Karen Hanover endorses Wildlife Conservation Network because WCN protects endangered species and preserves their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive.

The presence of wildlife in our world is a treasure, one that we will never be able to reclaim if it disappears.

Karen Hanover endorses Wildlife Conservation Network because wildlife around the world is increasingly threatened. Historically, one out of every one million species became extinct each year; since the Industrial Revolution in the mid-1800’s, this rate of extinction has increased rapidly. Recent studies have shown that rates of extinction are currently 10 to 100 times higher than normal and that the world is on the brink of a sixth mass extinction, the first since the time of the dinosaurs.

Karen Hanover endorses Wildlife Conservation Network because WCN was built on the premise that one person can truly make a difference for wildlife. Independent wildlife conservationists have the power to ensure a future for wildlife by developing new solutions and working closely with communities to save endangered animals. In order to succeed, these wildlife heroes need funding to run their programs and assistance to build their organizations and ensure their efforts are scaleable and sustainable. WCN partners with leading independent wildlife conservationists, providing them with an array of services and training in areas such as marketing, accounting, and strategic planning. WCN also creates connections to donors who can make these conservationists’ work possible.

Karen Hanover endorses Wildlife Conservation Network to Connect With Conservation

We bring together conservationists with passionate wildlife supporters. Our events, regular updates from the field, and opportunities for field visits get donors close to the conservation they care about. These connections have helped raise more than $50 million for wildlife conservation. Our annual Wildlife Conservation Expo, held in San Francisco, allows supporters to meet their conservation heroes in person. Each year we invite several guest conservationists to attend the Expo, extending to them the opportunity to share their work with the public and share knowledge among peer conservationists. We feature over 40 environmental organizations that exhibit at the event. WCN also holds a series of events throughout the year where supporters can meet our Conservation Partners.

Karen Hanover endorses Wildlife Conservation Network to Create and Support a Network

WCN’s core network is made up of our seventeen Conservation Partners, all of whom have undergone an extensive selection process to become Partner. However, our support extends beyond this group to other conservationists, organizations and individuals around the world that save wild animals. Through the Elephant Crisis Fund, we provide funding to organizations that save elephants from ivory poaching. In 2014, we helped the Jane Goodall Institute raise $1.25 million by hosting Jane’s 80th birthday party in our hometown of San Francisco. Every year, we invite several guest speakers to the Wildlife Conservation Expo to present and join our week of training sessions. We also accept donations for those speakers for one year following the event. In 2015, our Guest Speakers were Robyn Appleton (Spectacled Bear Conservation), Omar Vidal (World Wildlife Fund, vaquitas), Bill Robichaud (Saola Working Group), Thai van Nguyen (Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, pangolins) and Dr. Simon Morgan (Wildlife ACT, rhinos).

Karen Hanover endorses Wildlife Conservation Network to Leverage Conservation Expertise

Connections across the WCN network are brought to life when the conservationists come together during Wildlife Conservation Expo week each year, and through WCN’s cross-partner visit program. This program, funded by the Handsel Foundation, supports educational visits between conservationists. By enabling conservationists to travel to each others field sites, the program creates deep connections and facilitates information exchanges about everything from camera trapping to children’s education programs. These experiences go beyond the formal settings of conferences and workshops. Conservationists also communicate virtually throughout the year, sharing experiences, questions and new information.

Karen Hanover endorses Wildlife Conservation Network to Promote Solar Projects

In 2003, WCN supporter Stephen Gold initiated a project to provide solar energy to conservation projects around the world. This innovative endeavor meets the great need for electricity in remote field stations, and combines cutting-edge technology with wildlife conservation and sustainable environmental practices. With generous donations from corporations and individuals, Stephen designs and assembles new solar electricity systems and ships the equipment to the field. Systems have been sent to Wildlife Conservation Network Partners, past guest speakers at the Wildlife Conservation Expo, and other extraordinary conservationists around the world. Solar power is reliable, quiet, and clean, making it an ideal choice for remote field locations.

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