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Wildlife Works Saving Wildlife through Consumer Powered Conservation

24 Jun

Wildlife Works‘ mission is to harness the power of the global consumer to create innovative and sustainable solutions for wildlife conservation. Their approached is called Consumer Powered Conservation. The proceeds from the products they sell go to supporting threatened and endangered wildlife around the  globe. They convince people to support wildlife by developing conservation projects that also create local jobs, build schools and provide other economic benefits for those people who share their land and resources with wildlife.

They are currently working on three projects around the world. The Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary was their first project and is in Kenya. This project helps endangered elephants, cheetahs, wild dogs, zebras and 43 other large mammals follow their natural migratory patterns, without being killed. While helping these wild species the project has also created jobs and built schools. With the success of this project Wildlife Works has taken on the mission to help Canadian seals. Their habitat is in danger because of logging in the British Columbian rain forest. 

Wildlife Works has plans to start five more projects on four continents.

In South America they are working to save thousands of miles of Atlantic Forest in Brazil. 

In North America they are expanding their seal project in British Columbia to help save Grizzley Bears, Coastal Wolves, Mountian Lions, Moose and the white Spirit Bear. 

There are two projects slated for Africa. One is protecting the Mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda. The other is protecting the forests that contain 51 kinds of Lemurs in Madagascar. 

Finally, in Asia, Wildlife Works is developing a project to protect the forest in Nepal. 

In case Wildlife Works wasn’t already busy enough; they have received and ultimatum from Mongabay. Mongabay reports to the government of Cameroon. The ultimatum statues that Wildlife Works has 30 days to develop a conservation plan to save 3,205 square miles of rain forest or the land will be sold to loggers. 

This land is the wildlife corridor between nations parks in Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of Congo. The reason that Mongabay is giving Wildlife Works a chance to develop a conservation plan is because there is a lot evidence showing that this area contains large populations of lowland gorillas, elephants, chimpanzees and mandrills. 

In order for Mongabay to accept Wildlife Works proposal it will have to generate more money than logging will. 

“We have buy in from the local community, including Baka pygmies who depend on this forest,” [founder of Wildlife Works, Mike] Korchinsky told mongabay.com. “This is a beautiful rainforest that houses a lot of wildlife and stores a lot of carbon. It provides important services to the 10,000 or so people who live in the area and losing it to loggers would leave them a lot poorer.”

 

Good Luck Wildlife Works! I would love to help!

 
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