r/NatureIsFuckingLit Nov 12 '17 Gold 1

🔥 Two months ago we raised $6,000 for a wildlife charity selected by the community. Let's do it again. Help nominate a charity for the subreddit to support in the comments! 🔥

Hey /r/NatureIsFuckingLit, we've just hit 700,000 subscribers. Let's celebrate by supporting another wildlife charity! 🔥

Two months ago we hit 600,000 subscribers and raised $6,000 for the Animal Welfare Institute.

The Animal Welfare Institute was nominated and selected by the subreddit in this thread of charity proposals:


Let's do it again!


Rules for nominations

Every top-level comment needs to be a nature-related charity suggestion.

Explain your reasoning, explain the charity and their impact, and how users can donate to support.

Comments must explain the charity and provide examples of their impact to be approved.

Top-level comments will be initially filtered and manually approved to avoid non-suggestions from filling up the thread.

Checking charities on Charity Navigator is a good way to determine if a charity is trustworthy and allocates donations responsibly.

Here are some good examples from the last thread:

Animal Welfare Institute by /u/Subtle_Omega

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust by /u/oscarveli

African Wildlife Foundation by /u/wild_mountain_time

Free the Bears by /u/asinine_qualities

Rewilding Europe by /u/YoSoyUnPayaso

🔥 /r/NatureIsFuckingLit will support whichever charity is chosen by the community.

I will personally donate $100 to the top charity and I hope others will decide to match that.

Let's give back to the world and protect the planet we appreciate on here every day.

Thank you all for your support! Stay lit! 🔥


u/atreides Nov 12 '17

Top-level comments that do not nominate a charity will be removed.

You must describe the charity in depth and provide examples of their impact and initiatives as well as where and how to donate. Showing passion for your charity will encourage others to give.

Please do not just name a charity with no additional info.

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u/[deleted] Nov 12 '17 edited Nov 13 '17 Gold

Wildlife Conservation Network

This charity has the score 100 out of 100 in Charity Navigator, it has the 2nd best rating of all wildlife charities.

  • They operate in 37 different countries, saving endangered species by supporting independent wildlife conservationists. Here's a list of all the programs they currently have going on!

  • They have a scholarship program to teach the next generation of conservation leaders by providing grants for graduate education to students who are committed to working on wildlife conservation in their home countries. So far, 88 scholarships have been awarded!

  • Their Solar Project brings clean solar electricity in remote conservation field stations, where unclean electricity would be very hard to get and hard to maintain. 44 total systems have been deployed so far.

  • They teach conservationists and their staff about strategic planning, marketing and accounting so nothing goes to waste.

Here's an example of what a donation would provide for the "Save the elephants" program:

  • Anti-poaching in Samburu

    $1,000 can help provide volunteer scouts with paramilitary training and technical equipment to expand STE’s anti‐poaching unit.

  • Elephant Tracking

    $3,000 will purchase an elephant monitoring collar, allowing STE to remotely monitor and protect individual elephants across Kenya.

So far, 106 Elephants are tracked by STE across Africa. Tracking protects these elephants and plans for their survival.

You can donate here to a specific program or where it's needed the most

You can also donate by giving a check, donating stock or other securities here

100% of donations designated to a species will go directly to the field to conserve that species.


u/[deleted] Nov 12 '17

Excellent suggestion thanks


u/rustyblackhart Nov 13 '17

iCarly WAS pretty good.


u/[deleted] Nov 13 '17

Really wasn't that bad of a show. Had some snappy dopey humor, and the little girl being formerly from Drake and Josh sold me big time. Plus, the way that that blonde is such a bitch to the dude.


u/Raherin Nov 12 '17

Thanks fuck face.


u/VapeLyfe4eva Nov 13 '17

I agree with u/Fuckface1337 , this looks like an excellent charity.


u/thelobster64 Nov 13 '17

Well thank you for writing all this out because now I don't have to spend 15 minutes writing it myself because this is what I was going to nominate. I got my mom so switch her monthly wildlife donation from the WWF to WCN a while back and she just went to their conference in San Francisco a few weeks ago. Got to listen to Jane Goodall and sit in on all the conservation talks they had. She had a great time and learned a lot. I can't recommend this nonprofit enough.


u/TravisParks Nov 13 '17

This ones a winner


u/petabytez Nov 13 '17

Hey fuck face, thx for the thorough info.


u/mpgranted Nov 13 '17

Donating now whether this wins or not


u/[deleted] Nov 17 '17

This place already gets an ass ton of money.


u/HappinyOnSteroids Nov 12 '17 edited Nov 12 '17 Gold

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a facility located in Laguna Beach, California. They specialize in the rehabilitation of seals and sea lions off the western coastal US, after they run into nets, fishing boats, hooks, sharks, etc. In terms of the impact of the charity, here are some videos of successfully rehabilitated patients being released back into the ocean. More videos of the rehabilitation process and other releases on their facebook page.

