I strongly advocate supporting groups which work to protect our wildlife and lands.
The following are groups that I like, but by no means are they the only good ones out there!
"Our anti poaching units provide a blanket of protection for all wildlife"
Peter Blinston Managing Director, Painted Dog Conservation
While in Africa I became more aware of the vital work Painted Dog Conservation is doing.
- From www.painteddog.org - Painted Dogs, also known as African Wild Dogs, are unique to Africa and they are among this continent's most endangered species. It is estimated that less than 7,000 remain in the wild. The Painted Dog population in Zimbabwe is one of the last strongholds of the species and we are committed to their conservation. Our conservation methods and our work with the local communities are beginning to have a positive effect on the outlook of the Painted Dog species. -
To put it mildly, Painted Dogs are much more threatened than Grey Wolves here in North America where we have a population of 70,000-80,000 spread out from the Western US, throughout Canada and Alaska.
Painted Dog Conservation works on several levels, from Study/Research, to education and vital Anti-Poaching efforts.
Please consider donating to this very worthwhile cause, remember we ALL are responsible for our wildlife.
From the Sea Shepherd site - "Established in 1977, our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. We use innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations."
From the WWP site - "The mission of Western Watersheds Project is to protect and restore western watersheds and wildlife through education, public policy initiatives and legal advocacy. Western Watersheds Project is a nonprofit environmental conservation group with 1,500 members founded in 1993 and has field offices in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, California, and Oregon. WWP works to influence and improve public lands management throughout the West with a primary focus on the negative impacts of livestock grazing on 250 million acres of western public lands, including harm to ecological, biological, cultural, historic, archeological, scenic resources, wilderness values, roadless areas, Wilderness Study Areas and designated Wilderness."
From the Bushlife site - "Stopping the Illegal Killing of Elephants A poacher may get as little as US$200-300 for a pair of average female trunks, and the potential punishment for poaching in Zimbabwe is to be shot on sight. Yet, we continue to lose dozens of elephants to poachers because of the severe economic hardships facing people in Zimbabwe today.
Bushlife Conservancy hopes to change this dire situation by changing the economic incentives and risk/reward balance for poachers.
Bushlife Conservancy, through its funding of Bushlife Support Unit Trust, works in close coordination with Parks and Wildlife personnel to help patrol remote areas, identify, detain and arrest poachers, monitor prosecutions and sentencing, and recover and rehabilitate stolen wildlife.
Bushlife Conservancy also works closely with local communities and with other nonprofit conservation organizations, such as The Tashinga Intiatitve, African Wildlife Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Network, Zambezi Society, Tikki Hywood Trust, and the Zambezi Elephant Fund, in order to co-ordinate efforts and resources."