5 Organizations Working To Protect Wildlife

Most of us are willing to pay a vet any price to take care of our pets, but give little thought to animals in the wild, many of whom come to harm because of human interaction. These organizations work to protect those animals, whether through rehabilitative care, anti-poaching investigations, or public education projects. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

5 Wildlife Organizations Making an Impact

Name Mission
Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife, treating mammals, birds, and waterfowl in Colorado
Wildlife Justice Commission Undertakes undercover, intelligence-driven investigations with the goal of presenting verifiable, first-hand evidence of wildlife crimes to national governments and law enforcement agencies for action
Internet of Elephants Strives to make wild animals a part of daily life for millions of people currently unconnected to conservation, addressing the mental blocks that prevent people from engaging with these issues
Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Cares for injured, orphaned, or sick wildlife in Nova Scotia with the goal of releasing rehabilitated animals into suitable habitats as close as possible to where they were found
Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary To care for injured and orphaned wildlife and return them, once rehabilitated, to their natural environment, and to provide animals that require permanent care with an environment that satisfies their biological and behavioral needs

Baby Blue Jays Feeding at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

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Slow-Motion Eagle Release at Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

In Depth

The effect of the ever-growing human population is detrimental to the world's wildlife. Natural habitats are diminishing, animals are continuing to be trafficked, and the amount of injured wildlife increases annually. In no particular order, here are some organizations dedicated to protecting wild animals and educating the public on ways to help.

First up at #1 is Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, a non-profit organization devoted to the rehabilitation and release of orphaned, injured, and sick wildlife. Greenwood is the largest organization of its kind treating mammals, birds, and waterfowl on the Front Range. Thousands of animals are treated annually and over 200 different species have come through their doors since being founded in 1982.

Greenwood provides outreach programs for audiences of all ages on topics like rehabilitation, solutions to human-wildlife conflicts, and how people can help Colorado's wildlife. The organization can also advise the public on situations with animals they do not have appropriate permits for, including bats, rattlesnakes, and mammals larger than coyotes.

The organization can also advise the public on situations with animals they do not have appropriate permits for, including bats, rattlesnakes, and mammals larger than coyotes.

Next at #2 is the Wildlife Justice Commission, whose mission is to disrupt and help dismantle transnational organized criminal networks trading in wild animals, timber and fish. This organization believes wildlife is not for sale to the highest bidder and must be protected from traffickers who turn endangered species into trinkets and jewelry.

Every 30 minutes, an elephant is killed for its ivory, and three rhinos a day are slaughtered for their horns. The WJC's investigators work undercover to drive wildlife criminals out of the shadows and bring an end to their multi-billion-dollar business. Evidence of crimes gained through intelligence-led investigations and high-level political engagement are combined to put an end to wildlife trafficking.

At #3 is Internet of Elephants, a team of wildlife lovers, data heads, and gaming geeks who use the combination of their skills to support conservation. Since the 1980's, the world has lost 50% of its wildlife. Without attracting the next generation of potential difference makers, the next 100 years of conservation could be even worse, which is why it's critical to connect with young people.

Since the 1980's, the world has lost 50% of its wildlife.

This organization wants to engage the public with conservation in a new way, one in which real wildlife supported by real conservation organizations becomes part of their daily life. The latest technology is used to build digital experiences that create closer relationships between people and wildlife, whether through Augmented Reality, location-based games, or data visualizations.

Coming in at #4 is Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Since 2001, the CWRC has been dedicated to providing veterinary care and rehabilitation for injured, orphaned, and sick wildlife. On average, 150-200 animals are cared for every year, and each year, the number of animals requiring assistance keeps growing.

Located in Hilden, Nova Scotia, CWRC's goal is to release rehabilitated animals into suitable habitats, and makes every effort to return animals near to where they were found. Through education, the organization increases public awareness and concern for wildlife and the environment. CWRC relies solely on donations and fundraising, and everyone works as a volunteer.

CWRC relies solely on donations and fundraising, and everyone works as a volunteer.

Last on the list at #5 is Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in Muskoka, Ontario, on 460 acres of natural habitat. Started in the early 1970s, the group's primary mandate is to rehabilitate animals who come to the facility so they can eventually be returned to their natural habitats. The organization also educates the community about co-existing with wildlife and humane solutions for animal-related issues.

Aspen Valley has the space and habitat to care for large animals such as moose, deer, bear, and wolves, as well as aquatic animals such as beavers and otters. In 2010, the organization achieved an 87% success rate in the rehabilitation of admitted wildlife, exceeding previously recorded numbers by more than 20%.