A voice for endagered species - this is the mission of the Association for Wildlife Protection. The AWP was founded to foster and implement nature and species conservation projects. One of the foci of our work is initiatives for environmental education and strengthening local social and civil-society structures. We strive to build networks, create synergies and protect endangered species worldwide from extinction.

Our vision is to preserve biodiversity and create a society that is aware of this importance and committed to protecting it.

A non-profit species protection association

current projects

AWP has been supporting and implementing species conservation projects worldwide since 2011. We are currently active in Cameroon and the Danube Region.

Cameroon

In Cameroon, we are active in gorilla protection with a two-prong focus. Our educational project is aimed at school-age children and youths in key areas and strives to create understanding and awareness of the life and importance of gorillas.

In Takamanda National Park we support cooperatives in growing organic cocoa beans and selling them at fair market prices. In return, the local people work to protect the highly endangered Cross River Gorilla.

Danube region

The Danube Diversity project highlights the cultural diversity and ecological challenges in the Danube region. In addition to filming profiles about people living along and with the Danube, and three youth camps that, among many things, deal with environmental issues of the Danube on film, the project also includes three film festivals in Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade.

The educational and species protection project brings together committed individuals, NGOs, environmental groups and filmmakers in order to work on collaborations and create films that make a difference.

Projects and partner worldwide

Project films at a glance

#artofdanube

Danube region

From the Black Forest to the Black Sea – in the summer of 2018, the world’s longest Danube picture traveled. The painter Ana Tudor captured the unique Danube landscapes and their endangered plant and animal life on a kilometer of canvas. Downstream, we exhibited the painting in 14 cities and 8 countries, providing information about endangered species along the Danube. As part of the touring exhibition, we implemented creative events with local partners that deal with the trans-national habitat of the Danube and its precious nature.
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#artofdanube

Danube region

From the Black Forest to the Black Sea – in the summer of 2018, the world’s longest Danube picture traveled. The painter Ana Tudor captured the unique Danube landscapes and their endangered plant and animal life on a kilometer of canvas. Downstream, we exhibited the painting in 14 cities and 8 countries, providing information about endangered species along the Danube. As part of the touring exhibition, we implemented creative events with local partners that deal with the trans-national habitat of the Danube and its precious nature.

Great Apes Education Program

Cameroon

With the education programm „Respect for remaining 250 Cross River Gorillas!“ we address children and teenagers in schools of the key areas of Cameroon. We want to back the international Cross River gorilla action plan in the region and create an understanding of the situation of the animals. Together with the WWF Germany and Cameroon, the WCS Cameroon, ERuDeF and more experts, the AWP has already gathered educational content that is now conveyed by teachers in the project region.

The survival of the Cross River Gorillas

Cameroon

In June 2016, AWP traveled with WCS in the Takamanda-Mone region for a research trip. In addition to handing over cyber trackers, we also held talks about planned projects and set up networks. Our colleague in Cameroon, Bedwin Ngwasina, visited communities and schools in the Cross River region in order to gain an impression of the situation on site.

We also created a movie about the situation of the Cross River Gorillas.

The survival of the Cross River Gorillas

Cameroon

In June 2016, AWP traveled with WCS in the Takamanda-Mone region for a research trip. In addition to handing over cyber trackers, we also held talks about planned projects and set up networks. Our colleague in Cameroon, Bedwin Ngwasina, visited communities and schools in the Cross River region in order to gain an impression of the situation on site.

We also created a movie about the situation of the Cross River Gorillas.

The first projects of AWP

worldwide

This film shows the first project films of the asscoiation for wildlife protection at a glance – in addition, two project ideas, which were planned at that time, are shown. The film takes us to Peru, Cameroon, Estonia, Armenia, Indonesia, Serbia, Cameroon, Madagascar and South Africa and it shows how diversified the projects of AWP are.

The Wildliferun - an interactive game

Cameroon

Together with leading wildlife conservationists, such as WWF, ERuDeF, the Wildlife Conservation Society and ACF, AWP has developed an interactive group video game. The “Crowd Game” brings players closer to topics such as species conservation and sustainability with a holistic approach to education. Together with experienced conservationists we want to go on “Wildliferun Tour”.The aim is to achieve a better understanding of the population for the life and the importance of the endangered species.

The Wildliferun - an interactive game

Cameroon

Together with leading wildlife conservationists, such as WWF, ERuDeF, the Wildlife Conservation Society and ACF, AWP has developed an interactive group video game. The “Crowd Game” brings players closer to topics such as species conservation and sustainability with a holistic approach to education. Together with experienced conservationists we want to go on “Wildliferun Tour”.The aim is to achieve a better understanding of the population for the life and the importance of the endangered species.

Great Fish River Reserve

South Africa

The AWP supports the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) in releasing elephants in the Great Fish River Reserve. To this end, she and her South African partner ECPTA invited scientists and landowners to a workshop to discuss the introduction of additional elephants in the Great Fish River Nature Reserve. To protect against poachers and for monitoring the animals in the park, the AWP has also donated a drone with night vision and sent to South Africa.

Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam

Southeast Asia

In January 2018, the association for wildlife protection visited three different projects in Southeast Asia. The projects are funded by “Stiftung Artenschutz”. AWP supported the foundation with a donation and wanted to learn more about the work in the projects and the commitment to the protection of endangered species. Financial support was provided for the protection of the highly endangered Golden-headed Langur in Vietnam and for a turtle enclosure in the ACCB in Cameroon.

