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WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society
October 15, 2013

It is an honour to once again write in support of the WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society (WCCLAS) as one of the truly great nonprofit organizations. Since my last review WCCLAS has gone from strength to strength, highlights of which include:

Raising significant awareness of the issues concerning private ownership of big cats in captivity in America through documentary appearances and lectures;

Involvement of WCCLAS volunteer staff in a potentially global project to help conserve the world's few remaining wild tigers;

Confirmation by a leading global tiger conservation partnership that WCCLAS volunteer submissions provided a 'first class analysis' of the issues facing the world's few remaining wild tigers;

The launch of an innovative new WCCLAS initiative to prohibit caged, confined or canned hunting of big cats; and

Significant involvement by WCCLAS volunteer staff in the discovery of the true and alarming extent of the lion bone trade from South Africa to South East Asia.

The above is clear evidence that WCCLAS continues to epitomize the best qualities of a what a true and legitimate nonprofit organization should be.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

N/A - This organization stands out as an example of the level of professionalism and integirty that can usefully be brought to the field of wildcat conservation.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society
August 30, 2011

I am currently working on my third article for the WCCLAS Journal and have been really impressed with the awareness raising work of this comparatively young organisation. The Journal is freely available to view online and the WCCLAS website is also regularly updated with news and developments as regards the issues facing the world's 36 wild cats, both in the wild and in captivity.

Few people realise that there are barely 3,000 tigers and 16,000 lions left in the wild. The tiger could be extinct in the wild in 10-20 years yet this is also not generally known. The WCCLAS represents a breath of fresh air in the wild cat conservation movement in that it gives a voice to a broad cross section of cat conservationists who may not otherwise have been published simply because they don't have MSc and / or Phd after their name. Does this mean the Journal is of lesser quality than a peer reviewed wildlife oriented Journal? Not a bit of it. The WCCLAS Journal is sensible and professional in terms of content and complements the scientific journals perfectly. WCCLAS is exactly what the cat conservation field needed and came along at just the right time, when the world's 36 species of wild cats need all the friends they can get. Highly relevant and highly recommended.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that the publication of my articles has got me noticed as someone who can legitimately be of use in the field of wild cat conservation from a legal standpoint, ie. by suggesting ways that wild cat range states can improve their wildlife protection laws alongside the scientist conservationists' efforts in the field.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

pump significant extra funds and resources into it so WCCLAS staff and / or representatives could prepare submissions for and attend the international wildlife conservation conferences where the main decisions are made as regards wild cat protection.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Wrote articles for the Journal.