Among the many organizations that focus on protecting endangered species throughout Africa is the East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS).
It’s an organization that works to save endangered species from the ravages of poaching and habitat destruction.
It’s also a resource for people to learn about the history and biology of the different species in Africa.
Founded in 2010, Gorilla Doctors provides preventive and therapeutic healthcare for mountain gorillas in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It also provides care for critically endangered Grauer’s gorillas in the wild.
The organization employs more than a dozen veterinarians and health experts in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The organization’s primary goal is to prevent disease transmission to gorillas and save endangered species.
It works in conjunction with wildlife authorities and communities in the area.
The organization works with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MVP) in Rwanda and the Predictive Health for Endangered Species (PREDICT) program in eastern DRC.
Gorilla Doctors monitor gorilla groups and take notes on individual gorillas’ health.
The organization performs preventive health care on habituated mountain gorilla groups once a month.
This involves checking for health issues, such as eye abnormalities, skin abnormalities, and signs of illness. It also evaluates the emotional health of the troop.
A Gorilla Doctors team recently treated a mountain gorilla juvenile for an infection.
The juvenile had caught a snare and would have died if not treated.
Fortunately, the Gorilla Doctors team was able to immobilize the juvenile and remove the snare.
Historically, elephants ranged throughout five continents, including Asia.
Asian elephants are now limited to small pockets of Southeast Asia, India, and Borneo.
Asian elephants weigh between 6,000 and 12,000 pounds and stand between six and twelve feet tall. They use their tusks for defense and to gather food.
They also use their trunks for other purposes, including debarking trees, digging for water during drought, and rescuing calves.
Asian elephants are now listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Their numbers have declined over the last century because of habitat loss and human-elephant conflict.
Their populations are estimated at 41,410 to 52,345 individuals.
The Asian elephant is a non-territorial species that is adaptable to habitat change.
They migrate in a family group and may move from one area to another within their home range.
They are not territorial and prefer zones with open glades where there is a transition between grass and forest.
Human-elephant conflict can have severe impacts on human communities.
It can lead to fatalities and crop depredation. It can also increase human dependence on a shrinking resource base.
There are many factors contributing to human-elephant conflict. Human population dynamics affect land use during livelihood activities, resulting in conflict for space and water.
Project Primate Inc.
Founded in 1999, Project Primate Inc. (PPI) is a not-for-profit organization that works to protect endangered species across Africa.
It is a member of the International Primatological Society (IPS) and the Latin American Primatological Society (LAPS).
Primates are one of the world’s most endangered animal groups.
Seventy-five percent of primates are in decline and seventy-five percent of the primate species are endangered. The greatest threat to primates is habitat loss.
In addition, disease outbreaks and climate change are also contributing to the decline of primate populations.
Human activities such as deforestation, logging, mining, and agricultural activities contribute to habitat loss.
In addition, illegal trafficking and poaching are contributing to the decline of wild primate populations.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was established in 1973. The CITES database contains information formally reported by each country.
In 2011, the IUCN declared the West African black rhinoceros extinct. This species was once found in four countries:
Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. But as a result of a large yellow fever outbreak in Brazil, the population was decimated.
Historically, many societies relied on bushmeat hunting as a staple diet.
But commercialization of the trade has resulted in an increase in the number of carcasses being sold.
East African Wild Life Society
Founded in 1961, the East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) is an organization dedicated to protecting endangered species and habitats throughout East Africa.
EAWLS aims to support community-based organizations in their conservation and management of natural resources. They provide information and policy recommendations.
EAWLS works closely with Community Forest Associations, Beach Management Units and Water Resource User Associations.
They are also a leader in enabling community-based organizations to mobilize resources and promote best practices.
EAWLS has been at the forefront of efforts to conserve threatened habitats in East Africa.
They also support new research centers and wildlife sanctuaries.
Another organization that works to protect Africa’s wildlife is the African Wildlife Foundation. They are the leading wildlife conservation organization in Africa.
They are dedicated to addressing the root causes of biodiversity loss.
They believe that if conservation is done right, it will save Africa’s natural resources.
They work in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. They also provide educational resources and training on conservation.
Another organization that protects wildlife is Save the Rhino.
Their work focuses on critically endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia. They also work to combat the illegal wildlife trade and preserve critical habitats.
They work closely with local communities and wildlife rangers to protect wildlife.
Game Rangers International
Founded in Zambia in 2008, Game Rangers International is a Zambian not-for-profit organization that is committed to protecting endangered species across Africa.
They work with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife to protect endangered elephants and other wildlife in Kafue National Park.
They also provide training and support to communities living near the park, and they have a community outreach program.
The organization’s goal is to empower rangers to protect the natural resources of Kafue National Park and its surrounding game management areas.
Game Rangers International also works closely with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife in Zambia to combat wildlife crime, and they support community outreach and education programs.
Game Rangers International operates five projects to protect endangered species in Kafue National Park, and they are all based in Zambia.
The projects are supported by a small administrative team in Lusaka, Zambia.
Each project has different objectives, but they are all working to protect endangered species and preserve their habitats.
The Marija project is working with the Makua tribe to protect their habitats.
It uses daily ranger patrols, tourism, and a system of rewards to protect wildlife and conserve the habitat.
The project also works to find alternative sustainable incomes for the local community.
Parcs de Noe
Besides reintroducing extinct or critically endangered animals, SCF also provides training and surveys to local community members and wildlife authorities.
The organization has developed a suite of tools to select the best conservation sites for the best outcomes.
The organization is also the only conservation organization in the world dedicated to the Sahara and Sahel regions.
There are many national parks in Africa, many of which are in dire need of restoration.
A well-enforced wildlife law will ensure that a country’s protected areas remain rich in wildlife.
The Scimitar-horned Oryx Reintroduction Program is a collaborative effort by the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, the Government of Chad, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and the United States government’s Saint Louis Zoo.
The program has received a lot of attention due to its ability to successfully reintroduce a species that was once considered critically endangered.
The best part of the oryx reintroduction program is that it is not only a conservation success story, but it has also served as a catalyst for further conservation and protection of the surviving oryx population.
The program also encourages the exchange of ostrich eggs between sites.
The Sahel is home to several of the world’s most endangered birds, such as the Sahel-Milkbird (Sahelo huanus) and the Sahel-Bouvier (Bouvier sahelo).
The Sahel-Milkbird has been reintroduced into Chad, while the Sahel-Bouvier is in the process of being relocated to Tunisia.
Lilongwe Wildlife Trust
Founded in 2008, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT) is an organization focused on protecting endangered species across Africa.
The organization operates four programs: wildlife rescue and welfare, wildlife research, education, and advocacy.
The organization works with communities to develop conservation awareness.
The organization has supported the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association to develop a code of conduct for rangers.
In addition, LWT helps authorities in high-profile arrests and prosecutions in 2020.
The organization conducts workshops for prosecutors and other law enforcement officials. It also operates Wildlife Warrior clubs in schools to inspire young people to become guardians of the wild.
The organization works with the National Wildlife Crime Coordination Task Force to deter and prevent wildlife crime.
In addition, the organization supports the Wildlife Conservation Television series in Kenya. It also provides in-person training to 29 East African journalists.
The organization also supports the Earth Journalism Network, which empowers journalism associations and their members.
In addition, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust operates an education center where visitors can learn about the conservation of wildlife.
The center houses 200 animals.
The organization also operates a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility. The center takes the program to major cities to raise awareness about the importance of conserving wildlife.