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INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WILD ANIMALS INC

  • Cumberland, OH
  • www.thewilds.org

Mission Statement

To advance conservation through science, education and personal experience

Main Programs

  1. Animal Management, Husbandry and Health
  2. Conservation Education
  3. Conservation Medicine
  4. Conservation Science Training
  5. Restoration Ecology
  6. Field Conservation

service areas

International

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ruling year

1984

chief executive for fy 2013

Mr. Tom Stalf

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Keywords

the wilds, animals, wildlife, conservation, restoration ecology, education, environment, nature, endangered species

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EIN

31-1113570

Also Known As

the Wilds

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

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. Currently, the Wilds is home to 31 rare and endangered species representing more than 700 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.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Animal Management, Husbandry and Health

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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Animal Control

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Program 2

Conservation Education

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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Animal Control

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Program 3

Conservation Medicine

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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Animal Control

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Program 4

Conservation Science Training

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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Animal Control

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Program 5

Restoration Ecology

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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Animal Control

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Program 6

Field Conservation

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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Animal Control

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service areas

International

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Social Media

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INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WILD ANIMALS INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Tom Stalf

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John C Matesich III

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