More and more animal species are threatened with extinction due to illegal trade – because it becomes fashionable to have them in homes, hotels, pseudo zoos.

The snobbery of having an exotic animal at home, because anyone can have an „ordinary” dog, results in naturally catching thousands of, for example, turtles, songbirds, lori or fennec foxes. Many of these animals are very difficult to breed, burdensome for household members, so they do not live long or pass from hand to hand, and are confiscated.

Another great threat is irresponsible tourism – the desire to take pictures with wild animals, ride elephants or swim with dolphins. Tourists taking photos with a lemur, lori, fennel , tiger, orangutan or any other wild animal do not wonder where this animal is from. And the vast majority of them are caught in nature , kept in terrible conditions. In order not to bite, scratch or bite animals for such purposes are mutilated. Their teeth and claws are pulled out, their venom glands are removed, and they are given sedatives. Elephant rides are a drastic example of animal abuse. Elephants are very dangerous, independent animals that „break” to make them want to work in logging or hauling tourists. The animals used in tourism do not live long, so in a moment more animals share their fate. The problem does not only concern distant countries!

The Internet increases the use of animals and unfortunately each of us, often unknowingly, even without illegally buying animals, contributes to their suffering and illegal trade by sharing, liking or watching photos and videos with their participation. Thousands or even millions of views of videos on which animals suffer … Lori holding an umbrella or raising her paws  up is not a proof of his  fun, but of terror. A bath of a little fennel in a sink is a sign of bestiality, not care, because it is a desert animal that never takes a bath. As long as they are willing to pay for these „attractions”, view them on the Internet, share, hunt, illegal trade will develop and threaten the existence of entire species. That is why we want to draw your attention to this problem that few people seem to know about. Wild animals are not toys, LET THEY  STAY WILD!

The pandemic has worsened the situation. Illegal trade has not declined, as some might think, but has moved to the internet. People in developing countries have lost their legal jobs and some have engaged in poaching and illegal animal trafficking.

Who exactly do we support?

This year, the income from the run will help save endangered animal species threatened by illegal trade. In addition to the profit from the run that will be allocated for this purpose, you can additionally support the foundation in the amount of PLN 10, 50 and 100, which will help the following projects:

Reniala – an association operating in Madagascar, saving lemurs (mainly katta lemurs ) from illegal trade and returning them to the natural environment. We help to keep lemurs in the rehabilitation center, we also supported the establishment of a vegetable garden that provides animals with fresh vegetables and fruits, the prices of which are drastically increasing, and the availability of which is decreasing in Madagascar due to climate change – www.fundacjadodo.pl/projekt/lemur-katta-ratunek /

Hutan – a project that studies and protects orangutans, elephants, foggy leopards, Malay bears in oil palm plantations in Borneo. We help to create and monitor ecological corridors enabling the coexistence of wild animals and oil palm plantations – www.fundacjadodo.pl/projekt/orangutany-borneo/

Katala – a foundation saving endangered, endemic species of animals on Palawan, min. Filipino kanczyli , Filipino hornbills , Palawan forest turtles and pangolins. We help to monitor the population of turtles released after the great confiscation of 2015 – www.fundacjadodo.pl/projekt/zolwie-azja/

African Chelonian Institute – an institution in West Africa dealing with the rescue of species of turtles endangered by illegal trade. We help in the construction of enclosures , breeding desert turtles and Adanson pelomedics , which are released into the natural environment. We also support educational activities to protect sea turtles – www.fundacjadodo.pl/projekt/zolwie-ochrona-afryka/

Turtle Survival Alliance – an organization that protects turtles around the world, including Madagascar. We help to keep ray turtles massively confiscated from poachers and smugglers – www.fundacjadodo.pl/projekt/zolwie-ochrona-afryka/

Kukang – a project that protects lori  in Sumatra from poaching and illegal trade related to the development of tourism and the fashion to keep these protected animals at home. We finance the employment of nature  rangers patrolling the forests of Sumatra – www.fundacjadodo.pl/projekt/lori-kukang/

Fen  –  Wrocław zoo coordinates the breeding program in European zoos (EEP) and conducts educational activities aimed at ending poaching and illegal breeding. We conduct educational activities not only in European zoos, but also in Morocco and Tunisia – www.fundacjadodo.pl/projekt/fenek-ochrona/

Prigen Conservation Breeding Ark – a project to save the endemic fauna of Java through protection in the natural environment and conservation breeding. We help in building runs  and breeding Javanese favors  threatened by illegal trade, including trade in the production of copy luwak coffee – www.fundacjadodo.pl/projekt/program-badan-i-hodowli-laskunka-jawajskiego/