Below is a summary and on the attached pages are details of our projects.
Wildlife Asia projects summary, 9mb, 29.11.12
PROTECTION OF HABITAT – illegal logging and human
encroachment are the main causes of loss of habitat for all wildlife.
By working with governments and local communities Wildlife Asia helps
to establish and enforce laws which protect specified
areas of habitat and to educate communities on the importance of
sustainable use of natural resources. This is accomplished through
advocacy and training of enforcement officials.
RESCUE OF ANIMALS IN DISTRESS – Wildlife Asia rescues
animals from the illegal wildlife trade including those caught in
traps or snares and those being transported for slaughter or the
exotic pet trade. Wildlife sanctuaries are available where proper
food and medical attention is provided for those animals that
cannot be released into the wild.
DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVE INCOME OPPORTUNITIES -
Local communities are by necessity a vital component of forest
and wildlife preservation. People living near protected habitat
are only able to refrain from poaching or illegal logging if there
are other methods to provide for their families. Wildlife Asia establishes
small enterprises to support such communities.
Examples include mushroom farming, taxi service,
small scale ecotourism and flower nurseries.
EDUCATION – Children are the future and nowhere is this
more relevant than in the protection of the environment.
Wildlife Asia teaches children and their
families about wildlife conservation, forestry laws and how to
manage and protect the environment. This is accomplished
through mobile learning centres that utilize films, interactive
performances and classroom exercises including the
opportunity to interact with wildlife. Wildlife Asia also provides
training and school supplies to teachers and have established
learning centres at wildlife sanctuaries around the region.
Wildlife Asia and its member organisations not
only run very efficient operations, but also support a model of
conservation which includes all these components.
Organisations wishing to sponsor a Wildlife Asia project are invited to call Scott Lyall, Partnerships Manager, on 0499 773 303.
Wildlife Asia and its member organisations have already:
• Funded a community campaign to save the Tripa Swamp
in Aceh which consists of 61,803 hectares and has among
the highest densities of orangutans anywhere in the world.
(The Orangutan Project)
• Started the Wildlife Projection Units in Sumatra Indonesia to
patrol 250,000 hectares. (The Orangutan Project)
• Achieved the first successful prosecution against injuring an
orangutan. (The Orangutan Project)
• Released the first pair of ex pet Javan gibbons back into the
wild from the Javan Gibbon Centre. The pair continues to be
monitored and are thriving in the forest. Plans are underway
for more releases later this year.(Silvery Gibbon Project)
• Provided funding for a rescue, rehabilitation and breeding
program for the critically endangered Klosses gibbon, a world
first for this species. (Silvery Gibbon Project)
• Worked to protect the only viable population of Javan rhinos in
the world on the island of Java, Indonesia. (Asian Rhino Project)
• Rescued 806 bears from the dancing bear industry in India
and bile farms in Southeast Asia. (Free the Bears)
• Provided seed money for more than 500 former dancing bear
families to set up new sustainable livelihoods. (Free the Bears)