Across much of Africa anti-poaching tactics have remained largely unchanged for decades. Small groups of under trained and poorly equipped rangers are sent out for days on end to conduct patrols in remote and dangerous locations. Modern-day poachers have evolved and routinely utilise military tactics and equipment to kill high-target species, such as elephants, rhinos and gorillas. In the cross-fire, rangers are also killed. Seeing this shortfall, the IAPF set out in 2009 to fill the gap.
The IAPF has a structured approach to conservation, employing the relevant tactics and technology to defend wildlife from the ever increasing threat of poaching within protected areas. Anti-poaching however is only a portion of the conservation solution. To be a part of successful projects, the IAPF works alongside partners who specialise in community engagement and development, research and development, wildlife rescue and biodiversity management.
Anti-poaching protects community assets, creates jobs, promotes training and education and reduces habitat destruction. In the many water stressed countries of southern Africa, future generations will depend on these critical natural environments for their very well-being.
Rainforest Rescue is Australia’s rainforest conservation charity set up in 1988 to Protect Rainforests Forever. Rainforest Rescue do this by:
· Rescuing vulnerable rainforests by buying threatened properties
· Restoring damaged and fragmented habitat through reforestation
· Conserving the biodiversity and cultural heritage of rainforest
· Learning from the forest, sharing and raising awareness.
Over the past 18 years Rainforest Rescue have worked locally and internationally to protect rainforest from destruction, buying important habitat and protecting it with Covenants. They've also undertaken reforestation projects around the globe, planting over 250,000 trees. All of this has been done with the support of individuals, foundations and businesses wanting to make a difference.
With the support of businesses and individuals Rainforest Rescue have bought back 31 key rainforest properties in the Daintree, creating Nature Refuges and important wildlife corridors. In addition, they’ve reforested large tracts of land, planting over 100,000 trees in the Daintree all propagated at our Native Nursery.
Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW) is an agile group of first-responders and other professionals in the medical and construction related fields who augment local expertise when natural disasters strike in order to accelerate relief efforts. Their mission is to deploy quickly and efficiently so that they are able to impact as many people as possible in the most effective way they can. They are often the first type of assistance a village/town has seen. ROWW has deployed to disasters all around world, from Haiti, Chile, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Nepal, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, many towns around The US, and some of these countries more than once.
Shelter Ugolyok is a Ukrainian non-profit animal rescue organization and farm sanctuary. I have followed this organization for some time and I chose to add them as one of our BE KIND Charities because they're the only animal rescue in the Ukraine, they're always taking on many animals, and they rely solely on donations. They could definitely use financial help!
Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose 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.
Sea Shepherd Australia uses 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 oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd Australia works to ensure their survival for future generations.
WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) has been rescuing and caring for native animals since 1985, officially launching as an organisation in March 1986. Our mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same.
WIRES has over 2500 volunteers in 27 branches involved in the rescue and care of wildlife. We have a dedicated Rescue Office that operates 365 days a year assisting the community to help native animals in distress. WIRES assist tens of thousands of animals every year, receiving over 83,000 requests for rescue assistance in the last financial year.
In 1992, over 14,000 rescues were conducted. By June 1997, this grew to 38,000 animal rescues state-wide. In the last financial year WIRES received over 83,000 rescue requests to help native animals in distress and WIRES can now receive up to 1,000 rescue requests for help a day during peak seasons, which are spring and summer.
Over the past decade alone, WIRES has fielded more than one million calls to either rescue or give advice on NSW’s native species ranging from koalas to snakes to Wedge-tailed eagles. This is only possible with the generous support of many individuals and businesses who care about our wildlife.