Archived Projects

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Tracks of Giants

Following ancient African elephant migration paths, Tracks of Giants, was a 5 month west-to-east journey that connected major conservation nodes to promote a greater awareness of conservation, human community and leadership issues specifically relevant to southern Africa. The journey aimed to rekindle the rapidly declining indigenous knowledge base of the human – animal interface, and indigenous solutions to conservation challenges and issues. A team of trackers, conservationists and media traveled by foot, bicycle (in regions outside of conservation areas and wildlife parks) and kayak in the Okavango Delta and Zambezi through eight major conservation nodes. Along the way, they met with local communities, worked with partners, surveyed and documented animal movements and conservation issues. Learn more >

I-70 Wild Byway

To survive and evolve, wildlife must roam to discover new food sources and territories in which to breed and live. A direct challenge to this basic need are human transportation corridors – roads, highways, railways – that divide the landscape and ecological integrity of wild lands. On Colorado’s I-70, the average Annual Daily Traffic counts measure close to 67,000 and are expected to double with the decade, making the highway one of the biggest obstacles to wildlife movement in the heart of the Rockies. WILD teamed up with superb partners to pioneer a major project to make safer crossings for animals and people on one of the most important highways in the United States. Due to the historical flooding in 2013, CDOT was required to focus their priorities on repairing roads and the project is currently focused on educational outreach.

Native Lands & Wilderness Council

2005-2012: Through their collective gathering at the 8th and 9th World Wilderness Congresses in 2005 and 2009, and the North American Regional Gathering (NARG) in 2012, the Native Lands and Wilderness Council (NLWC) participants developed a solidarity of purpose and message. All of those who participate in the NLWC provide models of how to live in balanced relationship with the wild lands and seas, and describe sustainable ways of living. They explain creative, wise, and thoughtful strategies for facing contemporary challenge Coming out of NARG, the Native Lands & Wilderness Council is now driven entirely by indigenous stewards, and The WILD Foundation continues as a collaborative partner. WILD provided initial facilitation and fundraising and continues its collaboration with Indigenous Peoples through the Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas Project.

Friends of the Red Wolf

2012-2015: The WILD Foundation has partnered with Friends of the Red Wolf since the group’s inception in early 2012. Today, there are fewer than 100 wild red wolves. They were reintroduced in 1987 from captive-bred animals which had been captured in the wild in the mid-1970s in southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana. Friends of the Red Wolf existed soley to support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program which manages red wolves in their only wild population in northeastern North Carolina. FRW worked to raise funds to help the FWS Red Wolf Field Team purchase equipment necessary for their field work, such as telemetry receivers and collars. Managed by one hard-working individual, FRW closed its doors in early 2015 due to personal matters.

Ewaso Lions

Ewaso Lions is a grassroots project whose mission is to promote the conservation of lions through research and community-based outreach programs. The research enables the formulation of strategies for long-term lion conservation by achieving an understanding of the factors driving pride establishments, their associations and movements in the wild, the extent of human-lion conflict, and the impact of habitat loss. Ewaso Lions firmly believes that the success of predator conservation hinges on the involvement of local people who live among these predators. This project is now managed by the Wildlife Conservation Network and information can be found at ewasolions.org.

Endangered Olive Ridley Turtles

2008-2010: On the eastern shore of India, along the Orissa coast, Every winter more than half a million of the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles mate in the shallow, calm ocean waters, then the females journey ashore for the arribada or “mass nesting.” For the first time, in 2008 there was no arribada on the Orissa beach.  Plans are currently underway to construct a massive deep water port at the mouth of the Dhamra River, just north of the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary – the largest of only three nesting sites for the Olive Ridley in the world.  Beginning with actions and resolutions of the 6th World Wilderness Congress we convened in Bangalore India (1998), WILD partnered with local conservationists for over ten years, creating a coalition of international partners to bring awareness and responsibility to this very challenging development.  For updated information we recommend contacting the Orissa Wildlife Society.

Okavango Delta, Botswana

1995-2009: WILD’s dedication to protecting wilderness extends to protecting wild animals living within these spaces. One region in which we’ve taken targeted action to ensure the well-being of wildlife is Botswana, specifically the regions near the Okavango Delta and floodplain, the world’s most pristine delta. Our work focused on halting the construction or advocating for the decommissioning of veterinary cordon fences, which impacted migration routes and animal movements.

Cheetah Conservation Fund

1992-2004: Cheetah Conservation Fund is the world’s leading organization dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Founded by Dr. Laurie Marker in 1990, CCF has created a set of integrated programs aimed at addressing the principle threats to the cheetah. WILD was instrumental in establishing and growing the Cheetah Conservation Fund into what it is today, one of the world’s most effective and respected field-based programs. Working closely as always with Laurie Marker, CCF’s founder, WILD then helped form an influential CCF board of directors based in the US, and created CCF as a distinct non-profit conservation organization. WILD’s President, Vance Martin, continues to serve as a Trustee of CCF. Learn more about the CCF >

International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP)

2005-2010: Established during the 8th World Wilderness Congress (Alaska, 2005) and ‘incubated’ as a program within WILD for 5 years, the iLCP works to to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. With a dynamic combination of art, conservation, policy and action, the iLCP uses awe-inspiring photography as a powerful force for the environment. WILD continues to partner with iLCP photographers through a variety of projects, campaigns, and World Wilderness Congresses. Learn more >

Zulu Village Project

1999-2013: Since it started in 1999, the Zulu Village Project fosters self-reliance, enhances traditional culture and instills environmental awareness. The villagers named the project “Impumelelo yeSandlwana” – Success for the People of Isandlwana. Since its inception, the people of Isandlwana have created this success themselves – each WILD initiative works to build local leadership and economy while fostering cultural traditions and environmental stewardship. This program is now locally managed.

Transboundary Canada

2010: The wild Flathead River flows from British Columbia, Canada (where it is currently unprotected) south into Glacier National Park, Montana. The poplar forests along the river provide a seasonal home to a cacophony of songbirds and the uninhabited valley houses the densest population of grizzly bears in the interior of North America. The river’s water is so pure that it is used by researchers as an international benchmark of water quality and as a breeding area by endangered bull trout. The spectacular colors of rich plant life, bright yellow and orange lichens and lush green avalanche slopes make this valley unique, beautiful and globally significant. Yet, it is under threat from mining and oil and gas development. The WILD Foundation worked closely with partners in Canada and the US to permanently protect this key conservation area, joining it the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park.