Whenever I visit wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centres around the world, I can’t help but foster an animal… It’s my weakness.
There are so many amazing organisations around the globe that work to maintain and improve the lives of innocent, suffering animals and their habitats.
Today, I have 3 foster animals — and for those who are new to this, it’s very different to adopting a household pet… They certainly don’t come home with you — instead, it’s more like a virtual donation; but in return, the organisation sends you updates on how your selected animal is doing in its often devastating circumstances.
So, here are my top 5 wildlife adoption programs, each that have my full adulation and applause:
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is an organisation dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in Kenya. Not only do they save the lives of a huge amount of orphaned elephants, but the team at David Sheldrick also work tirelessly to rescue the hundreds of animals that are severely threatened by the ivory trade.
At DSWT, the team works to conserve, preserve and protect all aspects of the natural environment and its wildlife. This includes “anti-poaching, safeguarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.”
At this amazing organisation, you have the option to foster one of the many orphaned animals that succumb to a variety of unfortunate circumstances. Many have been affected by poaching; leaving them tangled in a snare, without a mother or in desperate need of medical attention and rehabilitation.
Along with the hundreds of orphaned elephants, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a lifesaver for giraffes, rhinos and mature elephants that each are in need of the love and care they deserve.
You can foster with David Sheldrick, here.
Established in 1988, the Orangutan Project is a not-for-profit organisation that fights deforestation and habit loss and ensures that the endangered orangutan population is protected from extinction.
The Sumatran and Bornean orangutan are in extreme danger due to deforestation and the palm oil industry. Their numbers are dropping by the day, and as much as it is important to do your part to reduce your impact from home, it’s just as important to help fix the damage that is already done.
The Orangutan Project partners with many orphan rehabilitation centres around Borneo and Sumatra, that rehabilitate these beautiful creatures that have been left without a home.
You can adopt an Orangutan with The Orangutan Project, here.
Free the Bears is an organisation that frees hundreds of captive bears that have been forced into horrific conditions across South East Asia.
The journey began when an Australian woman, Mary Hutton, saw a documentary about bears being held in small cages and milked of their bile for the demand of traditional medicine. Since then, the organisation has rescued bears across many Asian countries from being performing acts on the streets of India, bear paw soup in Cambodian restaurants, medical objects in Asian farms, and caged pets in uneducated homes.
Free the Bears works to educate the public, conserve the many bear species, and create happy, enriched, sustainable lives for hundreds of rescued bears around the world.
You can sponsor a bear with Free the Bears, here.
Our oceans are in critical danger due to pollution, climate change, unsustainable fishing, lack of protection and most commonly, the lack of human care. Thankfully, the Oceanic Society is an amazing organisation that runs conservation programs, wildlife research and protection, whilst empowering others to cherish what lies within our oceans.
Along with tirelessly caring for the marine environment, the Oceanic Society allows those who care about the deep blue, to adopt one of the many marine species that they monitor and support. From dolphins to humpback whales, all the way to albatross, this organisation is making our beautiful waters a sustainable, happy place.
You can adopt with Oceanic Society, here.
Founded in 1984 by two actors, Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, Born Free is a small family foundation that saves the lives of animals that have lived a life of suffering and misfortune. The couple and their son take action against the torture that humans often depict upon innocent wild animals, and strive to keep them exactly as their names suggest… Wild!
Their emergency team rescues vulnerable animals from miserable, traumatic lives in cages, to pursue a life full of love and care in spacious sanctuaries around the world. To this family, every animal counts, no matter the species or the circumstances, they all deserve to be free.
You can adopt one of the many rescued animals with Born Free, here.
Have you got a foster animal? Or any other amazing organisations to share?