- Location: Surrey, England
- Founded: By David Shepherd, the artist
- Species: African Elephant, African Wild Dog, Amur Tiger, Asian Lion, Asiatic Black Bear, Black Rhino, Indian One-horned Rhino, and Snow Leopard.
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Funding and supporting local organizations to protect and rescue the endangered species listed above, including anti-poaching activities and awareness programs in Africa and Asia.
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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 programs, 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 program.
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 program 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 program in 2011. The program protects and monitors several populations of black rhino.
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African Wild Dog Programme
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation supports the work of Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe. The founding goes toward anti-poaching activities such as removing snares, which are given to local artists to create wire sculptures from the snares. This not only saves the wild dogs but also helps provide an income for families and communities.
A part of the funding is used to raise awareness in the communities and education programs that encourage tolerance towards the wild dogs from farmers and local communities.
The funding also goes towards fieldwork to monitor and track packs, relocate problem dogs, and rehabilitate orphan pups.
How to help
Do you want to support the work of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to protect and reintroduce endangered animals to the wild, then click on the donate button and go to their website.