Big Life Foundation
Big Life Foundation seeks to conserve and sustain the wildlife and the wild lands of the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of East Africa through innovative conservation strategies that address the greatest threats while - at the same time - satisfying the economic interests of the resident Maasai people in ways that improve the quality of life for the entire community.
Cheetah Conservation Fund - Namibia & Action for Cheetahs
DID YOU KNOW - CHEETAHS . . .
~ Are the fastest land mammals sprinting up to 110kph
~ Have non-retractable claws like dogs for "faster starts”
~ Have "tear stripes” to aid in their vision when hunting
~ Are one of the most endangered due to loss of habitat
~ Have solid spots vs the leopards rosette spots
~ Will eat melons in the Kalahari during the dry season
~ Lose at least half their cubs to starvation or predation ~ Puuuuuuurrrrrrrr (it’s wonderful to hear!)
Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage - Nairobi
A special place! Every group and individual traveling to Kenya stops at this magical place and are treated to a visit with the babies . . . AND hopefully we see Daphne as well! There is a flurry of adoptions and t-shirt purchases, all going to the little gaffers that need our help. Drought, poaching and loss of habitat have been the main reasons that have resulted in the number of orphans. There is no place like the Sheldrick Orphanage.
East African Wildlife Society
This group works so hard on conservation and education issues in the grasslands, the mountains and oceans - a huge task...
Galapagos Research Station
Another endangered space with unique species. We love our talks from the interpreters and they are always so grateful to get the much needed financial help. We leave a nice donation every time we visit the islands.
Gorilla Trackers/Rangers - Rwanda
Nature Encounters Tours & Travel is keen to support Gorilla Conservation right at the source. Our donations of cash and rubber boots (purchased in a local market and given directly to the park headquarters) have helped the trackers and rangers do their job of protecting this endangered primate.
Kajiado Girls School - Kenya
Again, every trip to Kenya we visit this wonderful school. NETT guests have brought everything from books, toothbrushes, school supplies and clothes. Some have personally donated large amounts (you know who you are and thank you!) as have various Rotary Clubs spearheaded by their members. With amazing donations we have been able to purchase mattresses, sheets, towels, sanitary napkins (or the girls can't go to school....) and over 700 mosquito nets to help the prevention of Malaria! The latest donations have allowed us to put fresh, clean water into the kitchen and dorms! Previously, the girls were living on 5 liters of water per week for washing, cooking and cleaning – now they have access to unlimited water. We are very proud of your contributions and know the girls have and continue to benefit - Asante Sana! Check out the Friends of AIC Kajiado Girls School website and Facebook page to see how you can help or sponsor a girl to further her education!
Painted Dog Conservation
Painted Dogs, also known as African Wild Dogs, are unique to Africa and they are among this continent's most endangered species. It is estimated that less than 7,000 remain in the wild. The Painted Dog population in Zimbabwe is one of the last strongholds of the species and we are committed to their conservation. Our conservation methods and our work with the local communities are beginning to have a positive effect on the outlook of the Painted Dog species.
Polar Bears International
A little closer to home .... who would have thought we'd have to worry about our own amazing bears. Global warming has cast a huge shadow on the great white bear. We may not be able to turn the heat down with a thermostat but every bit of energy conservation we do helps. This group works hard protecting the habitat and doing research that will hopefully help the species.
Ruhengeri, Kinoni Medical Clinic - Rwanda
On our last gorilla safari, we found a clinic with a very busy Sister Claudine taking care of babies... kids... seniors ....everyone and everything. They have issues with lack of supplies but the ongoing rain in this area and lack of security are posing a huge problem. We plan to take more medical supplies on our next visit thanks to friends in the Detroit area.
Schools and Villages in Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda
Everywhere we go - we visit schools and villages. NETT groups always come prepared with school supplies for all the kids and they are very appreciative! Good work guys! Thank you as well to the wonderful schools from Canada that have sent gifts and supplies to the families in these developing countries.
Tikki Hywood Trust - Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is having a rough time so to help with conservation projects is very special. We found Tikki Hywood Trust - an amazing woman who is trying to keep some not well know and precious species alive and well.
Travel Operators for Tigers
As part of our commitment to responsible tourism practices, we are International Tour Operator members of the Travel Operators for Tigers campaign (TOFT).
This is a global travel industry initiative which aims, in cooperation with the charity Global Tiger Patrol, to advocate, catalyse and support a more responsible and sustainable approach to tourism in India’s wildlife reserves, together with supporting specific conservation and local community programmes which benefit the local villagers and the wildlife within the parks you visit as part of your itinerary with us.
Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit
The Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of our local wildlife and natural resources.
Surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park, the town of Victoria Falls is located in one of the most beautiful environments on earth, with unspoilt expanses of wilderness, abundant wildlife and spectacular settings, drawing tourists from around the world.
However with the beauty of the location comes with some heavy burdens of human and animal conflict. VFAPU tries to ease some of the burdens by protecting the wildlife and habitat from poacher pressure (subsistence and commercial), as well rescue and rehabilitate animals injured by human interference. Additionally, we try to train and find employment for ex-poachers so that they have a sustainable income without doing harm to flora and fauna. Education is also important, and VFAPU and its partners try to reach children at an early age through school and community awareness programs.
Wildlife SOS - India
Although Wildlife SOS is mainly known for their work with 'dancing bears' they also have active projects to help leopards, elephants, reptiles and other animals. they also work on various projects targeted at environment and biodiversity conservation, as well as, reducing our carbon footprint.