The funds raised by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) directly support a variety of ground-based conservation partners across Africa and Asia.
We choose our partners very carefully and believe that long-term projects are the answer to truly turning the tide on extinction, with many of our partnerships stretching back decades or more.
Take a look below to find out more about each of our ground-based conservation partners.
Aaranyak is based in Assam, in the northeast of India, and work to protect the world’s biggest population of greater-one horned rhino, tigers and many other species. DSWF has supported Aaranyak with funding for anti-poaching efforts, park protection, education programs for local children and wildlife crime investigation initiatives for over 25 years.
Centre de Conservation pour Chimpanzés (CCC) is based in Guinea, on the west coast of Africa.
DSWF supports CCC’s work to rescue West African chimpanzees from the illegal wildlife trade, education initiatives to encourage local communities to protect chimpanzees and their habitats, and programs that provide local people with alternative sources of income that don’t require destruction of the chimpanzee’s habitat. DSWF has supported Center de Conservation pour Chimpanzes for over 8 years.
Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an international organisation that works to fight environmental and wildlife crime. We support their investigations into the illegal wildlife trade in both Africa and Asia, focusing on the trade in tiger and pangolin parts in particular.
Freeland International is an international counter-trafficking organisation which protects endangered wildlife through law enforcement, criminal investigations and educational initiatives.
Freeland Thailand undertakes ground-based tiger conservation work in Thailand’s Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, protecting tigers, pangolins and other endangered species through anti-poaching patrols, training, and community engagement.
Game Rangers International (GRI) is based in Zambia. DSWF has worked closely with GRI since its inception in 2007.
DSWF supports GRI’s on-the-ground park protection, including the training and provision of equipment to rangers, and support for special anti-poaching units to fight poaching and wildlife crime. This is complemented by support for local education and community outreach programmes, including work to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
DSWF also supports the Wildlife Rescue Programme in Kafue National Park, which rescues orphaned baby elephants in the wild and rehabilitates them for release back into wild herds.
Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) works to protect the African painted dog in Hwange and Mana Pools National Parks in Zimbabwe.
Through park protection, law enforcement efforts and education initiatives, including through the hugely popular and successful Children’s Bush Camps, PDC works to conserve painted dogs in their natural habitat.
Phoenix Fund is an organisation based in Russia, working to protect the Amur tiger.
Through law enforcement initiatives across the challenging landscape of the Russian Far East, national campaigns and a variety of educational and community activities, Phoenix Fund works to change attitudes and protect the Amur tiger and its habitat.
Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) aims to protect the last free-roaming population of the desert-adapted black rhino in Namibia.
Through widespread data collection and monitoring, SRT are working tirelessly to prevent the extinction of this endangered species.
Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) is an organisation based in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan.
SLT works to protect wild populations of the elusive snow leopard, ensuring their habitats are protected and increasing awareness in local communities about the value of conservation, as well as providing community members with alternative livelihoods and compensation for livestock lost to snow leopards. We support ground-breaking snow leopard research in Mongolia and eco-camps and other education programs in both countries.
WildAid is an organisation based in San Francisco, USA, which campaigns on an international scale to reduce the demand for wildlife products.
From educational messaging in Vietnam to prevent the use of pangolin scales in traditional medicine, to campaigning for a ban on tiger part consumption in China, WildAid works to reduce wildlife product consumption across the world.
Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) is a nature conservation organisation working to conserve wildlife and their habitats across India.
DSWF has provided rapid aid to address wildlife emergencies in India, such as initiatives to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
The Pangolin Project, based in Kenya, is dedicated to pangolin conservation, research and protection.
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife work to protect and increase populations of endangered species in Vietnam, including pangolin, through rescue, rehabilitation and release, as well as law enforcement, research and education.
Wildlife crime, an illegal $19 billion industry, has become one of the major drivers of species extinction in the last several decades. Find out more about what DSWF is doing to tackle these abhorrent issues.
DSWF believes in the conservation of all wildlife and wild spaces and does not condone the consumptive use of wildlife and natural resources for the benefit of human greed and curiosity. DSWF’s conservation portfolio primarily focusses on eight core species of endangered and threatened mammals across Africa and Asia. Find out more about these species here.
All DSWF funded projects provide vital support to communities who live alongside wildlife. It is crucial that they have a stake in protecting wildlife and benefit from it. Our projects provide education programs, community benefits and jobs, help improve gender equality, and restore eco-systems, all of which make life better for the people living in the communities we work in. Find out more.