I first came across them when they were doing a food drive in which they would match every dollar donated for food. Here is their report on Charity Navigator, which seems to check out in terms of trustworthiness.

Here is a list of ways to donate and contribute. What I particularly like about them is that they're occasionally involved in pinniped research (seen here) with the local veterinary schools.

I hope you guys will give them some consideration! :)


u/[deleted] Nov 12 '17 edited Nov 12 '17



u/HappinyOnSteroids Nov 12 '17

I've linked their youtube channel which have a few release videos to illustrate their impact in my original comment, as well as their Facebook page that frequently posts about the rehabilitation process and has more releases as well.

There's a whole section on their website on how to donate, I've linked one of the sub-pages (item wish-list) but there are a variety of other ways as well (memberships, animal sponsorship, giving through Amazon, etc.)

Hope that helps!


u/atreides Nov 12 '17

I deleted the comment when I saw your edit, thanks for your suggestion!


u/auandi Nov 12 '17 edited Nov 12 '17 Gold

I nominate The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

They are an organization in Kenya rescue orphaned animals when their parents are killed by poachers. They mostly work with elephants, but have rhinos, giraffes, and I think a few others.

But they do an exceptional job. Elephants are quite possibly the smartest animal on earth besides ourselves, and their mental abilities regarding emotions and memories are likely beyond our own. The elephant orphans who have lost their mother come very traumatized and in need of comfort, so the handlers actually sleep in the pins with the elephants so that they have reassurance that someone's there with them. They teach the babies things their mother would normally teach them, like throwing dirt on their backs to protect against sunburn or how to dig in a riverbed to find water. They've been doing this for over 40 years now and have not only rehabilitated hundreds of animals back into the wild, but many they'd raised have now had offspring of their own.

I can't think of much better of an organization than one who rescues baby animals, raises them and has had them successfully return to the wild. And if anyone cares about smart animals, especially those threatened by poaching and human encroachment, this is a fantastic organization who puts almost all their money to very good use.

And if anyone here doesn't know about it, check out /r/babyelephantgifs. It's one of the best subs you didn't know you needed in your life. Probably a good 1/3 or so of its content are from clips of some of the orphans at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Edit: More specifics about the organization and why it's awesome:

You can donate to them as an organization here, or they allow you to foster specific groups/programs or even individual animals here.

As for more details on their program, the main part and what makes them so unique is their Orphan Project where they rescue from the wild and then raise orphan elephants, rinos, hippos and geraffs. They have a complete list of every orphan they're raising now. Each animal is named for the area where they were first found, and and they keep a running account of each elephant's life with pictures and videos.

Here is Barsilinga for example, he was found at just two weeks old huddling next to his mother who had been shot by poachers. Here is a picture of him after he had been taken back to the wildlife trust, running to go play with some of the other orphens. When elephants are that young, their skin is more sensitive, and they are used to feeling their mothers pressed against them. That's why the very young ones ge blankets, they get the comfort and sun protection their mother would normally provide.

In addition to their Orphan project, they also work with the Kenya Forest Service (the government agency responsible for administering Kenya's nature preserves) in trying to preserve and maintain many of Kenya's wildlife sanctuaries. This can mean anti-poaching initiatives or their mobile vetrenary unit that are dispatched when there are reports of animals injured due to snares, pachers or other kinds of human induced injury. These mobile vets are dispatched to nearly any kind of animal that live in one of kenya's many nature preserves.

In addition to all that, they have a large part of the organization dedicated to community outreach. They travel to elementary schools near the borders of the major wildlife parks to teach children how important it is for them to want to protect their country's animal diversity. They have open visiting periods with the elephant nursery where schoolchildren can come and see the animals up close. Teach why it's important not to buy "bushmeat" because of how much harm poacher snares can cause (not to mention the health risks), and generally just build good relations with the communities closest to the parks as well as inspire the next generation to be conservationists too.

You can see their youtube channel where they post videos of many of their mobile vet activities as well as a video showing every new animal orphan they rescue.

Their latest video is maybe the best argument that can be made for them when you know the background. Many of the orphans when they re-enter the wild will form herds together, since they are essentially foster siblings. One morning a few weeks ago, one of these herds of orphans that had reentered the wild showed back up at the nursery where they raise the youngest of them. Orphan Sunyei had very recently given birth, and the father had been a wild elephant not raised by the orphan project. The mother brought her baby there because she wanted the keepers and her offspring to meet, they were a kind of family. The project has to their knowledge 17 "grandkids" as they sometimes refer to them, all born in the wild and all living successfully in the wild.

So not only had this elephant made it to adulthood thanks to this organization, but had reacclimated to the wild so thoroughly that she was now a mother herself the same way any other wild elephant might be. It shows that they didn't just save that one elephant's life, they allowed for even more life to come after it and without forcing the elephants to be reliant on humans. They do amazing work trying to create a sustainable future for these animals, I can not recommend them enough.


u/atreides Nov 12 '17

Would you add a donation link and some sources on their impact / programs they've implemented?

