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What are wildlife protection organizations?

       Non-governmental wildlife protection organizations are non-profit organizations that work on behalf of wildlife and its inhabitants. They protect not only wildlife from humans, but also its freedom as expressed through evolutionary and ecologically spontaneous processes. These life-sustaining systems are the primary value of wildlife. Raising the importance of intangible and intrinsic values of wildlife is a very important point. That is why NGOs protecting wildlife, which are interested in this environmental initiative, have begun to form around the world. 

How many wildlife conservation NGOs are there in the world?

       Along with the rapid development of industry and urbanization, the number of organizations for the protection and conservation of wildlife is growing. More than 360 Wildlife protection NGOs have already been created all over the world and all of them are shown in our catalog. Their initiatives consist of introducing measures to prevent the death of wild animals and to protect their home, and wildlife. The main areas of work of such organizations are :

● Identification of rare and endangered species. Measures aimed at studying populations of rare species are necessary to develop a strategy for their conservation. It is not just about determining numbers – wildlife protection associations must have as complete an understanding as possible of habitat characteristics, adaptation to environmental factors, fecundity and mortality, migration principles, and other components of the natural life of animals.

● Conservation of species numbers. There is no universal plan for solving this problem because each species is unique and has its biological features. But one of the main directions can be considered artificial breeding of rare animals in nurseries, nature reserves, and zoos. Best wildlife NGOs regularly meet with scientists to develop programs for the breeding of almost all rare species of wild animals.

● Creating gene banks. Cryopreservation makes it possible to freeze biological material and ensure the preservation of the gene pool of endangered animals as a resource of the planet's biodiversity. However, the mechanism here is rather complicated – each animal species needs to develop its method of genome conservation. Volunteer wildlife conservation organisations arrange fundraisers to finance programs for creating gene cryopreservation. To date, there are 22 gene banks around the world, located at museums, research institutes, and other institutions. Cryopreservation of endangered wildlife germ cells has been extremely slow due to the difficulty of studying the details of these species' reproductive process, but thanks. however, thanks to the activities of wildlife protection agencies, there is momentum toward accelerating funding for this initiative.

● Advocacy for the protection of flora and fauna. This method involves informing the population about the state of fauna, and it is also aimed at forming a careful attitude toward natural resources in general and animals in particular. Organizations for wildlife conservation arrange various exhibitions, excursions, nature trails, and other events.

● Promotion of reacclimatization and acclimatization of animals. Resettling populations of reared animals is not an easy task for non-profit wildlife conservation organizations. If we're talking about acclimatization, that is, the development of a new territory by an animal, it is not often successful. It is difficult for humans to foresee all the peculiarities of biocenosis and its interaction with a species. Reaclimatization, i.e. restoration of the population in its former habitat, is much more successful. If the territory has not had time to change significantly, such measures are successful.

What organizations are part of the wildlife conservation society

       Some wildlife protection efforts can only be organized by large environmental organizations, others by individuals in each country. But in preserving rare, endangered species, regional, and local efforts are just as important as large-scale ones. Organizations that help wildlife are divided according to the direction in which they take their initiatives. 

These include:

 1. Protection of animal habitats from pollution and destruction. In this regard, it is important to switch to low-waste production in each region, reducing emissions of pollutants into the water, controlling the felling, and restoration of forests.

 2. Protecting endangered species – creating nature reserves and sanctuaries. Areas protected at the state level from the destructive influence of human actions are of great importance for the conservation of species in their natural conditions. 

 3. Holding rallies, and actions in defense of rare animals. The purpose of such demonstrations is to attract the attention of the population and authorities to the problems of the preservation of endangered animal species. 

 4. Ending poaching. It is necessary to reduce the scale of illegal hunting in the nearest future because at the moment the problem has become really serious.

 5. Conducting wildlife charities.

 6. The organization of volunteer movements for the protection of wildlife. 

Previously, volunteer movements for the most part were concentrated around animal and nature conservation organizations. Now, thanks to the development of Internet communications, volunteers have the opportunity to act independently and to unite in small initiative groups. The main areas of work include litter pickup, tree planting, helping to care for animals, and even eliminating the consequences of ecological disasters in wildlife areas.

Why is the fight against poachers one of the most important areas?

     Poaching is a huge problem, especially in many countries in Africa and Asia, because there are still many species of wild animals whose certain body parts are in high demand on the black market. This situation is further exacerbated by the poverty of the populations in many of the countries in these parts of the world. Therefore, some people risk severe penalties and kill wild animals without permission, with significant consequences for the biodiversity of the respective part of the planet.

     Because of poaching, many species are already extinct or in danger of extinction, because poachers pay no attention to the protected status of species, the prohibition season for hunting, or to the permitted quotas for shooting animals. This not only reduces the diversity of species but also affects the economic well-being of a large number of regions of the Earth that depend heavily on the existence of species important to them.

     Poaching is also practiced in Europe, for example by peasants who want to protect their livestock from predators such as wolves, bears, lynxes, etc., by hunters who kill protected game species, or by people who shoot animals just for the fun of it.

Thus, it is very important to protect animals targeted by poachers, as this is a global problem.

     However, thanks to the work of anti-poaching non-profit organizations, the problem is slowly but surely being solved. This is facilitated by the support of local anti-poaching projects and donations, thanks to which these projects can be realized. 

How to Choose Nonprofit Wildlife Protection Organizations

     The list of wildlife science conservation professional organizations grows each year with the addition of new wildlife advocates. And when choosing the right organization for you, you should pay attention to several factors to save your time and the time of the organization.

     First, it is necessary to study in detail the direction in which you will look for a solution to the issues. Since wildlife protection and conservation organizations are divided depending on the direction, the choice should be based on this criterion.

     Secondly, you should pay attention to the localization of the NGO and what territories the representatives of the organization work with. Since NGOs for the protection of wildlife are more developed in regions where there is a wide variety of wildlife, you should contact them first and see if they can be of assistance in your country. 

     Third, be aware of the real problem and the competence of the wildlife organizations you find. It is not uncommon for someone to contact an organization with a problem it cannot solve. Research the scope of the organization you are interested in before contacting its representatives. 
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