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 Pangolin or Snatching Food from the Poor?

Saving Pangolin or Snatching Food from the Poor?

It’s in the southern part of Uganda close to the Democratic Republic of the Congo where Moses is saving pangolin. The people live in far flung villages. The majority of them are literally dirt poor. They live off the land and the forests that surround them. Snaring and hunting with spears is common practice. As is going hungry. Enter Moses. As a young person Moses had a gorilla encounter that sent his life on a trajectory to preserve and protect wildlife. After starting his small NGO to raise awareness as an adult things just snowballed. Today Moses provides poachers with… 

The Dodo goes Hippo with our Viral Video

The Dodo goes Hippo with our Viral Video

Russel wrote: “I’m an editor at The Dodo – we’re a website for everybody who loves animals. Many of our videos reach millions of viewers every day… We wanted to prepare a video news piece on your amazing video: “Watch what happens when this hippo gets playful with a crocodile”– what a fascinating look into the social dynamic of African waterholes! We’re hoping you will give us permission to incorporate this video into our project.” After an enjoyable interview via Skype with Russel here is The Dodo’s version of our experience with the hippo and crocodile at the waterhole in… 

How to find real joy this Holiday Season

How to find real joy this Holiday Season

Most of us would like nothing better than to find real joy. Not only during this holiday season but in life generally. Somehow we get lost, and think stuff… the bigger, shinier and more high tech the better, will fill that need for real joy. Sadly, we’re wrong. Pleasure from things is but fleeting. There is an old saying by Kahlil Gebran: “The deeper that sorrow carves into you soul the more joy you can contain.” Now he was on to something. None of us welcome sadness… Let alone deep felt sorrow. However, only when we are willing to risk… 

How to construct the right beehives to keep elephants out of farm crops

How to construct the right beehives to keep elephants out of farm crops

Moses Ryakitimbo loves wildlife. He also loves his people in Tanzania. When he heard of a way to keep elephants from destroying farm crops, he had to get involved. With human populations expanding villages start bordering many protected areas. When elephants find tasty farm crops… they enjoy. When farmers find elephants in their farm crops… they get mad and retaliate. During such conflicts elephants and humans can get injured or killed. And of course, farm crops are destroyed and families go hungry. Nikela has funded three separate phases of constructing and building beehive fences. Moses and his team at AFeWiS… 

Update on some real wildlife conservation success in Malawi

Update on some real wildlife conservation success in Malawi

There’s a forgotten forest between Llongwe and Salima in Malawi. Here Lynn and her team of ranger scouts have seen real wildlife conservation success. From zero elephants and other game a little over a decade ago to a thriving elephant population of more than 140 elephants at the last count. For the past few years, with your help, we’ve sponsored a Ranger Scout named Felix. Felix along with his team mates patrol the forest to keep wildlife and wood poachers out. Here’s recent news from Lynn A few highlights for what’s been happening here in the Thuma Forest. 1. A… 

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