Through a partnership with The WYldlife Fund and matching donation opportunities through the Wyoming Wildlife Natural Resource Trust, WYldlife for Tomorrow provides a long-term and robust funding mechanism for critical conservation projects across the state.
Wyoming’s wildlife range widely across the state, crossing the invisible boundaries of private and public lands into the diverse habitats they need to thrive. Visitors and locals alike love them; so how do we inspire more partners to become involved in securing their future? It was this question that led EcoTour Adventures owner Taylor Phillips to launch WYldlife for Tomorrow, with the help and support of Chris McBarnes, president of The WYldlife Fund.
In 2019 the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission started The WYldlife Fund, a 501c3 organization that could create new partnerships and funnel donations to on-the-ground wildlife projects across the state. In 2020 The WYldlife Fund raised $268,000 and generated an additional $184,000 in matching funds for wildlife crossings, wildlife-friendly fence conversions, and youth education initiatives across the state.
In 2020, Chris and Taylor met to discuss their shared love of Wyoming wildlife. Jackson resident and WYldlife Fund board member Penelope Maldonado made the introduction that led to this mutually beneficial partnership for wildlife. Now WYldlife for Tomorrow brings the business perspective and valuable tourism resources to the table.