The Wild Nature Institute, a former project of the Fund for Wild Nature, was founded in the fall of 2010. The Fund acted as fiscal sponsor for the Wild Nature Institute until 2014, when the organization received its own non-profit status. The mission of the Wild Nature Institute is to conduct scientific research on at-risk wildlife species and their habitats, to advocate for their protection, and to educate the public about the need to preserve wild nature.
The Institute's work focuses on collecting scientific data necessary to better understand habitat requirements of at-risk wildlife species around the world. They disseminate their research findings to decision-makers and the public, and advocate for the preservation of critical habitats to ensure that these at-risk wildlife species can recover and thrive.
The Wild Nature Institute currently has two major projects. The Snag Forest Habitat Protection campaign ensures that research on fire, insect outbreaks, and wildlife in the western North American forests is translated into improved forest-protection policies and effective forest-management activities that conserve snag forests – critical, scarce, and misunderstood wildlife habitats.
The Institute's scientists are also reasearching how natural and human factors affect survival, births, and movements of giraffe in the Tarangire Ecosystem of northern Tanzania, which supports one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. This research is urgently needed to provide effective conservation measures and ensure the future of wild giraffes and all creatures of the savanna.
Photo of Masai Giraffe by Derek Lee