IUCN’S Red List
This IUCN’s division provides information and analyzes on the status, trends and threats to species in order to inform and catalyze action for biodiversity conservation. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, and objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species.
Save Our Species (SOS)
SOS – Save Our Species, is a global coalition initiated by the 3 founding partners IUCN, GEF and World Bank to build the biggest species conservation fund, supporting on-the-ground field conservation projects all over the world. Grants are allocated according to strategic directions identified in consultation with IUCN`s Species Program and Species Survival Commission.
Animals Asia Foundation
The organization is devoted to the welfare of wild and urban animals in Asia. It has three flagship programs: End Bear Farming, Cat and Dog Welfare and Action against Cruelty. Its headquarters are in Hong Kong and the group has offices in Australia, China, Germany, Italy, the UK, USA and Vietnam.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) focuses attention on the four areas in which the largest number of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: factory farms, laboratories, the clothing trade, and the entertainment industry. It works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.
Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. The defenders work on the ground, with policy makers and in the courts. The organization focuses on conserving species native to the United States. It also has a special international team that fights for imperiled sharks, parrots, frogs, sea turtles and mangrove forests.
The international NGO works to end wildlife smuggling. WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes by reducing demand through public awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection. Based in San Francisco, the organization has programs in the United Kingdom, China, Canada, India, Indonesia and Ecuador.
Established in 1976, the organization operates as a joint program of WWF and IUCN and as a registered charity in the UK. It works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. TRAFFIC has staff in 30 countries. A major part of TRAFFIC’s program is working closely with law makers, law enforcers and the judiciary, to ensure appropriate laws are in place, are fully understood by those enforcing them and that transgressors receive appropriate penalties.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. It regulates the world’s wildlife trade since 1975. Roughly 5,000 species of animals and 29,000 species of plants are protected by CITES against over-exploitation through international trade.
Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking (CAWT)
The organization aims to focus public and political attention and resources toward ending the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products. It improves wildlife law enforcement. It reduces consumer demand for illegally traded wildlife by raising awareness of the impacts of illegal wildlife trade. It catalyses high-level political will to fight wildlife trafficking.
The organization is a global Partnership of conservation organisations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. One of the main BirdLife’s aims is to prevent the extinction of any bird species.
International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)
Founded in 2008, the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global coalition. Its mission is to undertake science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing by-catch and promoting ecosystem health.
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Their mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. The group exposes and confronts illegal activities on the high seas.
The NGO’s mission is to ensure the future of the world’s 37 wildcat species through scientific leadership and global conservation action. Panthera has conducted over 155 wildcat conservation projects, carried out projects in 59 countries (out of 195 countries) and provided scholarships to 58 students (MS and PhD) to cultivate the next generation of cat experts and conservation leaders around the world.
Humane Society International
The organization protects all animals, including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and those in the wild. It provides relief to animals and communities impacted by natural and man-made disasters. It serves as an advisor on environmental matters that arise in the course of free trade agreement negotiations. Helping communities earn a living without harming animals or the environment. Humane Society has 11 million supporters.
Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
The organization uses undercover investigations via hidden filming, false front companies and detective work to expose environmental crimes and abuses of the natural world. Their investigators work in dangerous circumstances to bring back the evidence to put before key decision-makers and legal bodies, successfully campaigning for changes in international law and the policy of governments.
African Conservation Foundation
Founded in 1999, the African NGO is working towards the protection and conservation of Africa’s endangered wildlife and their habitats. It links conservation initiatives across Africa. The group provides training, support and technical assistance for conservation groups and NGOs. It conducts on-the-ground conservation projects in Kenya, Cameroon and Tanzania.
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, the organization manages 200 million acres of wild places around the world. It has over 500 field conservation projects in 60 countries. Through expansive population surveys, high-tech tools like camera traps and radio collars, and collaboration with a wide array of local, national, and international partners, WCS is working to conserve key wildlife populations.
In 2009, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project teamed up with the Wildlife Health Center in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, to form Gorilla Doctors. It provides life-saving medical care to the critically endangered mountain and Grauer’s gorillas of Rwanda, Uganda, and DR Congo. There are only 780 mountain gorillas left in the world today. The wellbeing of every individual gorilla is vital to the species’ survival.
Rainforest Action Network (RAN)
Headquartered in San Francisco, the Rainforest Action Network believes that logging ancient forests for copy paper or destroying an endangered ecosystem for a week’s worth of oil is not just destructive, but outdated and unnecessary. It pushes companies to balance profits with principles; protect endangered forests and the communities that depend on them. The organization has won more than a dozen landmark commitments from America’s largest corporations, including Citi, Home Depot, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Kinko’s, Boise and Lowe’s.
Wildlife Friends Foundations Thailand (WFFT)
The Thai NGO rescues, rehabilitates and cares for wildlife that has been exploited by people or otherwise come into human conflict. It raises awareness and concern for wildlife and its habitat in Thailand and Southeast Asia. The organization also has a wildlife rescue center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals previously exploited as pets or used for profit within the tourist industry.