Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) protects large expanses of high elevation, mesic sagebrush-steppe grasslands that support many species of mammals and birds. These resources also connect similar habitats in a large portion of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Elk are a primary prey species for grizzly bears and wolves, two animals that are highly sought after for wildlife-viewing and ecotourism in the Jackson area. Elk also provide hunters with a sustainable food source and outdoor experience, as well as support local hunting outfitters, hotels, and other businesses during the fall.
The Whiskey Mountain herd was once the largest wintering herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in the US, but in the early ‘90s, a catastrophic pneumonia-related die-off occurred and reduced the population from approximately 2,000 individuals to ~630 individuals in 2005.
Thanks to a generous gift by Mary and Charlie Rumsey of Meeteetse, WY we have established a fund which directly supports moose and the first investment from this fund supports beaver translocation and expansion across Wyoming.
Through our signature program Wildlife Tourism For Tomorrow we were honored to support important sage-grouse fence inventory work through our good friends at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation.
One group we are proud to stand behind is the Absaroka Fence Initiative (AFI). The WYldlife Fund acts as the fiscal sponsor of this collaborative and dynamic group who is performing incredible fence work in and around the Cody area.
The very first project funded in part by WYldlife For Tomorrow, a cutting edge initiative developed by Board Member Taylor Phillips, an initiative underneath the umbrella of The WYldlife Fund!
The WYldlife Fund provided our friends at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation with 16 trail cameras and associated supplies in early 2021! Specifically the JHWF will use our donation of trail cameras and supplies to improve and evaluate the work of their Wildlife Friendlier Fence and Give Wildlife a Brake programs. Utilizing trail cameras pre- and post- project implementation, they will monitor fence removals and modifications, wildlife crossings and structures, and levee ramp builds for their effectiveness of safely moving wildlife around the landscape.
The WYldlife Fund is proud to stand beside our good friends and owner of Jackson Hole Eco Tour Adventures Taylor Phillips in the creation and launch of Wildlife Tourism For Tomorrow. Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow is Taylor’s vision and inspires businesses and individuals who depend upon Wyoming’s Wildlife to help fund on-the ground projects that make a difference. Join us in this movement that puts 100% of revenue directly into projects you select and support our shared wildlife legacy today.
We know that hunters and anglers traditionally fund the great majority of wildlife projects. Wildlife Tourism For Tomorrow seeks to tap into the wildlife watching and recreation economy across Wyoming in order to bring more resources to bear in order to fund critical wildlife habitat and research projects. Learn more here!
The WYldlife Fund has been delighted to partner and support the Absaroka Fence Initiative. Working in cooperation with willing landowners and land managers, Absaroka Fence Initiative aims to ensure fences are functional for livestock management and wildlife movement across the landscape through on the ground projects, public workdays and outreach to the community.
On December 5 2020, fifteen participants with the Absaroka Fence Initiative showed up to modify a one mile section of barbed wire fence, making it more wildlife friendly while still serving the purpose of containing cattle within their grazing lands. The WYldlife Fund was proud to both volunteer and help sponsor this first of many projects by AFI.