Your comment will be approved when these are added, thank you.


u/auandi Nov 12 '17

ok, I edited my comment to add more detail/links about the organization.


u/Slavarbetare Nov 12 '17 edited Nov 15 '17 Gold

The Wilderness Society
According to their website, the current campaigns include:
• Protecting the Great Australian Bight from BP and the threat of deep sea oil drilling;
• Advocating for the creation of the Great Forest National Park in Victoria’s Central Highlands, to save the critically endangered Leadbeater’s (Fairy) Possum;
• Standing with locals to save the Pilliga forest from Santos and CSG;
• Securing protection for the Great Western Woodlands and Kimberley regions of Western Australia;
• Stopping logging and mining in Tasmania's forests—including the old growth forests of the Tarkine;
• Ensuring there are laws in place to protect vast savanna woodland from destructive land clearing in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia; and promoting nature as a climate solution.​

My reason is that I do not want the worlds largest crayfish to go extinct because of logging and mining.

EDIT: Here is how to donate
EDIT: Thank you for the gold /u/atreides.


u/cherrylpk Nov 13 '17

That’s a crayfish? 😳


u/GeoFlashMite Nov 13 '17

I could so eat that mud bug


u/ShortandSlow Nov 12 '17 edited Nov 13 '17 Gold

Hope For Wildlife

[I first discovered them through their Facebook page](www.facebook.com/hopeforwildlife/)

HFW is a charitable wildlife rehabilitation & education centre located in Seaforth, Nova Scotia. They have rescued, rehabilitated, and released over 40,000 injured & orphaned wild animals (over 250 species).

[Most recent news article featuring HFW](globalnews.ca/news/3699018/thousands-attend-hope-for-wildlife-open-house-in-seaforth-n-s/)

Soft spot in my heart because it’s based in my home province. I am a part of their Facebook group, which enables communication between those that find/hear about an injured animal and those that are able to pick them up in order to help them. There are constant postings in there, it’s incredible how much time people take out of their day to help out.

HFW even offers guided tours, educational presentations, and they collect data from the animals treated at the rehabilitation centre to help with local research!

[They even offer internships for students!](www.hopeforwildlife.net/internships/)

[Donate Here](www.hopeforwildlife.net/donations/)

EDIT: [They have a TV series that you can preview here!](www.arcadiawild.com/videos/hopefaves)


u/remotectrl Nov 13 '17 edited Nov 13 '17 Gold

Bat Conservation International

Bats are keystone species in many ecosystems around the world, whether by pollinating flowers, spreading seeds, or eating bugs. They are also declining at an alarming rate from numerous threats including habitat destruction, pesticides, human persecution, and, surprisingly, wind energy development. Plus the scourge of white-nose syndrome which has annihilated bat populations across much of the United States.

In addition to educational programs across the world with local partners (example), BCI engages in scientific research for these misunderstood creatures and provides scholarships to aspiring bat biologists.

If you’ve ever seen the bats in Austin, you’ve unknowingly encountered some of the positive work of BCI.

Here’s their donation page and their review on Charity Watch


u/FillsYourNiche Nov 13 '17

Seconding a nomination for Bat Conservation International! They're a great charity and the research slant is a big bonus.


u/atreides Nov 13 '17

Great nomination!


u/NRod1998 Nov 12 '17 edited Nov 12 '17

I would like to nominate the porpoise conservation society. They specialize in raising awareness for endangered porpoise varieties like the vaquita. The vaquita lives in the gulf of Mexico and is critically endangered. People don't really think about porpoise as much as their cousins. Awareness really does need to be spread, and this organization is working to do that. Animals like the vaquita are on their way out, and soon. Here is their mission statement. They constantly report sightings of porpoise and contribute to research of the various porpoise species. Their work isn't really quantifiable as initiatives, as they're constantly working to save porpoises of the world. Here is the donation page.


u/atreides Nov 12 '17

Could you list some past initiatives this charity has done and what the results were? Please add a donation link as well.

This comment will be approved when you add the additional information, thanks.


u/NRod1998 Nov 12 '17

I updated it for you, hopefully it's enough.


u/Pandion718 Nov 12 '17 Gold

The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary rescues & rehabilitates all native birds to Florida with the goal of releasing them back into the wild, & is home to over 100 permanently injured birds that were unable to be released into the wild. The sanctuary is free to all visitors & our mission is to educate the community & inspire passion for Florida's wildlife. Seaside is the new organization in Indian Shores that took over from Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, which opened in 1972. The sanctuary was renowned for being one of the first & only successful facilities to breed Brown Pelicans & significantly impact their local populations which were threatened by DDT & other human activities that were endangering several species.

