Founded in 1984 by wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) has been working to protect endangered wildlife for over 30 years and has now given away over £8.5 million to help save wildlife. Conservation successes are hard won and vitally important to the survival of endangered wildlife and we are hugely proud of what our donors have helped us achieve.
Among DSWF’s successes are:
- DSWF was pivotal at CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) 2016, in bringing about decisions to end any future process for the trade in ivory. The same conference saw DSWF playing an instrumental role in bringing together countries on agreed text regarding the closure of domestic ivory markets.
- DSWF funding established the first ever Pangolin Protection Programme in Zambia to rescue and release pangolins as part of a targeted countrywide anti-trafficking and awareness campaign.
- DSWF co-fund the first Aerial Support Unit for the Kafue National Park in Zambia. The ‘Eyes in the Skies’ capability provides a vital deterrent and disrupts known poaching routes in a key species protection habitat.
- Establishing Zambia’s first Elephant Orphanage to rescue, rehabilitate and release the innocent victims of ivory poaching.
- Helping secure Uganda’s Murchison Falls Conservation Area from poaching. By injecting vital funding we have been able help elephant populations recover from almost near extinction. Populations now exceed over 1,000 elephants, often seen in large healthy herds roaming wild.
- Helping to educate over 10,000 children in Zimbabwe through interactive, engaging and intuitive conservation programmes to provide a fuller understanding of the importance of conserving wildlife and its habitat.
- Providing over 20 years of vital funding and support to ensure the survival of one of the last truly wild black rhino populations in Namibia, enabling populations to emerge from the brink of extinction.
- Working to fund undercover investigations exposing the cross boarder trafficking routes and criminal syndicates behind some of the largest and most prolific wildlife crime families in the world.
- Saving the Amur Tiger from certain extinction in the 1990s. As part of an international coalition DSWF successfully cracked down on uncontrolled poaching and raised awareness among the international community. Today there is a healthy and sustainable population of more than c.450 wild tigers in the Russian Far East.
- Helping to establish a hugely successful community defence force in Assam, India. By inspiring and engaging local communities they have volunteered themselves as the first line of defence at the UNESCO world heritage site to protect their native wildlife.
- Building capacity in Tost Nature Reserve, Mongolia, through use of scientific data on snow leopards, empowering local communities to successfully apply for protected area status creating one of the largest continuous Snow Leopard habitats in the world.
- Engaging with the Kyrgyzstan Government and a local NGO to re-wild a former hunting concession allowing for the safe development of the 4th most significant snow leopard habitat in the world as a protected natural area.
- Establishing the two leading art events in the conservation calendar. Global Canvas, a youth and schools art competition and Wildlife Artist of the Year, the UK’s premier wildlife art competition. Both combine art and conservation with stunning results, helping raise awareness and vital funds for species protection through the beautiful and creative medium of art.