Wildlife Warriors USA Inc.

aka --   |   Eugene, OR   |  www.wildlifewarriors.org

Mission

Wildlife Warriors USA Inc was established in 2003 by Steve and Terri Irwin as a way to include and involve caring people in the support and protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife - from the individual animal to an entire species. The mission is to be the most effective wildlife conservation organization in the world through the delivery of outstanding outcome-based programs and projects, inclusive of humanity.

Ruling year info

2003

Director

Mr Luke Reavley

Main address

PO Box 11347

Eugene, OR 97440 USA

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EIN

30-0137313

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Our programs

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

Funding the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

Australia's wildlife is uniquely its own and much-loved by the world. But it's disappearing at an alarming rate. Road traffic, domestic animal attacks and land clearing has left many animals fighting for their lives.

The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, located near Australia Zoo in Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility. The hospital first opened in 2004 and is a world leader in veterinary care and wildlife conservation. In keeping with the principles of ecological sustainability, the building features a "green” design and materials.

With our support, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is giving injured wildlife a second chance. Over a twelve month period, between 9,000 and 10,000 animals are brought to the hospital for lifesaving treatment. Now, as one of the world's largest and busiest purpose-built wildlife hospitals, we're playing a vital role in saving Australia's native species, one life at a time.

Population(s) Served

Waterways across northern Australia are home to one of the most mysterious and misunderstood predators in the world, the saltwater or estuarine crocodile. In 1996, Steve Irwin began formal crocodilian research using his own capture and study techniques to unlock the secrets of this ancient reptile.

Working in partnership: the University of Queensland, Australia Zoo and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors continue to make monumental strides in the field using Steve’s
techniques. An annual research trip focuses on capturing and tagging estuarine crocodiles in the Wenlock River which runs through the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve. Since 2008, the team have fitted more than 160 crocodiles with acoustic tags, making it the longest and most comprehensive research project on the species ever conducted. The aim of the study is to provide insights into crocodile habits and their movement, to better understand how crocodiles and people can co-exist. If we can keep people safe we will also protect the crocodile.

Population(s) Served

Wildlife Warriors Worldwide is working in partnership with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) on an extremely effective and successful tiger conservation program. FFI has been working in Kerinci Seblat National Park (KSNP), one of the largest national parks in south-east Asia covering over 1.4 million hectares and one of the last remaining habitats for the Sumatran tiger.

We have had great success with the Tiger Conservation and Protection Units (TCPU). The TCPUs are the most successful tiger law enforcement program in south-east Asia - they consist of mobile teams of trained personnel that gather information about illegal activities such as poaching, logging and illegal settlements in and around the national park. Their main aim is to deter these activities, and also to remove snares that are set by poachers to catch wildlife.

These patrols work in extremely harsh conditions - each member of the patrol carries approximately 35kg of equipment and supplies, and covers between 10 and 15km every day on foot through terrain that is incredibly tough. The rangers are also often put at great personal risk, apprehending some of the dangerous people who poach wildlife. Sometimes they even have to go undercover to expose illegal wildlife dealers and the middlemen they work with.

In addition to being the biggest financial supporter of the program, Wildlife Warriors has provided the TCPUs with vehicles and an assortment of other necessary equipment, including global positioning systems (GPS), digital cameras, veterinary drugs, uniforms and spotlights. We are also involved in generating and updating tiger information, surveying of key species, training of key field personnel, and tools for the TCPUs including packs, boots and other equipment.

Setting up the TCPUs within Sumatra has resulted in thousands of square kilometres of forests being patrolled and protected, in the protection of local communities and their livelihoods, an increase in community education, and benefits not only to tigers, but to other species who call KSNP home.

In the past 12 months alone, the TCPUs have deactivated hundreds of snares, including nearly 100 set specifically for tigers, and made 6 arrests, so this project is fundamental to the protection of the Sumatran Tiger, as well as the other native wildlife that inhabit KSNP.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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Wildlife Warriors USA Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Wesley Mannion

Wes Mannion

Terri Irwin

Australia Zoo

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No