One World Conservation (OWC) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization that was founded by CEO, Karrie Kern, and cofounded by Vice President, Kenneth Lekatoo, in August 2010. Our main headquarters are located in San Antonio, Texas, and Nairobi, Kenya, although we have outreach across the globe. The dream of OWC came into being while the founder was still under the NGO, Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF), and the tutelage of Johnny Rodrigues, founder/chairman of ZCTF.
If you haven't heard of us already, we are an organization focused on the conservation efforts of exotic and endangered species, both in captivity and in the wild. The true definition of conservation is to protect the species as whole, but it is also to protect them from exploitation, whether that is from illegal trafficking, poaching, or neglect. This is where our role in captive species comes in. We are not anti-captivity, but there are far too many exploited species falling to the hands of captivity.
Our mission is to create a global initiative in conservation for exotic and endangered species by working from all corners of the world to promote education and awareness for adults and children in the interactive world, the classroom, and on the ground. We will promote conservation efforts in the regions most affected by poaching, environmental degradation, human-wildlife conflict, illegal trade in endangered species, and can hunting of exotics. We will work with all governmental agencies around the world to improve laws, or in some cases help to create laws, to protect and provide a better standard of care for exotics and endangered species held in captivity.
We are not animal rights or anti-captivity. We simply believe that if you have a species, you meet its needs. If you can’t, you must adapt. If you can’t do that, you have no business with them.
Some information about our team
We are a dedicated nonprofit fighting to protect endangered species
While we have staff and colleagues around the globe, below listed are our directorate staff that sees to the day-to-day operations of One World. Every staff and volunteer member, from observation teams to outreach staff, is part of the One World family, even though they are not listed below. Each and every one is an essential part of what we do.
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What Makes Us Unique?
We walk the line between true conservation and protection of specific animals
There is no one particular species we focus on. Our campaigns have stretched from elephants to tigers to polar bears. A lot of the work we do involves local, state, or federal government regulatory bodies. While we push for public pressure, education, and awareness, we tackle all angles of the campaign. At the end of the day, our first priority is the welfare of the animals under our watch.
We pride ourselves in our branding, the aesthetics of our campaigns, both online and off.
We Don't Give Up
Once we take on a campaign, we're in it until the end. Even once a campaign has been officially closed, we keep an eye on the animals that were under our watch through the entirety of their lives.
We are Passionate
We have put our hearts, our souls, our lives into building One World to what it is today. There have been countless nights spent up researching, preparing for events, tracking down animals. We are in it for one thing: conservation. True conservation, not exploitation.
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