What we do
2017: An idea and three years of planning and training with start up donation we became non-profit corporation in California.
2018: After working on mission statements and assembling a board with different backgrounds to best give the Fund the best chance at thriving we filed and received our 501.c.3. This allowed us to apply for grants and funding, but also help with giving tax deductible donation letters.
2018: Founder volunteers on a dhole research project in Thailand.
2018: Help fund a small local Thailand project. Help with the publication of a wild dhole photobook to be sold in nation parks to bring a better appreciation for these often-unknown dogs.
2019: Returned to Thailand to in provided input for the IUCN Dhole Population and Habitat Viability meeting. The week summit aided in figuring out not just habitat but also idea the conservation problems found for dholes. The problems were broken down by region and we tried to identify areas of greatest need. Dhole Conservation Fund was tasked with helping promote a more western awareness of dholes and their conservation needs and efforts.
2019: Funded the travel expenses of a researcher that was accepted to present their findings and paper in a conference in Europe.
2020: Launched the home and dhole information hub dholes.org. This current website allows for is to find and read information about dholes. While also allowing people easily find the Dhole Conservation Fund.
2020: COVID SHUT DOWN
2020: Through 2020 we waited to see what would happen globally. Up to this point we had been in talks with a few small projects throughout the dhole’s home range on their needs and ideas for dhole projects in their parks and region. Unfortunately, 2020 saw Covid-19 hit southeast Asia extremely hard. Field efforts halted. Towards the end of the year, we realized this was not going to blow over anytime soon and not sure when global travel and work would open up again we switched gears. We started to look into expanding our education beyond just our website.
2021: Hire professional conservation educators to develop programs for K to 12th grade levels that educators can do on their own in the classroom. We also opened up to do virtual presentations for all ages and levels.
2021: We celebrate our first World Dhole Day in the US.
2021: Team up with Amazing AZ animal books to help with content for The Dedicated Dhole.
2022: Gave out 20 copies of the Dedicated Dhole to zoos and wildlife education groups around the world.
2022: World Dhole Day turns into a true global event. Not only an increase effort in the US but it also moved into Europe!