It is exciting to see things progressing here at Nikela. After spending many weeks slogging through the legal, ethical, IRS, State, and business matters at hand, it is great to be talking to real people about real problems and finding real solutions. Thanks to all who are helping to bring this charity forward.The web site and tour of South African opportunities are the next big projects. Each will cost between $12,000 to $15,000 and need to be accomplished this year. We are pursuing many options but if you have any ideas of who to approach for these funds we would…
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Over the years Nikela connected you...
To Wildlife Heroes on the ground rescuing and protecting lions, elephants, rhino, pangolin and other wild animals.100% of your donation going to help.
- Helped fuel wildlife rescue missions.
- Bought equipment or food.
- Offset vet expenses.
- Sponsored beehives.
- Or simply done good for another wild animal.
Nikela's Impact over the Years.
Over $103,000 as of November 2021.
Making a difference to 24 Wildlife Heroes in 8 African countries.
Helping protect Lions, care for baby Rhino, rescue Pangolin, protect Elephants, nurture orphaned Monkeys... and the list goes on.
Right now we're all about ELEPHANTS
A few favorite Elephant Videos for your enjoyment
#29 Elephants give us a scare at the waterhole I Africa Tour 2016-2017We're surrounded! After a good hour watching the wildlife at the water hole in Majete Game Reserve in Malawi it's time to move on. But, the elephants give us a scare! They appear to have strategically placed themselves. Getting back to our Land Rover becomes a bit of a challenge.
Baby elephant is taught an unexpected lesson at the waterhole
Baby Elephant Video with a SurpriseWatch our favorite animal video of a mischievous Baby Elephant with a floppy trunk walking with two cheeky teenage Elephants. The combination leads to a surprising result and a lesson for all. Also find the answer if Elephants have bones in their trunk and watch Moses protect Elephants with bees. We're at a hide in Tuskers outside of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. It's getting towards evening and a herd of elephants including youngsters have come to drink and enjoy the salt left for them. One baby elephant with his floppy trunk decides to follow a couple of older youngsters. Does play turn to bullying? Whichever, it is mum or aunt get involved with a loud trumpeting.
Did the herd reject this baby elephant and it's mother?Elephants usually take care of their own. What happened in Hwange National Park with this baby elephant and it's mother seemed really strange.
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What Our Donors are Saying
Gael W. – UK
“We wanted our small English country garden beehives to help bees & farmers in Africa.”
“My love for animals is one of the strongest passions in my life. I’m so happy to contribute.”
“Honored to help!”
“Sending you all my love, support, and gratitude for your noble efforts!”
“This donation is in honor of my mother Chris K. on Mother’s Day.”
“Thank you so much for all you do to save endangered wildlife! You’re an inspiration.”
“I would be happy to sponsor a ranger.”
“Thank you for your hard work and dedication.”
“I am deeply saddened by the massacre of rhinos. My heart bleeds with them and for them.”
“Thanks for the good work you do sponsoring those on the ground, like Moses. This gift is to honor my mother who will be 96.”
“Great work there Moses. Greetings from Chile.”
“Well done Lynn and team – keep up the great work!”
“Happy to help in a small way. Keep up the great work.”
“Continue to protect wildlife. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.”
“Love you guys! Keep it going Nikela team!”
“Thank you for helping save Pangolins… such fascinating, gentle sweet beings…”
“Thank you for your efforts. I love bearded vultures and consider them the single greatest design of nature.”
“I’m an artist who mostly paints animals. I want to start helping save them. Thanks for the hard work and perseverance in your mission.”
“You do amazing work protecting our rhinos. Thank you Peter so much.”
“Thank you Peter for all you do to stop rhino poaching.”
“What Moses is doing is astonishing to stop human wildlife conflict… I’ve really been caught up by this cause… we all hope for a better world.”
“We love what you’re doing to help African animals and people. Keep up the great work!“
“Thank you for all you do. Don’t ever give up. We will win this battle together.”
“I was moved to tears this morning by the image of an infant rhino, orphaned when poachers killed his mother… I hope this small quarterly token goes in some way to help prevent more of this happening.”
Liz & Jim
“Susan made us aware of these kind, dedicated people (Wildlife Heroes.) In particular Moses, who saves animals and builds his community”
“I’m donating for my school project to help end poaching.”
“Never give up!”
“Thank you for the work you do. Every life saved is a treasure for the future.”
“I love the work that Margrit and Russ do for African wildlife. It’s an honor to help their causes, and the bee boxes were especially fun.”
“I spent 25 dollars on a beehive. As a 14 year old. I wish I could do more.”
“After several visits to Africa I understood that the best way to support nature conservation in Africa is via hands-on grass-root projects. Nikela is just doing that.”
“Lovely people who make a lot of difference for both African people and African wildlife.”
“… The highest level of integrity is apparent as one can see the immediate impact of every donation…”
Fred & Kay
“We just increased our monthly gift… because we really appreciate what you’re doing right there on the ground.”
“Really like hearing what’s happening right there on the ground with my donation.”
“Love it that you know each Wildlife Hero personally and that 100% of my donation goes to help.”
“Thank you for the great work you do!”
“My mother, Margie, passed away… I hope this money can do some good in her name.”
“Thank you for everything you are doing to stop the poaching crisis.”
“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”
“I was looking for information and came across your page to donate to help save vultures. I couldn’t say no.”
“In January 2019 I saw one of your videos by “accident” and then was hooked. Thank you for doing this amazing work.“
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. New Zealand
It is people like you that enable others like myself to find a home for our modest contributions. I can’t read a story like POACHED! and do nothing.
I donated because I want to help people who are working hard to and directly to save African wildlife…
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
Hats off to you and Sir who still in this (your) age are doing fantastic job to protect wild life…
I’m so amazed at you and Russ. Love your blogs and emails!
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?
I just like to help!
Jess – 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. – 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 – 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. (volunteer – USA)
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.
Here we are at the end of June!What we’ve accomplished to date:– 501(c)(3) application – In its second review with our CPA – Legal counsel found for a final “once over” – Business Plan – Met with SCORE counselor – Written Plan progressing nicely – Fussing and discussing over the details with Russ – Finding those GIVERS – Qualifying the RECEIVERS – Finally found way to create a fillable AND savable PDF form for the application – Three conservation efforts waiting for the application – Merchant Services lined up – Website design meeting with TradeMark Media next week– Social Media…
Sad photos of the living tragedy of the oil spill. My hat off to the countless men and women who are giving it their all to save the birds and their habitat.See the photos…Scenes from the Gulf of Mexico – The Big Picture – Boston.com
Looking for a great family summer activity for your kids? Here is a grand one… please pass it along. Make a Field Guide … to Your Yard! – National Wildlife Federation
Animals Matter – Spread the word: Act Now!