Top 5 African Organizations to Give to This Holiday Season

by Sandy Salle on December 10, 2013

elephantI write this post with a heavy heart. I am currently in Zimbabwe and after enjoying a delightful safari this morning we came across one of the most horrific and saddening sights . . . As you know, poaching is a very real thing that is occurring throughout many areas of Africa. Elephants are killed for their tusks, rhinos are killed for their horns, and the list goes on.

Image to the left of the elephant we saw . . . 

Although there was absolutely no threat to us on safari, we happened to come across two elephants that were killed by a poacher. The tusks had been removed and the entire elephant carcass remained. It was a horrible sight to see that I do not even have enough words to describe how saddened and sickened I am from the incident.

The poaching of these magnificent creatures needs to be put to an end and we can help—each and every one of us can help stop poaching so that our children and their children’s children can be able to witness the beauty of safari and Mother Nature in its most glorious form.

Make a difference this holiday season by giving the gift of life to the wildlife of Africa and help protect against poaching. Whether you gift the donation to a friend or family member, or simply wish to donate on behalf of yourself, the animals of Africa can benefit tremendously from your generous donations.

There are various organizations and charities across the globe that work to support, rescue, and save the wildlife of Africa. With the help of donations and volunteers, they are able to make a difference in the lives of the African wildlife, as well as in the local communities and environments.

Below are 6 of our favorite wildlife organizations that give back to the animals of Africa and spread awareness for their plights:

Burn the Ivory: Did you know that over the past 30 years, 2/3 of all the elephants found in Africa have been killed for their ivory? This whopping statistic is beyond devastating and with help from donations and volunteers, Burn the Ivory can assist in the movement to stop the ivory trade.

In addition to the killing of elephants, humans are also killed in the ivory trade as wildlife rangers lose their lives fighting to help save the elephants. If you want to help the plight of the elephant, please visit the Burn the Ivory website and learn how you can donate and help spread awareness for this exceptional cause.

Click here to visit the Burn the Ivory website.

Gorilla Doctors: Did you know that there are fewer than 1,000 gorillas in the world today? With a mission to help rehabilitate and rescue injured and sick gorillas in the wildernesses of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gorilla Doctors operates a specialty veterinary team that provides mountain gorillas with rescue efforts and healthcare.

Specifically, the Gorilla Doctors veterinary team works to evaluate the health of gorilla groups, provide medicine to sick and injured gorillas, rescue baby gorillas that are orphaned due to poaching, and performing research to further advance gorilla healthcare.

Interested in donating to the Gorilla Doctors’ efforts? Click here to visit their website.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: “Saving wildlife and wilderness is the responsibility of all thinking people. Greed and personal gain must not be permitted to decimate, despoil and destroy the earth’s irreplaceable treasure for its existence is essential to the human spirit and the well-being of the earth as a whole. All life has just one home—the earth—and we as the dominant species must take care of it.” -Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick (Quote taken from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust website)

As one of our favorite wildlife organizations, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust works to assist injured and orphaned elephants and rhinos by providing medical support and rehabilitation services.

Today, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust utilizes desnaring teams and veterinary units, and operates a community education program that helps locals understand the initiatives taken by the Trust, and why these initiatives are so important for the well-being of the community.

If you’d like to offer your support to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, you can do so in several ways: foster an elephant, donate in someone’s honor, or volunteer.

Get started by visiting The David Sheldrick website.

African Wildlife Conservation Fund: Although the African Wildlife Conservation Fund was initially started to help African wild dog conservation efforts, the Fund now works to assist with the conservation of other African predators, and also offers educational workshops to schools and villages to help stop the illegal bush meat trade and offer solutions for other human-wildlife conflicts.

To learn more about the African Wildlife Conservation Fund efforts, or to donate, visit their website.

National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative: In an effort to develop a long-term strategy to ensure lion survival, National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative works to reduce human threats to cats and educate local communities on wildlife conservation.

The cats of Africa face a variety of threats, including snares used for poaching, trophy hunting, and the bush-meat trade. The Big Cats Initiative employs anti-poaching teams, medical personnel to assist with treating injured and poisoned lions, and wildlife conservation activists to help educate the local communities on how to coexist with big cats. These training programs also include workshops where locals can learn how to build livestock corrals that protect their livestock from big cat attacks.

To learn more about the Big Cats Initiative, or to donate, visit the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative website.

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