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ten of the best organisations to follow that help endangered animals

Do you remember being taught about endangered animals during your school years? You may have even researched some of the organisations that are involved in the conservation of these species for a school project.

The rate at which animals are becoming endangered and extinct is increasing at an exponential rate.

That’s why we’ve researched and listed ten of the best organisations you can follow, all of which work towards the protection of endangered animals.


1) The International Rhino Foundation

Support rhino conservation with the International Rhino Foundation

Who are they?

The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) has been funding and operating rhino conservation programs that aim to support the well-being of rhinos worldwide for over 25 years. 

Their major operations are in Africa and Asia, where most of the rhino species live. 

Which endangered animals do they work with?

They contribute towards the conservation of all five rhino species that are vulnerable to poaching:

  • Sumatran rhino
  • Javan rhino
  • greater one-horned rhino
  • black rhino
  • white rhino.

How can I support this organisation?

The IRF has an online shop where you can buy anything from jewellery to rhino-printed hoodies, or rhino-printed baby onesies. 

All the money raised by online purchases goes towards different programs working to conserve rhino populations all around the world. 

You can also join their social media campaign, #TeamRhino.

Follow IRF on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

2) The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

the world wildlife fund is one of the most popular organisations to follow to help endangered animals

Who are they?

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is probably the most well-known conservation organisation out there, so it doesn’t need much of an introduction. 

The organisation has been working in wildlife conservation for nearly six decades and their efforts haven’t been in vain – they have made a huge positive impact in our natural world, both on land and in the ocean.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

The WWF supports any animals that would benefit from conservation activities. 

And their efforts stretch far and wide – from the freezing Antarctic to the sunny skies of Mexico, and the vast  bushveld of Africa

Some of the animals they contribute towards conserving are:

  • chimpanzees
  • dolphins
  • elephants
  • gorillas
  • leopards
  • orangutans
  • tigers
  • turtles
  • rhinos
  • whales.

What is their vision?

“WWF fights to secure a future for animals on the planet we all share. We envision, create, test and deliver solutions for a crowded planet.” 

Follow WWF on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

3) Project AWARE Foundation

Support Project Aware with marine conservation efforts

Who are they?

The Project AWARE Foundation is focused on scuba dive based marine conservation in the world’s oceans. 

They have been supporting and operating ocean conservation projects for over two decades.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

Sharks and rays are in the spotlight, as they have joined with their conservation partners to form the Shark League for the Atlantic and Mediterranean

But, their Clean Ocean and Healthy Ocean programs seek to conserve all marine life.

How can I join the movement?

Whether you’re a diver already, or just passionate about marine conservation, you can join the Project AWARE movement. 

They have an online environmental community working together for ocean conservation.

Follow the Project AWARE Foundation on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

4) The Jane Goodall Institute

Original photo:Grizzled Chimpanzee” by Will Keightley is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Who are they?

The Jane Goodall Institute is a global, non-profit organisation focused on community-centred chimpanzee conservation efforts. 

The organisation was founded by Dr Jane Goodall, a primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist who was passionate about people, animals and the natural world.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

To date, the Jane Goodall Institute has supported:

  • the protection of over 1,490,000 acres of great ape habitat
  • over 5,000 chimpanzees and gorillas
  • about 130 communities.

What is their mission?

“The Jane Goodall Institute promotes understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat and builds on the legacy of Dr Jane Goodall, our founder, to inspire individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people and to protect the world we all share.”

Follow The Jane Goodall Institute on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

5) Panthera

Who are they?

Panthera is a wildlife conservation organisation exclusively devoted to conservation efforts aimed at  the  world’s 38 wildcat species. 

By protecting these species, they support the health and survival of plants, other animals, and even humans.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

Their main projects help to protect the most endangered wild cat species:

  • cheetahs
  • jaguars
  • leopards
  • lions
  • pumas
  • snow leopards
  • tigers.

How can I support this organisation?

By donating to Panthera and supporting conservation projects, you’ll assist them in decreasing the killing of wild cats around the world. 

GVI, and the Coastal Jaguar Conservation in Jalova, have joined efforts with Panthera to gain a better understanding of the jaguar population in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica.

Follow Panthera on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

6) The International Crane Foundation

Original photo:Crane” by “Michael Whyte” is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Who are they?

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is built around supporting endangered cranes around the world.

Their headquarters are in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in the USA, but their efforts extend across the globe. 

They have a regional base in China and partnerships in Cambodia, India, South Africa, Texas, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

As the organisation’s name states, their projects help to protect and restore wild crane populations.

What is their mission?

“The International Crane Foundation works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend.”

Follow ICF on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

7) The Wildlife Conservation Society

Who are they?

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) was founded in 1895 and is committed to protecting the world’s wildlife, focusing on 14 global regions. 

Their activities are aimed at combining science, conservation and education.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

They protect animals threatened by issues like climate change and the misuse of resources. These species include:

  • apes
  • bears
  • big cats
  • carnivores
  • elephants.

How can I support this organisation?

As WCS states, wildlife is worth protecting and there are a range of ways in which you can get involved to contribute to their cause.

Follow WCS on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram to find out more.

8) International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


Who are they?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was the world’s first global environmental organisation. 

They work towards finding solutions to pressing environmental challenges. 

Over 185 countries form part of the union and they have thousands of field projects around the globe.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

Apart from programs based on themes like business, economics, gender, global policy, social policy, water and world heritage, the IUCN supports various environment-focused initiatives. 

They also run the Save Our Species project.

This project aims to support threatened species and their habitats. The following are just some of the animals that have benefitted from these conservation efforts:

  • African elephants
  • African lions
  • Atlantic humpback dolphins
  • Bengal tigers
  • crocodiles
  • green sea turtles
  • leopards
  • manatees
  • penguins
  • scalloped hammerhead sharks.

How can I learn more about the IUCN?

Have a look at this video from the IUCN to give you a better idea of how you can be part of their efforts.

Follow IUCN on: Facebook | Twitter

9) Gorilla Doctors

Gorillas are an endangered species who are in need of protection

Who are they?

The Gorilla Doctors are an organisation focused on mountain gorilla veterinary projects. 

The organisation is dedicated to safeguarding wild mountain gorillas through proper veterinary care.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

This international team of veterinarians provides critically endangered gorillas with much needed medical care.

How can I support this organisation?

You can donate to Gorilla Doctors to add to the impact they make in the conservation of gorillas. Follow them online to find out how.

Follow Gorilla Doctors on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

10) Defenders of Wildlife

support wildlife conservation in North America with Defenders of Wildlife

Who are they?

Defenders of Wildlife work to safeguard and promote the population numbers of endangered species in North America and around the world.

Which endangered animals do they work with?

The organisation plans their support efforts according to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and supports any endangered wildlife and plants through conservation projects. 

They have successfully assisted in the conservation of:

  • bison in the Colorado prairie
  • fishers in Washington
  • polar bears in the Arctic.

What is their vision?

This movement is focused on activities that ensure that, “diverse wildlife populations in North America are secure and thriving, sustained by a network of healthy lands and waters.”

Follow on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Contribute to wildlife conservation with GVI

These ten organisations are adding to wildlife conservation in meaningful ways, and you could make an impact on the ground too.  

With GVI, you can sign up and contribute to numerous wildlife and marine conservation projects. 

When you volunteer abroad, you can choose from programs aimed at conserving endangered animals such as jaguars, sea turtles, Asian elephants, rhinos,cheetahs and so many more.

Join one of GVI’s award-winning marine or wildlife conservation programs, partner with leading organisations, and make a meaningful impact in wildlife conservation.