Wild @ Life
Wild@Life is helping conservation of species, wilderness and habitat in Chizarira National Park, 2000sqm of wilderness. In this context, the teams also collars wild lions and elephants as well as hyenas.
Angola’s most impressive natural resource is the Mayombe rainforest in the Northern Cabinda Province. The forest covers and average of 290.000 hectares. Mayombe is often described as the “Amazon of Africa”, hosting a remarkable variety of plant and animal species.
Wild@Life e.V. is working in Zambia to safeguard elephants in Livingstone Sanctuary. It is a very though and financially heavy job to do, as elephants are expensive to keep. But we cannot leave them or return them to wilderness, as they will not survive!
Upon the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists, governments & wildlife NGOs are on the same page: the destruction of biodiversity by humankind creates new viruses & diseases.
Naturee published a video about Wild@Life and our ongoing projects on their Facebook page.
A French movie company has taken a short documentary about the life of our Founder Asli Han Gedik and her amazing relations to wild animals and the crew spent time in Zimbabwe and Zambia for the filming of the movie. The movie has been broadcasted on C8 French channel. The filming took place under the warmest season (47 degrees) and showcases the relationship with elephants and lions.
We need to act now, tomorrow is too late.
According to the latest researches, globally, 52% of wildlife has been lost in the past 40 years. In Africa as well, the variety and
abundance of wildlife is shrinking fast as human population grows and encroaches on the once wild and pristine landscapes. While
illegal hunting (known as “poaching”) still runs rampant despite government crackdowns, the spread of logging and agriculture
contributes even more to the decline of many species of large mammals. In addition, many wildlife mammals are left orphaned with
bleak chances of rehabilitation.
Earth is most likely experiencing its sixth mass extinction. It has been through five such catastrophes before, but this is the first one in human history — and the first one with human fingerprints.
Extinction of Species
· Every 20 minutes, the world adds another 3,500 human lives but loses one or more entire species of animal or plant life - at least
27,000 species per year. (Source: PBS)
· At the present rates of extinction, as many as 20% of the world's 7-15 million species could be gone in the next 30 years. This rate of extinction has been unprecedented since the disappearance of dinosaurs 65 million years ago (Source: WWF).
· Human population reached 1 billion by 1800 and over 6 billion by 2000. Conservative estimates predict that our population will
reach 9 billion people by 2050.
· The hourly destruction of an estimated 240 acres of natural habitat is directly attributable to the growth in human populations.
· 80% of the decline in biological diversity is caused by habitat destruction.
The African Elephant
· 5 -10 million African elephants existed in 1930. Less than 1% of that number (approximately 600,000) remained when they were
added to the international list of the most endangered species in 1989. (Source: CITES)
· Demand for ivory combined with loss of habitat from human settlement led to these huge declines in population.
The African Lion
· The African lions' numbers are diminishing rapidly due to habitat destruction, persecution by livestock farmers outside of
protected areas, and human greed. 10,000-15,000 free-roaming African lions remain, down from 50,000 a decade ago.
· The willingness of Asians and Westerners to pay handsomely for lion head trophies combined with the urgent need for revenue among African locals means that these great predators are increasingly hunted for sport.
· Trophy hunting not only depletes the population of the African lion, but threatens its gene pool as well. Killing the dominant male of a pride (normally the target of a trophy hunt) sets off a chain of instinctive behavior in which the subsequent dominant male kills all the young of the previous male (6-8 estimated deaths result from each male shot).
Plight of Rhinos
· Of the dozens of species of rhino that once roamed the earth, only 5 now exist.
· Where there were once over 100,000 black rhinos on the plains of Africa, there are now only 2,707 on the entire continent.
· The staggering decimation of the rhino population is due to poaching, to satisfy the demand for the horn for use in Eastern traditional medicines and as dagger handles.
· Prices up to US$40,000 a kilo have been recorded for the much prized rhino horn - more than 5 times the price of gold.
· In 1900 there were about 100,000 cheetah worldwide - present estimates place their number at 10,000 -15,000 with about one
tenth of those living in captivity.
· Throughout recorded history a cheetah pelt was a badge of wealth for its human owner. The animal was killed for its skin by some and captured for its hunting skills by others. More recently, increasing human populations have squeezed cheetahs and their prey from their natural habitats.
Supporting sustainable growth and development in Africa through wildlife rescue and rehabilitation and community health
Throughout the world tourism industry, the value of nature-oriented tourism is
increasing on all continents, and especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The value of such
tourism not only translates as economic benefits but also has a wide-range of diverse
ecological and cultural benefits. Wildlife tourism in sub-Saharan Africa is largely
supported by Protected Areas (PAs), in which national parks (NP) offer wildlife-viewing
in natural habitats. Wildlife tourism also occurs in locations such as game ranches,
which are usually privately owned, and communal conservancies, which are community
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, travel and tourism are expected to contribute over 9% to the African region’s GDP over the next decade. Wildlife-viewing tourism offers a wide range of products including nature-based tourism with a wildlife component, visits to locations with good wildlife presence, visits to artificial attractions based on wildlife, habitat-specific tours, animal watching, hunting tours and ecotourism. However in Africa today, most PAs are under threat from humans, caused by growing populations and their increasing need for land and natural resources. Added to that, the rate of species extinctions, and the increasing numbers in orphaned wildlife (in particular Africa’s Big Five), is developing at an alarming rate also largely due to human activities, primarily those driving habitat loss. Given the economic, ecological and cultural significance of wildlife tourism in Africa, there is a need to create a harmonious environment for both wildlife and human beings to coexist and flourish.
The wild@life Foundation will be a unique concept that brings together wildlife preservation and community health under one umbrella. The Foundation’s principle mission is to support wildlife conservation in sub-Saharan Africa through wildlife rehabilitation and release as well as public/community awareness. Its strategy is to create a harmonious environment for both local communities and wildlife species to co-exist and flourish in a sustainable manner.