AusCham is delighted to welcome Wilderness Foundation Africa as a NGO member in 2017/18


The Wilderness Foundation was established in 1972 by conservation pioneer Dr. Ian Player, who led the team that saved the white rhino from extinction in the 1960s, an action-legacy that the Wilderness Foundation continues today, working against wildlife crime and combating the rhino poaching crisis.

The Foundation Africa works from its base in South Africa to protect wildlife and wilderness in partnership with local communities. Whether it is direct action anti-poaching in the field, large landscape wilderness management, or developing rising young leaders from disadvantaged communities for a career in conservation, the Wilderness Foundation has over 40 years of results.

In 2011 the Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Conservation Programme was developed as a response to the rhino poaching crisis and has been active through the Rhino Protection Initiative. The initiative primarily focuses on:

  • On the ground anti-poaching actions
  • Increase security and law enforcement actions
  • Increase public awareness
  • Demand Reduction for rhino horns in user countries

In 2014 Wilderness Foundation partnered with two Vietnamese singers, Thu Minh and Thanh Bui and developed the partnership with Wild Aid in Vietnam. In the same year the first Wild Rhino Competition, a part of the Demand Reduction Campaign of rhino horn, was launched with 12 International Schools from Ho Chi Minh City participating. The campaign focuses on developing and implementing a youth awareness and engagement in reducing the use of and demand for rhino horn in Vietnam.

Wilderness Foundation commits to continue developing and implementing projects that conserve biodiversity, protect environment, and increase public awareness of wildlife crises.

Employees in Vietnam: 3



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