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The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Registered Charity Number: 1106893 

"Our mission is to FightProtect, and Engage on behalf of endangered wildlife around the world."

The Foundation is a large charity grounded in saving several animals across Africa and Asia, including Pangolins, Snow Leopards and Tigers. 

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David Shepherd was often referred to as the Man who Loved Giants due to his great fondness of elephants and steam trains. 

The elephant is one of the most iconic animals in the African savanna and yet they are being poached for their ivory at an unsustainable rate across the continent. With one elephant being killed for their tusks every 20 minutes the species is on a fast track to extinction if we do not act now.

 

Elephants 

As the Asian market saw an exponential increase in ivory demand, elephant hunting and deaths saw a rapid increase, leading to as little as 415,000 elephants remaining in all of Africa... 30,000 are killed yearly, for their ivory tusks. Savagely cruel, to say the least, especially when elephants are incredibly gentle creatures and their tusks serve as their (very deeply rooted) teeth. 

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation helps save the elephants by fighting for the toughest legal protection in several regions, funding law enforcement in and around parks to protect the elephants most at threat from illegal wildlife trade, including poaching and capture. You can find out more about how the Foundation helps protect and save elephants here! To help save animals beyond our socks, you can also very easily donate directly to the Foundation. 

Everything Elephants!

Elephants generally live in groups grounded in a matriarchy: so it's led by the largest and oldest female elephant and the family includes the mother, her sisters, daughters and their babies. They develop very, very strong bonds with each other. You've probably heard the elephants have great memory, but did you know that once the males grow into adulthood, they naturally become nomadic and solitary, generally leaving the herd by the time they're 15 years old. It's fascinating, so if you fancy learning more, check out the blog

Elephants in the Sahara drinking water

Want to Save more Elephants?

You know it! 10% of profits on our Save the Elephant socks (for both adults and kids) are donated to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, to support funding their elephant conservation initiatives! Together, lets bring elephants out of endangerment!

Pangolins

The Foundation also works to save Pangolins, the most trafficked mammal in the world. Completely covered in their keratin armour-like scales, pangolins will roll into a ball when threatened. They are critical for maintaining balance in the ecosystem, but are considered an edible delicacy in Asia, used for medicinal purposes in China and their leather for consumables in the U.S. 

Because of their nocturnal and shy behaviour, we don't know the exact pangolin population. 

As such, DSWF works with conservation partners on the ground in Africa to tackle the illegal trafficking. They also invest heavily in large-scale demand reduction campaigns of pangolins in Vietnam, China and Nigeria. 

Save the Pangolins 

Let's Save the Pangolins today with our Pangolin bamboo socks for adults!