Make a donation today to support the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration’s efforts to foster greater coexistence of people and wildlife!
Note: Clicking on this button will take you to the HWWC donation page on the Houston Zoo website. HWCC is an independent nonprofit organization, but the Houston Zoo (one of our partners) provides administrative support to process our donations so that HWCC can focus on the work and not the administration of the work!
Your support of HWCC will result in positive changes for people and wildlife. Here are a few examples of the impacts that wildlife conservationists were able to have using skills learned in an HWCC capacity building workshop or conflict intervention:
- Preventing a poor herder’s retaliation against a pack of endangered African wild dogs—after they killed his herd of goats, including the nanny goat that provided milk to villagers— and transforming their relationship such that two months later, when the herder cobbled together a new, small herd, he brought the conservationist a goat as a gift.
- Building trust between conservationists and ranchers to reveal a critical truth about subversive anti-conservation actions, which allowed the conservation organizations and government to avoid wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars and foster conditions that led to the project's success.
- Winning the sustained commitment of a large community in an expansive, remote area of Africa to not only stop the rampant poaching and wildlife trafficking of elephants in their project area, but actively and voluntarily serve to protect their region from outside poachers.
- Turning adversarial relationships between farmers and government officials into constructive partnerships based in respect, trust and shared goals.
- Creating trust, respect and communication between a US state wildlife agency and conservation NGOs so they could make better decisions about mountain lion management, which resulted in reduced use of lethal control.
- Engaging regional judges and police to not only uphold anti-poaching laws but voluntarily increase the minimum punishment from a minor fine to a four year jail sentence.
- Reconciling “same side” conflict between conservation organizations with similar missions to improve their ability to work effectively together.
- Facilitating a ripple effect of capacity growth and project effectiveness when trainees become trainers of their staff and colleagues.
“HWCC is addressing the missing link in conservation projects!” - Renee Bumpus, Houston Zoo, Conservation Program