EJF Philanthropies

Selected Species Conservation Grantees


Working Dogs for Conservation


Working Dogs for Conservation is a leading detection dog organization focused on wildlife conservation, but unlike many other detection dog programs, WD4C does not breed dogs but rescues them from animal shelters in the U.S.

Building upon techniques from narcotics detection, cadaver detection, and search and rescue, WD4C has pioneered ways to use dogs’ extraordinary sense of smell to protect wildlife and wild places.

WD4C’s co-founders were the first to train dogs to detect wide-ranging carnivores non-invasively, to uncover illegal snares in Africa, and to find invasive plants, insects, and fish. WD4C is at the forefront of the fight against wildlife trafficking, training dogs to detect ammunition, guns, poisons, snares, ivory, rhino horn, bushmeat, animal skins and pangolin scales.

EJF Philanthropies provided funding for WD4C’s initial project in Africa and we continue to provide major funding and core support for WD4C’s projects around the world. We are currently providing strategic guidance and funding for WD4C’s upcoming veterinary conference in Nairobi in May 2019.


Cheetah Conservation Fund


The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) works to save the wild cheetah and its habitat. CCF operates a Research and Conservation Centre in Namibia, which includes a genetics research facility. CCF also runs education programs for children and adults worldwide.


Global Wildlife Conservation


Global Wildlife Conservation works to protect biodiversity around the world. EJF Philanthropies has provided funding for a project that is highlighting the link between species loss and the spread of factory farming through deforestation and the planting of crops to feed livestock held in confined animal feeding operations.


Zoological Society of London (ZSL)


EJF Philanthropies has supported ZSL’s EDGE of Existence Programme, which protects the 100 most distinct and globally endangered species. EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) species have few close relatives and are often extremely distinct in the way they look, live and behave. If they disappear there will be nothing like them left on the planet.

The EDGE Fellows program aims to create a new global network of in-country conservationists trained in cutting-edge wildlife management techniques and well-equipped to design and implement a project for a local EDGE species.

EJF Philanthropies has funded EDGE Fellows for several species: the Sunda Pangolin (Thailand), the White-Winged Flufftail (Ethiopia); the Baird’s Tapir (Costa Rica), the Phillipine Eagle; and the Elephant shrew. 

Tsavo Conservation Group


Tsavo Conservation Group works in support of wildlife, habitat and communities in southern Kenya’s Greater Tsavo Ecosystem.  Their holistic approach to wildlife conservation, which includes its Stabilization through Conservation strategy, involves providing direct protection to wildlife and people while improving livelihoods and economic opportunity through prudent and sustainable natural resource management. Early successes have resulted in a steep decline in elephant poaching in TsavoCon’s pioneer project area, a 1.2 million-acre community conservancy.


Wildlife Action Group -Malawi


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Wildlife Action Group – Malawi is a grassroots NGO managing two government-protected forest reserves in Central Malawi. Its work involves activities to stop illegal poaching of African wildlife, stop deforestation of the forest reserves, protect and conserve an important biodiversity hotspot in Malawi, and work holistically with local communities to help protect and conserve the forest and wildlife through education, wildlife law enforcement and income generating activities.