What we do
For the Animals is an Australian conservation charity dedicated to protecting endangered wildlife in Southeast Asia. For the Animals works with the world’s leading field experts in anti-poaching and trafficking programs and reports quantifiable results of its work to its donors. For the Animals supports the following activities:
- undercover investigations, law enforcement training, ranger patrolling
- care for injured or orphaned wildlife
- reintroduction of rehabilitated animals into the wild
- poverty reduction through alternative livelihoods/trade skills development
- demand reduction / environmental education
Help us put an end to trafficking of endangered wildlife and forest products to enable people and wildlife to flourish in healthy ecosystems.
Who we are
For the Animals was founded to raise funding and awareness among Australians about the plight of endangered animals being hunted into extinction. For the Animals believes that Australians will play a significant role in stopping the global trade that is occurring in their backyards and decimating animal species and habitats throughout Africa and Southeast Asia.
For the Animals was founded by Rebecca Tilbrook, a native of North Carolina in the USA who worked in the conservation field in Washington DC and became disheartened by the large proportion of conservation money which never made it to field projects that she witnessed while working at a large international charity. Rebecca left the large charity and joined WildAid, the parent organisation to current partners Freeland and Wildlife Alliance where she raised over $6 million to support projects aimed at stopping the illegal wildlife trade. Rebecca was the Washington DC spokesperson for WildAid where she met with high level government officials and members of Congress to discuss the importance of stopping wildlife trafficking and related linkages to terrorism, global disease epidemics, climate change and loss of food and water security.
While at WildAid, Rebecca was instrumental in obtaining US government support for the first stages of the Community Agriculture Development Project of Wildlife Alliance which enabled hundreds of homeless families to cease poaching and return to sustainable livelihoods after the Pol Pot era and the ASEAN – WEN program to build anti-trafficking enforcement networks in the region through the work of Freeland Foundation (Thailand).
Rebecca moved to Australia in late 2005 and began to share her experiences with like-minded members of her adopted country. She founded For the Animals along with several philanthropists in 2011 as a way to provide a vehicle for Australians to play a role in the addressing the barbaric practice of wiping out species as ‘status consumables’ for a few very wealthy individuals.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale Arizona. She currently lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband and pets and travels to Cambodia with small groups to visit the field projects of Wildlife Alliance and For the Animals on a regular basis.