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

Saving Elephants: One Man and a Bunch of Beehives Stop Human Wildlife Conflicts

Saving Elephants: One Man and a Bunch of Beehives Stop Human Wildlife Conflicts

You’re kidding right? Beehives stop human wildlife conflicts with elephants? Elephants are large animals and need space to live. The home range for wild African elephants can extend up to 6,835 square miles, which is about the size of Kuwait. Now that’s a lot of land! How can beehives stop human wildlife conflicts with elephants? Human populations in Africa are exploding. In Tanzania, where Moses Ryakitimbo mitigates human wildlife conflict, the population has grown by 9 million in six years! From 50.8 in 2014 to an estimated 59.7 in 2020. Now that’s a lot of people! Tanzania, probably best known… 

How Kids Make a Difference for the Environment, Nature, Wildlife and Saving the Planet

How Kids Make a Difference for the Environment, Nature, Wildlife and Saving the Planet

There was a time when kids were supposed to be ‘seen and not heard’. But no more, today kids make a difference. Isn’t it about time we listened? There are dozens of them. Kids making a difference for the environment, nature, wildlife and saving the planet today. My thoughts turned to this after finding my ten year old granddaughter writing an impassioned essay against shark finning. It reminded me of sixteen year old Greta Thunberg who we hear from quite a lot lately. A bit of additional research led me to others, in particular, the sisters Melati and Isabel Wijsen…. 

Top 10 Reasons to Make Charitable Donations to a Nonprofit like Nikela

Top 10 Reasons to Make Charitable Donations to a Nonprofit like Nikela

The reasons to make charitable donations varies greatly from donor to donor. We all have very personal reasons for picking the charity we support. However, despite the variety there are commonalities. Here’s why folk contribute to Nikela. The top 10 reasons to make charitable donations seem to fall into two segments. First, the more spiritual or emotional reasons to give. Followed by the more practical and tangible reasons. Once you’ve read the list take a minute to write us a comment below as to why you make charitable donations. Top 10 Reasons to Make Charitable Donations to a Nonprofit like Nikela… 

Helping People Saving Wildlife – 2019 Nikela Report

Helping People Saving Wildlife – 2019 Nikela Report

Despite challenges 2019 was a banner year helping people saving wildlife… thanks to donors like you. Every year is a surprise! A surprise as to who donates and to whom we donate to. As we personally meet with every Wildlife Hero we give to (except two this year) who gets how much is a rather fluid thing. The coolest thing is when we can hand deliver a donation. It by-passes bank fees and it allows money to be put to use to save and protect wildlife immediately. Plus, nothing beats seeing the appreciative smile of a Wildlife Hero! Helping People… 

Over a dozen Pangolin Rescue Missions and now an Enclosure

Over a dozen Pangolin Rescue Missions and now an Enclosure

Looking back on 2019 I was astounded to see that Nikela funded over a dozen Pangolin Rescue Missions. 90% of them with successful results where the little critter was found alive and well enough for release. Sadly, there are times when Moses arrives too late and the pangolin has been sold or has died. On one occasion, although rescued alive, the injured little guy succumbed to the stab wounds. Then there was the happy time when to everyone’s surprise the poached pangolin was a mum with a tiny youngster. Moses says, that was absolutely the best day! Both where healthy… 

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