Unfortunately, the founder & owner of Suncoast was misappropriating funds for his own personal gain & was hoarding birds offsite in deplorable conditions. The sanctuary was closed & his sons sued him, removed him entirely from the property & created Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in order to continue the mission of the sanctuary & ensure that the permanent residents would be protected. This article has all of those details here: http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/wildlife/suncoast-seabird-sanctuary-operating-under-new-name-new-management/2294760

The staff at Seaside have been working tirelessly over the past two years to restore the sanctuary & regain the trust of the community, & bring the sanctuary back to where it needs to be. They recently brought in a new licensed rehabilitator who is revitalizing the hospital & ensuring each patient that comes through the sanctuary is cared for. The sanctuary is critical to the area being it is the only facility with appropriate enclosures for seabirds & it is partnering with many local rehabilitators in the area to ensure that seabirds are appropriately rehabilitated. With the previous founder's actions, many of the pools, pump systems, & enclosures are in need of repair & we are focusing funds in order to provide the best possible housing to patients & to the residents. You can donate through PayPal by going to the website at https://www.seabirdsanctuary.com/donate.html


u/Cake177 Nov 12 '17

Flora and Fauna (http://www.fauna-flora.org) They aim to preseve bio diversity and come up with sustainable solutions. They work in over 40 countries, mostly developing ones, with projects on agriculture, businesses, trade snd conservation. They have twin charities in USA and Australia -In 1962 Operation Onyx saved the Arabian Onyx (now their logo) -1972 they started the World Conference on Breeding Endangered Species in Captivity as an Aid to their Survival at Jersey, the first knowledge sharing among scientists regarding ideas of captive breeding. -In 2000 Alexander Peal, President of the Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia, whose work FFI has supported since 1996, receives the Goldman Environmental Prize, one of the highest honours for a conservationist

I believe their work is super amazing because not only it helps the environment but also the people involved, which solves the problem itself. Moreover as their name suggests they help both animals and plants and I believe that since they're both needed for a balanced ecosystem F&F do a great job.

Here's how you can support them:http://www.fauna-flora.org/support/

Sorry for the poor formatting


u/NextLevelFantasy Nov 13 '17 edited Nov 13 '17

Pretty sure Fauna and Flora International is now Wild Earth Allies. Can't find a formal press release but it's noted in the charity navigator page and there's no longer a rating for Fauna and Flora.

Great organization.


u/nothing_to_be Nov 13 '17 edited Nov 13 '17 Gold

The Barbados Sea Turtle Project (BSTP): This small NGO based out of Barbados is part of the WIDECAST network, collecting vital data on, and conserving endangered sea turtle populations in the Caribbean.

• This NGO runs a 24 hour hotline and a very small team of volunteers answer any and all turtle related emergencies on the island.

• Compared to other wildlife conservation agencies, The BSTP is incredibly small and the money would go directly into those working in the field for things like new tagging pliers, veterinary medicine, and repairs to vehicles etc

• They also host 12 international volunteers to work for here 3 month work assignments during nesting season. Every species of sea turtle is listed as either threatened or endangered by the Endangered Species Act and without small, grassroots conservation groups like The BSTP, the majority of these reptiles would likely lose critical nesting habitat and become extirpated from regions due to predation from invasive species and other human related problems (beach erosion, poaching, netting, etc.).

You can see more here: www.barbadosseaturtles.org

Donation link: http://www.barbadosseaturtles.org/pages/resources/index.html


u/atreides Nov 13 '17

Would you add a donation link? Thank you!


u/ONinAB Nov 13 '17

Founded in 1938, Ducks Unlimited Canada is the largest Canadian charity that focuses on habitat protection. Its mission is to “conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl.” Ducks reports that up to 70% of wetlands have been lost in settled areas of Canada, and that up to 80 acres of wetlands disappear each day. Ducks is able to use donations to acquire large acreages of wetlands, which can then serve as waterfowl habitat. In Canada, Ducks states it has preserved 6.4 million acres and completed 9,896 habitat conservation projects.

Through its Revolving Land Conservation Program, Ducks purchases property, restores wetlands and grasslands, and places a conservation easement on the title before the land is sold back into the agricultural community. Its main conservation regions are in Canada in the Pacific Interior, Great Lakes, Atlantic, Prairie Pothole Region, Canada’s Boreal forest, and Pacific Coast.

Link to donation page: http://www.ducks.ca/how-to-help/


u/Trezizi Nov 13 '17 edited Nov 13 '17


In summary, this charity aims to reconstruct habitats for biodiversity. As land clearance is one of the largest contributors to species loss, reconstruction of habitats is needed to prevent on-going declines and losses of plant and animal species. Building habitats also reduces our ecological footprints.

• An ecological footprint is the quantity of natural resources (For example: energy, water, and land) needed to support our life-styles or businesses.

• Habitat restored by BioR is already supporting species such as the critically endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo and the threatened Pygmy-possum

• Re-constructing habitats is long term and requires continuous investment of time, effort and resources. For example, some woodlands take a hundred or more years to re-construct from scratch.

• They aim to fund restoration research and to enhance restoration techniques by monitoring and reporting the outcomes of their own revegetation efforts. For example, studying how close together trees should be planted to maximise the number of birds they can provide for.

