Wildlife Conservation Network



The Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2002 with the mission of protecting endangered species and their habitats by supporting the work of entrepreneurial conservationists who find innovative ways for humans and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. WCN has a unique reputation for efficiency, collaboration, flexibility, and responsiveness in supporting field-based conservationists who are using effective methods to protect wildlife.
WCN’s primary work is to provide support in the form of fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, and capacity building to wildlife conservation programs around the world. Most of these are grassroots efforts in developing countries, with the long-term goal of protecting endangered species by engaging local communities in impactful conservation actions. To date, WCN has raised more than $120 million to support wildlife conservation and has provided funds to over 45 organizations in 40 countries around the world. Thanks to the generous support of foundations and individuals who contribute to our operating costs (which are always under 10% of our total revenue), we are proudly able to guarantee that 100% of a donation designated for a specific species is sent to the field to protect that species, with no amount taken out for overhead.

Mission Statement

WCN protects endangered wildlife by supporting conservationists who ensure wildlife and people co-exist and thrive.

Program Details

WCN works to protect wildlife through two main strategies: our Partner Network and our Crisis & Recovey Funds. Our Partner Network is made up of a select cohort of on-the-ground conservationists who operate on the frontlines and have the nimbleness and know-how to make conservation work. We offer these conservationists ongoing, in-depth, multi-year support, providing the financial resources, tools, and services they need to effectively protect wildlife. All organizations within the WCN Partner Network are focused on “indicator” or “flagship” species in order to maximize impact across a broad landscape/habitat so that many other species can benefit. We also place a high emphasis on action through local empowerment and education, so that local communities can benefit from conservation actions. Our Partners work in developing countries, and thus the human populations that benefit most from our activities are rural, working poor communities. The species that our current Partners focus on include: Andean cats, cheetahs, Ethiopian wolves, lions, penguins, Grevy's zebra, sharks, rays, okapi, African painted dogs, cotton-top tamarins, spectacled bears, saiga, small cats, elephants, and snow leopards.
Our Crisis & Recovery Funds are established when we see a need and an opportunity to protect threatened wildlife across a larger landscape. By providing specific, short-term funding to projects from institutions big and small, we harness the power of multiple organizations working to save a species throughout its entire habitat. Our current Funds include the Elephant Crisis Fund, the Lion Recovery Fund, and the Pangolin Crisis Fund.
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