Biodiversity Champions

Established over a century ago, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the world’s first international wildlife conservation organisation.

Our mission

is to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science, and which take into account human needs.

Our focus is on protecting biodiversity (the diversity of life on Earth), which underpins healthy ecosystems and is critical for the life support systems that humans and all other species rely on.

History and Achievements

  • 1903

    The Society for the Preservation of the Wild Fauna of the Empire (later to become FFI) is established.

  • 1926

    FFI helps to establish Kruger National Park in South Africa.

  • 1948

    FFI is a founding member of IUCN.

  • 1962

    'Operation Oryx' launched to save the Arabian oryx from extinction.

  • 1976

    FFI launches the wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC.

  • 1999

    FFI holds the first international business and biodiversity conference, at Chatham House.

  • 2009

    FFI staff and partners discover the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey.

  • 2017

    An illustrated history of FFI, With Honourable Intent, is published.

We work in more than 40 countries across Africa, the Americas, Eurasia and Asia-Pacific.

Over 140

conservation projects around the world.

321

partners supported, including governments, universities, businesses and local NGOs.

Why are we needed?

We depend on nature for so many things: materials, medicines, clean air and water, a steady climate…the list goes on. Many studies have shown the benefits of nature for people’s mental and physical health, and many people connect with nature on a spiritual level.

The ecosystems that provide us with this priceless service depend on a diverse array of species that interconnect to form a complex web. When a species is lost, we risk upsetting this fine balance so that the whole system, once rich in variety, becomes much more vulnerable to natural disasters, human disturbance and climate change. In the worst-case scenario, the whole ecosystem can collapse – a tragedy in itself, and a threat to all those who depend on it.

Sadly, our planet’s stunning array of species is under serious threat, from habitat loss, pollution, hunting and myriad other man-made pressures. Biodiversity is being lost at 1,000 times the natural rate.

Whichever way you look at it, whether it is moral or economic, mankind has an imperative to protect this biodiversity. All of us, from governments to businesses to individuals, need to work together if we are to save our planet’s rich natural resources.

Read all about it

Anyone wishing to discover more about the origins, evolution and landmark achievements of our organisation can purchase a copy of the definitive illustrated history of FFI, With Honourable Intent, published in 2017, and available to order here.

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