Applications for 2016 are now closed. Please check back in the Autumn for details on next year's application process, or email for more information.

Criteria for becoming a WCN partner:

  • Works in developing countries*
  • Focus on a terrestrial mammal species listed as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered by the IUCN*
  • Focus on a single species as a flagship, rather than multiple species
  • Organization should make a unique contribution to conservation efforts
  • Organization should have a track record of effectiveness
  • Organization should be highly collaborative with other organizations
  • Focus on conservation rather than research
  • Works with animals in-situ, not in a sanctuary or other captive facility
  • Significant community integration/involvement
  • A demonstrated commitment to hiring, developing, and empowering local staff
  • Organization has recently progressed beyond start-up phase
  • Annual budget typically less than $250,000
  • Field-based, with the principal¬†conservationist living 80% of the time in the range states
  • At least 80% of the organization budget is spent in the range states
  • Operates independently of large organizations
  • Not-for-profit organization
  • Operates with all required government and legal requirements

(Please note that these criteria pertain to the organization as a whole, not just a single project within a larger organization)