Our Niche

History and development

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit conservation organisation, founded in 1973. It is a fully accredited non-governmental member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). The Trust was founded on 31 October 1973 and is registered as a Non-Profit Organisation under the registration number 015-502 NPO, in terms of the Non-Profit Act, No 71 of 1997 and Public Benefit Organisation, PBO Registration No 930 001 777 in terms of section 10(1)(cN) of the Income Tax Act, No 58 of 1962, as amended. The conservation activities of the EWT are recognised as Public Benefit Activities and donations made to the EWT to an amount of 5% of taxable income are tax deductible under Section 18A of the Income Tax Act, 1962. Accounting procedures follow Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP). External auditors, Deloitte, audit the Endangered Wildlife Trust annually and audited financial statements are made available to all interested parties.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust communicates the principles of sustainable living through awareness programmes to the broadest possible constituency for the benefit of the region.

The EWT’s niche

As a leading high-profile player amongst the large number and variety of conservation organisations in South Africa (both governmental and civil society) the EWT fills the key niche of conservation action through applied research, field-work and direct engagement with stakeholders. With specialist Programmes and a large team of skilled field staff deployed throughout southern Africa, the EWT’s work supports the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems. Priority interventions focus on identifying the key factors threatening biodiversity and developing mitigating measures to reduce risk and reverse the drivers of species extinction and ecosystem degradation. Through a broad spectrum of partnerships and networks, the EWT responds to the key threats driving species and ecosystem loss by developing innovative methodologies and best practice guidelines which support reduced impact, harmonious co-existence and sustainable living for all.

The EWT operates in a unique manner, having established operational units in the form of its Programmes through which the mission and objectives of the EWT can be achieved. The Programmes form the backbone of the organisation and harness the talent and enthusiasm of a dynamic network of individuals who specialise in an area of conservation importance and have developed unique expertise in response to the challenges they face. Programmes are supported by a team of administrative staff consisting of Membership, Marketing, Fundraising, Finance, Governance, Information Technology, Communications and Human Resource departments, whose employees ensure the smooth running of day-to-day administration and governance of the Trust.


  • African Crane Conservation Programme
  • Birds of Prey Programme
  • Carnivore Conservation Programme
  • Conservation Science Unit
  • Drylands Conservation Programme
  • Skills Development Unit
  • Source to Sea Programme
  • Threatened Amphibian Programme
  • Threatened Grassland Species Programme
  • Urban Conservation Programme
  • Wildlife in Trade Programme
  • Wildlife & Energy Programme
  • Wildlife and Roads