Animal & Wildlife Conservation
We are dedicated to preserving vital wildlife habitats, especially the native wetlands and rain forests of many of our animals. By supporting these and other conservation organizations, we promote captive breeding programs designed to increase wild populations, preserve precious habitats, and protect species diversity in these spectacular environments.
We also provide monetary support to many wildlife and conservation organizations.
Charles Darwin Foundation
The Charles Darwin Foundation is a world-class research organization aimed at protecting the environment and biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands ecosystem.
The Galapagos Islands and Marine Reserve contain a unique combination of land and oceanic ecosystems with many distinct habitats. It is one of the best-conserved tropical oceanic archipelagos in the world, but integrating human population is challenging this delicate ecosystem with their impact on this unique environment.
We have been supporting this organization for 30 years. In 1987, Joe and Tom visited the Galapagos and have stayed in touch with the folks at Darwin research station ever since.
Gharial Conservation Alliance
The Gharial Conservation Alliance is an international organization dedicated to saving gharials from extinction.
The Indian Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is one of the most endangered crocodilians in the world, with as few as 200 breeding adults left in the wild. Gharials were once found in the river systems of Pakistan, northern India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Nepal. Today, gharials are extinct everywhere except a few small areas of India and Nepal.
The success of the program depends on collaboration with local communities to find mutually beneficial strategies to conserve the riverine habitat upon which both the gharials and humans depend. Conservation efforts of the GCA include captive breeding and restocking programs, education, awareness and government lobbying.
Papua New Guinea Snakebite Research Project
Started by Australian David Williams, the Papua New Guinea Snakebite Research Project is aimed at improving the prognosis of Papua New Guinea snakebite victims. Papua New Guinea has among some of the highest deadly snakebite incidences in the world. The hope is to develop a new, more affordable antivenom that can be stabilized and properly managed to reduce the number of snakebite related deaths in this country.
The project is an initiative of the Australian Venom Research Unit at the University of Melbourne's Department of Pharmacology, and does not currently receive any government funding.