VIEW's approach is strategic and straightforward: We design comprehensive, locally driven and sustainable wildlife conservation programs. Through training, infrastructure development and research initiatives we strive to ensure a healthy environment for both wildlife and people.
Here is a glimpse of what we do and what you can do to help us move forward:
Empowering the next generation of conservationists
Education, including hands-on direct training, is critically important in empowering early career wildlife professionals to better understand and respond to health risks faced by endangered wildlife. We conduct workshops for local wildlife veterinarians, managers and students to equip them with the skills needed to carry out effective wildlife health programs.
Our efforts extend beyond workshops. Recently, VIEW has been working in Samburu, Kenya, to inspire local youth, specifically young girls, to pursue careers in conservation. We do this through practical initiatives including wildlife conservation clubs, visits to an elephant sanctuary, and providing full four-year scholarships for secondary school to promising students.
Help VIEW build capacity for a better future for young conservationists and the wildlife they will protect. Your contribution, no matter the amount, will help us fund these important educational programs and expand them into other areas.
Bringing technology and science into the field to save elephants from a deadly virus
As the world’s largest living land mammal, elephants are an integral part in balancing the natural ecosystem. Over 90% of the species has been wiped out over the past century and their dwindling population is highly threatened by the elephant herpes virus. This virus is spreading globally and is responsible for over half of the mortalities of young Asian elephants. Timely and aggressive preventive measures are needed in order for elephant calves to have a chance of survival.
To stop this deadly virus, we must first understand its dynamics and track how, when, and where it attacks young elephants. VIEW achieves this by bringing technology and science into the elephants' natural habitat, utilizing a digital disease surveillance system called WHIS (Wildlife Health Information System). Collaborating with elephant health experts, we are engaged in the monumental task of digitizing the most extensive collection of recorded elephant health information to date.
Through the implementation of WHIS, we aim to enhance the overall health of elephants by tracking their well-being, providing important data to help experts develop a preventive vaccine, and thereby contribute to the survival of the species. This collaborative effort seeks to eradicate the threat of herpes virus that looms over young elephants and ultimately to put an end to the global threat.
To support us in our efforts to save the elephants, please consider donating for #GivingTuesday. Your donation will make an even greater impact as it will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $30,000!
The VIEW Team