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.
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.
We are also one of the founding members of the Now or Never African Wildlife Trust (NNAWT). The other members are The Rhino Orphanage, Care For Wild Africa, Saving the Survivors, a representative from Google, and the Tsavo Trust. This NEW wildlife organisation aims to save EVERY SINGLE surviving rhino or elephant victim of poaching.
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 exclusive internship programs 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
- First group of 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 the 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.
- Second group of 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.
- Hosted the Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions in Johannesburg, one of 138 global cities who participated and had a media outreach in excess of 400 million people. Our Founder was one of the lead strategists for the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos from 2014 to 2016.
- 15 International young adults successfully completed our third 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 to allow the NGO Elephants Alive to mintor these elephants for 3 years.
- Contributed funds and helped secure a bursary towards postgraduate Environmental Science studies for our project leader.
- Hosted the 2nd international Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions in Johannesburg. In 2015 over 140 global cities participated in raising global awareness for the plight of endangered wildlife.
- Observer participation in CITES CoP17 in Johannesburg.
- Jointly founded the Now or Never African Wildlife Trust which is dedicated to saving rhino calves that are orphaned by the poaching crisis.
- Hosted the 3rd international Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions in Johannesburg. In 2016 there were 142 global cities that participated in raising global awareness for the plight of endangered wildlife.
- As a member of The Young Presidents’ Organization, our Founder Dex Kotze lead a group of YPO members and family in July to participate and fund in the collaring of 8 elephants and geotagging of 5 rhinos for scientific research via Elephants Alive, an NGO that works under the leadership of Dr Michelle Henley in the Associated Private Nature Reserves west of the greater Kruger National Park. The inspiring “Tracking the Silent African Giants” was an inaugural event on the YPO events calendar that will support much needed scientific conservation efforts in Africa every year in different locations.
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.