The Wilderness Wildlife Trust is an independent entity that dedicates funds to improving protection, knowledge and management of southern Africa’s wildlife – from the rare and endangered to the inconspicuous and understudied. The aim of the Trust is the long-term conservation of Africa’s rich natural heritage and to make a difference to Africa, her wildlife and her people.
The Wilderness Wildlife Trust was formed in the late 1980s when it was understood that Wilderness as a company could do only so much for conservation and needed a dedicated vehicle to take things further. More funds and a greater reach were needed in order for the company to be an even more effective conservation organisation. It was decided that an independent entity that facilitated fundraising and the dispensing of the monies to deserving projects would mean that, both directly and indirectly, Wilderness could reach more people, wildlife and places than before.
The Trust supports a wide variety of projects throughout southern Africa in three categories:
i) research and conservation,
ii) community empowerment and education, and
iii) anti-poaching and management.
These projects address the needs of existing wildlife populations, seek solutions to save threatened species and provide education and training for local people and their communities.