Friends of the Arkwatch Foundation

The Rhino Orphanage is a registered non-profit company based in the Limpopo Province and was founded by Arrie van Deventer in 2012. The orphanage is the first specialist, dedicated, non-commercial centre that cares for orphaned and injured baby rhinos with the only aim of releasing them back into the wild. It was created as the result of a lack of a specialized place for rearing baby rhinos who have been orphaned as a consequence of the current poaching crisis which feeds the illegal trade in horns.

In 1980 a group was formed who were interested in preservation and displaying animals and plants of particular significance to New Zealand under the banner of the Willowbank Wildlife Trust. In 1991 the Trust Deed was amended and became known as the New Zealand Conservation Trust [NZCT] in1994.

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne is Patron of the Trust and formally opened the Kiwi Nocturnal House in 1995 as well as the Public Kiwi Viewing Centre in 2008.

The New Zealand Conservation Trust is a non-profit organisation certified under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957. The Trust is bound by a formal Deed of Trust. The Trust is based at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch and has a lease on a one hectare predator-free area and various other facilities for Kiwi breeding and display.

Galapagos Conservancy (GC) is dedicated exclusively to the long-term protection of the Galapagos Islands. This single focus allows us to maximize the impact of the financial support of our members, who include individuals and institutions that care deeply about the Galapagos Islands and understand the scientific importance of preserving this extraordinary ecosystem.

Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand where you can volunteer and visit to help. We have been involved in dozens of rescues which have created our thriving elephant herd. The park provides a natural environment for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals under our care.

Volunteers and visitors contribute to the healing while learning about their lives past and present. Arrange a visit to all our projects in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.

1. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
For orphaned elephants and rhinos it doesn’t get better than this place. With an orphanage in Nairobi and a wild release and anti-poaching program in Kenya’s largest national Park, Tsavo, this organization is currently overwhelmed with baby-orphaned elephants as a result of the escalating poaching crisis. 

2. WildlifeDirect
WildlifeDirect is a Kenya and US registered organization founded and chaired by African conservationist Dr. Richard Leakey, who is credited with putting an end to the elephant slaughter in Kenya in the 1980s. Established in 2006 WildlifeDirect provides support to conservationists in Africa directly on the ground via the use of blogs, which enables anybody, anywhere to play a direct and interactive role in the survival of some of the world’s most precious species.

3. Tusk Trust
Based in Britain with twenty-two years experience initiating and funding conservation, community development and environmental education programs across Africa, Tusk has raised over $30 million for a wide range of projects across the African continent.

4. Cheetah Conservation Fund
Dr. Markers Cheetah Conservation Fund is a model for other wildlife organizations with her pioneering work engaging communities in Namibia to help her protect cheetah.

5. Ngamba Island
This 100-acre sanctuary in Uganda rescues orphaned and abused chimps from the bush meat, entertainment and pet trade industries. Through their ‘adopt a chimp’ program you can support one of the 48 chimps currently living there. 

6. Panthera
Dedicated to conserving the world’s 36 species of wild cats, Panthera partners with local and international scientific institutions, communities, non-governmental organizations and government agencies to conserve endangered wild cats, including tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards around the world.

7. Dazzle Africa
This small organization run by a few inspiring women out of Las Vegas, Nevada focuses their education, conservation and community enhancement projects in Mfuwe, Zambia.

8. African Wildlife Conservation Fund
The African Wildlife Conservation Fund promotes the long-term sustainability of healthy wildlife populations via research and educational partnerships with landowners and community members, natural resource managers, conservationists, and governments in Africa.

9. Performing Animal Welfare Society
PAWS is at the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide appropriate, humane sanctuary for animals (especially elephants) who have been the victims of the exotic and performing animal trades. 

10. Orangutan Foundation International
The OFI supports the conservation, protection, and understanding of Orangutans and their rain forest habitat while caring for ex-captive orphaned orangutans with the goal of releasing them back to the wild.

I hope you are finding this list of wildlife NGO’s useful, and that you will sign up to Saving Wild, joining our tribe of other like-hearted wildlife lovers.

11. The Wild Foundation
As the heart of the global wilderness community for over 40 years, The WILD Foundation protects wilderness while meeting the needs of human communities, working across cultures and boundaries by collaborating with local peoples, organizations, the private sector, and governments to create dynamic practical projects and communications initiatives.

12. Painted Dog Conservation
Painted Dogs, or African Wild Dogs, are among Africa’s most endangered species with only 3,000 – 5,000 left. Zimbabwe is home to one of the last strongholds of the species and PDC work with local communities is having a positive effect on the outlook of the Painted Dog species. Saving Wild has partnered with this organization to sponsor school children to go through Wild School.

13.  Defenders of Wildlife 
Defenders’ approach is direct and straightforward – they “protect and restore imperiled species throughout North America by transforming policies and institutions and promoting innovative solutions” –making a lasting difference for wildlife and its habitats.

14. Save the Elephants
Iain Douglas-Hamilton’s research on wild elephant populations in Northern Kenya has taught the world much about elephant behavior, and migrating patterns. His ‘Save the Elephants’ organization is focused on stopping poachers, thwarting traffickers and ending demand for ivory (using educational programs in China where it is desperately needed).

15. Peta
Peta’s statement that “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any way,” says it all.

16.  Wildlife Conservation Network
WCN saves endangered species in 24 countries around the world by supporting 14 independent wildlife conservationists working with different wildlife species. They also have an annual Conferece in San Francisco where supporters can meet and hear from WCN’s conservationists.

17. The Great Apes Survival Partnership
GRASP is an innovative and ambitious partnership comprised of great ape range states faced with an immediate challenge: to lift the threat of imminent extinction faced by gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans across their ranges in Equatorial Africa and Southeast Asia.

18. WildAid
WildAid is the only organization focused on reducing the demand for wildlife parts and products, with the strong and simple message: when the buying stops, the killing can too. Their mission is to end illegal wildlife trade.

19. Oceana
The world’s oceans are in trouble, and this organization works with companies and legislators to bring about more sustainable practices for the long-term health of the ocean and its creatures.

And one more...this is not an NGO but worth including:

20. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)
The Kenya Wildlife Service’s (KWS) mandate is to conserve and manage wildlife in Kenya, and to enforce related laws and regulations. Anti-poaching forces from across Africa train at the KWS police training Academy. KWS is one of the most respected wildlife enforcement agencies in the world and deserves your wildlife donation and a place on this list.

NatureFiji-MareqetiViti’s vision of Fiji in 50 years’ time is of a healthy environment maintaining its diversity of species and habitats, its ecological integrity and resilience, parts of which are in pristine condition.

Fiji’s landowners and general public have a sound awareness of the nation’s natural heritage and are actively supporting the well-directed efforts of the government and its NGO partners in addressing the conservation needs and the sustainable livelihoods of everyone in the country.

Today, the overarching role of our animal collection in Jersey and overseas – our ‘ark’, as Gerald would have it – is conservation. We manage breeding programmes for release back to the wild, develop the skills and tools to conserve species in the wild, train others in animal husbandry and conservation practice, and communicate important messages to our visitors.

By 2020, we aim to have 90% of the species at Durrell Wildlife Park contributing to conservation, training and research, or education.

Promoting the Wonder of Turtles
The Turtle Conservancy is dedicated to protecting threatened turtles and tortoises and their habitats worldwide, and to promoting their appreciation by people everywhere.
To rescue and provide specialist care to orphaned rhino with the aim to rehabilitate and release back into the wild in support of preserving the species.
Fundimvelo Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage is a specialised care and rehabilitation center for orphaned rhinos managed by the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization.