How we work
We invest the money we raise into programs directed at protecting wildlife from poaching and deforestation. Our team works closely with field partners to ensure that every dollar is accounted for and quantifiable results are reported back to our donors.
Our partners are the world’s leading field experts in anti-poaching and anti-trafficking programs. We currently support the following programs:
- anti-poaching ranger patrol units
- rehabilitation for injured or orphaned wildlife
- reintroduction of rehabilitated animals into the wild
Learn more about our partners on the ground.
Where we work
Poaching activity, poverty, political stability and strong partner organisations all play a part in where we choose to work. We ensure our donors’ dollar goes further by providing funds to programs that are making a real difference.
We currently fund conservation programs in the Southern Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia. This region is one of the largest and still mostly unexplored forests in Southeast Asia. It is home to a diverse range of wildlife including Asian elephants, Indochinese tigers, clouded leopards, Malayan sun bears, pileated gibbons and Sunda pangolins. The threats to this forest and its inhabitants include illegal logging, wildlife poaching and forest fires caused by slash-and-burn agriculture.
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.