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Wild Foundation

The WILD Foundation, based in the United States, was established in 1974 by the late, internationallyaccomplished conservationist, Dr Ian Player. WILD works globally to protect and connect, wilderness, wildlife and people. It has four main programme areas with numerous projects. While being globally focused, all their programmes are also applied in the Americas. 

Vision & Mission

As the heart of the global wilderness community for over 40 years, the WILD Foundation protects wilderness while meeting the needs of human communities, working across cultures and boundaries by collaborating with local peoples, organizations, the private sector, and governments to create dynamic practical projects, inspiring solutions and communications initiatives. 

WILD’s work advances a reciprocal, balanced relationship between people and nature – our Nature Needs Half vision. Our aim is to ensure that enough wild land and seascapes are protected and interconnected (scientifically estimated to be at least half of any given ecoregion) to maintain nature’s life-supporting systems and the diversity of life on Earth. The vision supports human health and prosperity, and secures a bountiful, beautiful legacy of resilient, wild nature. Nature Needs Half recognizes that we are part of nature, not separate from it. The half also suggests a planet that is respectfully shared, where the needs of all living things are considered and protected equally, for the good of all.

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