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INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WILD ANIMALS INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 04/21/2014: INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WILD ANIMALS INC

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AKA  the Wilds
Cumberland, OH
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INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WILD ANIMALS INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 04/21/2014: INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WILD ANIMALS INC

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Also Known As: the Wilds
Physical Address: Cumberland, OH 43732 
EIN: 31-1113570
Web URL: www.thewilds.org 
NTEE Category: D Animal related
D34 Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge
D Animal related
D30 Wildlife Preservation/Protection
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C30 Natural Resource Conservation and Protection
Ruling Year: 1984 


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Mission Statement

The mission of the Wilds is to advance conservation through science, education and personal experience. The Wilds was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1984 by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Development, Ohio zoological parks, and the private sector with the belief that environmental solutions require a serious scientific approach. Two years later, Central Ohio Coal Company donated nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed mining fields in southeast Ohio to serve as a hub for scientists to explore the preservation of wildlife and their native habitats through education, research and conservation. The next ten years were spent carefully developing the site, securing financial support from foundations and private donors, building a staff, and introducing a wide variety of species – both native and non-native – into the open pastures. The Wilds opened to the public in 1994 as a private, non-profit park combining innovative conservation science and education programs with hands-on experiences and one-of-a-kind safari adventures. There are a number of qualities that distinguish the Wilds as unique not only locally, but globally as well. The expansive 9,154 acres consist of open grasslands, wetlands, forests and 150 freshwater lakes. And in addition to having lots of space, the area’s rich biodiversity is a great benefit to scientists and researchers – allowing them to explore a range of scientific disciplines, provide more robust education for students, and focus on critical conservation initiatives (including Restoration Ecology; Conservation Medicine; Animal Management, Husbandry and Health; and Field Conservation). Currently, the Wilds is home to 31 rare and endangered species representing more than 350 mammals from around the world. With their mission at the forefront, the Wilds manages a number of programs and services that strive to build a more conservation-conscious society that recognizes the importance of biodiversity and actively engages in the protection of wildlife and natural resources.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2014
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Total Expenses $5,052,758

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Mr. Tom Stalf

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Since Feb 2013

Leadership Statement:

Today, an increasing number of people are aware of environmental issues, thanks to media and special interest groups pushing conservation concerns to the forefront. It’s becoming more apparent that we do not have to travel to Africa or Asia to find evidence of diminishing habitat and animal populations; because the impact can be seen in our own backyard. But even with this heightened awareness, making changes can seem daunting. We face urgent needs and tough questions that require reflective, collaborative, and inspired approaches. And we know that effective solutions start with strong leadership in scientific study and research, individual empowerment through creative education, and the dedication and passion for protecting wildlife and habitats for future generations. That’s what the Wilds is all about.

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Program: Animal Management, Husbandry and Health (GuideStar Exchange,
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Program Description:

The Wilds develops and uses scientifically based management techniques and breeding programs to support threatened wild animal populations, species diversity and critical habitats. Our large land base allows groups of animals to live in nearly free-ranging conditions that encourage the development of natural social groupings and behaviors. All species chosen for management programs at the Wilds have been selected to meet specific programmatic goals. In addition, our animal health programs focus on both individual animals and larger groups – with direct application to wild populations for disease surveillance, chemical and physical restraint methods, and nutritional management.

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Program: Conservation Education (GuideStar Exchange,
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The educational mission of the Wilds is to enhance our visitors’ environmental literacy as they address conservation issues throughout their lives. Our educational programs help guide learners as they explore the complex issues that challenge biodiversity. Program content comes directly from the scientific work that is done on a daily basis at the Wilds, and aligns with Ohio Academic Standards and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines. We want to help student apply the information they’re learning in the classroom to real world restoration and conservation activities. Some examples of our educational programming include: Safari Experience pasture tours, school field trips and outreach programs, WildeCamp summer camp for children ages 8 to 19, Family Camp, and Adult Specialty Camp covering topics like bird identification and photography.

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Program: Conservation Medicine (GuideStar Exchange,
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As the ecosystems that support life on Earth begin to suffer, scientists are beginning to recognize the link between the health of our ecosystems and the health of wildlife and humans. This has evolved to be the study of Conservation Medicine, pairing medical professionals and conservation scientists to develop an ecologically holistic approach to human and animal health. At the Wilds, our resident expertise in wildlife management, veterinary medicine, ecology and restoration biology help us address the ecosystem and animal health end of Conservation Medicine. These efforts are strengthened by our collaborations with leading academic and medical institutions that provide the human aspect, making for a well-rounded exploration of the topic.

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Program: Conservation Science Training (GuideStar Exchange,
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As conservation challenges increase across both locally and globally, it’s important that professionals are trained with the most modern and effective conservation science techniques. That’s why the Wilds is a leader in conservation science training for scientists, students, educators, managers and veterinarians. Our staff contributes to our quality programming by collaborating with university and academic institutions, wildlife professionals and conservation organizations worldwide. The Wilds’ competitive veterinary residency is one of only 25 programs worldwide accredited by the American College of Zoological Medicine. Some examples of our partnerships and programs include: the Wilds’ Conservation Science Training Center, university affiliations, graduate and postdoctoral research opportunities, and professionals and international training programs.

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Program: Restoration Ecology (GuideStar Exchange,
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The science of Restoration Ecology is focused on developing tools and practices that can successfully rehabilitate impaired ecosystems and return them to a level of greater ecological function. At the Wilds, we’re working to understand how the land is currently being used by wildlife and exploring how we can make more improvements to support biodiversity. The land at the Wilds is unique because, as reclaimed mining fields, a lot of effort has gone into making that land viable again so it can support a variety of plant and animal life. Some examples of our Restoration Ecology work include: prairie creation, biomass research, butterfly and pollinator habitats, grassland bird habitat improvement, and the ecology of remnant forests.

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Program: Field Conservation (GuideStar Exchange,
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Understanding the challenges facing threatened wildlife populations is one of the most important tasks for our scientists at Wilds. As they work to create solutions for minimizing (or even eliminating) those threats, they collaborate with individuals and institutions in or near the struggling environment. For instance, scientists from the Wilds traveled to China to train field staff on anesthesia protocols and GPS tracking for the endangered Sichuan Takin (an animal also represented in captive population at the Wilds). These efforts help both teams better understand the species’ behavior and conservation biology – allowing it to receive better protection in its native habitat.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

The Wilds is invested in environmental education, innovative research and sustainable conservation initiatives that have far-reaching effects throughout the local community and our world. We had a lot to celebrate in 2013: saw our largest attendance to date (115,056 visitors); reached upwards of 32,000 students through outreach and on-site programming; and recorded 64 animal births. Currently, the Wilds is home to 31 rare and endangered species representing more than 350 mammals from around the world. There are a number of qualities that distinguish the Wilds as unique not only locally, but globally as well. The expansive 9,154 acres consist of open grasslands, wetlands, forests and 150 freshwater lakes. And in addition to having lots of space, the area’s rich biodiversity is a great benefit to scientists and researchers – allowing them to explore a range of scientific disciplines, provide more robust education for students, and focus on critical conservation initiatives.
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