|Care for the Wild International (CFTWI) is
an effective international wildlife charity dedicated to protecting animals from cruelty
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aims and objectives of CFTWI are simple.
Care for the Wild International provides immediate aid to wildlife in distress anywhere in
the World. We work with the local people and government bodies in an attempt to alleviate
suffering of wild animals.
In Britain we fund rescue centres and animal protection
groups throughout the country, helping a wide range of wildlife such as badgers, otters,
foxes, sea birds and birds of prey, seals and dolphins.
Overseas we help projects in Africa and Asia, supporting
their vital work to protect tigers, elephants, gorillas, turtles, rhinos, gibbons,
chimpanzees and hippos.
Education also plays a part. Care for the Wild
International sponsors key people who are already working in the wildlife sector. We
believe that by funding further education such as MScs and PhDs for people living in
underprivileged countries we help both the animals and the people working with them.
It is also a priority of CFTWI to fund important
ecological studies and animal welfare investigations.
How We Help Otters
In the past, CFTWI contributed towards the following
- Provided funding for Leon Durbin's PhD research project on
how the environment affects reproduction in otters.
- Helped fund a unit for the treatment and rehabilitation of otters
set up by the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology.
- Provided grants to various Otter Sanctuaries, such as the
International Otter Survival Fund (ISOF).
Presently, CFTWI is helping to fund a long term study of otter populations in mid-Wales,
the Border Counties and East Anglia. Through regular monitoring, the study has
successfully recorded the recovery of these otter populations from the 1970's and 1980's.
Monitoring the level of contaminants in their tissues and droppings revealed a direct
relationship between the level of contaminants and changes in their populations and
distributions. Population trends at both an individual population and a European-wide
level are also being researched and a "population index" has been developed
using signs of otters found and number of signs per site.
Thus, support from CFTWI enables long-term monitoring of otter populations and is proving
invaluable in understanding the rates of population recovery and the effectiveness of
pollution control measures.
How We Help Badgers:
- Protecting badgers from Persecution: CFTWI has provided
night-scopes, two-way radios and steel mesh for sett protection.
- Rehabilitation: CFTWI has provided graspers and cages
for capturing injured badgers and rehabilitation pens, where they can recover from their
wounds. Our badger adoption scheme provides funds which are used for returning orphaned
badgers to the wild.
- Slow Down for Badgers: Wildlife warning signs can help
to reduce the number of animals killed on our roads. CFTWI works with local badger groups
and County Councils to identify the worst areas for badger road deaths and to warn
motorists to slow down. We are also helping to fund the use of roadside reflectors, which
warn wildlife of approaching traffic.
- Education and Awareness: CFTWI has provided funds for
local badger groups to run educational projects. We have also produced a booklet, Care
for the Badger, giving information on the natural history and conservation of badgers.
How We Help Bears
Bear sanctuary, Greece
- Care for the Wild International works with the ARCTUROS Environmental Centre and Bear Sanctuary in Greece to provide a safe haven from a life of misery for former dancing bears.
- Cruelty and suffering
Before joining the sanctuary, all 13 bears had endured great suffering. They had been taken from their mothers as cubs and then trained to perform. Their teeth had been smashed to stop them biting their owners and this had caused severe mouth and gum infections. They had all been subjected to cruel training techniques including the insertion of metal rings into their noses to allow them to be controlled by a chain.
- Because of their previous ill treatment and health problems, the bears at ARCTUROS can never be returned to the wild. They now spend their days being cared for by dedicated sanctuary staff in large enclosures in a beech forest – the brown bear’s natural habitat.
- What we do
Since September 2004, CWI is committed to help support the sanctuary for the bears’ veterinary treatment, food and enclosures. At present 13 European brown bears – including Mitsos and Koukla members of the CWI adoption scheme – are being cared for at the sanctuary at
Polar bear research and protection
- Polar bears are in serious danger. Trophy hunters pay thousands of pounds to kill them and global warming is robbing them of a place to live. Care for the Wild International has teamed up with world-renowned research scientists to address the crisis facing polar bears today.
- Species in decline
Only 21,500 to 25,000 polar bears (Ursus maritimus) remain in the wild today and this is decreasing every year. Scientists predict that if current trends continue, over 30% – that’s 6,450 to 7,500 bears – of the population will be lost within the next 35 to 50 years.
Canada’s western Hudson Bay population has been studied for over 40 years. This intensive research has shown the population to be in decline, dropping from 1,100 in 1995 to less than 950 in 2004. This has been brought about by hunting, conflict with humans and most disparagingly, global warming, which robs polar bears of a place to live by reducing the sea ice they depend on to hunt. The effects of long-term climatic change are, of course, not only restricted to polar bears in western Hudson Bay, but will affect all polar bears throughout the circumpolar Arctic.
- What we do
In 2005, Care for the Wild International (CWI) teamed up with world-renowned polar bear experts, Prof. Ian Stirling and Dr. Nick Lunn, to address the crisis facing polar bears today. Prof. Stirling and Dr Lunn are based at the Canadian Wildlife Service and the University of Alberta. Their research involves the capture of an annual sample of polar bears, of all age and sex classes, in order to determine whether the declining trend in both cub production and body condition is continuing or has stabilised in order to provide timely data to assist in the ongoing, long-term conservation and management of polar bears in western Hudson Bay.
To support this work, CWI launched an adoption programme in 2005 for a female polar bear named Snowy who is being monitored by the researchers. During the winter, Snowy lives on the frozen sea ice of Canada’s Hudson Bay. During summer, when the sea ice is melting, she returns to the coastal areas around the bay near Churchill.