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Lions and tiger and bears, hurray! So many wildlife Web sites, so little time to visit each and every one. We've streamlined it a bit and picked out our favorites, listed below. In the meantime, don't forget your backyard wildlife too. It's easy and fun to make pretty food treats that will keep your furred and feathered neighbors happy throughout the year, see how in the Care2 article, Food Gifts for Your Backyard Wildlife. And if you come across a wildlife emergency, you'll be glad to know about this story with resources on how to deal with it.
African Wildlife Federation (AWF). This organization works with the people of Africa to protect their invaluable natural resources. Most of AWF's staff is based in Africa, working at the grass roots with park managers and communities to safeguard wildlife and wilderness areas. AWF keeps the big picture in mind helping African nations design long-term strategies for conserving their magnificent natural treasures for the world to enjoy.

Bagheera. Here's a good place to find information and resources to become more knowledgeable about endangered animals, and to make a difference.

Bushmeat Project. This important project was established to develop and support community based partnerships that will help the people of Central Africa to develop alternatives to hunting the Great Apes.

The Colorado Wildlife Federation. This site is dedicated to the conservation, management, and sustainable use of Colorado's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education and advocacy. Keep up-to-date with important advocacy issues and spark your interest in joining upcoming events to preserve Colorado's wildlife. Learn more about protecting the wildlife through interactive presentations, field programs, or internships and volunteer opportunities.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Visit this site to learn all about what the UN secretariat is doing to oversee the international agreement to protect endangered species.

Defenders of Wildlife. We love this organization that is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. They focus our programs on the accelerating rate of extinction of species and the associated loss of biological diversity, and habitat alteration and destruction.

De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre. South Africa's first successful cheetah research and breeding center, De Wildt has helped to bring these and other endangered wild African animals back from the brink of extinction.

Earthtrust. Visit this site to learn about the conservation-advocacy and activist group dedicated to protecting wild species, with a particular focus on dolphins and whales.

Endangered Species Coalition. This group represents more than 400 conservation, scientific, business, and religious organizations. Diverse coalition supports stronger protections for our nation's imperiled wildlife.

Friends of the National Zoo. Learn about this conservation, education and membership organization that supports the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Dedicated to providing biological education, to protecting the environment, and to serving the needs of visitors and the community for high-quality recreational experiences.

Hornocker Wildlife Institute. Check out this site that follows the wisdom of the conservationist Aldo Leopold by using hands-on field research to understand our place and responsibility in the natural world.

BugBios. This great site takes you up close to members of the insecta class. Find high resolution photos and educational articles.

International Crane Foundation. You can't help but love this group that works worldwide to conserve cranes through captive breeding, education, research, and reintroductions of endangered species.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare. Check out this organization that mounts rescue and relief operations to help animals in distress. The site is an outstanding resource for breaking news on animal welfare, plus information on how you can help.

International Rhino Foundation. We love rhinos, and we love this site dedicated to the conservation of the five different species of them.

Journey North. Visit this free online educational service thats engage students in a global study of wildlife migration. Uses media and communications to improve math and science education for the nation's 44 million school children. Journey North is supported as a model for math and science education reform.

The Marine Mammal Center. Check out this site for an organization that treats injured otters and seals and releases them back into the wild. Visit their photo gallery for adorable pictures and background stories.

National Wildlife Federation. Learn about the United States' largest member-supported conservation group, uniting individuals, organizations, businesses and government to protect wildlife, wild places, and the environment.

Nature Conservancy. Get involved in the Nature Conservancy's efforts to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Find a local chapter on their map.

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge Prairie Learning Center. Check out this site that support the center which re-creates the native plant and animal communities that greeted Iowa's earliest settlers in the mid 1800's.

Pacific Whale Foundation. This foundation is dedicated to saving our planet's oceans and the life they contain. The scope includes all marine eco-systems, as the survival of whales depends upon protecting their ocean habitats.

Save Our Environment Action Center. Check out this collaborative effort of the nation's most influential environmental advocacy organizations. Take action! Join the activist network to help protect our air and water; our lands, forests, and oceans; our wildlife; our children's future; and our planet's climate.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and Foundation. This foundation advocates the preservation of lions, tigers, leopards, and cougars by providing lifetime refuge for these animals. Learn about these big cats through updated news, or learn more about each of the individual cats through their own pages! Help with fundraisers, donations, or even adoptions! The numerous photos in the albums are simply adorable and inspiring, so don't forget to check them out.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This site serves the only agency of the U.S. Government whose primary responsibility is fish, wildlife, and plant conservation.

Wildlife Conservation Society. WCS works to save wildlife and wild lands throughout the world. For more than a century, WCS has inspired care for nature, pioneered environmental education programs, and helped sustain biological diversity.

The Wildlife Society. Learn about this international non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship. Take a peek at the annual wildlife conferences, or Teaming With Wildlife, a national campaign to nurture a new generation of wildlife stewards. Have some fun by engaging in student activities, or by participating in the exciting annual photography contest.

Wildlife Trusts. This group has been advocating for nature in Britain since 1912. Believing that wildlife is essential to a healthy environment for human beings, they work with people from government, industry, landowners, communities and families to make sure nature gets a chance among all the pressures of the modern world.

World Wildlife Fund. WWF is dedicated to protecting the world's wildlife and wildlands. The largest privately supported international conservation organization in the world, WWF has more than 1 million members in the U.S. alone. Since its inception in 1961, WWF has invested in over 13,100 projects in 157 countries.