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The International Fund for Animal Welfare is a global nonprofit that protects animals and the places they call home. 🌍 #conservation #animalsmatter

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A giant kingfisher sits atop a branch in Malawi's Liwonde National Park - a haven for biodiversity in an otherwise sea of people. More than 500 elephants, as well as hippos, black rhinoceros, reptiles, fish, and over 600 species of birds live here. However, Liwonde faces many threats. In poverty-stricken communities, people often look towards unsustainable actions like poaching, deforestation, and illegal fishing as a final means to make a living. These actions lead to human-wildlife conflict, habitat fragmentation, and a loss of native species. To protect landscapes and wildlife, we must encourage sustainable livelihoods. Through farming initiatives, water pipeline installations, and educational workshops, we work directly with local communities in Malawi to develop economic stability and build lifestyles where people and animals coexist.
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Photo by @donalboyd

A giant kingfisher sits atop a branch in Malawi's Liwonde ...

To most, it's a shocking statistic to hear that more tigers exist in captivity than in the wild. Unfortunately, many people don't realize the dangers of captive big cat ownership and fewer still know how to properly identify— and avoid—pseudo-sanctuaries. The good news is that anyone who would like the opportunity to visit big cats while also supporting the animals' protection both in captivity and in the wild can drop by one of the many true sanctuaries around the world. When assessing a sanctuary, here's what to look for to make sure it's legitimate:
❌ Does NOT allow contact with big cats
❌ Does NOT engage in breeding, trading, or selling of animals
✅ Will have accreditation and nonprofit status
✅ ONLY cares for animals rescued from abuse, neglect or who have been impounded and are in need of lifelong care
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We’ve seen it all when it comes to disasters – animals stranded in the paths of fires, houses swallowed by rising water, towns devastated from earthquakes. Yet in every situation, nothing compares to the overwhelming joy of reuniting families with their beloved animals. In 2018, your support allowed us to save and care for hundreds of animal disaster survivors, each response leaving us more prepared for the next. We couldn’t continue to do this critical work without you and for that we say thank you.

We’ve seen it all when it comes to disasters – ...

photo_library At only two years old, Mulisani was orphaned when his mother was killed by ivory poachers in Zambia. Despite his trauma, the elephant calf's condition slowly improved as he learned to love his milk bottles and bonded with his caretakers at @game_rangers_international. Having a very bold personality, it was important for Mulisani to join a wild herd with older, male elephants. We recently supported the Elephant Orphanage Project with his translocation, which was a 10-hour journey from the Lilayi Elephant Nursery to #KafueNationalPark. At the park, Mulisani joined a herd of 12 other orphaned elephants and is learning to forage, find water, interact with other elephants, and tighten social bonds, a vital part in the rehabilitation process and the first steps in his journey back to the wild.
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Photos by @h_cato

At only two years old, Mulisani was orphaned when his ...

photo_library Hundreds of birds are injured during India's Makar Sankranti, a two-day festival where fighter kites are flown. The strings are coated with abrasives like glass and metal which kite flyers use to cut down rival kites--and which have dangerous implications for birds. Our emergency response experts joined @wildlifetrustofindia, volunteers, and veterinarians in Jaipur during the festival this week to treat injured birds, releasing them back into the wild when ready. To reduce the number of injuries, conservation groups encourage kite flyers to take precautions such as using uncoated cotton string and avoiding flying in the morning or evening, when birds are most active.
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Photos by @scottanger

Hundreds of birds are injured during India's Makar Sankranti, a ...

photo_library Though there's still much to learn about the reintroduction of orphaned animals to the wild, we find that with thoughtful and scientific practices, it can be done. Our wildlife rescue experts team up with organizations and coalitions around the world to devise and promote best practices for wildlife in temporary or permanent captive situations. Satellite collars, as seen on these grizzlies released in Canada, allow us to monitor the animals post-release and improve upon the rehabilitation process. We hope that by continuing to push the boundaries and challenge old ideas, more wild animals in captivity can return to their natural habitats.
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Tucked away in Malawi, @liwonde_national_park is one of Africa's lesser known gems and a biodiversity hotspot. Liwonde's animals—including elephants, rhinos, hippos, buffalo, and over 600 species of birds—compete daily with the dense human communities that surround the park, for access to food, water, and grazing space. In order to lessen human-wildlife conflict, we work within these communities to help people meet the needs they identify, such as food and water security, in sustainable and economical ways. Each step we take towards conservation-minded livelihoods helps us secure a future where we coexist peacefully alongside the animals we share the planet with.
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Photo by @donalboyd

Tucked away in Malawi, @liwonde_national_park is one of Africa's lesser ...

Goliath gazes proudly out from the dog house he acquired as part of our Casitas Azules, or Little Blue Houses, project in Nuevo Durango, Mexico. This project might be one of the best at showcasing the impact of simple solutions and the interconnectedness of all beings. When dogs lack proper shelter and care, they're prone to roam at night, luring jaguars and other predators into human communities and stirring conflict. Casitas Azules addresses this by giving people in targeted neighborhoods the materials needed to build dog houses and predator-free shelters for smaller pets such as chickens, rabbits, and ducks. The project also provides vet care like sterilization and treatment for contagious diseases that can be transferred to jaguars and other wildlife. The result is happier, healthier dogs, improved jaguar conservation, and safer communities.
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Photo: @scottanger

Goliath gazes proudly out from the dog house he acquired ...

photo_library Making meaningful changes for leopards and other endangered animals starts with people. By engaging communities in sustainable livelihoods that benefit both them and the animals they share land with, we create a better future for all. Take Malawi for example, where our Chikolongo Livelihoods Project is located. Since community members have learned how to improve food nutrition and security and income generation without interference from wildlife, elephant populations in this location have flourished, deaths from human-wildlife conflict have gone from three a month to none, food production via farming has increased, and the community's attitude toward wild animals has improved.
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Leopard, © Kate Watson

Making meaningful changes for leopards and other endangered animals starts ...

Noise surrounds us everywhere we go. As people, we often don’t think twice about it, but for marine animals, it can be deadly. Ocean noise pollution from ships, industrial activities, and military sonar prevents marine mammals from successfully communicating and navigating the ocean. When exposed to ocean noise over time, individual animals can lose hearing and suffer from chronic stress. Produced in collaboration with @nrdc_org and narrated by Rachel McAdams, our Emmy-winning film “Sonic Sea” powerfully explains the effects of ocean noise and the measures we all can take to protect marine animals. Learn more at sonicsea.org 🔊🐋 © Vanessa Mignon

Noise surrounds us everywhere we go. As people, we often ...

photo_library Help us welcome Lani, the newest rescue in the ifaw- @game_rangers_international family! The nearly one-year-old elephant calf was found in poor condition, wandering alone along the riverbank in Rufunsa, Zambia. Following her rescue, she's responded well to love, care, medicine, and treatment and has grown in strength under the watchful eye of her caretaker, Oscar. Once she's healthy enough, she'll be introduced to the other elephant calves sharing the nursery with her.
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play_circle_filled This time of year, as they travel from Canada, harp seals are sometimes found alone on beaches along the eastern U.S. Being primarily aquatic animals, these seals are usually just taking a rest before returning to the ocean, but sometimes they're known to wander into roads or people's yards. This is when our marine mammal team gets called upon, to rescue seals and other marine mammals that have become stranded on land. You may remember when we successfully rescued and released this harp seal, Jeremiah, after he wandered into someone's backyard last year. The homeowners took the right actions by maintaining a safe distance (at least 150 feet!) from Jeremiah and by calling our marine mammal hotline.

This time of year, as they travel from Canada, harp ...

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