Ethical entrepreneur Isobel Davies talks about what inspired her to start a business and why humans are her least favourite animal. How did you become interested in animal welfare? It started in my garden shed, as a little girl I had a whole host of rescued hedgehogs, rabbits, newts, guinea pigs etc. I adored animals. [...]
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We asked post graduate researcher, Emiel de Lange, about his work in Northern Cambodia and how he feels about the future of conservation. What made you decide to pursue a career in conservation? Was there a specific event or moment that influenced you? I’m not sure there was a specific moment. I think I was [...]
In the first in our ‘Unsung Heroes’ series, Annette and Dave Risley, founders of Folly Wildlife Rescue Trust, tell us how it all started!
What was the first animal you rescued and how did it come about? It was a hedgehog! Annette at the time was working for the campaign group Animal Aid, and because of the name, many people thought they were a rescue centre, so would bring injured wildlife in to the office. In the mid 1980’s, [...]
A new study shows that crowdfunding is helping to protect iconic species such as the African elephant, black rhinoceros, and Bornean orangutan. Lead author, PhD candidate in University of Queensland’s School of Biological Sciences’ Fuller Lab Eduardo Gallo-Cajiao said crowdfunding has successfully harnessed the power of the internet to increase public awareness of conservation and [...]
Neutering remains a controversial subject in animal rescue. In some cultures, neutering campaigns are hindered by religious beliefs; in others, by poverty and ignorance. However, the truth remains. One of the key reasons why dogs and other animals are regarded as vermin - instead of the loving companions they could be - is because [...]
Columnist and animal lover Liz Jones writes movingly about her Romanian rescue dog Hilda. I first spotted Hilda when I was in Romania, on a story about the country’s street dog problem. I’d seen dogs on rubbish tips and railway lines. Dogs in town, actively being targeted by drivers, who would swerve to hit them. [...]
Paul Brodrick; a former Marine Commando and volunteer for the charity Veterans for Wildlife, talked to us about his passion for conservation and why coming face to face with wild animals has tested him even more than his time in the military. How did you first become interested in wildlife conservation? As a South African, [...]
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a garden in possession of a dog kennel must be in want of eight seagulls. Come again? Let’s start at the beginning. A few years ago we took on a rescue dog, Goofy Supertramp, who, we understood, would not be happy living indoors. We therefore built him a [...]
We talk to a lot of fundraising professionals and we thought it would be interesting to ask them what makes a successful fundraiser. Is it just a question of practice and experience or are there other factors too, things that can’t be taught? The answer seems to be a bit of both, there’s no doubt [...]
We were thrilled when Zante Strays reached their target just before Christmas, raising £1685 for a much needed new shelter for rescue dogs on the Greek island of Zykynthos. We spoke to them to find out how they did it. A Bit of Background Zante Strays is a no kill charity that rescues and treats [...]