocating for wildlife conservation on a massive scale thanks to nearly $300 million worth of donated media placement each year. Their video, print, and online campaigns have measurably increased awareness about poaching and prompted changes in attitudes and behavior. As a result, there have been significant drops in prices and consumption of endangered species products, such as ivory, rhino horn, and shark fin.

Wildlife Conservation Network
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
The spirit of innovation in conservation

Founded in 2002, the Wildlife Conservation Network is dedicated to protecting endangered
species and preserving their natural habitats. They support innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. The Network partners with independent, community-based conservationists around the world and provides them with the capital and tools they need to develop solutions for human-wildlife coexistence. Their 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.

Our Companions Animal Rescue
We promise to always do the right thing for animals, regardless of the challenge or cost

Our Companions Animal rescue was founded in 2002 after receiving a gift of 43 acres of land in Ashford, Connecticut. The Rescue, the only one of its kind in New England, provides a comforting, home-like, enriching environment for the community’s most vulnerable animals (those who are older, traumatized, abused, or neglected). The Rescue helps animals by providing them a setting that is conducive to a longer-term stay and provides a low-stress, comforting, atmosphere that encourages healing and rehabilitation. Each animal receives a medical and behavioral treatment plan that is modified weekly, based on the animal’s specific needs. 

The Elephant Sanctuary
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Providing sanctuary for more than 20 years

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee exists to provide captive elephants with individualized care, the companionship of a herd, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being, and to raise public awareness of the complex needs of elephants in captivity, and the crisis facing elephants in the wild. The Sanctuary provides elephants retired from entertainment and exhibition with herd, home, and individualized veterinary and husbandry care for life. As a true sanctuary, The Elephant Sanctuary is closed to the public, but they provide webcams and live streams of elephant activity online.

HawkWatch International
Conserving raptors and our shared environment

HawkWatch International works to conserve the environment through education, long-term monitoring, and scientific research on raptors as indicators of ecosystem health. The Watch counts, bands, and gathers data on millions of birds migrating south for the winter. Their efforts to sustain and protect these creatures has led them to study and learn from them during all aspects of their lives, from spring to nesting to fall migration and winter survival. What they have learned has helped inform land managers, scientists, and everyday people about what raptors need to survive in a rapidly changing environment.

Panthera Corporation
Protecting wild cats protects the Earth

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, the organization 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, scientific institutions, local communities, governments around the globe, and citizens who want to help ensure a future for wild cats.

International Wolf Center
Teaching the world about wolves

The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future. The Center envisions a world in which populations of wolves thrive well distributed in many parts of their native range. They provide useful scientific information and learning opportunities to diverse individuals and groups and supports well-informed dialogue about management of wolf-human conflict. As a result, humans adopt an attitude of respect toward wolves.

Turtle Island Restoration Network
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Protecting endangered marine species

Turtle Island Restoration Network is a leading advocate for the world’s oceans and marine wildlife. Their work is based on science, fueled by people who care, and effective catalyzing long-lasting positive change that protects the likes of green sea turtles, whale sharks, and coho salmon. By working with people and communities, they preserve and restore critical habitats like the redwood forested creek banks of California to the full-of-marine-life waters of the Cocos Islands. They accomplish their mission through grassroots empowerment, consumer action, strategic litigation, hands-on restoration, environmental education, and by promoting sustainable local, national and international marine policies.

Sea Turtle Conservancy
Ensuring the survival of sea turtles within the Wider Caribbean Basin and Atlantic

The Sea Turtle Conservancy, formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, is the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation group. The Conservancy was founded in 1959 by world-renowned sea turtle expert Dr. Archie Carr to save sea turtles from imminent extinction through rigorous science-based conservation. The Conservancy carries out worldwide programs to conserve and recover sea turtle populations through research, education, advocacy, and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature to find even more highly-rated charities working on wildlife conservation and lots of other issues.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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