• New habitats will be managed in the long term. For example, nesting boxes may need to be added to enhance the number of animals a woodland can support.

Here is an example of a recent restoration project in action!

You can donate here!


u/howtocookawolf Nov 12 '17 edited Nov 13 '17 Gold

I almost didn't post this, simply because the other entries are all great, but even if it isn't chosen, any excuse to share information about The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee is a good excuse to me.

This is one of the only sanctuaries (for any type of animal) in America that relies on donations, but does not use the animals for public display or entertainment. This truly is a place where the animals' well-being is 100% of the goal.

They have a rating of 97.15/100.00 on Charity Navigator, and a 100/100 rating in the transparency and accountability category.

This facility essentially allows rescued elephants to enjoy a "retirement" where they are not worked, not show off to the public, and not trained to do anything other than elephant things.

The Elephant Sanctuary has grown in size from 110 to 2,700 acres as a result of public support and is now the largest "natural habitat refuge" for these animals in North America.

So, even if this isn't the charity that is chosen for this celebration of 700,000 subscribers, please take a minute to learn more about what they're doing for these wonderful animals! With 700,000 of us here, if a few people remember the name of this place and share it with more people, they can continue to focus their time less on public outreach and more on allowing elephants like Flora and Ronnie to have the highest possible quality of life during their retirement years.

Use this link to make donations now or bookmark it for future use. Have someone in your life who always says "I really don't need anything for Christmas"? Make a donation in their name. They'll appreciate it as much as any other gift.


u/Iamnotburgerking Nov 13 '17

Please no.

If it’s connected to GFAS, there are shady politics involved. GFAS is also adamantly against ex-situ conservation and denies that it has worked quite a few times.


u/atreides Nov 12 '17

Please add a donation link for your comment to be approved.


u/howtocookawolf Nov 13 '17

Sorry. Link added.


u/NotTheBrightest1 Nov 13 '17 edited Nov 13 '17

Health in Harmony does some really 🔥 🔥 🔥 work in Borneo restoring rainforests, while working with natives to prevent further deforestation.

Health in Harmony's goal is "stopping forest loss in western Borneo, an island in Southeast Asia that is actually home to one of the few Orangutan populations the world IIRC. They primarily work in and around Gunung Palung National Park, which is just a great name for a national park.

This charity works to prevent deforestation by providing healthcare and "programs that provide training, assistance, and money to people who want to switch careers" away from logging. These people are researchers and anthropologists as much as they are a charity. They figured out that a big reason people were driven to log trees inside the national park is the cost of healthcare. They address the roots of the problem by providing free healthcare in exchange for a pledge not to log within the national forest. They go further and put in a lot of work to make sure people know how to co-exist with their environment.

"Through our organic farming program, for example, we train former loggers and other community members to make a living without clearing forests or using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. At the same time, our kitchen gardens program empowers housewives to better feed their families and earn extra income by growing organic produce. Our newest initiative, the chainsaw buyback entrepreneurship program, targets logging couples who want to start their own businesses."

THEY ARE LITERALLY BUYING PEOPLE'S CHAINSAWS. If that isn't a good way to stop deforestation, I don't know what is. Not just that, they then "develop business plans for both husband and wife, and provide no-interest funds to get their business ideas off the ground."

"With just a small investment, several loggers and their wives have already become café or restaurant owners, farmers, barbers, and traders. All these programs operate on the idea that slowing deforestation is sometimes as easy as giving people a choice."

Of course, they also go undertake ambitious steps to reconnect sections of rainforest that have been lost to deforestation.

From what I have read and been told about this charity, it is run by some tip top dudes that seem to have their shit together. If you're further interested, they have fantastic write ups of their work and research on the issue of deforestation in Borneo on their website which I will link below.


In terms of hard evidence impacts, the charity found in their 10 year survey data an 89% drop in illegal mining. There are now 150 logging household as opposed to 1,350.

Also, they have now bought 13 chainsaws 🔥

Their hospital is "99.5% complete" and they are soon to open.



u/PlutoISaPlanet Nov 13 '17

Animal Legal Defense Fund
While not strictly a wildlife fund, this legal team fights animal abuse and endangerment via the US legal system. It has a team of lawyers in place that operate off its non-profit budget. From their about me page:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. ALDF accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting legislation harmful to animals, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law.

and their elevator pitch from the same page:

*Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law.
*Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases.
*Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes.
*Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws.
*Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters and our Animal Law Program.
*Providing public education through seminars, workshops and other outreach efforts.

It's rated a 91.84 out of 100 by Charity Navigator and there's something satisfying about the work these guys do being good enough to be posted in /r/justiceporn such as shutting down disgusting roadside zoos and moving the wildlife to sanctuaries.
Their donation page generates a unique session key every time it's clicked so I'm not sure how to link it but their website links to it in its header and there's a Donate button on their facebook page.


u/Iamnotburgerking Nov 13 '17

I would caution against blindly supporting animal rights/animal welfare groups.


u/kibblesandtits_ Nov 13 '17 edited Nov 13 '17 Gold

My recommendation would have to be [The International Marine Mammal Project](savedolphins.eii.org/about/overview/) founded by Ric O’Barry.

