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 Is Your Donor Type? Five Top Reasons People Donate to Help Save Wildlife

What Is Your Donor Type? Five Top Reasons People Donate to Help Save Wildlife

Ever wonder why people donate to help save wildlife? For those of us who are passionate about animals it’s probably a dumb question. However, the reasons why people get involved and donate to help save wildlife varies, and their reasons may surprise you. So, what is your Donor Type. Now this is not at all scientific, simply based on the unexpected findings while reviewing what our supporters are saying. We asked our supporters Over the years we’ve invited our supporters to tell us why they donate to help save wildlife. Interestingly their responses grouped quite naturally into five top reasons…. 

Why Buying That Gag Gift is a Bad Idea This Holiday Season

Why Buying That Gag Gift is a Bad Idea This Holiday Season

Did you know those fun gag gifts, cool wrapping paper and fancy ribbon are really a bad idea this holiday season? Did you know… The average American spends $800 on holiday gifts totaling more than $465 billion. Around 50 percent of these holiday gifts hit the trash within a year. 5 billion pounds of holiday gifts end up in the landfills each year. Every year, Americans discard an estimated 38,000 miles of ribbon. Approximately 4.6 million lbs. of wrapping paper is produced in the U.S. each year, and about 2.3 million pounds ends up in landfills. Americans throw away 25% more trash… 

What Drives This Wildlife Hero? The Gift of a Life Saved

What Drives This Wildlife Hero? The Gift of a Life Saved

Only for the glory, recognition, big bucks, becoming world renowned, receiving international awards, and having a tombstone inscribed with “Here lies the greatest conservationist of the century.”  None of our wildlife heroes began with or live this mindset. For all of them, it is the gift of a life saved and bonding to that living creature through the process that keeps them going. Ten years ago, Shannon changed our hearts leading us down the path to Nikela and the adventures of helping people saving wildlife. She wows the public with the wonder of her rescued birds of prey, converting many… 

Join the Fun with our #EpicLandRoverAdventure Playlist

Join the Fun with our #EpicLandRoverAdventure Playlist

New videos added each week From South Africa to Kenya and Back. Camping in wild places! Meeting amazing wildlife heroes! Watching the best wildlife! And a few crazy mishaps with our Land Rover! Join the #EpicLandRoverAdventure. The journey begins in North Carolina. Our Land Rover Defender TD5 is rolled out of her garage in Johannesburg and the adventure begins. Preparing her for the overlanding trip from South Africa to Kenya and back. Getting us all sorted. Then we’re finally off to find people saving wildlife, experience wild places and watch some marvelous wildlife. And of course there are mishaps and… 

Touching Stories from the Daily Log of a Wildlife Rehabber

Touching Stories from the Daily Log of a Wildlife Rehabber

The life of a wildlife rehabber is an emotional roller coaster. The pain of animal suffering is tremendous and ever present. Along side that is the immense joy when you witness nature at its best or when an animal or bird is successfully released back into the wild. Baye, the founder of Free to be Wild, knows the ups and downs of a wildlife rehabber on a daily basis. Every time we can, we take a trip through Zimbabwe to stop for a visit at her wildlife center. It’s been amazing how it’s come along over the years. It all… 

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