LETTER FROM OUR FOUNDER: Our VISION

Manifesto

"In a world that lacks leaders, be an inspiration.

The SARS-COV19 virus of the Coronavirus family and the so-called climate change has come into our lives, compromising our health, economy and morale, manifesting itself as an unexpected natural phenomenon. However, there is little unexpected about it. For more than a decade, scientists and veterinarians at the forefront of conservation medicine have been raising the alarm about the risk to the health and future of humankind posed by the assault on wildlife and the destruction of our planet.

Immersed in an artificial world and disconnected from the natural world, it has taken a nanomillimetre pathogen to show us the simile between the fragility of our system and Nature. On the other hand, fires, droughts and floods are showing the overwhelming force of Nature, a series of events far more aggressive and sudden than any climatologist predicted. The disruption of the Natural balance is occurring, bringing devastating consequences to ALL species, including Homo sapiens. As those responsible for this complex reality, it is time to stop abusing our power and use the wisdom that makes us unique as a species as a power to protect.

In the last 50 years, the human population has doubled in number and tripled in consumption of the Earth's natural resources, while the wildlife population has halved. Some of the most iconic species have been drastically reduced. There are barely 400,000 elephants, 20,000 lions, 10,000 rhinos and 7,000 cheetahs left, and all continue to decline in numbers. If these rates continue, in the next 10 to 20 years, the numbers may reach zero.

Biodiversity loss, illegal wildlife trafficking and destruction of natural habitats are considered to be the main reasons for the spread of pathogens and the increase of emerging infectious diseases, which have cross-species infectious capacity.

We are living through the sixth mass extinction, and the first one created by one species, homo sapiens.

Wild Spirit Fund is a non-profit organisation, born out of a decade of work in Africa and led by an international network of wildlife professionals, scientists and veterinarians. Our mission is to ensure

the health and protection of wildlife in the natural ecosystem in which they live.

Wild Spirit Fund is based on the scientific movements of "Wildlife Conservation Medicine" and "One Health"; the former aims to identify the impact of the human footprint on the natural ecosystem; both assume the intimate correlation between the health of ecosystems, animals and humans.

"Years of experience working in the field have made me sensitive to the desperate reality of the natural world, have given me knowledge, but above all the understanding of what is missing and what is required in this fight against the clock".

At Wild Spirit Fund we are committed to interdisciplinary projects working in collaboration with professionals who focus their efforts on the protection and health of natural ecosystems and the sustainable development of local communities.

Our actions are not only securing the future of wild species but also the future of humanity.

"For evil to triumph, all we have to do is NOTHING".

As the Founder of Wild Spirit Fun and a veterinarian, I refuse to accept that the power of those willing to destroy is greater than the capacity of professionals prepared to protect. At the Wild Spirit Fund we connect those who want to help conserve nature with those who can. We count on you.

Dr Veterinary
Founder Wild Spirit Fund
Wildlife Conservation Medicine Foundation

Context

We face three key challenges and problems

1. The rise of emerging infectious diseases and climate change is a current problem affecting many species on this planet, including Homo sapiens.

2. Planet Earth has lost 60% of its wildlife in the last 50 years. Most humans are unaware of the speed at which this mass extinction is occurring, yet humanity is the cause of it.

3. There is a lack of basic infrastructure and veterinary and scientific training in in-situ conservation projects, which impedes the successful development of One Health and Conservation Medicine projects, the monitoring of infectious diseases and the medical treatment and management of endangered wild animals.

Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) are a direct threat to global health and have quadrupled in incidence in humans in the last 50 years. Alongside land loss, climate change and poaching, infectious diseases are the number one threat to wildlife.

Why is there an exponential increase in ILEs in recent decades and how is this related to biodiversity loss?

Since 1970, the human population has doubled in number and wildlife has halved. In parallel, numerous studies confirm that anthropogenic changes (deforestation, climate change, chemical pollution, loss of biodiversity, etc.) together with the current boom in illegal wildlife trafficking, are the same factors that increase the likelihood of manifestation of Emerging Infectious Diseases with cross-species infectious capacity, including zoonotic diseases (diseases of animal origin with the capacity to infect humans).

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