There are believed to be over 4,000 dolphins, porpoises and whales in captivity worldwide. Studies indicate that the public is increasingly concerned about their individual welfare, with the popularity of the captive attractions reportedly in decline. AMLS needs urgent support to realise their goal of becoming the first facility to combine the rescue and care for marine life with a refuge for displaced dolphins from captive attractions.
‘ANIMONDIAL has been one of the first organisations who believed in the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary and supported its creation since the very early stages. The conservation world is in great need of companies like Animondial who have animal welfare in their heart and can create bridges linking people who share the same values and want to create a real difference in the protection of wildlife.’ – Anastasia Miliou, Scientific Director, Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation
The future of Cameroon’s gorillas, chimpanzees and other primates are under threat by habitat loss and fragmentation, illegal hunting and the pet trade. Ape Action Africa seeks ongoing support to engage and educate local communities and provide life-long refuge and care for animals, whose lives have been turned upside down.
‘Partnering with ANIMONDIAL, an organisation fully committed to animal welfare, is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the crucial work that we do in primate conservation. Their reputation and experience in the field of humane and sustainable tourism are opening new doors for us, and we’re eager to discover what we can achieve together in the future.’
– Rachel Hogan, OBE, Director, Ape Action Africa
The Barbados Environment Conservation Trust is a Registered Charity established in 2019, who’s vision is via supporting local initiatives aimed at environmental sustainability, Barbados will attain its targets in national development. With a primarily tourist economy, Barbados relies heavily on its environmental resources as part of its tourism product. Boasting some of the world’s best sun, sea and sand, the preservation of marine and terrestrial spaces is a key component for economic productivity.
‘BECT is ready and excited for its partnership with ANIMONDIAL. This partnership demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the work of our grant recipients reaches not only wider audiences but is part of ANIMONDIAL’s global commitment in its work on animal protection and conservation. It is through this collective voice we will truly not only raise awareness but garner action towards protecting our natural resources.’ – Tamaisha Style, Executive Director, Barbados Environmental Conservation Trust
The Conservation Collective comprises a global network of locally-focused environmental foundations, emerging from mankind’s natural instinct to protect what it loves. The Conservation Collective facilitates funding for the most effective grassroots environmental initiatives, with world-class oversight, management and programme aid. The team are hands on and flexible funders, involving, empowering and strengthening local communities in order to build capacity and create the maximum potential positive impact. Their success includes Developing sustainable whale watching businesses in St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Stopping oil drilling in Ibiza and Formentera via the creation of an alliance of local stakeholders.
There is an estimate of 4,700 conditioned, captive elephants in Thailand, involved in tourism. Despite the elephant-ride boycotts, many captive Asian elephants continue to be kept in poor conditions and engage in activity that place both animals and people at risk. The Mahouts Elephant Foundation offers an alternative experience, upholding good welfare, and supports indigenous communities, but they are in need of urgent funding.
‘In working with ANIMONDIAL we are very quickly expanding
our network of corporate partners and tour companies. We are thrilled to be working with such a passionate organisation who really are bringing compassion to tourism. We have worked on various projects with Daniel for many years and respect his insight and deep passion. Helen is powering ahead with enormous enthusiasm and passion for our work. Having their support to help us spread the word about our vital work means the world to us and we are excited to see what the future holds working together.’
– Sarah Blaine, Founder, Mahouts Elephant Foundation
SharkSchool® is the world leader in interactive shark diving and education, led by Erich K. Ritter Ph.D, a pioneer in experimental shark-human interaction. SharkSchool®’s mission is shark protection through education and interaction. This is supported through interactive workshops designed for people who are likely to encounter sharks such as swimmers and divers. Here, participants will learn about shark body language, understanding approach patterns, and how to interact with sharks safely. The workshops are customisable and depending on the topic, consist of classroom learning, active shark interaction and video analysis.
‘By joining ANIMONDIAL, we are now in an even better position to promote ecotourism and safe interaction with sharks, without the need to protect one from the other. Spreading the word through people who care about these marine key species, unbiased by the media hype, is the very approach needed to finally give sharks the respect they deserve. By correcting this erroneous picture many people still have of sharks, we have the chance to make it safer for them and the generations to come. Concerned people must watch over them – but time is running out!’
– Erich K. Ritter, Chief Instructor and Senior Scientist, SharkSchool®