SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST (SWT)
Best known for its work to protect elephants, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) operates the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. It also rescues giraffes and rhinos. Alessandra has currently adopted 11 elephants (Ziwadi, Bondemi, Mukutan, Barnoti, Roho, Kelelari, Esoit, Mapia, Lemeki, Olorien, and Pika Pika) and one rhino (Apollo), but she hopes to expand her extended “family”.
DOLPHIN RESEARCH CENTER
Through education, research, and rescue, Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation, and communication between marine mammals and humans and the environment, giving precedence to the well-being of DRC’s animals. In addition to maintaining the best possible environment for the dolphins and sea lions at the Center, it is also dedicated to assisting marine mammals in distress in the surrounding waters of the Keys. For decades, DRC operated as the southernmost member of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. It has rescued and rehabilitated whales and dolphins, providing expert medical attention to help ease the way for marine life from the wild. DRC extended its rescue commitment to include the endangered manatee and is currently the only facility in the Florida Keys licensed by the Federal Government to assist manatees in distress.
RETURN TO FREEDOM
WWF was established in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals who sought to secure the funding necessary to protect places and species threatened by human development. As the world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in nearly one hundred countries. At every level, it collaborates with people around the world to develop and deliver innovative solutions that protect communities, wildlife, and the places in which they live. WWF works to help local communities conserve the natural resources they depend upon, transform markets and policies toward sustainability, and protect and restore species and their habitats.
WWF connects cutting-edge conservation science with the collective power of its partners in the field, more than one million supporters in the United States, and five million globally, as well as partnerships with communities, companies, and governments. WWF focuses on six goals: climate, food, forests, fresh water, oceans, and wildlife.