This week’s blog is about the five signs of hope that we are being given by charities and organisations that are trying to save many different species from becoming extinct. There is no denying that the different wildlife that is being threatened, both by humans and other predators, is vital to maintaining the balance of nature as well as making our world more diverse and beautiful. There are many different species with rapidly declining numbers but with these charities there are some glimmers of hope that perhaps, many other species can be saved.Another charity that works very hard to protect different endangered species from the threats around them is the World Wildlife Fund who spend their time looking out for many different species from orangutans to turtles to leopards and tigers. WWF has had a primary focus on tigers in the recent years as there are just 4,000 left in the world. In order to protect the tigers that are left, hundreds of people spend their time tracking tigers as well as the prey of tigers to make sure that there are enough resources. WWF also spend a lot of their time, like many other wildlife organisations, educating the locals and making sure that they are aware of the dire situation for these species and encouraging them to respect these endangered species. In order to have something to aim for, WWF have set many goals and one of them is the goal to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 by getting support from local communities and setting up wildlife conservation. The work that WWF do is crucial for these endangered species and it is doubtful as to whether there even would be tigers in 2022 if it weren’t for charities such as this.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has taken on the mission to rescue endangered animals and provide them with protection against the threats against them. A key concern of theirs, as is for most wildlife charities, is the ivory trade. In order to protect elephants, the IFAW spend time educating those purchasing ivory as well as protecting the elephants’ habitats. It is amazing to see the success stories with the IFAW from where they have rescued animals that have been injured, spent time rehabilitating them before releasing them back into the wild to when they have managed to intercept illegal tradings of animals and also being the ones to work tirelessly to get France to ban domestic ivory products. This is an amazing charity and deserves so much respect from everyone.
Defenders of Wildlife are a conservation charity which is working to protect, rehabilitate and restore wildlife from around the globe. This charity is one that not only works on the ground with the animals, local communities and other agencies in order to protect endangered species but they also work tirelessly in the courts to defend these animals’ habitats and their rights. With there being many animal refuges that housing developers want to destroy to build upon, the Defenders work is especially important in order to make sure that the animals are spoken for in courts and their habitats are protected. Currently, Defenders of Wildlife have many different projects running in many different areas of the world from trying to pass the ban on transporting shark fins to funding a project to prevent the red wolf from becoming extinct. Signs of hope can be found on the Defenders of Wildlife’s blog where there are regular updates on the progress that is being made as well as interesting information about what the effects of extinction of different animals can have on our ecosystems. This is an amazing charity who show that with some respect towards the animals, it is possible for there to be less threat of extinction.Although there are many wildlife charities who try to protect all of the endangered species and have different action plans for each animal, Panthera is an organisation which is wholly dedicated to the protection of the world’s 38 wild cat species and their habitats. Panthera are aware of the fact that by having cat species that are endangered, food chains are being jeopardised and this can lead to other species becoming endangered or at risk. They spend a lot of their time informing local authorities and the public in general about this and then go onto create strategies to protect the cats and their habitats whilst working alongside local governments, scientific organisations, biologists and others from around the globe who are dedicated to helping these animals. The cats that are most at risk are the: jaguars, leopards, tigers, lions, pumas and cheetahs. These cats all need their own special program to be set up which directly relates to their needs, habitats, food sources and the threats against them. An example of one of Panthera’s main projects is the Tigers Forever Program which has enabled local law enforcement to be trained to prevent poachers from being able to access the tigers by using up-to-date technology such as Poacher-Cams and thermal imaging cameras which allow them to monitor tigers, the tigers’ prey and poachers. A main goal for Panthera is to increase the populations of wild cats each year and with the effort that this organisation puts into their goals, there certainly is hope that they will be able to do this.Save The Elephants charity, their main mission is to secure a future for elephants and to stop poaching and the ivory trade altogether. They are showing us how if there isn’t action taken now to save the elephants then we run the risk of them becoming entirely extinct within another generation. In order to help the elephants, Save The Elephants invest funding into research into elephant behaviour and ecology as well as developing technology such as GPS tracking monitors for elephants. Along with the research, they support an Elephant Crisis fund which supports over 50 different projects around the world which are all aimed at preventing the poaching and trading of ivory. Like many other charities, Save The Elephants spend a lot of time educating local communities and the public in general about not purchasing ivory and how cruel it is for the elephants, they use vast social networking and have extensive publicity as well as a computerised elephant library in order to get their message across.
Lastly, Wilderness Safaris is delighted to announce that it has won the National Geographic Traveller Reader Award in the new Green Initiative category for its pioneering Botswana Rhino Conservation Programme. The awards ceremony took place at Le Meridien Piccadilly in London on 29 November.
“We are thrilled to receive this award and endorsement from our guests and the readers of National Geographic Traveller magazine and to highlight the crucial importance of responsible ecotourism and the role it can play in the conservation of endangered species. Rhino conservation is a serious commitment for us, and we are proud to have successfully completed the largest-ever cross-border translocation of Critically Endangered black rhino. We strongly believe that our rhino programme represents long-term sustainable conservation and results in the protection of Africa’s spectacular biodiversity,” says Wilderness Safaris Botswana MD, Kim Nixon.
We hope that you enjoyed this blog and it as opened your eyes to the dangers in which all these beautiful species face and how we, as the public, can make a difference and ensure that all this cruel behaviour and uncertainty about population levels can come to an end.