Wildlife as we know it is disappearing
Africa and Indonesia is home to a great part of our remaining wildlife on earth, and to the most iconic species such as elephants, rhinos, lions, giraffs, tigers and orangutans who have lived and grazed our planet for millions of years, long before humans.
Most of us consider these species to be a natural part of our world but the reality is that many of them might get extinct in the wild within our lifetime. For some as soon as within 10 years from now. In only 40 years the number of wild animals on our planet have decreased by 58 %.
DECREASE IN WILDLIFE
OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS
19 billion USD
ESTIMATED VALUE IN
ELEPHANTS ARE KILLED
Poaching and illegal trade in wild animals is the by far biggest threat to our wildlife today, pushing many of our iconic species towards extinction. Poaching is not be confused with the controversial trophy hunting many of us read about in media. Poaching and illegal trade in wild animals is a global issue and a big business, managed by international well organized criminal syndicates.
These networks, not seldom with connections to terrorism, invests heavily in wildlife trafficing because the demand for parts of animals in Asia, where most of the wildlife and animal parts are trafficked, is extremely high. This enables a great profit.
Parts of wild exotic animals are being considered luxury goods where rhino horn is, according to traditional asian medicine, believed to to cure various diseases such as Cancer, Malaria and even impotence. Ivory from elephants are carved into expensive ornamental items used for decoration.
Rhino horn is More expensive than gold
The demand for parts of animals have been considerably increased during the last decade along with the economical growth in Asia. Rhino horn is the most expensive material on earth today, worth up to 100.000 USD per kilogram on the black market exceeding both the price of gold, diamonds and cocaine. Ranked after the trade in arms, drugs and humans, the illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be the world’s forth largest criminal businesses worth about 19 billion USD every year.
The growing demand from Asia have put an enormous pressure of our wildlife. With one elephant killed for its tusks every 15 minutes and one rhino for its horn every 6-8 hour the battle to save these species is a race against time. The escalating poaching crises have forced national parks and private game owners to invest in, and develop, a defense to protect their animals from the poachers. The defense is built of Anti-Poaching operations of rangers, dog patrols and air patrols. The rangers put their own life on the line in order to save the wildlife. They live and work under harsh conditions and they are dependent on donations to run their operations. The war to save our wildlife have over the last decade resulted in over 1000 rangers loosing their life on duty.
Wildhood Foundation’s mission is to support Anti-Poaching Units in selected areas of Africa where our help is most needed. To make Anti-Poaching units up and running requires a lot when it comes to training and equipment, as well as a big portion of will and strength. Poachers often operate with the latest of technology and heavy caliber weapons. We see most of the Anti-Poaching Units underfunded and with dated equipment.
Wildhood Foundation will raise funds to help Anti-Poaching Units operate and allow them to develop what they do best – to save our wildlife. It is proved that Anti-Poaching patrols makes a big difference and have a positive impact on the areas they protect. Wildhood Foundation want to be part of that difference. If we succeed, in the future, there will be no need for protection of our precious wildlife.