Welcome to Wildlife Initiative!
Today our NGO will be introduced to the world through our website. We operate internationally wherever is needed to help the conservation of threatened or less known wild species. Our brunch already active in Mongolia aims at implement our mission with projects on the Pallas’s cat, on the snow leopard, on mammal communities and on the ecosystem in general. We are working hard to open new branches in Italy, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and in Ecuador, countries where we are already working.
Why in Mongolia?
Mongolia is a peaceful place where local people are warm and local biologists collaborative. However, there are a lot of difficulties due to the lack of infrastructures and the huge territory. For instance, implementing systematic surveys which are at the base of conservation projects, can be challenging. Moreover, in the last decades, the help of qualified biologists and conservationists (Mongolians and from other countries) to support local communities to protect their wildlife has become necessary. In fact, Mongolia switched from a centralized government in the 1990’s to an open market, which caused an exponential growth of the cashmere trade. This caused habitat degradation due to the higher number of goats and increased human-carnivore conflicts due to livestock depredation and retaliatory killing. We are very active on studying species status and ecology and planning conservation actions based on scientific results, always involving the local communities and institutions.
Why in DRC?
Due to the huge richness of minerals such as cobalt and coltan, elements used as components of electronic devices, the DRC has gone through many civil wars and instabilities in the last decades. A number of international companies are interested in keeping the instability in the country, in order to use the local militia for illegal extractions, “cleaned up” once minerals are moved to Rwanda or adjoining countries. One of the main consequences, is the government having a scarce control of the territory, and militia and poachers systematically exterminating wildlife. In DRC we will train local biologists to restore their land also by means of surveys involving local communities in a long-term conservation project starting with the recovery of large fauna in the Upemba National Park.
Why in Ecuador?
Ecuador has an unbelievable biodiversity due to the presence of habitats such as the Amazon forest, the Andean mountain, and the costal forest, which looks at the Galapagos islands. The opening of a branch in this country is at a very early stage however we are making agreements with the staff of the Eastern Andean Protected Area, which someone considers the place with the highest biodiversity in the world. The protected area has never established a systematic long-term research and conservation plan involving local communities and we are ready to give our help on making it happen! Furthermore, our branch in Ecuador will be our headquarter in South America where not only we are planning to work on threatened species, but also on the less known ones. Our aim is to protect them throughout the continent thanks to our relationship with biologists and conservationists living there.
Why in Italy?
Since most of the volunteers who have offered their skills as well as the founder of Wildlife Initiative, Claudio Augugliaro, are Italians, we chose Italy as a bridge to let the western world understand the threats to wildlife occurring in other areas of the planet. We will use a well-developed network including media, other NGOs, wildlife conservation and research institutes, to achieve our mission of telling the story behind the threats which are often omitted or not known by most of the the people living in the western world, who, with their daily actions, are often “innocents responsible” of the severe risks wildlife over the continents are running
Find more in our website and social network!
Since March 31st 2021, Wildlife Initiative is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube, to spread and share the contents available in our website.
Our website shares the activities we are involved in, describes the threats to the ecosystems which we take care of and explains the findings of our researches on our target species and the ecosystem. The content shared in the website includes multimedia from the field, scientific papers to download for free and many stories to be read. Through the homepage of our website you will be connected to our projects, our stories and our contacts. From the menu on the top you can explore an introductive page for each field by clicking on the main buttons (Projects, Join us, Multimedia, About us, Blog, Contacts). On each field you will find submenus to explore more in detail each project, your expedition with us, photos and videos, downloads of scientific papers, our story, our team, our partners, news/stories. Every week a story will be shared with you through socials. What will they be about? Our expeditions from Mongolia to Ecuador passing by DRC, the description of the habitats, the journey with local people and the news related to ours NGO. Furthermore, every week a multimedia (photo or video) related to landscape, species, and people from our working areas will be shared with you.
From June 2021, every month, a high-quality PDF with photos and text will be available for our members (subscription from June 2021). There you will read about all the species we somehow included in our studies and conservation measures from Mongolia to Ecuador, through the DRC: The Pallas’s cat, the snow leopard, the Daurian pika, the Siberian pit viper, the African Elephant, the lion, the common leopard, the Kanole forest treefrog, the spectacled bear, the Andean tapir, the Andean cat, the jagur, the Andean forest pit-viper, and other hundreds of species we will deal with!