The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation is a small charity that funds important and key projects in Africa and Asia. These projects work to save critically endangered mammals that live in the wild across the two continents and include anti-poaching and conservation. The projects aid a variety of animals that are endangered including elephants, rhinos, tigers, moon bears, snow leopards and gir lions. The charity also runs an adoption programme in which people can sponsor a chosen endangered animal and donate money specifically for that animal.
Animal Friends supports one of their main campaigns ‘Tiger Time’, this is a conservation movement to help save the tiger from the brink of extinction. David Shepherd himself has stated that when he was born there were over 100,000 tigers in existence whereas today there are less than 3,200 as a result of poaching and habitat destruction. Whilst there are many organisations and charities trying to help stop the plight of the tiger, none has been as successful as the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation in engaging the worldwide community through the means of social media. A donation was made to the DSWF through the Wetnose awards won in 2012.
If you love dogs and wildlife then this story is right up your street! Animal Friends have been supporting the work of the David Shepherd Wildlife foundation for the past 15 years. One project in India has benefited from the support of the DSWF through the purchase of cameras. Proven to be working especially well recently, in a case which covers both wild animals and man’s best friend, Jorba; the super pooch that puts poachers in the picture! Rhino poaching is a severe threat in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, Asia. Because of this, alongside other key factors in the project, cameras and dogs have been used, already proving vital in the prevention of poaching in the area.
Here is the story of Jorba and his life-saving role. (more…)