The Shannon Elizabeth Foundation (formerly Animal Avengers) is a 501(c)(3) focusing on wildlife and conservation crises around the world. With branches in the United States and South Africa, the organization has four key pillars that enable us to focus our strengths and to have a lasting effect in conservation and on people everywhere. Our belief is that we must work together and collaborate in order to make a true impact.
Wildlife Review Initiative
This initiative focuses on creating trusted, credible, objective and consistently updated web-based Reviews that focus on key individual conservation or environmental crises. The first in our series is Rhino Review, which is set to launch summer/fall 2019. Please visit Rhino Review to sign up for our newsletter and stay up to date as we get closer to launch.
Honoring the inaugural name of this organization, Animal Avengers has become our dedicated youth initiative, designed to immerse young thought leaders from around the world in conservation, both in the field and within their own classrooms. Our ambition is to empower this future generation to develop their own initiatives and inspire them to create globally relevant strategies to better mobilize their peers to be true advocates for our planet.
This initiative aims to help guide change at the highest levels, both in the United States as well as South Africa, with other countries to soon follow. With a first hand view of how US policy can affect the people and the environment in South Africa, we assist with lobbying by becoming a trusted advisor to politicians in Washington DC as well as to Parliamentarians in South Africa. We believe we must advocate for effective amendments to laws in order to support the tireless work of people on the ground.
We aim to develop a scalable and replicable social impact investment model that combines high-end tourism with social upliftment, job creation, youth development, habitat protection, endangered species sanctuary and modern conservation practices. This is our biggest initiative and it will underpin all of our other programs in perpetuity.