“I like to envision the whole world as a jigsaw puzzle... If you look at the whole picture, it is overwhelming and terrifying, but if you work on your little part of the jigsaw and know that people all over the world are working on their little bits, that's what will give you hope.”
There are many excellent organisations working on their own part of the jigsaw, all trying to save a little piece of our planet and its many varied inhabitants. Here are some of my favourites
BC Wildlife Rehabilitation Links
Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is based right here on the Sunshine Coast. Each year they care for distressed and injured wildlife from all along the Coast and have helped animals from small hummingbirds to mature eagles. They are entirely funded by donations and receive no regular government funding. They are located in Gibsons, BC.
The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society or O.W.L. is a non-profit organization whose staff and volunteers are dedicated to public education and the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned raptors. O.W.L. does not receive any government funding so relies on donations for its funding. They are located in Delta, BC.
Critter Care Wildlife Society specializes in the treatment, care and release of sick, injured and orphaned Native Mammal species of British Columbia’s Southern and Lower Mainland.
BC Conservation Links
Raincoast Conservation Foundation is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia.
Pacific Wild is committed to defending wildlife and their habitat on Canada’s Pacific coast with particular interest on the Great Bear Rainforest on BCs North Coast where coastal wolves and the rare Spirit Bears are found.
Wildsafe BC is a program that is designed to reduce human-wildlife conflicts throughout BC. Their motto is "keeping wildlife wild - and communities safe". They believe that if we can keep wildlife living in the wild we can, in turn, make our communities safer for humans and at the same time keep wildlife from coming to harm.
The Marine Education and Research Society is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to promoting conservation and understanding of marine ecosystems through scientific research, environmental education, and marine wildlife response. They are based in Port McNeill, BC
Sea Legacy is a collective of some of the most experienced and renowned photographers, filmmakers and storytellers working on behalf of our oceans. They tell the story of what lies beneath the surface of the thin blue line to spark a global conversation and that inspires people to act
Worldwide Conservation Links
Big Life Canada is dedicated to the conservation of Africa's wildlife and ecosystems with particular emphasis on setting up anti-poaching patrols to try to stop the slaughter of elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebras and other animals in Kenya and Tanzania.
Sea Shepherd uses direct-action tactics to investigate, document, expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. They are most well known for their attempts to enforce international anti-whaling regulations.
Project Aware is a group of scuba divers (and others) working to protect the oceans focusing on two major ocean issues –Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris
The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is a wildlife conservation organisation that strives to save the most threatened species in the most threatened places around the world.
Gorilla Doctors are dedicated to conserving wild gorillas through life-saving veterinary medicine . Their international team of veterinarians is the only group providing these critically endangered animals with direct, hands-on care in the wild.
The Zambian Carnivore Programme is a non-profit Zambian registered trust dedicated to conserving large carnivore species and the ecosystems they reside in for one of Africa’s most wildlife-rich places. They are 100% field-based, working out of 3 basic research camps across the country
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation is the only NGO in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild throughout Africa. Their goal is to improve our understanding of giraffe as a keystone species and ensures their long-term success in the wild. Giraffe numbers in Africa have plummeted by 40% in the last 30 years, leaving less than 10,000 in the whole of Africa.
From their workshop in the Zambian bush , the local craftswomen of Mulberry Mongoose make beautiful jewellery by hand using natural materials from the South Luangwa valley. Many of their pieces are made using confiscated snare wire - as they say "beauty from brutality". In an area where unemployment and poaching are a reality, every piece of jewellery sold helps them to support their families and conserve a unique place that inspires their work.