You’ve probably wondered how you can do a bit of good in the world.
You’ll be surprised the difference you can make for these wild animals.

What you get when you join our Community.

- Monthly stories from the bush about how you're making a difference.
- You'll feel the love every month as you do something good for our planet.
- You'll meet Margrit and Russ, Nikela's Founders, traveling Africa finding Wildlife Heroes so together we can stop the killing.

The results so far.

Over $70,000 given to 24 Wildlife Heroes in 8 African countries.
This has cared for baby Rhino, rescued Pangolin, protected Elephants, nurtured orphaned Monkeys... and the list goes on.
That's making a difference for a ton of animals!

Meet Some Wildlife Heroes

Related Videos

  • 100 Elephants die each day! One Woman stops the Killing

    Every day 100 elephants die in Africa for their ivory tusks. In a forgotten forest in Malawi Lynn and her team of ranger scouts protect them. Where ten years ago there were none, there are now over 140 elephants! However, with this success come a problem... protecting these elephants and their forest.
  • Why Giving is Fun! Our YouTube Channel Trailer

    Enjoy our new YouTube Channel Trailer. Helping people saving wildlife is so much fun! For these wildlife heroes a little means so much. Hand delivered cash donations bring a smile to everyone's faces. You can join Margrit and Russ online...
  • Poachers Trade Spears for Shovels

    DONATE TODAY. In Uganda Moses convinces poachers to stop poaching. He offers them alternatives and they like. Here 42 poachers turn in their spears. Helping is easy...

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Why Others Join the Nikela Community

Robin K.

Thank you for everything you are doing to stop the poaching crisis.”

Paige L.

“My mother, Margie, passed away… I hope this money can do some good in her name.”


Thank you for the great work you do!


“I’m grateful today for the work that you do and grateful that I was able to do just a small part in helping Moses and the elephants”

Jeannine – by chance

“I was looking for information and came across your page to donate to help save vultures. I couldn’t say no.”

Charmaine – a new fan

“In January 2019 I saw one of your videos by “accident” and then was hooked. Thank you for doing this amazing work.“

Baye Elizabeth Pigors – founder Free to be Wild

“Thank you guys for your support through the years and for always coming to visit. To be honest you impact us so much because we are a small organization and what you do just means so much to us .”

Mina M. (volunteer – USA)

“I love the idea of giving back to the environment and the animals who cannot speak up for themselves… Nikela helps me focus on things that are important to me personally.”

Neville B. (monthly donor – New Zealand)

It is people like you that enable others like myself to find a home for our modest contributionsI can’t read a story like POACHED!  and do nothing. 

Golda V. (donor)

I donated because I want to help people who are working hard to and directly to save African wildlife…

Sandra R. (donor and volunteer – USA)

I loved the idea of working with people who are fighting such a noble cause.  I love working with Margrit…  keeping us all together and motivated …

Pawan – India – Longest standing monthly donor

Hats off to you and Sir who still in this (your) age are doing fantastic job to protect wild life…

Margie (monthly donor – USA)

I’m so amazed at you and Russ. Love your blogs and emails!

Liz (monthly donor – USA)

I remember hearing that recurring donations help immensely…  Glad to be a part of your work. 

Colleen G. (volunteer – Switzerland)

…what better way to be involved with helping the planet than by actually making some changes?

Mike S. (monthly donor and volunteer)

I just like to help!

Jess (donor – UK)

It’s brilliant that there are people like you doing the work you do.

Cassie S. (volunteer – USA)

I’m a college student on a budget, so I can’t donate much money. Instead… I ended up volunteering with Nikela.

Megaen K. (volunteer – USA)

…I believe in the work that they do. I want to support the dedicated people in South Africa who are working to help animals. They are heroes.

Jim B. (donor – USA)

I’m a friend of Sandy L… in whose honor I made this donation. She told me about and I’ll continue to send support when I can.

Kubilay (monthly donor – India)

…I deliberately made two transactions. First I saw Baye and then Peter and I wanted to give them both a hand.

Mikaela R. (volunteer – USA)

I am grateful to assist in promoting the protection of wildlife in anyway and am honored to partake in such an important and humbling mission.

Khristinna S. (volunteer – USA)

Working closely with the Nikela team and knowing you are contributing to a great cause inspires you every day…

Kalli D. (volunteer – USA)

…to stay connected to the ongoing fight and reality of the wildlife trade I wanted to volunteer with Nikela.

