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International Headquarters 290 Summer Street, Yarmouth Port, MA INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE JUMBO GAINS AND GROWING THREATS ANNUAL REPORT IFAW 1 IFAW EXECUTIVE STAFF FREDERICK
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International Headquarters 290 Summer Street, Yarmouth Port, MA INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE JUMBO GAINS AND GROWING THREATS ANNUAL REPORT IFAW 1 IFAW EXECUTIVE STAFF FREDERICK M. O REGAN President and Chief Executive Officer AZZEDINE T. DOWNES Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer TEREZA BYRNE Vice President of Development and External Affairs A.J. CADY Director of Animals in Crisis and Distress MICHAEL COTE Chief Information Officer and Director of Internal Services KEVIN MCGINNIS Director of Human Resources CINDY MILBURN Acting Director of Public Affairs MELANIE B. POWERS Chief Financial Officer KEVIN SHIELDS Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection THE INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE works to improve the welfare of wild and domestic animals throughout the world by reducing commercial exploitation of animals, protecting wildlife habitats, and assisting animals in distress. IFAW seeks to motivate the public to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote animal welfare and conservation policies that advance the well-being of both animals and people. IFAW US REGIONAL COUNCILS LINDA BEGGS JESSICA GIFFORD BUSCH G. KENNETH BERNHARD IRENE CROWE ALEXANDRA DENMAN Chair, Southern California CRIS FARLEY SARA FARLEY SHEILA FITZGERALD RACHEL GLICKMAN DIANA LAMB JOHN LAMB KIT LILLY GERALDINE MASLANKA LAURIE MONAHAN PAMELA MORTON ELIZABETH ORECK MINOU PALANDJIAN Chair, New England JENNIFER LEE PRYOR HEATHER REED KATHERINE ROHRBACHER BETSY ROSENFELD CLAIRE ROSENZWEIG DAN SAUNDERS DR. KUMARA SIDHARTHA LOUISE SOREL VICTORIA STACK Chair, Washington, DC DELMA TAYLOR ANDREA THOMAJAN NANCY VOLPERT MITCHELL S. WAGNER JEANNIE WILLIAMS IFAW WORLDWIDE BOARD OF DIRECTORS THOMAS C. RAMEY Chair ELLIOTT G. CARR MANILAL PREMCHAND CHANDARIA ALEXANDRA DENMAN MARGARET A. KENNEDY CHRISTOPHER J. MATTHEWS DAVID METZLER ROBERT J. MONAHAN JR. THOMAS P. O NEILL III MINOU PALANDJIAN KATHLEEN SAVESKY VICTORIA STACK BRIAN HUTCHINSON IFAW Charitable Trust, Uk, Board of Directors SEAN ROCKS IFAW Charitable Trust, Uk, Board of Directors PAUL F. WORTHINGTON IFAW Charitable Trust, Uk, Board of Directors KEELY SHAYE BROSNAN Honorary Board Member PIERCE BROSNAN Honorary Board Member LEONARDO DICAPRIO Honorary Board Member BEN STEIN Honorary Board Member GORAN VISNJIC Honorary Board Member ACHIEVING LONG-TERM GAINS THIS YEAR saw a culmination of positive results in a number of campaigns following years of hard work. I am very proud to share these accomplishments with you in this annual report. As the fiscal year came to a close, Meru National Park was awarded world-class status as a conservation area. This culminates a multi-year partnership between IFAW and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to restore the park, which was heavily poached by bandits over a number of years. The techniques and tools developed to reinvigorate Meru are already reaping results at Tsavo National Park, Kenya s largest park. As we completed our second year of commitment to restore and enhance Tsavo, security has already improved in the park. Even though the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species allowed sales of stockpiled elephant ivory, a nine-year suspension of ivory trade was adopted at this year s Conference of the Parties and was a major achievement. IFAW staff played a key role in the adoption of this suspension. At the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission, IFAW helped turn the tide against whaling nations as a majority of member countries supported whale conservation. Similarly, IFAW s seal campaign gained momentum, as witnessed in a number of European countries calling for seal bans over the last year. IFAW s unrelenting yet pragmatic approach, working with communities and governments to improve conditions for animals and people, requires long-term planning, determination and financial support. We couldn t do it without you. I hope you will share my pride in the gains made for animals this year as you read through this report. Gratefully, fred o regan President and Chief Executive Officer IFAW 3 A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE OVER THE PAST YEAR, IFAW has made important progress, both internally and externally, that will provide a solid foundation for its campaigns in the years ahead. The adoption of a multi-year strategic plan has further clarified priority areas for institutional program efforts. These are firmly linked to IFAW s fundraising and budgeting process. Sometimes these investments are taken for granted in a nonprofit organization, but every gain IFAW makes on behalf of animal welfare depends on the strength of these systems. One result of our stringent operational standards is top ratings by charity monitoring groups in the US and the UK. As an international