Owens Foundation for Wildlife Conservation, Inc.

aka OFWC   |   Stone Mountain, GA   |  www.owens-foundation.org

Mission

The Owens Foundation for Wildlife Conservation was established in 1986 by American Zoologists, Dr. Delia and Mark Owens who spent 23 years conducting wildlife research and conservation programs in Africa (Botswana and Zambia) and now are working in the NW US supporting grizzly bear conservation. The OFWC exists to support the Owens' field research and conservation of threatened and endangered species and to encourage and assist qualified field research scientists. We design our programs to create sustainability between human and wildlife populations so that both groups benefit from one another. Education is also a mandate of the OFWC.

Ruling year info

1988

Principal Officer

Dr. Delia and Mark James Owens

Main address

PO Box 870530

Stone Mountain, GA 30087

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EIN

58-1749339

NTEE code info

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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The Owens Foundation is currently providing support for Community Development Programs in remote rural villages located in North Zambia, Africa. In 1986, 1,000 elephants were being killed each year for their ivory and meat poaching was rampant in North Luangwa National Park. Zambia lacked the resources to defend and develop the Park. Dr. Delia and Mark Owens created The North Luangwa Conservation Project which provided support for local people (creating sustainable cottage industries, agriculture assistance, conservation education, rural health, tourism development, wildlife research and support for Zambian government Game Scouts) so that rural people did not have to poach wildlife (particularly elephants) in order to survive. The Owenses' NLCP (with funding from the OFWC and Frankfurt Zoological Society of Germany/FZS)virtually eliminated ivory poaching and reduced meat poaching by 85% between 1986 and 1997. FZS now supports anti-poaching and wildlife research in the NLNP area. Zambian Hammer Simwinga of his non-governmental organization - Foundation for Wildlife and habitat Conservation - Zambia, now directs Community Development programs in an expanding area of North Zambia. Hammer's work includes environmentally sound agriculture, reforestation, small business development, rural health and conservation education programs. Hammer's FWHC concentrates on empowering women who previously had no voice in their future. The combined efforts of the Owenses and Mr. Simwinga have improved the lives of more than 36,000 rural Africans while saving wildlife and improving habitat.

The OFWC is also assisting grizzly bear conservation in North Idaho, USA through habitat acquisition and protection as well as restoration of a wetland that is providing lush new habitat to a wide variety of wildlife ( bears, elk, deer, moose, lynx, mountain lions, river otters, and waterfowl. The wetland is also replenishing human water wells that had gone dry during times of drought. North Idaho is home to one of the 5 remnant grizzly bear populations in the lower 48 states. If grizzly deaths from mistaken shootings by hunters and poaching can be controlled, this population of grizzlies can recover without augmentation.

The Owens Foundation also supports continued research and conservation programs for brown hyenas in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve of Botswana.

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Owens Foundation for Wildlife Conservation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/09/2009
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mary Dykes

Bradford Jackson

Helen Cooper

Bernie Lanigan

Dr. Delia D. Owens

Mark J. Owens