It was in the spring of 2019 when Chris Slappendel and Natasja de Winter were introduced to each other by a mutual acquaintance. Natasja, a former member of the Dutch embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, thought it would be a good idea to keep in touch because of their mutual interests. And so they did. Natasja, who still lives in Buenos Aires, and Chris had a first call and talked for hours. They engaged in the thing they love the most: wildlife.
During this call they talked about the horrible situations of tigers in the wild and in captivity. Natasja shared her experience with rescuing lions and tigers from South American zoos and Chris told her about his former and present activities to raise awareness on tiger situations.
The rest is history. They decided to team-up, extended the team with Anne Ligthelm and Corina Kerkmans and created a foundation to help (captive) wildlife and to raise awareness. The foundation was officially established with Notary Drost Juten in The Hague (The Netherlands) on the 12th of September 2019.
Our mission is to improve animal welfare and to raise awareness. We organize rescue missions and awareness campaigns. For this purpose we raise funds.
Our primary focus is on saving wildlife. At the moment, wild animals in Argentina need all the help they can get as Argentina is in a dwindling economic situation. We also focus on giving the rescued animals a peaceful life after they are rescued. We now work together with the Ubuntu Wildlife Sanctuary. All sanctuaries that are involved in our rescue missions have met strict criteria. There will be no reproducing, no direct interaction with tourists, no hunting on premises and the animals get the attention and care they need.
The board will take care of the proper execution of the mission. That includes managing the projects, both in execution as well as financially.
Our policy is also one of transparency. More than 95 per cent of all donations will be directly invested in our mission. This means we won’t pay salaries to people who work with us.
Contact and organisation details
Stichting Wildlife Advocates Foundation (official name)
2651 DC Berkel en Rodenrijs
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