Look at What This Eclectic Funder is Doing to Protect Orangutans in Asia

One of the wealthiest and most powerful funders in California has a relatively small (but still pretty big) interest in wildlife protection. They just stepped up their support for threatened primates in Asia with a grant for work in Borneo.

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On-Screen Wolf Steps Up Funding for Tigers and Other Species

In November, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gave $3 million to conservation heavyweight the World Wildlife Fund to protect Nepalese tigers. And just this month, the foundation followed up with another $3 million to Oceana to stop the practice of drift gillnets, which threaten protected sea life such as dolphins, whale and turtles.
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Is Larry Ellison Moving Into Wildlife Philanthropy?

Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, surprised the philanthropy community last year with his tight-lipped end to biomedical giving. Although the Ellison Medical Foundation is shutting down, it seems Larry Ellison hasn’t given up on philanthropy. Instead, he’s shifting focus to put funds into new pursuits, and it looks like wildlife and conservation issues have caught his eye.

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Who Received the Biggest Arcus Grant of 2013?

Most Arcus grants to protect great apes land in the $50,000-$300,000 range. In fact, only one grant last year broke the half-million mark and that organization won big. In 2013, the organization Save the Chimps earned a $2,430,000 grant, which is by far the largest grant awarded by Arcus last year for conservation.
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Behind the Turner Foundation’s Relationship with Bugs

Most people don’t like bugs. However, not all bugs are pests and some of them we rely on a great deal. In fact, much of our agriculture and landscape depend on bugs to do their job. The Turner Foundation is trying to halt the loss of important pollinators by supporting the work of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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A Golden Opportunity for Retrievers - The Morris Animal Foundation Launches Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

The Morris Animal Foundation is spearheading the study of a lifetime, literally. The foundation is investing $25 million to study 3,000 golden retrievers over the course of their lives to learn how to prevent cancer and other diseases in dogs. This will be the largest and longest observational study ever conducted on improving the health of dogs.
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As Elephant Extinction Looms, What Happens to the Ortenberg Foundation?

Out-of-control poaching is driving African elephants rapidly toward extinction, and it's only getting worse, with a huge spike in recent years. In fact, after record-breaking ivory seizures, 2012 appears to be the worst year on record for elephant poaching.

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National Geographic's Quest to Save the King of the Jungle

The National Geographic Society has been around since 1888, and is one of the largest nonprofit science and education organizations in the world. The society gives out grants in a handful of areas, including for conservation, exploration, and research awards. But its main wildlife grant program is the Big Cats Initiative.

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What You Should Know About the Tension Between Wind Farms and Wildlife

While green-minded Americans generally applaud the expansion of renewable energy, there are conservationists reminding us that even clean energy development is still development. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's wildlife program is explicitly designed to make sure clean energy facilities are built carefully and thoughtfully, and not at the great expense of surrounding animals. 

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The Surprising Sanctuary Ted Turner Gives Endangered Species

Ted Turner has taken an unusual, Noah-like approach to saving endangered wildlife — he gives them a home in his yard. Of course, that strategy only works if you have a very, very large yard, so in Turner's case, it's a good thing he owns about two million acres of land. 

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What's an Atheist, Libertarian Millionaire With No Heirs to Do With His Fortune?

What's an atheist, libertarian millionaire with no heirs to do with his fortune, now that he's long retired and well into his golden years?

If that millionaire is Robert W. Wilson, he writes checks — huge checks — to a select list of charitable causes. Wilson can't take it with him, and he's not interested in pawning the job off on a bunch of foundation types, so he's giving it away now in big chunks. Fortunately for endangered species, a huge beneficiary has been the Wildlife Conservation Society, which has seen Wilson skyrocket to the top of the their list of donors, with no close second.

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