Public Support for Wildlife Conservation - Making Donations Count

The massive spike in poaching and trafficking of everything from the rhino to geckos, with all its drama and horror, has been brought into the homes of millions around the world by the visual and written media and the internet. It has touched the hearts and conscience of many. It has also promoted an equally massive drive to touch the pockets of those many.

Some 250 “non-profit” organisations have been listed as raising funds to “save the rhino” in South Africa alone, never mind the hundreds of others who are claiming to save everything from a dung beetle to an elephant. While many of these organisations are well-meaning, there are those that are not. It also raises questions of effectiveness. Do we need all these disparate groups vying for limited funds? Definitely not. The more the organisations; the more the funds are taken up in administration and other inappropriate costs for each, the less the money donated reaches where it needs to be. Who are these organisations; just what do they support; how is the money used and will it make a difference? Are they really who, and what, they say they are?

My suggestion is to donate your money and efforts to key, respected and transparent organisations only, and that may not necessarily be the large, high profile ones - some of which seem more intent on maintaining lifestyles than on effective conservation. Do a little investigation before you part with your money. It is not difficult to find the right place to place your support.

Of course, if the children on your street are raising funds for conservation by washing cars or selling cakes, definitely support them; but make sure they know where to send the money that they raise.


 Support and Contributions

Please note that this website is not intended to be a fund-raising site. However, should something in it be of particular interest, and you wish to support or contribute to any of the projects or organisations mentioned below, or simply have a query, please contact David Peddie or the relevant organisation directly.

Conservation and Rural Development Organisations

The following are a few of the organisations conducting worthwhile, effective and transparent programmes and projects. 

Africa - General

1.    African Parks

African Parks is a non-profit conservation organization that takes on direct responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities. It is, undoubtedly, one of the most important wild ecosystem, wildlife and rural development organisations working in Africa.

South Africa
Address    :  Centurion Building, The Oval, Corner Meadowbrook Lane and Sloane Street, Johannesburg, South Africa

Tel   :   +27 11 465 0050 
Fax   :   +27 86 662 4992
Email   :

The Netherlands
Address   :   P.O.Box 313, 3940 AH Doorn, The Netherlands
Tel   :   +31 343 565019
Email   :

United States
Address   :   African Parks Foundation of America, 21 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036, USA
Tel   :   +1 646 568 1276
Email   :



1.    Conservation Travel Foundation (Namibia)  :   Wildlife Conservation  .  Rural Education  .  Rural Community Development

The Conservation Travel Foundation is a Namibian registered non-profit organisation whose objectives are wildlife conservation and rural socio-economic development of communities living in wildlife areas. The Trust works throughout Namibia, but focuses on the north west, including Kunene and Damaraland. It is largely supported by Ultimate Safaris based out of Windhoek. 

Tristan Cowley  :  P.O. Box 9970  .  Windhoek  .  Namibia
Tel                     :  +264 (0)61 248137
Email                 :
Web                   :

Bank Details
Bank                  :  Nedbank                                                      Branch                  :  Windhoek                   Branch Code  :   461038
Account Name  :  Conservation Travel Foundation                Account Number   :  11000253083              Swift Code     :   NEDSNANX


2.    NamibRand Conservation Foundation (Namibia) :    Wildlife Conservation  .  Environmental Education  .  Rural Community Development

The NamibRand Conservation Foundation is a Namibian registered non-profit organisation whose objectives are ecosystem and wildlife conservation, ecological and socio-economic research and rural development of communities living in the southern Namib. The Foundation works in the NamibRand Nature Reserve and the greater NamPlace Programme area. It is largely supported by the NamibRand Nature Reserve with offices in Windhoek. 

Nils Odendaal    :   P.O. Box 40707  .  Windhoek  .  Namibia
Tel                      :    +264 (0)61 224882
Email                 :
Web                   :


3.    Save the Rhino Trust (Namibia)  :  African Rhino Conservation  .  Environmental Education  .  Rural Community Development

With the help of international funds, Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) was officially registered as a Welfare Organisation (W.O. 53) in 1982. The Trust is a Namibian registered non-profit trust whose objectives are the protection of desert adapted black rhino and the education and support of local communities in the Damaraland and Kunene regions.

