The Global Wildlife Rescue Project came into life in October 2019 after a eureka moment our founding Chair had whilst on holiday in Costa Rica. It was set up by a group of friends who are passionate about wildlife and protecting the natural world. We come from a background of working in animal rescue and conservation – frustrated by seeing wildlife come to harm from avoidable circumstances we have decided to do something about it.
Wildlife is all around us – whether it’s a curious fox exploring an inner city garden, an eagle soaring overhead looking for its next meal, a herd of impala grazing on African plains or a three-toed sloth taking it easy in the branches of a cecropia tree. No matter where in the world you are – open your eyes and you will see wildlife all around you.
Whatever the wildlife is that you see around you – the chances are that their ancestors were here on this land well before yours were. They have as much right to live on this land as we do.
Sadly – it’s not always the case where we do live harmoniously with the wildlife around us. The State of Nature Report 2019 shows that in the UK 15% of wildlife species are currently under the threat of extinction. The average abundance of wildlife has fallen 13% since 1970 (with the highest level of loss in the past 10 years to 2019) and the average number of mammals has fallen 26%. Looking at a global level – the Global Assessment Report 2019 tells us that around 1 million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction. These are big, scary numbers about something that is happening on our watch.
So what are we doing about it?
Across the world there are many independent wildlife rescue organisations, operating on shoestring budgets to rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife back to where they belong. On the whole, wildlife comes to harm through conflict with humans – we want to make amends for that by helping facilitate their rescue and rehabilitation through knowledge sharing and funding this vital work.
Everyone has the ability to make a difference and we’d like to think that everyone wants to. We’re here to provide you with helpful tips and advice about how you can live better with wildlife wherever you are in the world. Small changes make a huge difference.
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The Global Wildlife Rescue Project is a registered charity in England & Wales. Registered charity number 1188557.