Location: Surrey, England
Founded: By David Shepherd, artist
Projects: Funding and supporting local organisations to protect and rescue the endangered species listed above including anti-poaching activities and awareness programmes in Africa and Asia.
Black Rhino Programme
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation supports Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia. The funding goes to anti-poaching work, equipment, local education and awareness programmes, workshops and tourism. The foundation has also funded a unique rhino database.
David Shepherd sold a painting in 1990 which enabled the foundation to buy a female black rhino, Shibula, from Lisbon Zoo and return her to the wild. She mated with a wild bull and in September 1994 a calf was born. This was the beginning of a successful conservation programme.
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation helped fund the expansion of the Mountain Zebra National Park. In 2000 the foundation supported the reintroduction of black rhinos into the newly expanded park and a new breeding programme was born. Shibula gave birth to her 7th calf in 2008.
The last couple of years have seen a massive increase in rhino poaching in South Africa. As a direct response to this, the foundation started funding an anti-poaching programme in 2011. The programme protects and monitors several populations of black rhino.
African Wild Dog Programme
Zimbabwe: The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation supports the work of Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe. The founding goes toward anti-poaching activities such as removal of snares, which are given to local artists to create wire sculptures from the snares. This not only saves the wild dogs but also help provide an income for families and communities.
A part of the funding is used to raise awareness in the communities and for education programmes which encourages tolerance towards the wild dogs from farmers and local communities.
The funding also goes towards field work to monitor and track packs, relocating problem dogs and rehabilitation of orphan pups.
How to help
Do you want to support the work of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to protect and reintroduce endangered animals to the wild, then click on the donate button and go to their website.