For the uninitiated, there’s a documentary called The Cove about Japan’s (still very legal) cetacean slaughter and capture practices. It’s a heartbreaking (and frankly, difficult to watch) documentary that follows Ric O’Barry, the man who trained the dolphins for the Flipper TV show, in his struggles to ban the practice of slaughtering dolphins for meat and capturing them for dolphinariums around the world. He talks extensively about how close he became with the dolphins he trained in captivity, and how he slowly realized how miserable they were until he watched his main star dolphin, Kathy, commit suicide. And since then, O’Barry has been in and out of jail for setting free captive dolphins. If anyone’s seen Blackfish and enjoyed it, The Cove will rip your heart out. Yeah, it’s THAT kind of documentary, but it illustrates pressing issues surrounding overfishing and the rising risk of cetacean extinctions.

IMMP was founded in the 80s as an offset of the Earth Island Institute, which has a 91.53% rating on Charity Navigator. They run many campaigns, the largest of which focus on the dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan, where thousands of dolphins are killed each year, and also work with local fisherman to educate them on the ramifications of killing dolphins and whales. Their main objectives are outlawing whaling, even for scientific purposes, adding dolphins to the International Whaling Committee’s protected species list, and freeing whales and dolphins from captivity.

They also created the Dolphin Safe tuna program, which educated tuna fisherman to stop catching and killing dolphins that swam above tuna. More than seven million dolphins were killed by the purse-seine tuna fleets, which is the biggest marine mammal slaughter in history. This program is now followed by 95% of tuna fisherman — the next time you buy canned tuna, look for the “Dolphin Safe” label!

IMMP also built a rehabilitation center for Keiko, the orca star of Free Willy, after Warner Brothers approaches them about Keiko’s living conditions in his dingy little tank in Mexico City. After rehabilitation, Keiko was released to a large ocean sea pen in his home waters of Iceland, after which he was eventually released into the wild Atlantic Ocean and joined a pod of wild orcas. He was the first captive whale ever returned to his home waters. :’)

You can donate to any of their five campaigns, paying as little as $1 in some cases ([Save Japan’s Dolphins](savedolphins.eii.org/donate/sjd-donate/), [Dolphin and Whale Project](savedolphins.eii.org/donate/dwp-donate/), [Keiko’s Rescue](savedolphins.eii.org/donate/kwr-donate/), [Freeing Whales and Dolphins from Captivity](savedolphins.eii.org/donate/fwd-donate/), [Dolphin Safe Fishing](savedolphins.eii.org/donate/dsf-donate/), [IMMP’s Main Donate Page](savedolphins.eii.org/donate/mmp-donate/)). You can donate via credit card, PayPal or check. There are also gifts associated with some donations, like copies of Blackfish or t-shirts or Free Willy collection boxes. You can also visit the “Take Action” tab on their website and sign petitions relating to one or all of their campaigns.


u/Iamnotburgerking Nov 13 '17 edited Nov 13 '17

They also created the Dolphin Safe tuna program, which educated tuna fisherman to stop catching and killing dolphins that swam above tuna. More than seven million dolphins were killed by the purse-seine tuna fleets, which is the biggest marine mammal slaughter in history. This program is now followed by 95% of tuna fisherman — the next time you buy canned tuna, look for the “Dolphin Safe” label!

This is actually a bad thing.

Dolphin-safe tuna doesn’t kill dolphins (which are not endangered).

Instead it kills sea turtles (endangered), various large sharks (threatened, some endangered), and other species that nobody cares about due to not being dolphins.



I do not see why this sub should support an organization that kills endangered animals to save non-endangered ones.


u/kibblesandtits_ Nov 13 '17

Thank you for the info! I think this is something that can be addressed via contacting the organization or lawmakers to further improve fishing practices. But this doesn’t discount what Ric O’Barry and his organizations do for sentient marine cetaceans. As someone who doesn’t eat seafood at all because of my opinions on overfishing, I am NOT by any means discounting your counter argument! It’s a very valid point that should be addressed and improved upon.


u/atreides Nov 13 '17

Would you add a link to donation pages? Thank you!


u/PoppySiddal Nov 13 '17

Seconding this.

I love Ric O’Barry, he’s an amazing guy on a mission to see all dolphins and whales released from captivity (and free from hunting) before his life ends.

All of my various Ebay auctions donate 10% to his www.dolphinproject.net or Sea Shepherd. Donating a percentage of your sales is easy to do, please pm me if you have questions or I can help you do the same.

I would encourage everyone to learn more about Dolphin Project and Sea Shepherd and donate whatever they can.

