Wild4Ever Project Funding



Spotted Turtle Project

Spotted Turtles are a threatened species in Ohio therefore protecting their habitat is vital to their survival.  Wild4Ever is working with The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Geauga Park District and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium to augment hatchling survival by collecting turtles found in the wild, hatching their eggs and raising them to a size that is more advantageous to their survival upon release.  In addition to our most recent fundraiser “WildNite4Wildlife” which raised over $18,000.00 for this ongoing project, Wild4Ever has provided funding for surveys, ID chips, transponders and telemetry equipment as well as genetic testing.



Health In Harmony


Health In Harmony’s Reforestation project studies methods to reverse the trend of forest loss and also educates communities about the value of rainforest while providing them opportunities to participate in restoring damaged areas.  Areas inside Gunung Palung National Park that were once denuded and dominated by invasive grass are successfully supporting native tree regeneration.  The planting process increases scientific knowledge, while providing productive paid employment for villagers in preparing, planting, and caring for the seedlings to ensure the area grows into lush, green forest. Working with villagers around a devastated area where a logging company illegally cleared over 100 hectares (250 acres) of rainforest, twenty years ago they have replanted twenty hectares of this area in the past 4 years, and 6 more hectares in 2012 to restore a key “orangutan corridor” – a reforested bridge between larger habitat areas – that will once again allow these and other animals free movement and the opportunity to breed.




Biogeography and Conservation Status of Diurnal Raptors in Venezuela

For the first time in Venezuela, reliable information on the geographic distribution of bird species is being produced.  Geographic distribution maps are useless without
metadata; the maps produced with this project have metadata which are more useful in monitoring the vulnerability of raptors species.  Click here for 2013 Progress report: RaptorsInVenezuela



Orangutan Foundation International

Wild4Ever is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Philly Run Wild 5K Run/Walk for Orangutans.  The mission of Orangutan Foundation International is to support the conservation, protection, and understanding of orangutans and their rain forest habitat while caring for ex-captive orangutan orphans as they make their way back to the forest.  In addition, OFI educates the public and governments about orangutans, tropical rain forests, and the issues surrounding orangutan and forest conservation and protection.



Blue Spotted Salamander

Blue Spotted Salamander

ARC to Restore Critical Wetlands

Wild4Ever is proud to support The Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy in it’s efforts to create four ephemeral wetlands in southern Ohio.  ARC, along with it’s partners, The Unversaw & Cracchiolo Farm, The Center for Wetlands and Stream Restoration,  US Fish and Wildlife Service, Association of State Wetland Managers and The Sheltowee Environmental Education Coaltion are restoring wetlands on former farmland near Mt. Orab, Ohio and turning it into a wildlife mecca.  These four ephemeral wetlands will shore up remnant populations of locally rare species such as Blue Spotted Salamander, Eastern Spadefoot, Eastern Cricket Frog and Wood Frog, as well as many more resilient, common species. This multi-wetland project will also serve as a training workshop for other landowners and habitat managers.  More wetlands will be restored, multiplying the benefits for additional amphibian populations. The purpose of ARC is to improve native amphibian and reptile habitats, promote conservation education and applied conservation, and to provide support services for herpetofaunal conservation partners and actions.



Outside Is IN

The ”Outside is In” program is an educational overnight camp experience and day in the Metro Parks designed to help connect youth and adults to their nearby park system by providing outdoor activities with nature in a fun, safe and unique way.  “Outside is In” is a partnership between Friends of Metro Parks, Akron Public Schools, YMCA Camp Y-Noah, and Metro Parks, Serving Summit County.  Wild4Ever is a continued sponsor of this program which helps provide more than six hundred 6th graders from the Akron Public Schools an opportunity to enjoy naturalist led hikes and other outdoor educational activities. Begun in 2009, the program was inspired by Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder” and is based on the Ohio Revised Standards and Model Curriculum for 6th grade.   Friends of Metro Parks advocates the protection and enhancement of the parks system with the hope of building a new generation of park visitors as well as encouraging an interest in the natural sciences.


The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes

Alliance for the Great Lakes

For over 40 years, the Alliance has stood to conserve and restore the world’s largest surface freshwater resource.  A strong volunteer network of residents, teachers, scientists and businesses work hard to sustain and preserve the region for all generations.  Pollution, invasive species and wasteful use of water all threaten our Great Lakes.  The Alliance and its supporters are working on these threats to sustain a thriving ecosystem for the lakes and their inhabitants.  Wild4Ever is proud to support these crucial efforts to help secure the future of our Great Lakes.


Conkles Hollow

Conkles Hollow

Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association

ONAPA is dedicated to promoting, protecting and improving Ohio’s natural areas and preserves.  The main objective is to help establish and support local nature preserve friends throughout Ohio for both state and non-state natural areas, to provide a support group for the sustainable management of state nature preserves and other natural areas state-wide, to educate, promote and advance natural area issues within the Ohio General Assembly as well as the general public, and also to promote the protection of rare species of plants animals and rare eco-systems. Wild4Ever places immeasurable importance in the preservation of natural areas to sustain flora and fauna as it was intended.  You can support natural preserves effortlessly just by purchasing Nature Preserve license plates at Ohio BMV or Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamps.



