About

Mission Statement

We are an international Generation-Y group raising global awareness of the plight of endangered African wildlife and wildlife crime through experiential research, social media, photography and film.

Background                                               

Youth 4 African Wildlife (Y4AW) is a registered Non-Profit Organization working with youths to create global conservation ambassadors. The organization was founded in 2013 by South African conservationist and businessman Dex Kotze. Y4AW mainly focuses on the awareness and species protection aspects of conservation.

True to our mission statement, we mainly raise awareness through experiential research, social media, photography and film. This is packaged in the form of a conservation internship aimed at young adults from all over the world. We also raise awareness through community outreach aimed at young adults within the greater Kruger National Park area. Most funds raised by Y4AW go to various NGOs dedicated to species protection. Although relatively young the organization has made great progress in raising awareness and promoting species protection.

Achievements

Although the organization was registered in 2015 our work began in 2013 and since then we have had 58 international students travel to South Africa for participation in our internship and directly contribute to foreign exchange and tourism. Supported since inception by the Jenna Clifford Jewellery Design Company, funds raised since 2013 have been instrumental in anti-poaching efforts. We have been involved in the contribution of more than R800 000.00 towards various conservation initiatives, helping one South African student kick-start their conservation career, and are currently working to get more South African students into the conservation industry.

As a means of raising conservation awareness we have also produced the following short documentaries since 2013:

  • 50 Days to Save The Rhino
  • Africa’s Poaching Crisis: The Game Changers
  • Ivory Road
  • Not On My Watch: One Man’s Vow To Save Rhinos
  • Raising A Rhino Orphan
  • Responsible Tourism 101
  • The Rhinos’ Last Shot
  • What happened To The Lions
  • Youth 4 Global Change

  2013:

  • 5 International young adults successfully completed our conservation internship.
  • Working in conjunction with Jenna Clifford Jewellery Design Company a total of R500 000.00 was raised and handed over to fund rhino conservation in support of award winning NGO StopRhinoPoaching.com. These funds were used for the sourcing of two sniffer dogs, transport, telecommunications, aviation communications equipment and pilot training. One sniffer dog went to SanParks in Cape Town, while the other was donated to Phinda Game Reserve.
  2014:
  • 6 International young adults successfully completed our conservation internship.
  • Contributed funds for the darting and tagging of rhinos in the greater Kruger National Park area.
  • We assisted with funds for the successful translocation of 10 white rhinos from South Africa to Botswana. This was done in association with Exxaro and Game Rangers Association of South Africa. After this translocation, three baby rhinos were born and are now roaming freely with their mothers in a secure reserve.
  2015:
  • 15 International young adults successfully completed our conservation internship.
  • Donated cleaning equipment to The Rhino Orphanage.
  • Donated bonuses to all members of the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit.
  • Contributed funds to Elephants Alive for darting and fitting 3 elephants with radio collars.
  • Contributed funds and helped secure a bursary towards postgraduate Environmental Science studies for our project leader.

2016

  • Participation in CITES CoP17

Since 2013, five different groups of young adults experienced life in the African bush where they used film and photographic equipment in their research to help raise vital concerns of the dire situation that is caused by international wildlife crimes across the African continent.

Public Benefit Organization reference no: 930052175
Non-profit Company registration no: 2015/005741/08
Department of Social Development registration no: 164-769 NPO