• The Aplomado falcon is the the last falcon species on the endangered species list in the United States. Learn what the Peregrine Fund is doing to preserve it!

Natural Encounters Conservation Fund seeks to make its greatest positive impact on the environment by encouraging, supporting, and rewarding the conservation efforts of others. We have donated over $1,500,000 to a total of 55 organizations with projects on five continents. Below are organizations that have received significant donations from NECF.


The World Parrot Trust (WPT) has brought together global wildlife conservation and welfare specialists to direct and put into action effective programs to protect parrots.  Their approach is rooted in science, decades of first-hand experience in the field, and a deep knowledge of companion parrot husbandry and care. NECF works closely with the WPT for the conservation of the blue-throated macaw through the Blue-throated Macaw Recovery Program. NECF has contributed over $250,000 to The World Parrot Trust.


The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) has become recognized as a global force for turtle conservation, capable of taking swift and decisive action on behalf of critically endangered turtles and tortoises.  The TSA is an action-oriented global partnership, focusing on species that are at a high risk of extinction, and working in turtle diversity hotspots around the world. NECF has contributed more than $70,000 to  the Turtle Survival Alliance.


Since 1989, the International Rhino Foundation has championed the survival of the world’s rhinos through conservation and research. They do what it takes to ensure that rhinos survive for future generations. NECF has channeled more than $50,000 into assisting the conservation of the Javan rhino. NECF’s support ensures that rangers are well equipped to monitor rhinos and patrol their habitat in effective anti-poaching units.


Drawing on past lessons and successes, The Peregrine Fund‘s vision for the coming decades applies their expertise to emerging and accelerating conservation problems faced by raptors and communities around the globe. It is ambitious, specific, unifying, inspirational, measurable, and, most importantly, empowering to the people and communities who bring it to life. NECF has donated over $125,000 to The Peregrine Fund which has helped in the conservation of species like the aplomado falcon.


Situated at the base of the majestic North Eastern Lowveld Drakensberg mountain range in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, Moholoholo offers a unique experience to all nature enthusiasts.
At Moholoholo “The Very Great One” they offer travelers a time to unwind, relax, and enjoy the beautiful Lowveld region. Moholoholo’s rehabilitation and education facility is responsible for helping orphaned, injured, and poisoned wildlife return to the wild. NECF has donated over $60,000 to support Moholoholo and their passion to help create a safe future for all creatures in a sound ecosystem.


VulPro approaches vulture conservation in an integrated, multidisciplinary fashion, with the benefits from the programme accruing to both vultures and society at large. VulPro combines education and good science, with networking, capacity building, and knowledge generation. NECF has supported VulPro with over $55,000 for rescue, rehabilitation, captive breeding, preservation of wild colonies and release of birds into suitable habitat in South Africa and Namibia as well as educational outreach to change attitudes and create support for vulture conservation globally. 


The Mabula Ground Hornbill Project is dedicated to the conservation, education, and research of the ground hornbill species. They are helping to keep the ground hornbill around for future generations with a hands on approach to breeding and reintroductions to the wild. NECF has redirected over $85,000 toward the benefit of the southern ground hornbill.