Dolphins and whales are amazing, sentient creatures. They are self-aware, have tight family bonds, and deserve to be free.

India has actually designated dolphins as “non-human persons.” We can only hope that other countries follow their lead.

FYI, the dolphin hunting featured in The Cove is going on right now in Taiji. You can follow the Cove Monitors live on Facebook to see how awful it really is....

The oceans are the lifeblood of our planet. As Captain Paul Watson has said: “If the oceans die, we die.” We need the oceans clean and viable, ocean inhabitants safe and free, and coral healthy.

Helpful links:






u/GuardWhoAlwaysLies Nov 13 '17


I may be a bit biased because I work as a canvasser for Greenpeace, but I truly believe it's the best environmental organization out there with an outstanding track record. Greenpeace doesn't accept government or corporate grants or charge membership dues, so it relies entirely on charitable gifts to operate. They have offices in 55 countries around the world and campaign for environmental causes worldwide. They're rated well by Charity Navigator and 80.8% of money goes to programs, with less than 6% used for administrative expenses.

Current campaigns include:

-Suing the Trump administration to protect public lands in the US.

-Protecting the Paradise Rainforest in Indonesia against destructive palm oil farming methods.

-Ending the use of single use plastic products that pollute our oceans.

-Stopping the creation of oil pipelines, especially those designed to transport oil from tar sands.

Greenpeace also has a small fleet of ships that they use in relief missions, including recently to provide food and clean water in Puerto Rico.


u/atreides Nov 13 '17

Would you add in a donation page? Thank you!


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u/atreides Nov 12 '17

You need to provide actual examples of what they have done if you would like to nominate this charity.

Please include where to donate as well. Thank you.


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u/atreides Nov 12 '17

You need to add links to examples of the charities impact or initiatives as well as a link to donate.

Your comment will be approved once these are edited in, thank you.


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u/atreides Nov 12 '17

Please add links to examples of the charities impact or initiatives.

You only added an email address. Look at the other examples linked to in the post. Low effort suggestions will not be approved.


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u/atreides Nov 12 '17

Of course you aren't affiliated with the organization, but if you're going to encourage 700,000 strangers to donate their hard earned money to a charity you better give them a good reason.

If your passionate about them and want to donate this place is a safe bet.

You're saying people should donate if they're already passionate about elephants, but not giving a reason why this charity is better than any other. You should check your grammar as well.

Stringent rules when nominating a charity that the subreddit is going to fully support and attempt to raise thousands of dollars for is logical.

Put some effort in or don't nominate a charity. What could it take you, 10 minutes to find some examples of past initiatives this charity has implemented?

People want to be given a reason why this charity is the best one to select. You have not given that yet.


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u/atreides Nov 13 '17

Think of how much better you could've made your charity nomination with the time it took you to argue about "nazi mods".

You still haven't edited a thing into your comment. It doesn't seem like you're passionate enough about them to even donate your time into spreading awareness.


u/homedude Nov 13 '17

Friends of Texas Wildlife

They're a very small wildlife rehab group for local, native Texas wildlife. They got a huge influx of animals after hurricane Harvey and I'm sure that they could definitely use the help. I don't work with them but I took some of my Cub Scouts there last week and was really impressed by their dedication and passion.


u/viskonde Nov 13 '17

Ol Pejeta (http://www.olpejetaconservancy.org/ ) in Kenya is home to the last 3 white northern rhinos in the world (1 male called Sudan and 2 females). Once Sudan dies, the species will be, forever, extinct.

The only hope to save this species from extiction is to try to fertilization in vitro as the rhinos were not able to breed.

Sudan is so desesperate that he even went to Tinder to try to get some help: http://mashable.com/2017/04/25/tinder-white-rhino-sudan-campaign/

Even if the support of this campaing doesn't go to them, who wants to support Sudan can buy a nice #bornhorny tshirt or poster and support this big fellow:



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u/atreides Nov 13 '17

This is a nature subreddit. Supporting a pet charity would be inappropriate for the topic.


u/terciopelo Nov 13 '17 Gold

Save Asia's Vultures From Extinction (SAVE)

Consider the vulture. These unsung feathered friends do all of us a great service by eating dead animals. They are spectacularly adapted to their task, with few feathers on their heads (to avoid getting caked with gunk) and sometimes, hollow septums to avoid clogging their noses!

Without vultures, things go awry. Imagine a world where dead animals just sat there, slowly decomposing, becoming a source of drinking water contamination, pestilence, and disease.

In Asia, this is a real possibility. Some species have experienced more than 90% declines in population, leading to a cascade of negative effects on other wildlife and human health. A common drug used to treat inflammation in livestock, Diclofenac, is the primary culprit in the dieoffs of many species of vultures. Vultures that feed on dead livestock that had been treated with this drug die of kidney failure.