Joyce C. (volunteer – USA)

I got my current part time job because my employer saw the giraffe infographic I created.

Frank v. E. (volunteer – Netherlands)

Small charity organizations can accomplish very direct results… 

Shawn B. (volunteer – USA)

…my team and I were tasked to create a fresh video to promote a participating nonprofit.  After sorting through all of the contenders, we decided on Nikela…

Brandi W. (volunteer – USA)

…I couldn’t stand by and do nothing. Complacency isn’t in my vocabulary. The Earth is losing species faster than ever before! And is happening on our watch…

Jessica I. (volunteer – USA)

…Nikela’s variety of projects and involvement in telling the right stories, by educated people lays the foundation for change. I really enjoy contributing to that.

Heather S. (volunteer – USA)

It is fun to be included in a great project… We are all in this together and as a group, it can be done!

Wendy S. (long standing volunteer)

I love being a part of this…  always wished I could find a way to save them (which isn’t very easy when you live in Ohio.) I wanted to be a “voice” for the rhinos. 

News from the Bush

What do Trophy Hunting and COVID-19 have in common?

What do Trophy Hunting and COVID-19 have in common?

Both trophy hunting and COVID-19 are about death and preserving life… or are they? This morning, while on my walk through a city park outside of Dallas, Texas I was unexpectedly back in Africa. The familiar squawking of a fledgling bird on the path ahead. The twittering wings and wide beak with mother bird poised to deliver breakfast. I’d not stopped quickly enough, or maybe it was the dog at my side that spooked them. They flew off into the nearby tree. I continued to watch the magical scene. For some reason it threw me back to a confusing experience… 

Wildlife conservation like COVID-19 is not a Once-off deal

Wildlife conservation like COVID-19 is not a Once-off deal

You can’t wear a mask once and feel you’ve protected yourself against Covid-19. You need to wear that mask every time you go out to the grocery. Similarly wildlife conservation can’t survive when we make just one donation. Of course, one-time donations are super welcome, much appreciated and helpful. However, they can’t sustain wildlife conservation. By sponsoring beehives folk like you have helped Moses create beehive fences with 56 beehives. These fences along the perimeter of the Arusha National Game Reserve are significantly reducing human wildlife conflict. Thanks to caring people like you elephants, buffalo and other unwanted wildlife is… 

Early Morning Game Drive from Skukuza Camp – Virtual Kruger National Park Tour

Early Morning Game Drive from Skukuza Camp – Virtual Kruger National Park Tour

Like you our movements are restricted due to Covid-19. Taking an early morning game drive, although virtual, helps lift our spirits. It was a beautiful African morning. The air crisp, the birds announcing the arrival of a new day and Russ and I have the Landy packed up and we’re through the gate. Skukuza is a large camp, with many camping sites. However, we found it rather packed. Which is good, after all its how the reserve brings in revenue to operate. The sun rises and our first sighting is a pack of Spotted Hyena emerging from beneath the bridge…. 

How one Wildlife Hero is beating the Coronavirus Crisis to feed her Baboons

How one Wildlife Hero is beating the Coronavirus Crisis to feed her Baboons

The Coronavirus crisis has been with us for weeks, probably even months. This pandemic is impacting our Wildlife Heroes in very challenging ways. In the midst of the turmoil our youngest Wildlife Hero stumbled on a remarkable win-win situation to help feed the baboons in her rehabilitation center. Baye with Free to be Wild once again shows amazing compassion and resilience. Way back when Baye first reached out to us she was about to lose the piece of land her sanctuary called home. It was a horribly stressful time. When most of us would have given up… Baye persevered. Over… 

How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Impacting Reformed Poacher Groups

How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Impacting Reformed Poacher Groups

Wildlife poaching is especially intense in and around Game Reserves. In southern Uganda Moses runs reformed poacher groups. He literally convinces poachers to trade their spears for shovels and provide alternative livelihoods. These livelihoods are of course threatened by the Coronoavirus Pandemic. Like many other countries Uganda is under lock down. People are required to stay home with very little movement allowed to tend to gardens or sell their vegetables. Moses tells us, “Most jobs are cut off. No money available. People allowed only to travel to nearby garden. Food at the market has become very expensive.” In the Western… 

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