Endangered Species Day 2020

Cameron News

This Endangered Species Day, get to know the amazing animals that Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation support – many of which also reside at Yorkshire Wildlife Park – from Polar Bears to Lemurs, Lions and Giant Otters! Learn more about our partner charities, and the projects we help to fund, including how they are coping during the COVID-19 epidemic.


Polar Bears

Polar bears are classed as vulnerable by the IUCN, with global warning presenting a major threat to their populations, hunting and eating habits, and habitats.

YWPF have worked with the IUCN Species Survival Commission to produce guidelines to monitor the impact of shifting weather patterns on wildlife around the world.

We have also worked with Polar Bears International, notably supporting a research project looking into the impacts on polar bears’ denning behaviours and an education outreach project teaching the children in Greenland, Russia and Canada about the polar bears that live in their homelands (and sometimes in their home towns!) and the problems that they are facing in the wild.


Giant Otters

Giant otters are classed as endangered by the IUCN, with fewer than 5000 left in the wild, with populations affected by habitat loss, poaching and industry.

We work with the Instituto Araguaia Giant Otter Project in Brazil, funding a scheme to improve management and conservation of the Cantão ecosystem. The project has been continuing their patrols and wildlife monitoring despite the coronavirus lockdown, with staff choosing to self-isolate at the wilderness base.


Amur Leopards

The Amur Leopard is the most endangered big cat in the world, with only 100 left in the wild in 2018. They are classed as critically endangered by the IUCN, and are affected by habitat loss, poaching and human conflict.

YWPF are supporters of WildCats Alliance, taking part in the international breeding programme, and supporting projects that monitor populations, protect their habitats and support anti-poaching initiatives.



YWPF has donated to projects which aim to support the blue-eyed black lemur, a critically endangered species according to the IUCN, due to habitat loss and hunting. A new project has just been put on hold due to Coronavirus which will see YWPF team up with the expertise of Yorkshire Wildlife Park animal staff to work on a 3 year programme to monitor, research and protect the Greater Bamboo Lemur in Madagascar. We hope it is not too long until we are able to start this project.



Giraffes are currently classed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list, with populations declining due to habitat loss, hunting, human conflict and mining.

YWPF support the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness and supporting giraffe populations, and conserving their habitat. We recently helped to fund a major relocation project.

They are continuing their work during the COVID-19 crisis, with field work continuing at remote locations.


Painted Dogs

Painted Dogs are the second most endangered carnivore in Africa, classed as endangered by the IUCN, affected by habitat fragmentation, human conflict, and domestic animal diseases.

We work with Painted Dog Conservation, supporting their vaccine and community education programmes, as well as their anti-poaching and anti-snare patrols.

YWPF also support Fauna and Flora international, supporting projects in areas that protect Fauna and Flora international, and Wildlife Vets International, funding projects to halt population decline through vaccination programmes of domestic dogs to help protect the Painted Dogs from distemper.

Unique snare art is also on sale at the YWP Gift Shop for the Foundation, to support the development of the Painted Dog Research Ecology and Conservation Centre at Sizinda, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.


Black Rhinos

Black Rhinos are classed as critically endangered, and although population numbers are now on the rise, they are still threatened by poaching, habitat loss and civil unrest.  

YWPF work with Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) to find anti-poaching initiatives, facilitating care for rhinos and improving security and communication systems on the Ol Jogi Game Reserve in Kenya.

SRT are continuing their work through the COVID-19 epidemic, but poaching is on the increase in the region due to a decrease in funding from tourism.



Wild Bactrian Camels are one of the most endangered mammals in the world, classed as critically endangered on the IUCN red list. They’re severely effected by hunting, predation and habitat loss.

YWPF are proud supporters of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation, finding a major conservation to release wild Bactrian Camels into the wild, and supporting work done by the Foundation at their education centre.

Our partner charities are continuing their critical work at this time, but still need your support to help endangered animals.

Help us to support all of our partner charities at this difficult time by donating today:

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