Indonesian Orangutan Conservation
Time: August 2017 - present
Location: East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Partners: COP (Centre for Orangutan Protection), CAN Borneo (Conversation Action Network Borneo)
Intro: In Indonesia, orangutans and other wildlife have lost their homes and lives due to deforestation caused by oil palm plantations, mining, and logging.
Impact: To conserve orangutans, we are working with CAN Borneo, a local NGO, to establish the first wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in Indonesia.
The center will provide rescue, medical care, and rewilding training for homeless wildlife and help them return to their habitat. Meanwhile, we are working to protect natural habitats of wildlife and promote sustainable economic development in local communities.
BASE CAN, established in 2020 by China House and CAN Borneo is the first wildlife sanctuary in Southeast Asia to be partially supported by a Chinese civil society organization.
China House raised more than 15000 USD for the rescue center.
We funded a nursery that is now cultivating 85,000 seedlings which are expected to restore 100 hectares of forest habitat for orangutans.
We built a Chinese website for CAN, to help CAN engage with Chinese supporters.
Through these initiatives, Sun bears, gibbons, pangolins and so on have also been rescued.
Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservation
Time: June 2018 - present
Location: Conservancies in Eastern and Northern Kenya
Partner: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Intro: In Africa, wildlife is under severe threats due to poaching, smuggling, illegal trade, human-wildlife conflicts, etc. Ol Pejeta Conservancy has the last two Northern White Rhinos globally and the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The Conservancy is one of the only two nature reserves in Africa on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List.
Impact: We worked with Ol Pejeta Conservancy to enhance local wildlife protection, including improving and donating Lion Lights, investing in beehives, contributing camera traps, filming documentaries, conducting international business marketing, and raising public awareness.
Our students improved solar-powered Lion Lights invented by a local Kenyan. An improved Lion Light costs only one-third of its original price. Upon their return, the students led a fundraising campaign in China, commissioned a Chinese manufacturer for light production, and donated 620 Lion Lights to the Conservancy. The Lion Lights have been outstandingly effective in deterring wildlife from attacking farms, lessening the economic burdens and protecting the local wildlife from retaliation by villagers who would have suffered in the long-term human-wildlife conflict. Our work has been appreciated by the community department of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
To protect the last two Northern White Rhinos and other wildlife, we initiated student-led fundraising campaigns in China. And they donated six monitoring camera worth 1500 USD, to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
We produced the first Chinese student-made Northern White Rhino documentary, Meet the Last Three Northern White Rhinos in Africa. These students designed a Chinese brochure for Ol Pejeta Conservancy, impacting thousands of Chinese visitors.
We partnered with Ol Pejeta Conservancy to host a live broadcast on Sohu, which gained 230,000 likes, was streamed on Sohu’s homepage, and was reposted by Sohu's CEO.
Our students created a wildlife conservation charity brand, Animore+, and conducted a Northern White Rhino-themed offline concert, “Rhino’s Top Secret”, which attracted more than 60 participants. The event indirectly raised the awareness of wildlife conservation among students.
Kenyan Anti - Poaching Petrol Project
Time: July 2014 - present
Location: Various locations in Kenya
Partner: African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW)
Intro: In Africa, poachers hide snares in the bushes, grass, canopy, or around the tree trunks. When animals roam by, they are likely to be caught by these “traps”. As they try to break free from fright, the snares clutch on tighter, and eventually, many animals die of infected wounds. In Kenya, nearly 100 lions die every year from the traps. Zebras, antelopes, African buffaloes, giraffes, and other animals are also common victims.
These snares are related to the Bushmeat trade, which refers to the trade of hunted wildlife. Poachers mix wildlife meat with livestock meat to make money. According to a report by African Network for Animal Welfare, a local wildlife conservation organization, 40% of meat on the market in Nairobi, comes from Bushmeat.
Impact: Since 2014, We have been working with ANAW to recruit volunteers to work at natural reserves around Nairobi to clear the snares that poachers have placed and to rescue wildlife injured by the snares. Currently 1000+ Chinese and Kenyan Volunteers participate in 50+ Patrols and snare-cutting tours, and have been able to remove 5000+ Snares.
In May 2021, our students organized online fund-raising event and raised around 2500 USD . The money will be used to subsidize anti-poaching workers and purchase patrol tools and medical supplies needed to rescue wildlife.
Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign
Time: 2015 - 2018
Locations: Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe
Partners: Chinese Embassies in Africa, Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), Humane Society International, University of the Witwatersand, etc.
Intro: In 2017, the Chinese government prohibited the ivory trade, which received appreciation worldwide. Nevertheless, illegal wildlife product trade remain in some parts of the world despite the work of Chinese officials and civil organizations.
There are currently one million Chinese living and working in Africa, many of whom have connections with the local wildlife trade. Some Chinese are involved in ivory and rhino horn smuggling and have negatively affected the image of China. Chinese can make contributions to wildlife conservation in Africa in terms of the amount of funding and volunteering activities. However, the Chinese in Africa have always lacked these knowledge and access to wildlife conservation.
Impact: With the support of Humane Soceity International, we conducted a three-year wildlife conservation awareness campaign aiming at Chinese in Africa. The campaign was designed and implemented strategically, from summit forums to community activities, offline to online, targeting different Chinese groups in Africa (state-owned enterprises, private enterprises, and individual households).
We collected thousands of signatures in Chinese communities in Tanzania for the campaign “Boycotting the ivory and rhino horn trade.
We are one of the wildlife conservations teams that have incorporated wildlife conservations activities into the construction sites of Chinese companies in Africa.
We organized the first color run in Africa with the theme of wild protection in Kenya. More than 500 Kenyans and Chinese participated.
We facilitated the first donation to pangolin conservation by Chinese in Africa. The recipient was the African Pangolin Action, the most influential pangolin conservation organization in Africa. The event was reported on the official website of HSI, an international wildlife conservation organization.
We held the first China-Africa wildlife conservation forum in South Africa, with the attendance of the Chinese Ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, and more than 100 representatives and journalists from China, South Africa, Nigeria, Congo, Zambia, Botswana, Japan, and other countries. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported the forum.
We assisted the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania in organizing Africa’s first Chinese-sponsored public welfare walk for wildlife, Walk for Elephants, with more than 500 Tanzanians and Chinese participating.
The project encompassed more than 35 conservation activities over three years, covering Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. In the project, more than 160,000 people were directly influenced, and thousands of Chinese in Africa have increased knowledge and gained positive transition attitudes towards wildlife conservation. The project received over 50 media reports, including newspapers, TV shows, and social media reports, with over 2.6 million views.
Social Enterprise Marketing
Partner: Ocean Sole
Intro: Ocean Sole, a Kenyan Social enterprise, produces and sells handicrafts made of plastic waste recycled from the ocean, thereby raising marine conservation funds. Since its inception, Ocean Sole has helped clean up estimated 750,000 flip-flops (more than 1,000 tons) from Kenya’s oceans and waterways each year. 10%-15% of Ocean Sole’s revenue is invested in local marine conservation and community education.
Impact: During the COVID-19 pandemic, zoos and aquariums in Europe and the US had to cancel their orders. Ocean Sole had almost no orders. We assisted them in opening up the Chinese market and selling handicrafts to China. According to Ocean Sole’s marketing manager, the order from us was their only large order during the pandemic. We provided vital financial support for their work in marine conservation.