animal welfare and conservation organization, IFAW recognizes that how we conduct our business inside the office and out has a direct impact on the animals and habitats that we work every day to protect. Speaking for the Board of Directors, we are proud of IFAW s achievements and the dedicated employees who achieve them. However, none of this would be possible without your inspiring generosity and commitment to the earth and its creatures. You have helped us build a strong foundation for animal welfare around the world. Thank you for your steadfast support. thomas c. ramey Chair, IFAW Board of Directors IFAW 4 IFAW 5 A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR WILDLIFE AND PEOPLE IN TSAVO NATIONAL PARK In 2005, IFAW initiated an ambitious five-year plan with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to restore and enhance Tsavo National Park, the largest protected wilderness area in Kenya. By refurbishing Tsavo s ranger quarters and vehicles, improving electricity and water supplies, and outfitting rangers and researchers with critical equipment, IFAW donors are helping KWS protect elephants and other wildlife in Tsavo from poachers, habitat degradation and conflict with surrounding communities. IMPROVING PARK SECURITY During our second year of support, IFAW donors provided critically needed aid for ranger operations. Donor contributions: Helped rebuild Kanjaro Security Base and installed a new clean water system in Tsavo West National Park Supplied five new vehicles, which are essential to protecting wildlife and visitors in such a vast park Purchased 10 portable solar panels to improve radio communication for rangers patrolling remote areas Dispatched five GPS devices for researchers studying elephants and other species Supplied eight computers for management and research As a result, rangers were able to travel farther distances, even during the rainy season, to protect and monitor wildlife, and collect data on instances when humans and elephants come into conflict. Computer efficiencies contributed to faster analysis of important data such as animal counts and mortality rates, rainfall accumulation and bushmeat hunting activities. PROTECTING WILDLIFE AND HABITAT Thanks to improved transport and communication, KWS rangers: Eliminated one of the park s most wanted rhino poachers, recovering automatic weapons and more than 100 rounds of ammunition Removed thousands of wire snares that were set illegally to capture wildlife Moved 100,000 head of cattle, which were grazing illegally, out of the park so they would not come into conflict with wildlife or damage habitat These efforts are already improving security in the park. IFAW and KWS will continue to increase protection for animals and people in Tsavo in the year ahead. CONTRIBUTING TO THE COMMUNITY Thanks to an IFAW donor s generous gift of $33,700, renovations began on Kasaala primary school bordering Northern Tsavo. This project will provide clean water and classrooms for 800 children living near Tsavo. Such an initiative builds community support for conservation and deters young people from turning to wildlife poaching by opening the door to educational opportunities in this remote area. We must raise an additional $55,000 to complete the enhancement of the school for Tsavo s children and the local community. THREATS ARE GROWING Sadly, more illegal ivory from African elephants has been confiscated in large-scale seizures between August 2005 and August 2006 than in any other year since the international ban on ivory trade in Elephant poaching continues in full-swing and wildlife rangers continue to be killed. IFAW must ensure that Tsavo s brave rangers have all the tools, equipment and support systems they need to combat this growing danger. Your donations can provide the tools rangers need to pursue poachers and help improve the quality of life for animals and for people in communities around the park. YOUR GIFT OF : WILL : $5,000 repair ten miles of critical roads for antipoaching patrols $15,000 fuel 30 days of aerial patrols of Tsavo s vast landscape $40,000 build a staff welfare center for rangers and their families $90,000 buy one Super Cub airplane for antipoaching operations Through this critical campaign, IFAW hopes to preserve one of the last vast habitats for wild animals in all of Africa. Please join us and ensure that Tsavo National Park and its magnificent wildlife are protected for the future. IFAW PRIORITY AREAS FOR SUPPORT Tsavo National Park is one of IFAW s priority areas for support. Other priority programs are: Protecting Dogs and Cats Global Whale Conservation IFAW s Song of the Whale Fighting Commercial Seal Slaughter Emergency Relief Protecting and Rehabilitating Bears IFAW Animal Action Week IFAW has made measurable gains in these priority areas over the last fiscal year. But threats are growing and needs continue to exceed resources. As you read about IFAW s achievements in this annual report for July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007, know that your support for IFAW continues to make a real difference. 