David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
The Oliver Foundation is committed to supporting organisations which have demonstrated long term commitments to environmental issues.
David Shepherd is known internationally as an artist and ambassador for wildlife. In 1960 he become a conservationist overnight when he witnessed 255 zebra lying dead around a poisoned waterhole in Tanzania. Since then, with the help of supporters across the world, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) has given away over £3million in grants to save critically endangered mammals in their wild habitat and benefit the local people who share their environment.
DSWF is an adaptable and flexible, non-bureaucratic organisation responding promptly to conservation threats by supporting trusted, reputable individuals and organisations operating in the field. Lean on administration but generous on funding, DSWF supports a range of innovative, vital and far-reaching projects throughout Africa and Asia, achieving real results for wildlife survival by:
- Sending undercover agents into the field to investigate illegal wildlife crime
- Training and supplying anti-poaching patrols
- Establishing nature reserves and other protected areas
- Working with governments to establish conservation laws and regulations
- Educating wildlife consumers about the plight of the animals they 'use'
- teaching young people about endangered wildlife through art and school projects
"Since time immemorial, one species became extinct every century. Today, one becomes extinct every hour. Wildlife around the world is being decimated by an awesome onslaught of threats ranging from habitat destruction and hunting, to pollution. Another serious threat - wildlife crime - is alone worth a staggering US $8billion annually, second only to the illegal trade in drugs. People have slaughtered 98% of the world's black rhinos, we have wiped out more than half of Africa's elephants and three sub-species of tiger have disappeared forever. Join me in my fight for the survival of critically endangered mammals and their habitat. We need your help today - tomorrow will be too late".
David Shepherd OBE FRSA
Their 'Art for Survival' programme is also a key aspect of their work and The Oliver Foundation is pleased to be a supporter of this annual event. Visit www.wildlifeartistoftheyear.org for more information.