What is United for Wildlife?
United for Wildlife is an unprecedented collaboration between seven of the world’s most influential conservation organisations and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. With The Duke of Cambridge as President, the partnership between Conservation International (CI), Fauna & Flora International (FFI), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), World Wildlife Fund UK (WWF), The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and The Royal Foundation will lead the way to substantially increase the global response to major conservation crises.
Many of the world’s wildlife species have reached critical levels. We are losing species at such a fast rate that we are in the midst of an extinction event on the same scale as the one which wiped out the dinosaurs. We continue to see unsustainable levels of poaching, driven by extraordinary demand for wildlife products, including ivory, rhino horn, tiger skin and bones and pangolin scales and meat. In 2014 alone, it’s estimated that 35,000 African elephants and over 1,000 rhinos were killed to feed this demand.
Why a Massive Open Online Course?
The course aims to provide access to entry-level conservation education for people in countries with limited access to traditional educational methods as well as people all over the world who are keen to learn more about conservation.
The course presents the basic concepts of conservation, and provides information on ways to get involved, whether that’s by volunteering, living more sustainably, or embarking on a career in this field. We aim to reach users in areas with limited internet connectivity, so it is designed to be viewed on computer, tablet and mobile devices on internet connections of varying strength.
The users who complete the course will earn Mozilla Open Badges as they go and a certificate of completion at the end. The content for the course has been developed by conservation experts and features contributors from many conservation organisations.