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animals and people thriving together
It isn’t always clear how different people can best work together, whether they’re scientists and decision makers, farmers and fishermen, or park rangers and forensic experts. What is clear—after half-a-century of collaborating across disciplines and cultures—is that none of us has a monopoly on problem solving.
That’s how we were able to save cows while creating community spaces in Myanmar. It’s how we created jobs and a network to stop wildlife crime in Malawi. And it’s how we ensured that domestic abuse victims in the Netherlands could find safety for themselves and their pets. IFAW protects animals, but IFAW is people.
The problems we face are growing larger and more complex everyday. More online trafficking. More ocean noise. More powerful storms. We’ve been around for fifty years, but we know our solutions can’t stay the same. We have to be nimble, curious, and open to new partners. In short, we have to think, and act, differently.
When euthanasia seemed like the only option for stranded marine mammals, we found another way. We developed new technology to safely release them back into the ocean. When people in Bali were getting sick after natural disasters, we found the source: unvaccinated dogs. Now, we are making sure that island dogs get their rabies vaccines. And when we wanted to stop whale hunting in Japan, we called up the very last entity you could imagine: the Icelandic Tourism Board.
We’re not just finding a different way to do things. We’re finding a better way.
Our experts aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty—or, in the case of a right whale necropsy, their entire body. Whether it’s rescuing stranded seals or patrolling national parks, we’re out on the frontlines of the field. We are creating better outcomes for animals, for people, and for the places we call home.
In India, we secured and donated the land to create a corridor where elephants could roam between habitats. Now, we’re working to secure 101 of those corridors across the country. In Kenya, our unique approach to wildlife crime has significantly reduced poaching from taking place in the areas we work. And in our backyard of Cape Cod, we’ve improved the release rates for dolphins from one out of every ten to three out of every four. It’s not always glamorous work, but it’s always necessary work. And it’s work that leads to results.
When we rescue one animal—a house pet abandoned in a hurricane, a milk cow displaced by an earthquake, a right whale entangled in fishing line—we’re doing much more than saving a life. We’re reuniting a family. We’re restoring a community’s livelihood. We’re saving a species on the brink of extinction. We’re saving our planet.
Since 2000, across six continents and the ocean, we have rescued more than 275,000 animals. That’s just a fraction of the number of animals living in distress, to be sure. But when we measure our progress, we find cause for hope.
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