Safeguarding the planet: Wildlife conservation
Wildlife Conservation Society
The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places around the globe. Their mission statement: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.
The Bennink Foundation has most recently contributed to WCS's efforts in Mozambique’s Niassa National Reserve. The WCS has been leading efforts to protect critical elephant populations in the Niassa by conducting population surveys, training anti-poaching guards, and seizing poached ivory. Given the challenging terrain, air surveillance is ideal. The Bennink Foundation has contributed to the purchase of a dedicated airplane for Niassa to provide a more reliable way to quickly respond to poaching and conservation needs in the Reserve.
Previously the Bennink Foundation made a donation to the Elephant conservation program and their work to protect the Savannah Elephant, by monitoring and managing elephant populations and finding novel approaches to reduce the human- elephant conflict.