1 & 2 MORE THAN 200 ELEPHANTS WERE RELOCATED TO TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK BETWEEN 2005 AND 2006, A SIGN OF IMPROVED SECURITY FOR KENYA S THREATENED ELEPHANTS. LONG-TERM SECURITY MEANS THE PARK CAN ACCOMMODATE THREATENED ELEPHANT POPULATIONS FROM OTHER PARTS OF KENYA & 4 TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK IS PRONE TO BUSHMEAT HUNTERS AND IVORY POACHERS FROM TANZANIA. THE NEW KANJARO SECURITY BASE WILL ACCOMMODATE A PLATOON OF 30 RANGERS TO ENHANCE SECURITY IN THIS AREA OF THE PARK. IFAW 6 IFAW 7 INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGNS: ACHIEVING GAINS AMID GROWING THREATS Utilizing the expertise of IFAW staff from around the world, we launch major campaigns to protect animals and their habitats. The past year brought a number of achievements for animals and people. But growing threats undercut some of these victories, strengthening IFAW s resolve to work even harder in the months ahead protecting wildlife, domestic cats and dogs, and the people whose fates are intertwined with animal welfare. A REPRIEVE FOR ELEPHANTS At the 14th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), held in The Hague, Netherlands, there was a landmark approval of a nine-year suspension of trade in elephant ivory. IFAW s support of unprecedented cooperation among Anglophone and Francophone African elephant range states the first time these countries stood together against ivory trade facilitated this landmark decision. IFAW is pleased with the convergence of many African nations on this very important issue. However, the trade suspension did not come without cost: The decision allowed for huge stockpiles sales. Elephants remain in a precarious state, and IFAW will continue to work to prevent the rampant poaching that stockpile sales and any legal ivory market encourage. CITES Parties also agreed to set up a workshop to address illegal trade over the Internet, indicating a higher level of recognition for the need of an increased focus on enforcement, particularly to control the escalating electronic sales of illegal wildlife products. IFAW s ongoing campaign was a key factor in ebay s announcement to ban all cross-border trade in elephant ivory. JUMBO STRIDES AT TSAVO IFAW s efforts to help the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) restore and enhance Tsavo National Park and the greater Tsavo Conservation Area are already paying off. Thanks to our donors generous support, increased wildlife and visitors security, enhanced radio communication and building improvements are having positive impacts on biodiversity and management in the Area. IFAW s US$1.25 million support of Meru National Park s restoration helped return Meru to a world-class conservation area. Following years of depletion, this famous Kenyan park had about 1,300 various wildlife species moved in, including elephants, black and white rhinos, reticulated giraffes, endangered Grevy zebras and leopards. IFAW is basing our work at Tsavo on this model of success. IFAW HELPED TAVETA AREA COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND THE KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE START CONSTRUCTION OF A 78-KM ELECTRIC FENCE NEAR TSAVO NATIONAL PARK TO REDUCE HUMAN-ELEPHANT CONFLICT. DR. NAOMI SHABAN, TAVETA PARLIAMENT MEMBER, AND IFAW BOARD MEMBER DR. MANILAL CHANDARIA RAISE A FENCE POLE. THIS AD CAMPAIGN CREATED THROUGH A PRO BONO RELATIONSHIP WITH THE RAPP COLLINS/ DDB GROUP, CULTIVATED BY IFAW S NETHERLANDS OFFICE, WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL IN WINNING SUPPORT FOR ELEPHANTS AND OTHER THREATENED SPECIES IN THE RUN-UP TO THE CITES MEETING IN THE HAGUE. ADVANCES ACROSS RANGE STATES In southern Africa, IFAW played a leading role in advocating for reform of elephant management. IFAW has lobbied for a holistic approach to elephant management based on sound scientific principles, rather than the narrow-minded application of culling as a solution to elephant crowding in confined areas. Our mega-parks for meta-populations research shows governments how to address causes, not symptoms, of perceived overpopulation. At year s end, through legislation on Norms and Standards for Elephant Management in South Africa, the government was set to commit substantial funds to research more humane solutions. In China, IFAW established an elephant identification database in the Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve, which will provide valuable statistics on individual elephants to help reduce conflicts between Asian elephants and villagers sharing habitat in Yunnan Province. IFAW also organized three anti-poaching patrols in the Mengla and Shangyong subreserves. The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) identified 88 trans-boundary wildlife corridors, critical for elephant migration, across India. IFAW and our partner WTI purchased land for and secured the first corridor of approximately 25 acres. IFAW-funded DNA testing, which tracked the origin of ivory seizures, revealed that a 6.5-ton ivory seizure in Singapore in 2002 originated from elephants in Zambia. This research helps law enforcement officials identify poaching hotspots and key smuggling routes, prompting