Wild 4 Ever Project Funding
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 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 the Metro Parks Serving summit County for details if you are interested.
Friends of Metro Parks “Outside is IN” Program
W4E is a contributor to the Friends of Metro Parks’ “Outside is IN” program. Wild4ever’s funding of this important program comes in large part from the Leonard and Margaret Riggs Conservation Fund. This program brings school children, who normally wouldn’t have access to the parks, in for an overnight camp and a multitude of daily events high-lighting conservation, wildlife and the benefits of the parks. Click HERE to learn more.
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.
Wild4Ever is a partner in Metro Parks Serving Summit County’s long-range coyote project. This multi-year project (in conjunction with Cleveland Metroparks and the University of Akron) 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.
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
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
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.
Health In Harmony
Wild4Ever is a contributor to this group of medical professionals who support an innovative program in West Kalimantan Indonesia, ASRI, which works to protect the threatened rainforests of Gunung Palung National Park by partnering with local communities to provide high quality, affordable health care and allowing patients to pay for their care through conservation-oriented work and environmentally friendly labor. While health care is never denied, additional incentives are provided to communities that do not participate in illegal logging activities.
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.