Urgent Appeal for Our Friends in Brazil

The Amazon forest is burning, the Cerrado grasslands and shrub forests are burning, the Pantanal wetlands – going through the worst drought in 50 years– are burning. The situation is unprecedented, tragic, catastrophic. The fires are massive. Thousands of animals are dying.

Giant anteaters and armadillos are being seriously affected. Giant anteaters with long shaggy tails that brush the ground are being burnt alive. Mission: Wildlife has good friends within the Anteaters & Highways Project and the Giant Armadillo Project.  Dr. Arnaud Desbiez, who founded both projects is on the ground in his home country of Brazil to coordinate relief efforts.  There are many heroes out there fighting to save the Pantanal and its wildlife, and we can help provide them with the equipment they need. Raising funds for the following two purposes is currently the most urgent:


1- Rescue teams have been finding and rescuing lots and lots of burned animals and have been providing technical support to catch, anesthetize, and treat them.  These teams need veterinary equipment and supplies. They are doing the best they can possibly do with almost nothing. In response to this need, we are raising funds to purchase veterinary gear for different teams.  Our veterinarians will purchase needed items and we are identifying the best ways to get the equipment to wherever it needs to be. Everything is extra complicated because of the pandemic.


2- Part of the funds we raise will go to purchasing firefighting gear including protective equipment for firefighters such as fire-resistant boots, pants, shirts, gloves, helmets, and special glasses for eye protection and things like water pumps, fire hoses, shovels, chainsaws, air blowers, brush cutters etc. 

Anteaters & Highways Project and the Giant Armadillo Project have partnered with the Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative.  Mission: Wildlife knows all of the fundraising partners, so please donate directly to their PayPal or credit card donation system for the Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative (hosted within the IPÊ´s - Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas, website)




Thank you for any donation! 

Our Story...

In October 2013, friends and family, including Julie Scardina, Julie Byford, and Heather Armentrout embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. Julie Scardina worked with long time friend Chris Liebenberg and the team at Piper & Heath Travel to create a custom trip to Uganda and Kenya, two of Julie’s favorite countries and also the locations of some amazing conservation work. Being a board member of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, Julie had developed relationships with the founders of many groups saving species in Africa. While in these two beautiful countries we met with several of these incredible wildlife heroes. In Uganda, we met with Uganda Conservation Foundation and in Samburu, Kenya we had the opportunity to interact with the research teams from Save the Elephants and Ewaso Lions. We learned about the critical research they are conducting with  elephants and lions, and the equally important role the local communities play in conserving these incredible species.


For some of the travelers, this was their first exposure to what conservation is and means.  For Julie, Julie, and Heather, animals and the natural world have always been a passion, having dedicated our careers to caring for a variety of animals in a zoological setting and educating guests, school children and audiences to conservation concepts. While on safari, we decided we wanted to do more to ensure all the beautiful animals we were observing would be here for future generations.


Once back in the U.S. we contacted Piper & Heath Travel: Chris and Emily Liebenberg, and Mark Forman. Piper & Heath has a long history of giving back to African communities and conservation projects, so they were eager to join forces with Julie, Julie, and Heather to create Mission:Wildlife. Soon after Mission: Wildlife was created Anthony Armentrout and Deb Sandler were brought on board to round out the team.


Virtually every traveler who went with us on that original trip, and subsequent trips, all attend or support the efforts.  Mission: Wildlife is as much about creating awareness and enthusiasm for animals and conservation as it is about raising dollars!



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