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“Did you know, out of 100% of all the charitable donation in the US, only 3% goes to the environment and of that, less than 1% goes to support wildlife? We are going to change that.”

“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”

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— Charles Darwin

“Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing.”

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— John Donne

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Learn more about these iconic species.

Elephant  |  Rhino  |  Lion  |  Gorilla  |  Giraffe  |  Pangolin

 

 

ELEPHANT

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  • 100,000 elephants killed in the last three years
  • 76% of forest elephants killed in the last decade
  • Ivory has skyrocketed from $200 a pound to in excess of $1000 a pound today
  • Extinction in much of the wild within 10 years is possible

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit
https://wildfor.life/species/elephant


 

Rhino

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At the beginning of the 20th century there were 500,000 rhinos across Africa and Asia. This fell to 70,000 by 1970 and further to just 29,000 in the wild today. Large-scale poaching of the critically endangered black rhino resulted in a dramatic 96% decline from 65,000 individuals in 1970 to just a current population of 5,055.

  • Poaching of rhinos dramatically increasing pushing remaining rhinos towards extinction
  • A pound of rhino horn sells for $60,000 on the black market
  • 713 rhinos poached in 2007; 1,470 rhinos poached in 2015
  • Rhinos in Africa will be extinct within a decade if this slaughter continues

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit
https://wildfor.life/species/rhino


 

LION

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Lions have experienced a catastrophic decimation and are on the brink of extinction in across Africa.

  • Just over a 100 years ago, there were more than 200,000 wild lions roaming Africa
  • Today, there may be 20,000
  • Lions are now extinct in 26 African countries and have vanished from over 90 percent of their historic range
  • The species faces threats by unsustainable trophy hunting, illegal trade in bush-meat, habitat loss and fragmentation, and conflict with local people due to the real or perceived threat lions pose to livestock.
  • Lion parts, such as: teeth, whiskers, claws, skin and bones are sold on the black market

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit
https://www.panthera.org/


 

GORILLA

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Many gorilla populations have declined or completely disappeared over the past few decades. The lowland gorilla subspecies are more numerous and widespread than the upland and mountain subspecies. Mountain gorillas are the only gorillas to show an increase in numbers, but the overall population size is still very low. The western lowland gorilla is the most widespread, possibly numbering 100,000.

  • The Cross River Gorilla is currently the world’s rarest great ape with a population of 250-300 restricted to a small area on the border of Cameroon and Nigeria.
  • Eastern lowland gorilla population is unknown, but scientists believe is down 50% since the mid 1990s when it was believed there were approximately 17,000 individuals.
  • Mountain gorillas number around 880 individuals, split into two separate groups.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/9404/0

https://gorillafund.org

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GIRAFFE

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The total number of giraffes in Africa was estimated by IUCN in 1999 to exceed 140,000, (of which 40% were in or around protected areas and private lands) and such numbers were thought capable of being maintained were they adequately protected.

Current estimates have the population at less than 80,000 individuals across all (sub)species. This is a considerable drop in the last decade and shows that the plight of giraffe is in real danger. Poaching, human population growth, habitat loss, habitat fragmentation and habitat degradation continue to impact on the giraffe’s distribution across the continent.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/9194/0


 

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Chinese demand for the pangolin, a scale-covered anteater, is forcing the endangered animals closer to extinction. Pangolins are disappearing in China and across their ranges in East and Southeast Asia and now Africa. They have become the most frequently seized mammal in Asia’s illegal wildlife trade, as smugglers sell the creatures to meet demand. The decline in pangolin populations and intensified efforts to curb the illegal trade have led to rising prices for pangolin products – further enticing organized crime rings to smuggle the endangered animals.

  • A pound of pangolin scales that earned US$5 in the early 1990s now yield $100 on the black market.
  • Pangolin fetuses, scales, and blood are used in medicine, the meat is considered a delicacy, and stuffed pangolins are sold as souvenirs.

Trade surveys and interviews with traders in Southeast Asia have indicated that populations of pangolins are in serious decline and in many locations have disappeared.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/12763/0