(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/ANIMAL WELFARE) The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT) is an organization that helps landowners protect the wildlife roaming their land.
The trust helps by setting up a sanctuary so the land cannot be sold to individuals or companies that would destroy the property and the habitat of local wildlife.
“The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust celebrates and protects wild animals by creating permanent sanctuaries, preserving and enhancing natural habitat and confronting cruelty,” according to the program’s website.
Land that is deemed important to wildlife is ideal for the program, rather than size of the land.
Even land in more suburban areas can make an ideal sanctuary since development may have harmed local wildlife, instilling a need for a safe haven for refugee animals.
The Land Trust also supports all wildlife as there is no requirement that sanctuary land must be home to populations of endangered or threatened species.
While these sanctuaries ensure the future protection of animal habitats, one ongoing problem is illegal hunting and poaching.
The decoys are operated remotely by nearby officials and provide solid evidence when a poacher attacks.
By combating poaching and helping establish new sanctuaries, the HSWLT is not only tackling habitat loss, but also saving wildlife populations.
If you have land that you’d like to turn into a wildlife sanctuary, visit http://www.hswlt.org, or simply donate here.
— Elana Pisani, exclusive to Global Animal