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Owens Foundation for Wildlife Conservation, Inc.

  • Stone Mountain, GA
  • www.owens-foundation.org

Mission Statement

The Owens Foundation for Wildlife Conservation was established in 1986 by American Zoologists, Dr. Delia and Mark Owens who spent 23 years conducting wildlife research and conservation programs in Africa (Botswana and Zambia) and now are working in the NW US supporting grizzly bear conservation. The OFWC exists to support the Owens' field research and conservation of threatened and endangered species and to encourage and assist qualified field research scientists. We design our programs to create sustainability between human and wildlife populations so that both groups benefit from one another. Education is also a mandate of the OFWC.

ruling year

1988

Principal Officer

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Dr. Delia and Mark James Owens

Keywords

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Wildlife Research and Habitat Protection, Support for human Popluations living in conjunction with threatened and endangered wildlife, Conservation Education, Rural Health

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Also Known As

OFWC

EIN

58-1749339

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Program 1

The Owens Foundation is currently providing support for Community Development Programs in remote rural villages located in North Zambia, Africa. In 1986, 1,000 elephants were being killed each year for their ivory and meat poaching was rampant in North Luangwa National Park. Zambia lacked the resources to defend and develop the Park. Dr. Delia and Mark Owens created The North Luangwa Conservation Project which provided support for local people (creating sustainable cottage industries, agriculture assistance, conservation education, rural health, tourism development, wildlife research and support for Zambian government Game Scouts) so that rural people did not have to poach wildlife (particularly elephants) in order to survive. The Owenses' NLCP (with funding from the OFWC and Frankfurt Zoological Society of Germany/FZS)virtually eliminated ivory poaching and reduced meat poaching by 85% between 1986 and 1997. FZS now supports anti-poaching and wildlife research in the NLNP area. Zambian Hammer Simwinga of his non-governmental organization - Foundation for Wildlife and habitat Conservation - Zambia, now directs Community Development programs in an expanding area of North Zambia. Hammer's work includes environmentally sound agriculture, reforestation, small business development, rural health and conservation education programs. Hammer's FWHC concentrates on empowering women who previously had no voice in their future. The combined efforts of the Owenses and Mr. Simwinga have improved the lives of more than 36,000 rural Africans while saving wildlife and improving habitat. The OFWC is also assisting grizzly bear conservation in North Idaho, USA through habitat acquisition and protection as well as restoration of a wetland that is providing lush new habitat to a wide variety of wildlife ( bears, elk, deer, moose, lynx, mountain lions, river otters, and waterfowl. The wetland is also replenishing human water wells that had gone dry during times of drought. North Idaho is home to one of the 5 remnant grizzly bear populations in the lower 48 states. If grizzly deaths from mistaken shootings by hunters and poaching can be controlled, this population of grizzlies can recover without augmentation. The Owens Foundation also supports continued research and conservation programs for brown hyenas in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve of Botswana.

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OWENS FOUNDATION FOR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Principal Officer

Dr. Delia and Mark James Owens

BIO

Dr. Delia and Mark Owens, are Chief Executive Officers and co-founders of The Owens Foundation for Wildlife Conservation. Delia Owens received her Ph D in zoology from the University of California at Davis and Mark Owens is a PhD candidate in zoology at UCD. They have co-authored two best selling books: "Cry of the Kalahari" (which received the Burroughs Award)and "The Eye of the Elephant". They have also co-authored numerous articles in such scientific journals as "Nature", "Conservation Biology" and "Natural History" magazine. They have been featured in numerous popular publications such as LIFE, Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest and People Magazine. The Owenses have been roving reporters for International Wildlife Magazine which has published many of their articles. They have been the subjects of a National Georgraphic TV documentary, "African Odyssey" and an ABC Turning Point documentary and repeat guests on "The Johnny Carson Show" as well as "Good Morning America" and "Merv Griffin". They have lectured professionally at the San Diego Zoo, the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Zoological Society, the Museum of Natural History in New York, the Chicago Academy of Sciences in many other American and Canadian cites. Dr. Delia and Mark Owens were presented with "Ridder of the Golden Ark" by H.R.H. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands as well as with the University of California "Outstanding Alumnus" Award and the Rolex Award for Enterprise. The Owenses conducted seminal research on brown hyenas and Kalahari lions in the Central Kalahari Desert of Botswana.

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