efficient allocation of anti-poaching resources. STRIKING BLOWS TO WHALERS IFAW s whale campaign attained a number of significant victories over the past fiscal year. In the run-up to the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Anchorage, Alaska, in May, IFAW launched a whale plane tour of the United States, with Whale Program Manager Patrick Ramage and his son Henry flying to key states to promote whale conservation. More than 12,000 children from all 50 states sent in whale art for a contest, and government officials from across the country issued proclamations of support for whale protection. At stops along the way, Henry reminded his contemporaries that, children need to get involved to save the whales for our generation and for future generations. To encourage a strong stand against commercial whaling at the IWC, IFAW led a Whales Need US coalition, aimed at US delegates to the international forum, which won support from members of the House of Representatives. At the IWC meeting, IFAW s awareness-building and lobbying helped gain a strengthened majority of countries supporting whale conservation and an adoption of a resolution condemning Japan s so-called scientific whaling. Pressure continued at the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, where a IFAW 9 resolution was adopted to continue to respect the IWC moratorium on commercial whaling. When Iceland resumed commercial whaling in October 2006, an IFAW online campaign generated more than 85,000 international protests sent directly to Iceland s main newspaper, Morgenbladid. An IFAW poll showed that 48 percent of Icelanders believe commercial whaling will have a negative impact on the country s tourism industry and leading Icelandic businesses issued statements protesting commercial whaling. RESEARCH AND OUTREACH ONBOARD SONG OF THE WHALE The Song of the Whale team returned to Iceland for the months of July and August 2006 to conduct research, education and outreach. By showcasing IFAW s benign research techniques, the team demonstrated that whales don t need to be killed or harmed in any way to be studied. Icelandic student interns worked alongside IFAW s expert research team to learn more about whale conservation. From August 2006 to March 2007, the Song of the Whale team focused on raising public awareness in the United Kingdom and Europe. The vessel was a special feature at the Southampton Boat Show and sailed from Liverpool to London, Brussels, The Netherlands and France. More than 3,400 adults and children visited the boat along with a host of journalists. In addition, receptions for government ministers and other politicians garnered greater support for IFAW s whale campaigns and marine mammal conservation efforts. The year ended with Song of the Whale sailing the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to survey the presence, numbers and distribution of sperm whales and other cetaceans. This is part of an ongoing collaboration between IFAW, local researchers and intergovernmental organizations as part of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS). The purpose of this work is to increase protection for threatened whale and dolphin populations in the ACCOBAMS area. Loyalty to Animals and Their Welfare Grace Gabriel first learned of IFAW when she was working for a television station in Utah and was asked to help film some of our projects in China. Following this experience, Ms. Gabriel saw a need to promote animal welfare in China and she petitioned IFAW to open an office. In 1997, she opened the IFAW Beijing office. Growing up during China s turbulent Cultural Revolution, Ms. Gabriel was able to have pets and she embraced their unconditional loyalty. Dogs and cats don t think about your family or political background, they just love you, she said. This sense of loyalty has guided her ever since. As Director of IFAW s China office, and now as Asia Regional Director, Ms. Gabriel has helped achieve some amazing milestones: From Animal Action Week to companion animal advocacy, raptor rescue to elephant habitat and protection work, IFAW has made strides in improving conditions for animals and in changing people s opinions about how animals should be treated. IFAW is building collaborative relationships with government agencies to enhance animal welfare and conservation policies in China, she said. Media attention on the rehabilitation and release of four raptors at IFAW s Beijing Raptor Rescue Center prompted a government official to order an immediate crackdown on illegal wildlife trade. Through education and economic empowerment to alleviate humanelephant conflicts in Yunnan, IFAW gave local people the confidence to improve their lives and raised animal welfare awareness. Now villagers voluntarily protect elephant habitat. IFAW is changing minds and improving conditions for animals in China. BUILDING EMERGENCY RESPONSE CAPACITY The world was buffeted by earthquakes, forest fires and flooding during the past fiscal year and IFAW rushed to rescue animals and people. In the wake of damage and destruction, IFAW s Emergency Relief (ER)
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