ACIO Wildlife Conservation work with women

Mission statement

ACIO wildlife conservation envisions a world where wildlife prospers in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.


ACIO Wildlife Conservation work with women

Wildlife rangelands often overlap with rural areas, where women providing for their families tend to interact with wildlife more than men. Actions like collecting water, harvesting crops and collecting firewood for cooking put women at greater risk of dangerous encounters with animals like elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles, big cats and hippos. Danger aside, however, these experiences also mean women have more opportunities to observe and learn from animal patterns and behaviors. That knowledge is critical when it comes to solving conservation dilemmas. As primary caregivers at home and in their communities, women are also uniquely positioned to share their deep knowledge of local wildlife. We support education for girls because when women have opportunities for education and professions, their economic livelihoods improve, their communities thrive and human-wildlife conflict plummets.

Women and girls contribute to ending poverty and ensuring food security is fundamental. They also play a critical role in natural resource management and influence how their communities hunt and fish, improve sanitation, protect habitats and comply with conservation laws that’s why they are partners in what we do all the time.

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