Our Focus in Africa

Home to diverse wildlife, Africa’s biodiversity provides critical ecosystem services. However, it’s estimated that by 2100, the region could lose over 50% of its bird and mammal species, as well as most of its plant species as a result of climate change.

However, in addition to natural habitat loss and degradation, the direct overexploitation of wildlife is an even more immediate threat to these species. This loss of biodiversity affects livelihoods, water supply, food security and leaves the region more vulnerable to extreme events like disasters.

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Our Work with Tigers and Lions


Soon after the Guatemalan government banned animal circuses, Greater Good Charities partnered with Animal Defenders International (ADI) to rescue 18 exploited and abused lions and tigers, including two cubs, Max & Stripes. Circus-goers would play with the cubs and if the cubs protested, they would be severely punished. The cubs and their mother were regularly separated, much to their distress.

For over a year, ADI team members on the ground bravely stood by these animals despite unprecedented attempts to disrupt and derail the rescue operation including intimidation and harassment of the rescue team.

In early 2020, with your support, 12 tigers and five lions were flown to safety and are thriving at the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary (ADIWS) in South Africa.

Photo Courtesy of Animal Defenders International

Our Work with the Black Rhino


From 1970 to 1995, the population of black rhinos declined by 96%, from around 70,000 individuals to just 2,410. Thanks to conservation efforts, that number is now 5,000, but we still have a long way to go.

Project Peril has worked with Save the Rhino International to enable member conservancies in Kenya to respond to poaching threats or emergencies for black rhinos. Thanks to our donors, we’ve provided emergency veterinary care for three critically endangered black rhinos: Kitui, Kati, and their calf Meimei.

Meimei, a black rhino calf, was born blind and had to be rescued to be hand-reared. Her treatment required extensive veterinary care, with gallons of milk and supplements to aid her growth and recovery. Thanks to the excellent care she received, the infection that caused her blindness has now gone, and Meimei has fully regained her eyesight! As she grows, she will gain confidence with the hope that she will be able to be successfully released back into the wild.

Increased security and high-quality veterinary care have saved countless black rhino’s lives like Kitui and Meimei. With so few rhinos left, each life saved is invaluable.

Photo Courtesy of Save The Rhino International

Endangered Species in This Area


Cheetahs

Cheetahs once ranged across almost the entire African continent and into Asia, but today they are found in only 9% of their historic range. Now, these extraordinary creatures are Africa's most endangered cat. With our partners, we're working to protect the cheetah from extinction.

Chimpanzees

Over the past 30 years, the chimpanzee population has plummeted due to poaching for bushmeat, habitat loss, and infectious diseases. With your support, we work to protect their habitat and put a stop to illegal poaching.

African Rhinos

Over the past 40 years, the rhino population has dropped over 95%. Every year, billions of dollars worth of rhino horn are traded on the black market. We work with our partners to protect land, raise awareness, and put an end to the illegal wildlife trade.

Become a Protector

Join our community of sustaining members and your recurring gift will protect endangered species and their habitat, month after month.

Save the Giraffe

Over the past 30 years, the number of giraffes has dropped by 40%. Help us battle the threats of deforestation and poaching.

Plant a Tree

We work with our partners around the world to combat habitat loss and plant trees where they are most needed. Join us!