Rivers Unlimited

Rivers Unlimited is an Ohio statewide group of organizations with the mission to restore, maintain and improve Ohio’s rivers and streams, their water quality, scenic beauty, their multiple economic uses and their effect upon Ohio’s quality of life.  Current issues include water pollution, hydraulic fracturing (fracking), gravel mining and dams.  The Scenic Rivers Program was established within the Ohio  Department of Natural Resources in 1968, and was the first of its kind in the  nation, even pre-dating the Federal equivalent.  It set the bar for  promoting conservation of Ohio’s best rivers while respecting private property rights,  and established criteria for recognizing three degrees of ‘pristine-ness’ – Wild, Scenic, and Recreational.  Designated rivers have proven to be  economic drivers in their regions, lifting property values and in some cases  establishing conditions favorable for recreational tourism.  In all cases,  designated rivers enhance the quality of life for those who live near them and  love them.



Coyote Project

Wild4Ever is a partner in Metro Parks, Serving Summit County’s long-range coyote project. This multi-year project, in conjunction with Cleveland Metroparks, the Ohio State University, University of Akron, the National Park Service and the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources will assess the range, disease concerns, and impact of the growing coyote population on other native wildlife and urban populations. We will examine and undertake full health screens on coyotes from a variety of natural habitats followed by radio and cell phone collar monitoring over the ensuing years.

For more information watch the Metro Parks, Serving Summit County video In Search Of Coyotes or click here for the ODOW Coyote Project Update 2013.




Operation Orphan

Operation Orphan is a non-profit wildlife rehab organization located in Akron, OH.  Founder Fran Kitchen and volunteers accept orphaned and injured animals into care for medical treatment, feed, house and care for them until they are sufficiently rehabilitated for release.  Operation Orphan relies on private donations and community involvement to be successful and operates on a 100% volunteer basis.  Wild4Ever supports Operation Orphan by providing housing enclosures and Microchip supplies for this worthy organization.



Rain Forest Rescue

Rain forests cover only 2% of the earth’s surface yet they provide habitat and nutritional support for nearly half of the earth’s living species.  In our continued efforts to  support rain forest endeavors, we have organized a donation match program for the Rain Forest Rescue Project.  For every $10 collected, Wild4Ever matches the donation to double your contribution and maximize support for this much needed conservation effort.  $100 can save 25,000 sq ft of rain forest!



Spirits of the Wild

Spirits of the Wild

Spirits of the Wild

Wild4Ever “Spirits of the Wild” charity wines are a great way to support wildlife!  These vegan friendly, certified organic wines come from the Lafortuna Vinyards in Chile.  The collection includes Big Cat Malbec, Peregrine Pinot Noir, Coyote Cabernet Sauvignon, Sun Bear Chardonnay, Madagascar Merlot and White Wing Sauvignon Blanc.  They make an attractive display on your counter or a nice holiday gift.  A portion of every sale goes to Wild4Ever where we dedicate 100% of the proceeds to local wildlife and conservation efforts world-wide.  Available in single bottles, 4 bottle sample packs or complete collector set of 6.  Visit our charity wine store today and give the gift that gives back!



Recycle For Wildlife

Wild4Ever is working with the Greater Cleveland Aquarium to encourage plastic recycling to prevent further destruction of our waterways and marine life.  Much of the plastic we use every day ends up in our marine environments.  The plastic can be mistakenly consumed as “food” by aquatic animals – occasionally having devastating results.  In addition to plastic waste, Americans throw away enough office and writing paper annually to build a wall 12 feet high stretching from Los Angeles to New York City.  Recycling paper saves trees, water, electricity and landfill space!  Visit one of our paper collection centers located @ 4873 Richland Ave. Norton or 1053 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd. in Copley with your boxes, magazines, cardboard & newspapers.  All paper products are accepted and every little bit helps.  100% of proceeds are used to support local wildlife!


Local Wildlife Preservation

Wild4Ever is proud that its primary focus is on the preservation of local wild habitats along with the support of local conservation issues and animal sanctuaries. We are pleased to support Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, Stark Parks, Friends of the Metro Parks, Medina Raptor, Project Orphan, Happy Trails Sanctuary and Noah’s Lost Ark exotic animal sanctuary among others. In addition, Wild4Ever supports the annual medical care and rehabilitation of hundreds of injured native wild animals.



Wild4Ever/Summit Metro Parks Conservation Scholarships

Wild4Ever is proud to utilize funds from the Leonard and Margaret Riggs Conservation Fund to work with Metro Parks, Serving Summit County in the establishment of an ongoing scholarship program. This program offers single or multiple year grants to students of any level for projects enhancing or promoting conservation in the park system. Contact Metro Parks, Serving summit County for details if you are interested in participating.


