Keystone Species – Of Elephants, Big Cats, Bears and Whales
Keystone Species are animals that play an especially dominant role in upholding an ecological structure. Their extinction would result in a collapse, or at least a critical weakening of the eco-system in which they live. Keystone species are often large predators, but can also be herbivores that profoundly influence the landscape, usually large mammals. Thus, by taking the necessary steps to protect keystone species, it is possible to preserve an entire ecological structure, ensuring a viable future for countless other living creatures.
Keystone Species are often popular, commonly known animals who inspire enthusiasm for nature preservation and environmental protection.
Our work strives to protect some of the largest mammals on Earth, like elephants, tigers, lions, bears or whales. We endeavor to save them from extinction and to safeguard their habitats.
We support organizations and projects that actively work to protect these keystone species in several regions around the globe. The decision, which projects to support, is based on various criteria.
1. Species protection should also encompass conservation of the ecological structure.
2. At the Foundation, we have already garnered experience and knowledge regarding coherencies in the region and / or the pertinent keystone species. We believe we can work more effectively on issues that are close to our hearts; that moves us.
3. There is an obvious urgency. Urgency effects the strongest changes in a sponsorship’s focal issues, brought about by new scientific insights, by national or international protective agreements or by acute issues arising within the region or keystone species in question.
The keystone species projects we support pertain to species living in jungles, mountainous regions,
savannah or offshore oceans.
We longtime supported projects for bears and whales at the west coast of Canada and do so occasionally.
The pivotal focus of our patronage, however, lies in the protection and conservation of big cats
and elephants, the most influential and important keystone species in the entire Asiatic region and in Africa.
Meanwhile we believe, that is best done by integrating local tribes and communities. How this can be implemented has become our focus.