Wildlife Conservation Network

Supports on-the-ground programs to save endangered elephants, cheetah, lions, painted dogs and other African wildlife and their habitats. We work to engage local people as effective wildlife stewards so that people and animals can coexist and thrive.

The Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) supports independent conservationists who are working actively with local communities to protect endangered wildlife and preserve their natural habitats. WCN carefully selects and partners with conservationists in Africa and beyond who are exploring new ways to resolve conflicts between people and wildlife. They focus on protecting key “indicator species” for which success requires preservation of entire ecosystems. Ultimately, our conservationists seek to withdraw from the region, having developed within local communities the capacity to carry on their conservation work and create new strategies that are culturally compatible and meet the evolving needs of the area.

Exemplifying the creativity and community impact of our conservationists’ work, the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe has turned a deadly threat to wildlife into a successful entrepreneurial venture for local people. They employ local men as anti-poaching scouts. Patrolling approximately 12 miles a day, 6 days a week, the anti-poaching teams have dismantled more than 12,000 snares used to kill wildlife.  At a nearby arts center, talented local artists transform the snare wire into impressive animal structures. Sold worldwide, the sculptures provide financial security for the artists and communicate the critical need to protect Africa’s remaining painted dogs and other wildlife. WCN also focuses on protecting the elephant in Kenya, cheetah in Namibia and Botswana, okapi in the DRC, Grevy’s zebra in Kenya, lion in Mozambique and Kenya, and Ethiopian wolf.

Contact Information

Wildlife Conservation Network
209 Mississippi Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
T: (415) 202-6380
F: (415) 202-6381
E: info@wildnet.org

Financial Information

Wildlife Conservation Network is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.

Banner photo: Elephants in Kenya’s Samburu National Park are under the watchful eye of Save the Elephants. Photo: Lucy King
Photo right: An endangered painted dog in Zimbabwe. Photo: Peter Blinston
Photo left: Painted Dog Conservation’s anti-poaching patrol team with deadly snares removed from the bush. Photo: Peter Blinston

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Your generosity will enable our heroic conservationists to carry out their mission of saving Africa’s most imperiled species. Each contribution makes a difference in the lives of animals and local communities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area include staffing events and assisting with mass mailings.


To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

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