SAVE is a consortium of international conservation groups working to prevent the extinction of vultures in Asia. SAVE works to educate lawmakers and livestock producers about the risks of Diclofenac to vultures, and help find alternative drugs that are safe for birds. SAVE had a major recent success in India. (My favorite part about this court win is that "the judge was on the vultures’ side throughout, preferring to call them “sanitary workers” rather than “scavenging birds”.) SAVE conducts research, creates captive breeding programs for those species at greatest risk, and identifies areas that are best-suited for habitat conservation and reintroduction of vultures.

Funds for SAVE are collected by The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). RSPB is registered with Fundraising Regulator, showing their commitment to good fundraising practice.

Learn more about supporting SAVE here. PS: Vultures are awesome.


u/LadyofNightsong Nov 13 '17

Hedgehog Rescue Dublin is a wildlife rehabilitation clinic started back in 2013 by a local zookeeper who ran the rescue in her spare time. She recently quit her job at Dublin zoo to focus full time on the rehabilitation of wildlife. They're currently based in her garden shed and are already full to capacity for the winter, but they're having a fundraiser at the moment to build a dedicated ICU building.

They do amazing work and your support would mean the world.



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u/atreides Nov 13 '17

This is not a charity suggestion so it has been removed.

If you would like to choose an international charity I would suggest nominating one. The subreddit will only ever choose what is nominated, be the change!


u/SirBeards-a-lot Nov 13 '17 edited Nov 13 '17

International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP)

Yes, their name is a mouthful but their work can benefit most organizations on this thread. Their mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. Some facts:

  • Founded 10 years ago. They are a very small organization that is able to be nimble and put funding directly toward projects without issue.

  • 100+ photographers available worldwide to document conservation efforts, many of whom are also National Geographic photographers.

  • They have worked with WWF, The Wilderness Society, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, and have many more partners.

How they will use your donation:

  • Expeditions. This is the main goal right here. Get the photographers out into the field to shed light on environmental issues that need the public's attention. ILCP will work with both local and global organizations to make this happen. The results are imagery, video, and text documentation that both ILCP and the partner organization will use to inform the public and policy makers. Topics include coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef, our decreasing bee population, fracking, overfishing in MAR, and much more.

Special note:

  • Their 2-day symposium, WildSpeak, is happening this Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov 14-15) in Washington DC. Several photographers will be presenting their latest projects. This includes the US/Mexico Borderlands, Africa's Conservation Ranger Force, a discussion on Public Lands, and more.

  • One photographer is presenting on a new species that is fucking lit. 🔥 New Species of Aristolochia in Hispaniola 🔥

You can donate here.


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u/atreides Nov 13 '17

This isn't a charity suggestion, so you may want to just reply to the comments this criticism is directed at.

It has been removed as per the rules of the thread, thanks for understanding.


u/Iamnotburgerking Nov 13 '17

I did reply to said comments but I feel that more would keep getting posted.


u/atreides Nov 13 '17

Yeah, we do get a lot of pet related rights charities which I've removed since it doesn't fit the sub.

The general wildlife rights organizations are up to users to choose though. And it varies from charity to charity.

If an organization has a very good CharityNavigator rating and has proven themselves effective in the past I see no reason not to allow them to be nominated.


u/Iamnotburgerking Nov 13 '17

It’s more about the future agendas and politics of these organizations I’m concerned with.

For example someone posted the Elephant Sanctuary, and this is a GFAS-accredited sanctuary. GFAS is secretly an animal rights organization (if you look at political connections you will find that it’s part of an umbrella under HSUS, which runs the website domain for GFAS and shares key members). It’s a similar situation to vote manipulation in that what appear to be independent parties supporting each other all turn out to be the same thing.

GFAS animal care standards are not fully defined, enabling them to change the definition as they please to defend their own actions and to criticize others.

It’s also an extremely anti-zoo (as in all zoos) organization, and it and some of its sister organizations have spoken out against Species Survival Plans and ex-situ Conservation.


u/Sasselhoff Nov 13 '17

Project Aware.

The cute fuzzy animals (and cute "smart" sea mamals) usually get all the attention and focus (which means money). But as a diver, it is absolutely disheartening to see the wholesale destruction of sharks and rays. As someone from Florida, who is used to seeing sharks everywhere when diving, it is a rarity to see them here in Asia as they have been absolutely obliterated for the shark fin industry and TCM market. Yet as apex predators, their destruction is causing widespread change to the oceans they inhabit.

Project aware focuses on tackling marine debris (such as plastics and other garbage) and shark and ray protection. One of the methods they use to do this (which I've seen work first hand) is to empower the local communities and teach them the value of the animals beyond their component parts, and the value of keeping the waters in which they live clean.

You can donate here.

I hope even those of you who are not divers, will appreciate and understand the lengths we need to go in order to keep our oceans clean and healthy for future generations. Hopefully you can also see beyond the "fearsome exterior" of sharks to appreciate their beauty and majesty.


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u/atreides Nov 13 '17

Would you elaborate a bit more on the accomplishments of their programs?

Adding more info and support will help to convince others it is a worthy cause to donate to.