Bat Condo

Wild4Ever, with the help of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County funded the construction of a condominium for a local bat population. The condo was placed on private property in Geauga County and will serve as maternity roost for thousands of big and little brown bats who raise their young together in colonies during the summer. Local bat populations face many survival risks including habitat destruction, pesticide use and white-nose syndrome. White-nose syndrome kills bats during hibernation and is greatly affecting little brown and big brown bat populations in the eastern United States. Providing this bat condominium will assure this local established maternity colony will have a place to raise their young for generations to come.


Jaguar Preservation

Wild4Ever is thrilled to have sponsored the Wildlife Conservation Society’s JAGUARS FOREVER ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION WORKSHOP. This was an important 3 day workshop held on the edge of the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve in Nicaragua. It was attended by school teachers from Nicaragua and Guatemala for a three day training course on the WCS’S JAGUARS FOREVER curriculum to teach human-jaguar coexistence in areas of historical jaguar hunting. Over 30 school teachers from 11 communities attended the workshop that will aid jaguar conservation for years to come by educating the children of today and adults of tomorrow that there are benefits and pride to be had by preserving local wildlife and wild areas.

UPDATE 2012:  This years 3-day intensive training workshop was held in El Coca, Ecuadorian Amazon.  Click here to view the complete report with pictures:    Jaguars_Forever_in_Ecuador_-_Amazon_and_Choco


Project Cambodia

Wild4Ever, in cooperation with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has begun an exciting conservation initiative that has begun with the conservation of one of the world’s rarest waterfowl, the white wing wood duck. The duck, with less than 1000 left alive, has been found to survive in the forested wetlands of northern Cambodia. Wild4Ever has funded a group that has found WWWD’s in the area and even discovered nest sites, something never before reported in Cambodia. Wild4Ever has funded the protection of the nest that was rewarded by the observed hatching of 7 ducklings this summer. We will continue to monitor this group to gain valuable information on this rare and elusive specie. In addition, Wild4Ever is working with WCS staff to create a conservation cooperative with a local village to protect a potential waterfowl nesting area. We will also work with local people in a conservation education program that will hopefully involve ecotourism to support their efforts. A very exciting project with great early success.

UPDATE 2010:

Dr. Riggs and W4E board member Chris Simmons of Houston, Texas recently funded their own trip as Wild4Ever representatives to further the ongoing Cambodia project. W4E’s ongoing support continues to fund WCS rangers protecting known nesting and feeding sites of white wing wood ducks and greater adjutants. We also continue to fund WCS’s local community nest site protection programs for nesting birds. In addition, W4E is funding local community conservation education meetings and we are happy to report that our Wild4Ever funded conservation bird blind is completed and operational!! This blind on an important wildlife wetland and is part of a community wildlife protection project and will allow eco-tourists from around the world come to the area to view these endangered species. It will also bring funds to the local village to guide tourists to the blind and to run the nearby WCS eco-conservation camp, serving as further protection to the area. Wild4Ever was proud to be the first “eco-tourists” to try out the conservation camp and bird blind! It was a great experience and the WCS and local cambodian community should be very proud of their efforts….efforts that will serve the conservation of Cambodian wildlife for years to come!


New Nature Foundation

Wild4Ever is a contributor of the Kibale Community Wood Fuel Project (KCFWP). Kibale National Park is home to the densest primate population in all of Africa, over 300 bird species and many other mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish species that are facing severe threat due to deforestation. KCFWP works to protect the park and it’s wildlife by facilitating energy stability in villages – educating locals to use their own home grown firewood and build fuel-efficient stoves to protect the destruction of KNP and it’s biodiversity.


Bornean Sun Bear Conservation

Wild4Ever supports the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). Sun Bears, at only 3.5 ft tall when standing, are the worlds smallest bears. With a continuing 30% decline in population over the last 30 years, sun bears are one of the 6 bear species threatened with extinction. Major threats to this unique animal are illegal poaching, habitat destruction and maiming for body parts and bile. Currently there are very few conservation efforts ongoing to help this critically endangered species. Wild4Ever is helping to support the start-up of a dedicated Sun Bear conservation facility in Borneo that will address the needs of orphaned animals, support habitat preservation and produce educational projects aimed at alerting the local populations to the critical nature of the Sun Bear’s situation in their own back yards.


Madagascar Fauna Group

Wild4Ever is proud to be a Contributing Member of the Madagascar Fauna Group. MFG has been working for nearly 20 years with a combination of conservation, field research, education, and training to help protect one of the most diverse and endangered ecosystems in the world. Projects include environmental education programs for school children, village mayors and farmers as well as species diversity mapping, and the development of seed germination techniques for endangered rain forest plants.


South American Waterfowl Conservation

Wild4Ever has supported conservation of endangered and threatened waterfowl species in critcal habitats in South America. We have helped sponsor species surveys, educational programs, and nest box programs for species such as the Orinoco goose.