Natural Encounters Conservation Fund (NECF) is a sister company to Natural Encounters, Inc. and serves as its non-profit arm. It is a private, 501(c) 3 that is dedicated to promoting wildlife and environmental conservation through education and funding.
Originally named The World of Birds Show, Inc., the company began operating under the DBA of Natural Encounters Conservation Fund, Inc., in 2003 because the name better represents the company’s mission and goals.
NECF is supported entirely by Natural Encounters, Inc. and has no paid employees; therefore, one hundred percent of the proceeds raised through NECF go directly to the conservation projects it supports. To date, The World of Birds Show/NECF has raised and donated over $1,300,000 to in situ conservation projects, including the following:
- World Parrot Trust
- Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
- Turtle Survival Alliance
- The Peregrine Fund
- New Nature Foundation
- International Rhino Foundation
- Mabula Ground Hornbill Project
In addition to monetary awards, NECF occasionally provides workers and other support for organizations involved in wildlife and habitat preservation. NECF also operates a Staff Development Fund where zoological facilities are given monetary awards to use at their discretion for the growth and development of their keeper staff.
NECF hopes to make its greatest impact on our environment by providing assistance where it is needed and encouraging, supporting, and rewarding conservation efforts of others. In addition, NECF promotes educational programs that help people understand their relationship with the other species we share this planet with, as well as our undeniable dependency on the living earth.
Below are the species that have benefited from donations from NECF:
- Javan Rhino
- Brown Hyena
- Bell Birds
- Southern Ground Hornbills
- California Condor
- Palm Cockatoos
- Lear’s Macaw
- Blue-throated Macaw
- Harpy Eagle
Beyond the specific conservation projects list above, NECF is a long time supporter of the following three conservation groups:
The Peregrine Fund – World Center for Birds of Prey has been instrumental in saving several species of endangered birds of prey such as the Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Maritaus Kestrel, Aplomado Falcon, California Condor and others.
The World Parrot Trust – strives to save parrots and their natural habitat, not only through research and breeding programs, but also through the promotion of responsibly managed ecotourism and the responsible use of native habitat.
The Moholoholo Wildlife Refuge – works tirelessly to save injured animals and educate people about the value of wildlife and natural habitats in South Africa.
NECF Board Of Directors:
- President: Steve Martin, President, Natural Encounters, Inc.
- Vice President: Gary Lee, Founder and Principal, CLR Design, Inc.,
- Secretary: Bill Dennler, Director Emeritus, Toledo Zoo,
- Treasurer: Rick Biddle, Vice President, Schultz and Williams, Inc.
- Board Member: Marty Sevenich-MacPhee, Behavioral Husbandry Manager, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Board Member: Bernard Hansen, Manager, Business Diagnostics, LLC.
- Board Member: John Frawley, General Manager, Aquarium of the Bay