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Wildlife and Nature Conservation Charities

Updated on January 16, 2015

Wildlife and Conservation Charities

I have spent many years travelling the world, photographing wildlife and natural habitats and passionately believe a huge amount needs to be done to help conserve what is left of our beautiful planet and the struggling flora and fauna. In some parts of the world big businesses are destroying huge expanses of rain forest or polluting rivers just to make more money, with little thought for the various species being forced closer to extinction.

I am a supporter of the charity WWF (originally the "World Wildlife Fund", then "World Wide Fund for Nature" and since 2000, WWF has been known simply by its initials) who celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2011, who do such a lot of important work with conservation of habitats and individual endangered species, but also campaigning and educating, from school children to big businesses and politicians. I am also a supporter of smaller charities, partly funded by tourism, that help with the rescue and reintroduce animals who have been displaced or orphaned.

Here are a few of my favourite smaller wildlife and conservation charities.

Orangutan Rehabilitation in Borneo

The Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sepilok, Borneo, Malaysia - and Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Sandakan, Sabah, Borneo

Orang Utan in Borneo
Orang Utan in Borneo

The Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok, Borneo, Malaysia, covering 40 square kilometres looks after orang-utans which have been orphaned, injured or displaced by oil palm plantations which now cover much of this part of Borneo. Sepilok is surrounded by jungle, but there are viewing areas and feeding platforms, so viewing of these magnificent creatures is relatively easy, especially at the regular feeding times.

Visitors to the centre can watch presentations about the the centre and the work done there. Most of the orangutans' habitat has been destroyed and replaced with palm-oil plantations. Palm oil is now found in a large percentage of food and other products in our supermarkets and represents one of Malaysia's main exports. The for the remaining areas of virgin rain forest are too small to support orangutans and they cannot exist in the Palm oil plantations. The work being done at Sepilok is essential for the survival of this great ape.

Proboscis monkeys are also extremely rare and have been severely impacted by this industry. A privately owned sanctuary for these intriguing primates is at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Sandakan, located in mangrove forests of Semawang actually located within an oil palm estate.

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation

A markerKuala Lumpur, Malaysia -
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Africat: Big Cat Rescue

Africat charity, Namibia - Southern Africa

leopard at Africat, Namibia
leopard at Africat, Namibia

Africat charity (www.africat.org) help rescue leopards and cheetahs and educate both locals and tourists about Big cats in Southern Africa. They also run the Okonjima Guest Farm/Bush Camp which has excellent accommodation: traditional huts, but with luxurious furniture and bathrooms inside. Leopards wander around the grounds freely and game drives can be taken around the extensive grounds. There are hides for watching and photographing the leopards.

Monkey World, Dorset

Monkey World, Dorset, England

Monkey World, Dorset, England
Monkey World, Dorset, England

Monkey World is another Ape, Monkey and Primate rescue centre, but this time in Dorset, England. A wonderful family day out if you are in the area, but there is also a lot of great work being done here to rescue primates from all over the world and combat smuggling and mistreatment of these endearing creatures.

WWF: World Wildlife Fund - World Wide Fund for Nature

The WWF is an international organization working on conservation, research and education - protecting the environment, wildlife and endangered habitats. WWF originally stood for "World Wildlife Fund" although the organisation is known just by its initials in most countries.

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      fenellashorty 4 years ago

      Beautiful places to visit and doing important work too.