Get to Know Cheetah Conservation Fund

Blog by CCF Staff 

Cheetah Conservation Fund

Today there are fewer than 7,500 cheetahs remaining in the wild. The species once
roamed freely from India, throughout the Middle East and across the continent of Africa. Due
to habitat loss, human/wildlife conflict and the illegal pet trade, cheetah populations have
become greatly reduced with fragmented pockets scattered across their former range.
Extinct in over 20 countries, the largest and most stabilized populations are concentrated in
southern Africa. Namibia, where Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF) headquarters are
located, has the largest remaining population. Continue reading

The Magic Number

One of Big Life Foundation’s most important conservation programs is focused on predator protection. Recent estimates suggest that African lion populations have declined by about 50% in the last 20 years resulting in roughly 35,000 lions left in all of Africa. Big Life’s area of operation – the Greater Amboseli ecosystem – is particularly important for lions, hosting some of the largest remaining free-ranging lion populations and home to over 40% of Kenya’s lions. Continue reading

Spotlight: Wildlife Protection Solutions


Are you already signed up to race in Running Wild’s annual community event this June? If you support Running Wild, then you know that the fundraiser is a great way to spend a day with friends and family for a cause you care about: protecting endangered animals in Africa. But you might not know about the wildlife conservation organizations that benefit from your participation.

In 2019 Running Wild will partner for its fifth year with Wildlife Protection Solutions (WPS), a Denver-based non-profit that uses technology to protect endangered species and ecosystems. WPS is among four beneficiaries that will receive a portion of the race proceeds for the work they do on behalf of African wildlife.  We’re excited to share their story and think you’ll be inspired to learn about their projects and the species they protect. Continue reading

Meet Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Elephants orphans in the care of Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

We want our runners to know how important their participation in Running Wild is, and to understand the impact to the organizations we support. Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA have been beneficiaries of the Running Wild Race since its inception. We have great respect for the work they do to help orphaned elephants in Kenya. Learn more about them in this helpful infographic, including how you can foster one of the baby elephants in their care. And don’t forget to register for this year’s race! Continue reading

Get to Know Big Life Foundation


When Big Life Foundation (Big Life) co-founder photographer Nick Brandt, visited the Amboseli elephants in July 2010, it was unlike any of his prior trips.

He had been photographing these elephants since 2002 and knew many of them on a first-name basis, but something was different from his previous visits. Elephants who had once walked by his vehicle without a care in the world would not come within half a mile of him; in fact, they would run panicked in the opposite direction. Gunshots were later reported in the area from which they came. Nick reported his experience to local authorities, but nothing was done. The existing wildlife services and NGOs in Kenya simply did not have enough resources to enforce anti-poaching laws in such a widespread area. Continue reading