”We refuse to live in a world where rhinos and elephants no longer exist in the wild”

Team Wildhood

About Wildhood Foundation

Every day 55 elephants are killed for their tusks. 

Wildhood Foundation was founded in 2016 as a reaction to the escalating poaching and illegal trade targeting wild animals in Africa. According to the UN, one million species of animals and plants are threatened with extinction. Never before has nature been under so much pressure as now. And it’s up to our generation to make a difference before its too late. Wildhood’s mission is to enable an effective protection of threatened species and their habitats through combating the illegal wildlife trade. Funds raised go to selected local efforts that defend the wildlife in some of Africa’s most affected areas. 


• Raise funds to enable and support hands-on protection of wildlife and nature in Africa
• Raise awareness to increase knowledge about the threats to wildlife and nature
• Influence opinion and legislation through debate and policy work

Rhino horn is the world’s most expensive material worth more than gold on the balck market in Southeast Asia. 


• Recruitment and training of female park rangers
• Salaries, uniforms and equipment to keep the rangers operational
• K9-dogs trained to find parts of wild animals, weapons or ammunition
• Education through scholarships to children in communities surrounding the wilderness

Wildhood Foundation supports the protection of 3 000 000 hectares of wilderness in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique.  The work deploys 295 women and positively benefits 1770 livelihoods. In the areas Wildhood help protect poaching have been reduced by 80% and wildlife sightings increased by 400%.

Wildhood is the proof of that a small organization can have a great impact. Today we protect over 3 million hectares of wilderness in Africa. Together with our donors and partners we’re creating a world where rhinos, lions and elephants still exist in the wild for future generations!

Filippa Tarras-Wahlberg

Founder Wildhood Foundation

Team Wildhood

Filippa Tarras-Wahlberg

Founder & CEO

Ola Johannesson

Wildhood Chairman of the bord

Christina Gyllenhammar Killander

Doctor at Astrid Lindgren Childrens Hospital

Helena Thybell

Wildhood Chairman of the board
Director General of Save the Children

Leni Ekendahl

Wildhood Adviser
Injecta Impact Investments

Konrad Bergström

Wildhood Adviser
Grundare X Shore

Vilma Lindvall

Wildhood Social Media

Johan Carrick

Wildhood Adviser
Ljung & Sjöberg

Louisa Tarras-Wahlberg

Wildhood Chairman of the board
The Swedish Polis

Caroline Åkerman

Wildhood Chairman of the board
CFO Vargas Holding AB

Jimmy Jillefors

Wildhood Finance
Accountant Riksrevisionen

Bernice Glimberg

Wildhood Chairman of the board
Sales Director Winejoy AB

Global goals

In 2015 the United Nations set out its Global Goals, or Agenda 2030, to stimulate action in areas of critical importance for humanity and nature.

It defines 17 Sustainable Development Goals of which Wildhood Foundation fulfills 9. Of critical importance for wildlife and nature is Goal 15: Life on Land which aims to protect biodiversity and natural habitats as well as eliminate poaching and trafficking of protected species. A sustainable use of our ecosystems and preserving biodiversity is not a cause, it is the key to our own survival.

Through the work to protect sustainable ecosystems and biodiversity Wildhood actively contributes to the objectives of Goal 15 which is also key to fighting climate change. Through supporting projects that employs women from poor rural communities as park rangers, several development goals are also met. Direct effects are reduced poverty and hunger: Goal 1 and 2, decent working conditions and economic growth: Goal 8 and increased equality: Goal 5 and 10. Indirect effects of recruiting female park rangers are that women, compared to men, tend to spend more of their income on their children’s health and education which contributes to Goal 3, 4 and 6. Through future project plans Wildhood intends to include even more Goals, specifically protection of sustainable seas: Goal 14. Learn more about the Global Goals here!