There are perhaps more than 10 million species that exist on Earth, of which only about 1.6 million have been identified. Humans are just one of these species.
Yet we have made dramatic and irreversible changes to our planet, altering it in such a way that many species are on the brink of extinction. In fact, species are dying at a rate not seen since the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. This is an extinction crisis.
Threats to Wildlife
Wildlife are particularly threatened by changes to their ecosystem. Through hunting, habitat fragmentation, introduction of invasive species, local pollution and climate change, humans have made permanent changes to the fabric of life on which all species depend and thrive.
Biodiversity is what makes our planet unique, and why it is so imperative to save it.
Save Species Threatened with Extinction
Project Peril prioritizes species listed as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. The IUCN Red List rigorously assesses species to determine risk of extinction. All Project Peril priority species have experienced significant population and geographic range losses, which make them officially threatened with risk of extinction.
Additionally, Project Peril works to identify wildlife that are particularly important for conservation. These include keystone species like the Jaguar, which play an essential role in the functioning of an ecosystem; umbrella species like the Tiger, whose protection indirectly ensures the protection of other species in the habitat; evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered species like the Pangolin, which have few close relatives left on the planet; and flagship species like the Elephant, charismatic species that encourage conservation at large.
Address Threats to Wildlife
Habitat loss and degradation is the number one cause of wildlife decline (according to WWF 2016). Unsustainable agriculture, residential and commercial development, transportation, deforestation, energy production and mining all contribute to the problem. Our Wildlife Recovery Partners are closely linked to the land, protecting wildlife corridors, securing protected areas, and conducting wildlife population surveys to keep informed on the impact of conservation efforts.
Conflict between people and animals is a major threat to wildlife around the world – and a threat to local populations. As wildlife are pushed out of their natural habitat, they often end up in the backyards of local people. When people lose their crops, livestock, property, and sometimes their lives from encounters with wildlife, the often end up killing the wildlife in retaliation. Our Wildlife Recovery Partners help farmers and ranchers coexist with their wildlife neighbors by giving them the tools to improve their livestock management practices and sustain economic growth.
Illegal Wildlife Trade
Wildlife trafficking is a lucrative and deadly industry. Each year, billions of dollars worth of slaughtered animals and their body parts are traded on black markets around the world. Our Wildlife Recovery Partners are working tirelessly to fight back – through legal channels to enforce stricter penalties for wildlife criminals; on education initiatives to raise awareness and reduce demand; on training for local rangers to keep wildlife safe, and on recovery efforts to provide sanctuary for animals rescued from the trade.
Thoroughly Evaluate our Partners
Our Wildlife Recovery Partners are innovative and entrepreneurial, constantly looking for new ways to address the many challenges inherent in saving species and adapt to realities on the ground. They work in remote and wild places and are always striving for results.
When you donate to Project Peril, you know your money is making an immediate and direct impact on the ground. Our organizations are financially efficient with their funding – yet have the organizational capacity necessary to make effective use of your donations. Through Project Peril, 90% of funds are used to support programs in the field.
In most parts of the world, wildlife exist alongside communities. There can be no solution with the involvement and engagement of local communities. Our goal is to ensure people thrive along with wildlife, through the development of new jobs, skills training, economic benefits, education, and health clinics.