The Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Net­work is a cer­ti­fied 501c3 non-prof­it that part­ners with con­ser­va­tion­ists around the globe to devel­op com­mu­ni­ty-based projects ded­i­cat­ed to help­ing wildlife and peo­ple co-exist. We’re pay­ing homage to the WCN, a non­prof­it doing excel­lent work in the field for over 15 years.

Steve Mandel cheetah pack

“WCN’s mis­sion is to pro­tect endan­gered species and pre­serve their nat­ur­al habi­tats by sup­port­ing entre­pre­neur­ial con­ser­va­tion­ists who pur­sue inno­v­a­tive strate­gies for peo­ple and wildlife to coex­ist and thrive.” The WCN does this by sup­port­ing its part­ners with the appro­pri­ate cap­i­tal and resources to help them ful­fill their goals, whether it’s mar­ket­ing, account­ing, fund­ing, or strate­gic plan­ning. Addi­tion­al­ly, by effi­cient­ly allo­cat­ing resources WCN is unique in the way it is able to work with local orga­ni­za­tions and apply aid where it is need­ed most. Steve Mandel Elephants Marching

Since its found­ing in 2002, the WCN has grown to be one of the most wide­ly rec­og­nized non­prof­its doing work with endan­gered species today. With an annu­al rev­enue of close to 10 mil­lion dol­lars, they’ve part­nered with hun­dreds of orga­ni­za­tions glob­al­ly, includ­ing the Save the Ele­phants char­i­ty and the Leonar­do DiCaprio Foun­da­tion. In addi­tion, they’ve suc­cess­ful­ly launched their own annu­al Wildlife Expo which hap­pens annu­al­ly, notable keynote speak­ers have includ­ed, Dr. Jane Goodall, Peter Matthiessen, and Dr. Greg Rasmussen.

Steve Mandel painted dog pack

“The Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Net­work’s rad­i­cal approach to con­ser­va­tion — send­ing 100% of every dol­lar to the field — has fun­da­men­tal­ly upped our game for our work to keep Kenya wild with ele­phants. Our joint Ele­phant Cri­sis Fund is now tak­ing that same con­cept and respond­ing to the mas­sive chal­lenge of the ivory cri­sis to ensure ele­phants will always roam wild and safe­ly across the entire African con­ti­nent.” — Frank Pope, Chief Oper­a­tions Offi­cer, Save the Elephants

Steve Mandel lion cub play

“Imag­ine a trail run or ride with no wildlife in it. A once in a life­time safari with no ele­phants or lions. A trek through the Andes with no clawed or pawed tracks in the trail in front of you. We can’t either. That’s why the Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Net­work finds the best and the bright­est con­ser­va­tion heroes around the world who fight for endan­gered wildlife and ensure their mis­sion suc­cess: to keep wildlife in the wild.” — Jef­frey Par­rish, Vice Pres­i­dent for Con­ser­va­tion, Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Network

To learn more about the Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Net­work or to get involved, check out their web­site here. All pho­tos tak­en by Steven Man­del, cour­tesy of WCN.

Over 30,000 ele­phants are killed every year for their ivory – that is one ele­phant every 15 min­utes. The Ele­phant Cri­sis Fund has one goal – to end the ivory cri­sis. The Clymb is proud to part­ner with our friends over at the ECF to help share their mes­sage with the out­door community.

Addi­tion­ally, Sep­tem­ber 9th, The Clymb will be donat­ing 10% of all pro­ceeds from mer­chan­dise sales and Tan­za­nia Safari Trip pur­chas­es to the Ele­phant Cri­sis Fund. If you would like to donate direct­ly to the ECF, please fol­low this link.


About The Ele­phant Cri­sis Fund

The Ele­phant Cri­sis Fund is a joint ini­tia­tive between the Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Net­work and Save The Ele­phants. Unit­ed around the sin­gle goal of end­ing the ivory trade, the ECF sup­ports a glob­al coali­tion of NGO’s, sci­en­tists, thought lead­ers, and gov­ern­ments. So far, the ECF has been suc­cess­ful in invest­ing over $7 mil­lion into 105 projects span­ning 52 orga­ni­za­tions and 22 coun­tries. The ECF allo­cates cru­cial dona­tions to projects and orga­ni­za­tions, with 100% of funds going direct­ly into the field to help com­bat ivory poach­ers and traffickers.

Every dol­lar mat­ters when it comes to sav­ing ele­phants and the ECF is just over halfway to their $15 mil­lion fundrais­ing goal. The ECF is tak­ing to social media with the #Kno­tOn­My­Plan­et cam­paign to close in on their target.


Get Involved

#Kno­tOn­My­Plan­et is a cam­paign that aims to pro­vide a secure future for ele­phants by rais­ing funds and aware­ness for the Ele­phant Cri­sis Fund. #Kno­tOn­My­Plan­et pays homage to one of the key char­ac­ter­is­tics that make ele­phants amaz­ing — their memory.

We tie knots to remem­ber — around our fin­gers, wrists, doors, trees, etc. This Sep­tem­ber, we’re tying knots to show that we will nev­er for­get ele­phants. The #Kno­tOn­My­Plan­et cam­paign encour­ages the out­door com­mu­ni­ty to tie a knot to remem­ber ele­phants and share their knot pho­to across social media channels.

Tie your knot with climb­ing rope, a pair of hik­ing boots, a ban­dana — any­thing. Sim­ply share a pho­to using the hash­tag #Kno­tOn­My­Plan­et on Insta­gram, Face­bookTwit­ter, and Snapchat. Shar­ing a pho­to can go a long way in rais­ing aware­ness and spread­ing the ECF’s message.


This cam­paign will reach more than a quar­ter of a bil­lion peo­ple through influ­encers, celebri­ties, brands, and com­pa­nies. Part­ners include the Leonar­do DiCaprio Foun­da­tion, Clin­ton Glob­al Ini­tia­tive, Snapchat, Edel­man, W Hotels, The Clymb, Endan­gered Species Choco­late, among others.

We hope you will join us. Togeth­er we can help end the ivory cri­sis and keep nature wild.