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
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
Running Wild race beneficiary Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) started their extremely successful Livestock Guardian Dog program 25 years ago to help mitigate human/wildlife conflict. Among CCF’s most notable work is their program that trains dogs to help to protect livestock from predators such as cheetah in Namibia. Continue reading