Despite the significant unrest and political turmoil in Mali over the past 7 months, WILD & the International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC) are glad to report that our Mali Elephant Project (MEP) has continued to work with the local communities and create a multifaceted response to protect the desert elephants in conjunction with the Mali government.Read More
A global movement to reconnect wildlife habitats and offer animals and drivers safe passage while traveling (or migrating!) has been gaining momentum for the past several decades. This article highlights some notable examples of how wildlife crossing structures have been used to mitigate the often devastating effects of highways and roads on migrating animals, while also making travel safer for people.Read More
The main icon for WILD10 is the auroch, the large, wild bovine herbivore that roamed Europe for many thousands of years, shaping the landscape, until it was extirpated almost 400 years ago. The artistic impression we use (created by Jaime Rojo) is from one of the many cave paintings found in Spain and France, superimposed with the human hand. We chose this symbol because just as the wildness returning in Europe is the main reason for WILD10 to convene there, modern human interaction with breeding of primitive cattle also hopes to bring back the auroch…the process of which we believe is a symbol of man and nature working together in a new way, to re-wild, to protect intact European wilderness, and to help create a new conservation vision where humankind and wildness can coexist in a modern world….in short, to Make the World a Wilder Place!Read More
People often ask me “What do you actually do? …usually thinking that I must spend all my time in the wild, with wildlife, whatever. Well, though my work is for wildness, it is mostly with people, because that is where the change needs to happen. It is usually slow and daily work, creating the openings and opportunities for new people, institutions and groups to get involved — we learn from them as they learn from us. The last few days have been a study in contrasts within this “business as usual” framework.
Conservation groups announced last week that they have mobilized more than $10 million in public and private funds to protect from mining and oil and gas development the spectacular and internationally important in the Flathead River Valley, a vast wilderness that spans the US-Canadian border between British Columbia and Montana.Read More
WILD has partnered with the Colorado Environmental Coalition in the 2012 Chase Community Giving program, and we need your vote! This program lets fans of Chase Community Giving vote to help determine where Chase donates up to $5 million in grants. Can you take one minute to vote for our two organizations and help us spread the word?Read More
Perhaps not at the top of list for politicking in the steamy race for the U.S. Presidency, wilderness remains a priority for the current Administration and will be on the agenda for the next Congress. President Barack Obama has declared September as National Wilderness Month for the fourth year in a row, recognizing the immense contribution wilderness makes to the quality of life of every American.Read More
WILD is thrilled to announce a new staff opening within our Boulder team! We are currently accepting applications for the part-time Administrative Assistant position available at our Boulder, Colorado office & will begin interviewing interested candidates beginning mid-September. The Admin Assistant is responsible for assisting WILD staffing with a wide range of fundraising, administration, communications and outreach efforts. This person will be working closely with the WILD staff, associates, supporters, volunteers/interns, general public, board members and partners.Read More
There is currently no government presence in the Gourma but the local people are still there and our work continues. Since the elephant death in January (see blog post Note on the poaching incident at Insegueren, Mali) there were two more killings in May, and in all cases our community information networks have discovered the identity of the perpetrators and the people who ordered the killings. They have also discovered the identity of the thief and forced the return of stolen solar panels from one of the Banzena boreholes. The local communities have achieved great things but have requested armed backup so that the individuals responsible for elephant deaths are arrested.