What we do: Elephant Family

The Asian elephant (small ears, rounded back, doesn't live in Africa) is much loved, but it is also endangered in the wild. At Elephant Family, we cannot imagine a world without its intelligent and engaging spirit, so we dedicate our days to protecting it through its habitat and by working with the local communities that live near wild herds. We also care for domesticated elephants and their keepers (the 'mahouts') who look after them.

Joining our Elephant Family, you become part of a vibrant team of committed individuals who want to secure a safe future for the wonderful Asian elephant and its surrounding environment. We like to think that in saving the Asian elephant, we are saving forests and we will also save ourselves, but our neighbours simply say "there's never a dull day at elephant family".

More information at: http://www.elephant-family.org/
Elephant Family

What we do: The Royal Parks Foundation

For over 500 years, The Royal Parks have made a world of difference to the lives of Londoners. Their 5,000 acres play a vital role int the health and wellbeing of the city and their historic landscapes and wide-open spaces are teeming with every kind of wildlife, from rare birds, bats and beetles, to hundreds of species of wildflowers and lichen. Through the survival tour, we want to show how the Parks' precious ancient trees, lakes and meadows need our special protection as a safe haven for nature in the city.  The Royal Parks

The Royal Parks Foundation is the charity for London's eight Royal Parks. Our work helps support and conserve the Parks' amazing animals and plants and aims to help people of all ages understand and look after our natural world.

The Royal Parks are: Bushy Park & the Longford River, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park with Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and St James's Park.

More information at: http://www.royalparksfoundation.org/


The Royal Parks Foundation & the survival tour

This year, the wild elephant herd will be joined by a life-size herd of Royal Parks deer - because, without deer, these incredible Parks would not exist in the way they do today. It is only because Henry VIII loved hunting so much that he enclosed the land for his special use, thereby ensuring that for generations afterwards, their spaces would be kept wild and uncluttered for everyone to enjoy. About 1,000 red and fallow deer still roam in three of London's Royal Parks. These herds are amongst the most important in England, with the Greenwich bloodlines dating back to Tudor times.

 a red deer

And the deer continue to shape the Parks today. Many of the beautiful Chestnut avenues have been planted to provide a source of nutrition for the deer and its steady grazing over the centuries in Bushy and Richmond Parks has helped create two of the largest and best areas of acid grassland in Greater London. This nationally rare habitat is home to fragile and special wildlife communities with distinctive fine grasses, wild flowers, fungi, insects, spiders, reptiles, birds and mammals. By helping us looking after the future of the deer, you will help conserve this ancient and complex ecosystem.

What we do: World Land Trust

Since our foundation in 1989, the World Land Trust has been working to preserve the world's most biologically important and threatened lands and has helped purchase and protect over 350,000 acres of habitat rich in wildlife in Asia, Central and South America and the UK.

More information at: http://www.worldlandtrust.org/