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Ten of the best organisations to follow that help endangered animals

By Marike Lauwrens 5 months ago

Do you remember being taught about endangered animals during your school years? You may have even researched some of the organisations that help protect these species for a school project.

The rate at which animals are becoming endangered and extinct is increasing at an exponential rate. That’s why we’ve researched and listed ten of the best organisations you can follow, all of which work towards the protection of endangered animals.

1) The International Rhino Foundation


Who are they?

The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) has been funding and operating rhino conservation programs for over 25 years to ensure the survival of the species. Their major operations are in Africa and Asia, where most of the rhino species live.  

Which endangered animals do they work with?

They protect all five rhino species that are vulnerable to poaching:

  • Sumatran rhinos
  • Javan rhinos
  • greater one-horned rhino
  • black rhino
  • white rhino.

How can I support this organisation?

The IRF has an online shop where you can buy anything from jewellery, funky rhino printed hoodies, or cute rhino printed baby onesies. All money raised by online purchases goes towards different programs working to  conserve rhino populations all around the world. You can also join their social media campaign,  #TeamRhino.

Follow IRF on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

2) The World Wildlife Fund


Who are they?

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is probably the most well-known conservation organisation out there, so it doesn’t need too much of an introduction. The WWF have been working in wildlife conservation for nearly six decades and their efforts have not been in vain – they have made a huge difference to our natural world, both on land and in the ocean.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

The WWF supports any animals that need protecting and their efforts stretch far and wide – from the freezing Antarctic to the sunny skies of Mexico and the lush bushveld of Africa. Some of the animals they help protect are:

  • tigers
  • orangutans
  • marine turtles
  • rhinos
  • chimpanzees
  • elephants
  • leopards
  • dolphins
  • gorillas
  • whales.

What is their vision?

“WWF fights to secure a future for animals on the planet we all share. We envision, create, test and deliver solutions for a crowded planet.”

Follow WWF on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

3) Project AWARE Foundation


Who are they?

The Project AWARE Foundation is focused on scuba dive-based marine conservation in the world’s oceans. They have been supporting and operating ocean conservation projects for over two decades.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

  • Sharks and rays are in the spotlight, as they have joined with their conservation partners to form the Shark League for the Atlantic and Mediterranean.  
  • Their Clean Ocean and Healthy Ocean programs seek to conserve all marine life.

How can I join the movement?

Whether you’re a diver already, or just passionate about marine conservation, you can join the Project AWARE movement. They have an online environmental community working together for ocean protection.

Follow the Project Aware Foundation on: Facebook | Twitter

4) The Jane Goodall Institute


Original photo: Grizzled Chimpanzee” by Will Keightley is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Who are they?

The Jane Goodall Institute is a global, non-profit organisation focused on community-centred chimpanzee conservation efforts. The organisation was founded by Dr Jane Goodall, a primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist, who was passionate about people, animals and our natural world.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

To date, The Jane Goodall Institute has supported:

  • the protection of over 1490k acres of habitat
  • over 5,000 chimpanzees and gorillas
  • about 130 communities.

What is their mission?

“The Jane Goodall Institute promotes understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat and builds on the legacy of Dr Jane Goodall, our founder, to inspire individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people and to protect the world we all share.”

Follow The Jane Goodall Institute on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

5) Panthera


Who are they?

Panthera is a wildlife conservation organisation exclusively devoted to protecting our world’s 38 wildcat species. By protecting these big guys, they support the health and survival of plants, other animals, and even humans.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

Their main projects help to protect the most endangered wild cat species:

  • tigers
  • lions
  • jaguars
  • snow leopards
  • pumas
  • cheetahs.

How can I support this organisation?

By donating to Panthera and supporting conservation projects you help them decrease the killing of wild cats around the world. GVI and the Coastal Jaguar Conservation in Jalova  have joined efforts with Panthera to gain a better understanding of the jaguar population in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica.

Follow Panthera on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

6) The International Crane Foundation

Original photo: Crane” by “Michael Whyte” is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Who are they?

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is built around supporting endangered cranes around the world. Their headquarters are in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in the USA, but their efforts extend across the globe. They have a regional base in China and partnerships in Cambodia, India, South Africa, Texas, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

As the organisation’s name states, their projects help to protect and restore wild crane populations.

What is their mission?

“The International Crane Foundation works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend.”

Follow ICF on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

7) The Wildlife Conservation Society


Who are they?

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) was founded in 1895 and is committed to protecting the world’s wildlife, focusing on 15 priority regions. Their activities are aimed at combining science, conservation and education.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

They protect animals threatened by issues like climate change and the misuse of resources. These species include:

  • big cats
  • elephants
  • apes
  • bears
  • carnivores.

How can I support this organisation?

As WCS states, wildlife is worth protecting and there are a range of ways in which you can get involved to help them serve their cause.

Follow WCS on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

8) International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


Who are they?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was the world’s first global environmental organisation. They work towards finding solutions to pressing environmental challenges. Over 185 countries form part of the union and they have thousands of field projects around the globe.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

Apart from programs based on themes such as business, economics, gender, global policy, social policies, water and world heritage, the IUCN supports various environment-focused initiatives. 

They also run the Save Our Species project.

This project aims to support threatened species and their habitats. The following are only some of the animals that have benefitted from these conservation efforts:

  • African elephants
  • African lions
  • manatees
  • crocodiles
  • penguins
  • Atlantic humpback dolphins
  • Bengal tigers
  • green sea turtles
  • leopards
  • scalloped hammerhead sharks.

How can I learn more about the IUCN?

Have a look at this video from the IUCN to give you a better idea of how you can be part of their efforts.

Follow IUCN on: Facebook | Twitter

9) Gorilla Doctors


Who are they?

The Gorilla Doctors are an organisation focused on mountain gorilla veterinary projects. The organisation is dedicated to safeguarding wild mountain gorillas through proper veterinary care.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

The international team of veterinarians provides critically endangered gorillas with much needed medical care.

How can I support this organisation?

The eco-tour operator, Terra Incognita Ecotours, is a proud sponsor of Gorilla Doctors. By booking onto one of their eco-tours you will help to conserve the gorillas.

Follow Gorilla Doctors on: Facebook | Twitter

10) Defenders of Wildlife


Who are they?

Defenders of Wildlife work to safeguard and restore endangered species in North America and around the world.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

Defenders of Wildlife plan their support efforts according to The Endangered Species Act (ESA) and support any endangered wildlife and plants through conservation projects. They have successfully helped to preserve:

  • polar bears in the Arctic
  • fishers in Washington
  • bison in the Colorado prairie.

What is their vision?

“Diverse wildlife populations in North America are secure and thriving, sustained by a network of healthy lands and waters.”

Follow on: Facebook | Twitter

Contribute to wildlife conservation at GVI

These ten organisations are doing a great job in conserving and restoring the planet.

At GVI, you can sign up and contribute to numerous wildlife conservation and marine conservation projects. When you volunteer abroad, you have options to get involved in programs to conserve endangered animals such as jaguars, sea turtles, Asian elephants, rhinos, and cheetahs.

Join our many conservation partners and be part of making an impact through volunteer abroad trips, internships, or an online course in wildlife and marine conservation.