Borneo Wildlife Preservation is a United States corporation classified as a publicly supported charitable 501(c) (3) organization.
The mission of Borneo Wildlife Preservation to provide support to local partnered NGO’s including wildlife organizations. BWP’s goal is focused on helping the survival of the Bornean Elephants.
Our local involvement includes forest restoration, reconnecting forest corridors with tree planting activities in critical migration routes for the Bornean Elephants, strategic land purchasing which will benefit the elephants, rehabilitation of injured, displaced and orphaned elephants with direct hands on support to our partnered elephant sanctuary.
Up to date school education and sponsorship programs to local school children and education abroad for the need of conservation. BWP also coordinates Private Expeditions to potential donors and offers eco-tourism which aligns with the cause and mission of BWP.
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
Borneo Wildlife Preservation* (BWP) is a 501(c)(3) public charity, founded in 2014 by renowned Animal Trainer & Behaviorist, Katerina (Kat) Pirelli.
Borneo Wildlife Preservation was created by Ms. Pirelli’s passion, drive, and commitment to protecting wildlife and her belief in education and awareness for a better future of sustainability for the preservation of our planet. She also is an advocate for plant based diets and strongly advocates the necessity for change to stop animal cruelty, the needless pain and suffering brought to sentient beings of all species, and the environmental impact brought on by Livestock Production and Factory Farming. She also feels deeply that the future of our planet depends on awareness and conscious daily decisions made by everyone. That’s why Borneo Wildlife Preservation is helping to facilitate international educational programs teaching children about the importance of sustainability, the Borneo rainforest and the importance of preserving its bio-diverse ecosystems. Due to habitat destruction from logging and oil palm plantations there are many animals in extreme danger of extinction.
We feel it is crucial for us to stay mindful and conscious of our daily decisions on what we purchase and eat in order to help species that are being dramatically and negatively affected by our choices. We can all make a difference with some very minor changes to our daily lives for the well being of our planet.
MISSION STATEMENT: Promoting vital solutions to animal suffering, clear cutting of rainforests,
and sustainability of renewable natural resources.
Borneo is the 3rd largest Island in the world Borneo is the 3rd largest Island in the world and is located in South East Asia situated between Thailand and the Philippines. It is divided into 3 countries, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. Its rainforest of Sabah is the smallest of all rainforests but is considered to be the most biologically diverse place on earth. The very lush rainforests provide a vibrant habitat to over 18,000 plant species, including the worlds largest flowers and tallest trees and 50 carnivorous pitcher plants, 222 different mammal species, 420 birds, 100 amphibians. Indigenous tribes have lived in Borneo’s forests for thousands of years and just 100 years ago headhunters ruled a remote location of the island. The rainforests are so dense that to this date scientists continue to discover new species every year.
Unfortunately the rainforests have been disappearing rapidly due to outside corporations and the increasing need for consumer demand. This has left many animals homeless, injured, starving and vulnerable to opportunistic hunters.
- Commercial logging began in 1973
- In the 80’s and 90’s the rainforests were leveled at a rate unparalleled in human history.
- Large Corporations came in and started to purchase land and Borneo’s resources.
- These forests, with the animals included, were burned, logged and cleared, and then replaced with agricultural land, or palm plantations, WHICH STILL CONTINUES TODAY.
ABOUT BORNEAN ELEPHANTS
Extinction is a serious probability for the Bornean “Pygmy” Elephant. The increase of global demand for palm oil is the number one cause of habitat destruction on the Island of Borneo. Due to the expansion of oil palm plantations and the destruction of rainforests many of the elephants migration routes have been disrupted. They use these ancient routes in search for food. Now the elephants often venture into plantations as well as populated areas searching for food. This has caused an increase in human-elephant conflict to the point that the Bornean Elephant has decreased in numbers going from 2500 to less than 1000 in less than 10 years.
Bornean Elephants – The smallest Elephants in the world found only on the Island of Borneo.
Endangered with less than 1,000 still alive.
At birth the Bornean Elephant weighs approximately 50 kilos (110 pounds)
Bornean Elephants have larger ears, longer tails straighter tusks, shorter trunks and much smaller bodies than other elephants.
- Deforestation and habitat loss
- Human-elephant conflicts, which often leads to their death
- Poaching due to global poaching crisis for ivory. This is new to Borneo as of 2017. In the past these elephants were not sought after because of their tiny tusks. Now poachers have become more aggressive (taking skins and tusks) and the elephants have become more vulnerable due to habitat destruction.
- Lifespan 55-70
- Water intake 75 – 125 liters per day
- Food intake 90 – 113 kilo (200-250) per day
Elephants are among the most intelligent mammals on Earth. They are social animals and must live in herds or they will experience depression and other psychological problems similar to humans.
They are more gentle than other elephant species, rather than charging their attackers, they simply turn their backs on them.