The Association for Nature WOLF (AfN WOLF) founded in 1996, is a non-profit organisation, dedicated to conservation of mammals, particularly carnivores, and their habitas. Our mission is to protect endangered species and preserve their habitats. We would like to became a centre of excellence in research and education on carnivores and their habitats, working to achieve best practice in their conservation and management in Poland and abroad.

Our members are a team of highly experienced biologists, foresters and other professions, whose expertise span many fields. We carry out our own scientific research and conduct wide-ranging ecological education both in Poland and abroad.

AfN WOLF is convinced that understanding the carnivores ecology is essential to protect their populations and manage their sustainability for the future. Our strategy to save wolves, lynxes, bears and other carnivores in Europe is a combination of research, conservation, education, and resolving conflicts, beginning with long-term studies to understand and monitor the factors affecting survival of these species. Results of these studies are used to develop conservation policies and programmes to sustain their populations. AfN WOLF actively works with local, national and international communities to raise awareness, communicate, educate and train.

Some of AfN WOLF approaches include:

  • Conducting scientific research and publishing papers and books (both scientific and popular) on research results in carnivores biology, ecology, human impact, resolving conflicts and species survival. AfN WOLF also develops and implements better livestock management practices, such as our programme of wolf/human conflict resolving.
  • Creating and managing long-term conservation strategies for the wolf and lynx throughout their range in Poland. We also develop and implement recommendations for forest and hunting management, spatial planning and transportation infrastructure plans, to protect important large carnivores habitats and save their connectivity by using a variety of mitigation measures.
  • Carrying out conservation education programmes focused on key professional groups, showing benefits of large carnivore impact on forest ecosystems. AfN WOLF also creates and disseminates education materials within whole country and abroad.

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