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Southeast Asia

In January 2018, the association for wildlife protection visited three different projects in Southeast Asia. The projects are funded by “Stiftung Artenschutz”. AWP supported the foundation with a donation and wanted to learn more about the work in the projects and the commitment to the protection of endangered species. Financial support was provided for the protection of the highly endangered Golden-headed Langur in Vietnam and for a turtle enclosure in the ACCB in Cameroon.

The Sumatra-Tiger

Indonesia

Sumatra in Indonesia is the home of the endangered Sumatran Tiger. Fires, logging, monocultures and hunting are increasingly threatening the stocks. AWP supported WWF Indoniesia with camera traps that can be used to observe the tigers and their populations, as well as to track down poachers. In addition, the images of the camera traps can be used to prove the existence of tigers in certain areas and promote their protection.

AWP in the Caucasus region

Armenia

Nowhere else in the world forests of the moderate climatic zone will show such a large biodiversity than in the Caucasus. The part of nature that is still intact only occupies one-quarter of the entire area. There are many rare species, such as the Caucasus leopard, wolfs, lynx, the Caucasian capricorn or brown bears. AWP went to Armenia to make a Lada SUV available for the protection of wildlife. Patrols that stop poachers from hunting are sheduled to receive back up by the jeep.

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Armenia

Nowhere else in the world forests of the moderate climatic zone will show such a large biodiversity than in the Caucasus. The part of nature that is still intact only occupies one-quarter of the entire area. There are many rare species, such as the Caucasus leopard, wolfs, lynx, the Caucasian capricorn or brown bears. AWP went to Armenia to make a Lada SUV available for the protection of wildlife. Patrols that stop poachers from hunting are sheduled to receive back up by the jeep.

Gorillas in the national park Campo Ma'an

Cameroon

Equipped with 20 camera traps and a field laboratory, AWP traveled to Cameroon in March and support the work of the WWF in the national park Campo Ma’an. Endangered species can be monitored with the camera traps and the evolution of the population and their occurrence be measured. Additionally, a field laboratory equipment will be provided in order to monitor the health of the gorillas. It should help to detect diseases, prevent transfers amongst animal and human diseases and avert epidemics. 

Pilot project: Danube painting

Danube region

After hearing of Ana Tudor’s record-painting, AWP went to Serbia to talk to the artist about a big traveling exhibition and the painting. In addition, in the pilot project initial experience with the painting was gained and small exhibitions in the region were realized. The enthusiastic feedback from the visitors of the exhibitions as well as the positive experiences with the picture encouraged the AWP to realize the project in a large frame along the Danube and to prepare a corresponding project.

Pilot project: Danube painting

Danube region

After hearing of Ana Tudor’s record-painting, AWP went to Serbia to talk to the artist about a big traveling exhibition and the painting. In addition, in the pilot project initial experience with the painting was gained and small exhibitions in the region were realized. The enthusiastic feedback from the visitors of the exhibitions as well as the positive experiences with the picture encouraged the AWP to realize the project in a large frame along the Danube and to prepare a corresponding project.

The European Mink

Estonia

The AWP supported the rearing of the highly endangered European mink. We promoted the breeding station Tiit Maran at the zoo in Tallin in Estonia. Progressive industrialization and agricultural development is driving the European mink out of its habitat. River regulations and water pollution are giving the mink a hard time. Moreover, the fur industry has introduced a strong competitor for its food and living space: the American mink. After having been exploited by humans, the European mink today is regarded to be one of the most endangered mammals in Europe.

A protected area at the Rio Tapiche

Peru

AWP traveled to Peru and into the Amazon region to donate two boats and motors to the association “Chances for Nature”. Unlike many other non-protected areas in the Amazon region, human influence is still hardly perceptible with forest largely untouched. On a comparatively small area, a wide variety of habitats and species can be found, e.g. there are up to 18 primate forms. Almost all major vegetation zones of the Amazonian lowlands are located in this area. The boats help CfN in their goal to to declare the area a protected area.

A protected area at the Rio Tapiche

Peru

AWP traveled to Peru and into the Amazon region to donate two boats and motors to the association “Chances for Nature”. Unlike many other non-protected areas in the Amazon region, human influence is still hardly perceptible with forest largely untouched. On a comparatively small area, a wide variety of habitats and species can be found, e.g. there are up to 18 primate forms. Almost all major vegetation zones of the Amazonian lowlands are located in this area. The boats help CfN in their goal to to declare the area a protected area.

A garage for Dzanga-Sangha

Central Africa

The first project of AWP was the financing of a garage for Central Africa. The Dzanga-Sangha National Park is home to numerous species as well as the western lowland gorilla. In cooperation with WWF Germany material for the repair of vehicles was shipped to Central Africa and built up there. Also equipment for the rangers was purchased. Thanks to the garage, local organizations can service and repair their vehicles and use them for wildlife conservation. In addition, work and training positions could be created with the garage.

Mobile Cinema for environmental education

Madagascar

The AWP has built a mobile cinema in Madagascar. It is an essential part of the training program for nature conservation. A special feature is that the cinema can be operated by human muscle power that generates the necessary electric power. A dynamo attached to a bicycle generates the power needed to project the images onto the screen – this really is an authentic jungle movie theatre. The film program contains informational videos about the unique animal kingdom and its current situation in Madagascar.

Mobile cinema for environmental education

Madagascar

The AWP has built a mobile cinema in Madagascar. It is an essential part of the training program for nature conservation. A special feature is that the cinema can be operated by human muscle power that generates the necessary electric power. A dynamo attached to a bicycle generates the power needed to project the images onto the screen – this really is an authentic jungle movie theatre. The film program contains informational videos about the unique animal kingdom and its current situation in Madagascar.