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Newly Recommended Conservation Group: Painted Dog Conservation

Painted Dog Conservation LogoPainted Dog Conservation is the latest front-line conservation organization to be added to our list of conservation & anti-poaching groups. Since 2002 PDC has operated a rehabilitation facility and clinic in Zimbabwe to support the health and future of African painted dogs (also called painted wolves). They also monitor wild packs of painted dogs for their safety while also collecting behavioral and genetic information to better understand the species and develop management plan for ecosystems with painted dogs. PDC has their own anti-poaching unit working closely with the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority and Forestry Commission to provide direct-action against poaching and to reduce human-wildlife conflict. A visitor center in Zimbabwe is open to the public.

Painted Dog Conservation is registered as a charity in Australia, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and United States. They have tax-deductible status in the United Kingdom and United States.

Newly Recommended Conservation Group: Cheetah Conservation Fund

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We’re very excited to add Cheetah Conservation Fund, an organization we know very well, to our list of front-line conservation & anti-poaching groups. CCF takes a holistic approach to conservation in Namibia and works to both save the remaining cheetah, conserve their environment for the future, and to support and educate the local communities who are part of that ecosystem. The organization continues to work hand-in-hand with numerous communities to improve their agricultural techniques, initiated a phenomenal Livestock Guarding Dogs program to protect the livelihoods of farmers without risking the safety of wildlife, and generally supports coexistence of people and wildlife in ways that not only have a short-term impact, but secure a long-term future for all inhabitants.

So strong is CCF’s commitment to the future coexistence that their Future Conservationists of Africa wildlife education and outreach initiative has reached 550,000 Namibian youth and adults. CCF also funds long-term genetic research into cheetah by supporting researchers along with a fully-equipped, in-situ genetics lab, the only one of its kind in Africa, and has collected biological samples from more than 1,000 cheetahs from the past 40 years. Their facility in Namibia is available to the public for visits. CCF is a registered as a charity in Namibia and the United States. In Australia, Canada, and Europe tax-deductible donations may be available if made through partnered non-profits noted on their website.

A Four-Part Article on the History of Sumatran Rhino Conservation

Mongabay has finished publishing their latest series of articles on Asian rhinos. This is an excellent and accessible series and offers insights into the challenges, successes, and failures of captive-breeding programs in general and the specific challenges faced by an international captive breeding program for the Sumatran rhino beginning in 1984.

Part One: 1984: the meeting that changed everything for Sumatran rhinos – The untold story of two days in Singapore that launched a wildly ambitious, and calamitous, captive breeding program.

Part Two: A Herd of Dead Rhinos – Capturing Sumatran rhinos was one thing. Keeping them alive turned out to be another thing entirely.

Part Three: The Great Rhino U-turn – After 17 years, researchers finally unlock the mysteries of Sumatran rhino reproduction.

Part Four: The Rhino Reckoning – The Sumatran rhino captive breeding plan is poised for a re-evaluation — and a relaunch.

Newly Recommended Conservation Group: Sea Turtle Conservancy

Sea Turtle Conservancy LogoWe’re very pleased to add Sea Turtle Conservancy, among the most well-known wildlife NGOs in North America, to our list of front-line conservation & anti-poaching groups. Founded in 1956, STC has seen great success in preventing the Caribbean green turtle from becoming extinct and in improving populations of numerous turtle species throughout Central America, the Caribbean, and Florida. Advocacy and policy initiatives backed by scientific research in addition to direct habitat conservation have made STC an incredibly successful organization. Education and outreach programs have reached over half a million children worldwide and continues to teach the importance of protecting the regions’ habitats and beaches. Management and stewardship programs, as well as hands-on volunteering opportunities, allow people of all ages and skill-levels to get involved in sea turtle conservation. Sea Turtle Conservancy is a registered tax-deductible charity in the United States.

Newly Recommended Conservation Group: Orangutan Foundation International

Orangutan Foundation International LogoWe’re extremely pleased to add Orangutan Foundation International to our list of incredible front-line conservation & anti-poaching groups. Since 1986 Orangutan Foundation International has supported the conservation of wild Indonesian orangutans and their natural habitat and built on the successes of its precursor Orangutan Research and Conservation Project, established in 1971. OFI’s focuses involve working with local communities and the government to conserve habitat and employ locals, operating or managing wildlife refuges and research centers, and providing the highest levels of care when rehabilitating and releasing orangutans back into the wild.

OFI is a truly inspiring non-profit in its aspirations and its direct impact on saving wild orangutans from human-wildlife conflict and deforestation in Borneo. Individuals interested in having offers both volunteer programs for persons of varying skill levels as well as eco-tours on a very limited basis. OFI has a consistently outstanding rating on CharityNavigator for transparency, has a great track-record, and has very low administrative overhead compared to many other NPOs and is registered and headquartered in USA.

Field Guides for Bird Watchers and Enthusiasts

Birds of East Asia: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and RussiaThe Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, BurundiTo celebrate the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere we’ve added a couple of reviews for field guides to birds of the African and Asian continents.

Birds of East Asia: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Russia by Mark Brazil details roughly 950 species of birds and provides the best possible selection of information and means of accessing that data in book format with not only all of the essential information one expects from a field guide, but also useful glossaries and indexes to help novice and veteran bird-lovers navigate the information and quickly find what they’re looking for whether at a desk or in the field.

Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi by Terry Stevenson covers 1,388 bird species with 3,400 color images and provides a concise overview of their behavior, habitats, resident/visitor distribution, taxonomic classification, and related nomenclature.

Both books are truly invaluable resources for anyone interested in birds. View our reviews of Princeton Field Guides’ Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Birds of East Asia: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Russia in our Book Reviews section or on GoodReads! Expect more reviews of fantastic birding books for scholars, budding naturalists, and safari tourists in the near future!

Newly Recommended Conservation Group: Wildlife Protection Solutions

Wildlife Protection Solutions LogoWildlife Protection Solutions – An innovative, publicly-funded non-profit organization bringing high-tech remote camera surveillance and rapid alerts to wildlife and plant conservation programs with a dozen projects across Hawaii, Southeast Asia, and southern Africa. Deploys and assists in monitoring cameras which can send infrared, thermal, or color photos back to the US-based HQ and to the project manager or other personnel via mobile device, allowing for near instantaneous alerts relating not only to potential threats such as property intrusions, but also changes in animal movements and seasonal changes for flora management. Volunteers can inquire via this link. WPS is a registered charity in the United States.