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Big Cat Conservation

Photography for Big Cats is about supporting wildlife conservation work around Big Cats. In this context, we have reviewed various wildlife conservation charities and projects over the last couple of years in order to ensure that money, we raise and contribute to Big Cat conservation will actually help the cats and not with overhead expenses of charities.

Most of the Big Cat conservation groups and projects, we selected, are run by a very small number of staff, and in most cases the staff is not paid out of the wildlife conservation groups' funds. None of the groups we support have big fundraising or marketing departments as the limited number of staff is working in the field and/or the project co-ordination.

The groups and projects we are supporting financially through
  • Our fundraising stall at zoos and wildlife parks,
  • Specific fundraising events,
  • Contributions out of Barbara's Amur leopard book (to be published in February 2013),
  • Our online fundraising appeal
are


Below is some more information about the individual organisations/projects, links to their web sites and information on how you can help each of these groups:
Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA)
ALTA is a coalition of 14 international and Russian NGOs, working together for the conservation of the Amur leopards and tigers. ALTA members have been co-operating for many years in developing, financing and implementing conservation projects in Russia and China.
ALTA’s conservation approach is based on good science, thorough threat analysis and long-term commitment. Their projects are carefully monitored and evaluated. The Photography for Big Cats' contributions go directly to support field work like the monitoring of the wild Amur leopard population, anti poaching patrols, fire fighting teams in the Amur leopard habitat, assessment of health threats in the wild and also in the captive Amur leopard populations. The list is endless, but ALTA is making sure that the funds are used wisely, to benefit the critically endangered Amur leopards and the endangered Amur tigers.

For more information about ALTA and the Amur leopards in general please visit the ALTA web page.

You can help by donating directly via our JustGiving-ALTA page or via the collection boxes at our fundraising stalls (donations via JustGiving will be forwarded to ALTA on a weekly based; collection box donations are forwarded immediately after fundraising events).


Wildlife Vets International (WVI)
Wildlife Vets International is a charity, created to give conservation workers the veterinary support and skills, they need.

They provide veterinary services for conservation projects, including training for staff, who are working hands-on with endangered species, plus a rapid response to conservation emergencies. The work that Dr. John Lewis from WVI is doing around the Amur leopards and tigers in Russia and beyond is very comprehensive and includes besides the examination of leopards and tigers in the field, the training of local vets and conservation staff in the safe sedation of the cats and other wildlife as well as in taking samples and storing these. Besides these responsibilities, Dr.Lewis has also defined guidelines for the health screening of captive leopards as part of the Amur leopard release program.

For more information about WVI and their work also with other animal species please visit the Wildlife Vets International web page.

You can help by donating directly via our JustGiving-WVI page or via the collection boxes at our fundraising stalls (donations via JustGiving will be forwarded to WVI on a weekly based; collection box donations are forwarded immediately after fundraising events).


21st Century Tiger
The 21st Century Tiger Fund is a wild tiger conservation partnership between Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Global Tiger Patrol and the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation. This coalition raises funds for tiger conservation projects in the field.

The partnership was established in 1997 and has since then raised more than £1.7 million for 70 projects in 7 countries. Based on this achievement it has become one of the seven top tiger funding agencies worldwide.

Their mission is
  • To raise funds from government, the corporate sector, zoos and individuals, for projects, which significantly contribute to the conservation of tigers in the wild
  • To raise the profile of tigers through developing public awareness and educational programmes
  • To work with the international conservation and scientific community
  • To utilise the wide range of resources held by the partnership between Global Tiger Patrol and the Zoological Society of London

For more information about 21st Century Tiger please visit the 21st Century Tiger web page.

You can help by donating directly via our JustGiving-21st Century Tiger page or via the collection boxes at our fundraising stalls (donations via JustGiving will be forwarded to 21st Century Tiger on a weekly based; collection box donations are forwarded immediately after fundraising events).