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.