We are excited to announce our new interview series called KEYS, where we will be taking you into the field to meet the Key Conservation Pilot Projects! Our Pilot Projects are conservation organizations from all over the world who have joined us to help test the app in the field while it is in development. Each Pilot Project has an important role in giving their feedback on what they like about the app and what changes would help us make the app better. Their feedback helps us to make sure everything is working properly before we move onto the next stage of development.
Over the next few months, we will share the important work these conservation organizations are doing and how they are vital to Key's development through these exclusive interviews so be sure to stay tuned!
Our organization is called Global Conservation Force.
We are based in Oceanside, California, United States.
Global Conservation Force is dedicated to saving wildlife from extinction through education, anti-poaching and conservations efforts.
There is currently a race to save the worlds’ threatened wildlife. Anti-Poaching Rangers stand between the poachers and the wildlife they desire. The ivory trade is still alive and strong on the illegal markets and it is driving the deaths of 33,000, on average, elephants a year. Organized Wildlife crime is the 4th largest market in the world, coming after drug trafficking, human trafficking and weapons trafficking. More than just elephants and rhinos are in trouble. Giraffe populations are down by 40% in the last 15 years. Lions have gone from a population of 450,000 in the 1940s to approximately 20,000 today. For some species of Vultures there has been a decline of 97%. It is the 11th hour for many species of wildlife and GCF is stepping in to make an impact. Education is the key to environmental protection. GCF works with local and international communities to pursue success in its missions.
GCF approaches the solution to all these major issues in three simple categories
Anti poaching units – The APUs hold the shield for the wildlife, buying time for action in international laws, local policy change and political stability. We get them the necessary gear to do their jobs effectively. This includes focusing on new, customized gear for their region of patrol and technologies that can assist them daily.
Awareness and Education – Without the knowledge of the issues and the correct way to approach solving each problem the rest of the world cant get involved. We understand that there are many problems in the world but this is where we focus on the human element of the issue. Educating local communities on sustainable tourism and the value of wildlife is just as important as talking to high school and college students about the crisis’s on the ground.
On the ground action – our staff and president Mike Veale actively work on the problems, in situ, to gain the real insight from the places that are in trouble. Mike spends part of his year working with Anti Poaching units doing all types of patrols, wildlife protection details and enforcement. This is vital to ensure that the gear is getting to the correct place, the gear is appropriate and useable for the region and that it is worth continuing to supply the gear, equipment or new technology.
We work with many different species including rhino, giraffe, elephant, pangolin, African painted dogs, snow leopard, and saiga antelope in poaching crisis zones.
Some of the biggest challenges that we face as an organization is the lack of funding to expand project goals and efforts needed to complete our mission. We also need specialist help for difficult tasks that can be expensive for a non profit like ours to tackle.
When we have hard days, we think about all of the hard work done by thousands of anti poaching rangers who risk it all to protect wildlife to keep us going.
Our favorite story from the field is the success story of Thandi the rhino. She was darted, and dehorned by poachers, left to die. She survived due to the hard work and dedicated efforts by Dr. Fowlds and his team. A couple years after her poaching incident she gave birth to a calf. Now several years later she has had two calves!
We want to be a pilot project because we think that the app will give us the opportunity to expand our efforts, and opportunities to tackle more difficult issues in wildlife protection.
We are interested in using the app to help us connect with people who have the time and resources to help us save more wildlife.
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