Simson Uri-Khob  :  P.O. Box 2159  .  Swakopmund  .  Namibia
Tel                          :    +264 (0)64 403829
Email                      :
Web                        :

Bank Details
Bank                  :  Nedbank                                   Branch                   :   Swakopmund                   Branch Code          :   461-052
Account Name  :   Save the Rhino Trust               Account number    :    11000082068                   SWIFT Code         :   NEDSNANX


4.    Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (Namibia)  :  Rural Community Development . African Rhino Conservation

Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) is a Namibian registered non-profit organisation whose objectives are, through community-based natural resource management (CBNRM), to link wildlife conservation, rural development and the growth of a strong civil society in the Kunene and Caprivi regions of Namibia.

John Kasaona    :  Office Block  .  Maerua Park  .  Windhoek  .  Namibia
Tel                     :    +264 (0)61 228506
Email                 :
Web                   :


5.    Wolwedans Foundation (Namibia)  :   Wildlife Conservation . Environmental Education  .  Rural Community Development

The Wolwedans Foundation is a registered Namibian Non-Profit Trust with the objective of supporting desert wildlife and ecosystem conservation; rural vocational training and entrepreneurial development, and environmental education in south western Namibia, by providing facilities, sourcing project funds and applying appropriate expertise.

Stephan Bruckner  :  Wolwedans Foundation  .  P.O. Box 5048  .  Windhoek  .  Namibia
Tel                          :  +264 (0)61 61230616
Email                      :

Bank Details
Bank                    :      Nedbank Namibia                          Branch                  :     Business Banking          Branch Code  :     461617
Account Name    :        Wolwedans Foundation                Account Number  :      11000369030                Swift Code     :        NEDSNNANX 


South Africa

1.    Amakhala Foundation (South Africa)  :  Wildlife Conservation . Environmental Education . Rural Community Development

The Amakhala Foundation is a South African registered non-profit organisation that focuses its efforts on environmental education for rural children; conservation research into the management of small protected areas and the protection of endangered species - specifically white rhino and cheetah. Donations from the United Kingdom intended specifically for education programmes can be channelled through Sunbird Trust as described above.

Dr Jennifer Gush  :  P.O. Box 7027  .  Grahamstown North  .  Eastern Cape  .  6148  .  South Africa
Tel                        :    +27 (0)42 2351256
Email                    :
Web                      :

Bank Details
Bank                    :    Absa Bank                                 Branch                   :   Grahamstown                    Sort Code    :      632005
Account Name    :     Amakhala Foundation              Account Number   :        4057793197



1.    Tashinga Initiative

The Tashinga Initiative is a registered non-profit trust whose objective is to support the conservation of wildlife in the protected areas and communal lands of the Zambezi River Valley, especially the Parks and Wildlife Estate under the management of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.

Lynne Taylor  :  Enterprise Road  .  Harare
Email              :
Web                :

2.    Bhejane Trust  :  Wildlife Conservation . National Park Infrastructure 

The Bhejane Trust is a Zimbabwe registered non-profit trust that focuses on supporting the conservation and management wildlife areas of northwest Matabeleland - namely the Victoria Falls, Zambezi, Kazuma and Hwange National Parks and the Matetsi Safari Area.

Trevor Lane      :  231 Sopers Crescent  .  Victoria Falls  .  Zimbabwe
Tel                    :  +263 777057024
Email                :
Web                  :

3.    African Wildlife Conservation Fund (Zimbabwe)  :  Endangered Species Conservation and Research

The African Wildlife Conservation Fund (AWCF) is a non-profit organisation, incorporated in the United States, that provides funding for field-based conservation projects in southern Africa - specifically the wild dog project in southeast Zimbabwe. The Fund receives contributions from institutions and individuals, and all funding goes directly toward supporting active projects. Donations to the fund are US tax-deductible (Federal Identification Number 26-05715350)

USA Office
10564 NW 57th Street  .  Doral  .  FL 33178  .  Florida
Email                         :

Dr Rosemary Groom  :  Save Valley Conservancy  .  Chiredzi  .  Zimbabwe
Email                          :


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