Plants and animals are precious resources to the world, and because of this humans need to make sure that they keep their habitats safe. Wildlife maintains balance in the current ecosystems. Not only does wildlife provide nutrients for people, but scientists have also found many medicines directly from nature. Ensuring continued biodiversity by protecting these species means better resistance to diseases, as well as more jobs available.
According to the World Economic Forum, nature itself has an economic value of $44 trillion, which is over half the world’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, the numbers also show that wildlife is danger if nothing is done to help. According to National Geographic, more than one million species are now at risk of extinction.
Here are some other alarming statistics:
- Wildlife habitats worldwide are being destroyed at a rate of approximately 5,760 acres per day or 240 acres per hour.
- Illegal wildlife trafficking throughout the world brings in approximately U.S. $20 billion per year.
- An average of 96 elephants are killed for their ivory in Africa each day.
- There are more than 1,000 captive animal hunting operations in the United States.
- Every year in the U.S. hunters shoot more than 4,000 tons of lead into the environment. This results in the poisoning deaths of approximately 20 million animals.
- The marine vertebrate population decreased in size by approximately 49 percent between 1970 and 2012.
- Approximately 80 percent of the decline in global biological diversity is due to habitat destruction.
In order to improve on wildlife conservation efforts, the organizations that focus on protecting habitats and advancing wildlife-related research need adequate funding. GrantWatch has a category specifically for Pets/Animal/Wildlife grants. Below, are six of the grants currently available in the category.
Protecting Plants and Animals with These Six Wildlife Grants
- Firstly, Grants of products valued at up to $5,000 to U.S., Canada, and International nonprofit groups to advance environmental and wildlife-related research. This funding will also support studies related to animal biology, conservation, habitat monitoring, and vocal wildlife.
- Grants of up to $3,000 to U.S. and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and development of citizen science, and similar endeavors.
- Grants of up to $2,500 to U.S., Canada, and International nonprofit organizations for emergency wildlife conservation efforts. Funding is to support applicants saving wildlife from natural and man-made disasters including fires, flooding, earthquakes, severe storms, and unanticipated devastating habitat destruction.
- Awards to U.S., Canada, and International individuals for noteworthy contributions to the field of animal conservation. Applicants must contact the funding source to receive a nomination application. This award program is to recognize and reward conservationists who have promoted the sustainability of an animal species or group of species with significant long-term scientific impact.
- Grants to U.S. and Canada nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Indian tribes, and educational institutions for conservation projects in eligible areas. Funding is to restore and conserve wildlife species and grasslands. Eligible project location states and provinces include Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, southeastern Alberta, and southwestern Saskatchewan.
- Finally, Grants of up to $15,000 to U.S. nonprofits for advertising campaigns that further the cause of wildlife preservation. Priority will be given to projects that are likely to have immediate and measurable on ecosystem restoration and conservation over those that are purely educational.