for the coexistence
of wildlife and people
In our work on coexistence with wild animals, local people in wildlife regions are central. Because only together with them can long-term nature and species protection be implemented. Improving the living situation in village communities, especially in projects in the countries of the global south, is an important aspect of our work. From our more than ten years of work on coexistence with wild animals, various key topics have developed, which have led to the establishment of four programs:
Forests, Elephants and People
In the areas of Africa and Asia where elephants occur, they are the species
most involved in conflicts with humans. In addition to poaching, these are primarily conflicts over land and water, the intrusion of elephants into fields or villages, or conflicts between
grazing animals and elephants , which lead to a decline in elephant populations. We have worked on this topic primarily in some forest regions of Southeast Asia and Kenya. read more
Wild Cats Program
In many forest regions of the world there are a variety of large and small cats (Panthera and Felinae), which are often involved in conflicts with the local population as they sometimes attack or even kill livestock and pets and sometimes people. read more ...
Widlife Guardians Program
According to the latest studies, around 80% of the remaining global biodiversity can be found on the land of indigenous peoples and local village communities, which can be attributed to the sustainable land use of these communities, which has often been tried and tested over thousands of years. We support local communities with our Wildlife Guardians Program. read more ...
The return of the lynx, wild cat and wolf in Südhessen, Germany
The program “on our doorstep”. With the foundation's headquarters in Wiesbaden, an office in the Odenwald and an education center in Darmstadt, the return of wildcats, lynxes and wolves to this region arouses our particular interest. We work on this both in the educational sector and with active field research. read more ...