One world, one chance to protect.Explore
One world, one chance to protect.Explore
Welcome to our newly designed website! If you haven't heard of us already, we are an organization focused on the conservation efforts of exotic and endangered species, both in captivity and in the wild.
With estimates at over a dozen species going extinct every day, we all must do our part in efforts to save what we can. This takes a commitment from all of us, including you. It is our world, and our chance to make a difference.
The true definition of conservation is to protect the species as whole, but it is also to protect them from exploitation, whether that is from illegal trafficking, poaching, or neglect. This is where our role in captive species comes in. We are not anti-captivity, but there are far too many exploited species falling to the hands of captivity.
One World Conservation (OWC) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization that was founded by CEO, Karrie Kern, and cofounded by Vice President, Kenneth Lekatoo, in August 2010. Our main headquarters are located in Austin, Texas, and Nairobi, Kenya, although we have outreach across the globe. The dream of OWC came into being while the founder was still under the NGO, Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF), and the tutelage of Johnny Rodrigues, founder/chairman of ZCTF.
We are not animal rights or anti-captivity. We simply believe that if you have a species, you meet its needs. If you can’t, you must adapt. If you can’t do that, you have no business with them.
Our mission is to create a global initiative in conservation for exotic and endangered species by working from all corners of the world to promote education and awareness for adults and children in the interactive world, the classroom, and on the ground. We will promote conservation efforts in the regions most affected by poaching, environmental degradation, human-wildlife conflict, illegal trade in endangered species, and can hunting of exotics. We will work with all governmental agencies around the world to improve laws, or in some cases help to create laws, to protect and provide a better standard of care for exotics and endangered species held in captivity.
Our campaigns reach across the globe and involve both captive and wildlife cases of endangered and exotic species.
Observations at the San Antonio Zoo began in 2008 with the start of the “Free Lucky” campaign.
Observations at the Wildlife World Zoo began in 2011 with the start of the “Operation Orion” campaign.
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We Love All the Animals
We Work Under All conditions
We Do Lots of Research
Our Staff is Committed
Dedicated to Conservation
Brand Identity is Everything
We drink a lot of coffee
Karrie has been working in the marketing and public relations field for over twenty years. After the Tusker crisis in Zimbabwe in 2007-2008, she became involved with the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force in Harhare, Zimbabwe, which led to her position as the Director of their U.S. Operations. She has over fifteen years in marine advocacy, leaving it behind to focus on exotics and endangered species. Eventually, she was promoted in 2009 to CEO of U.S. Operations based in San Antonio, Texas. In 2010, Karrie left the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force to launch One World Conservation as its CEO/founder.
Manages Facebook accounts
After earning a bachelors in economics at the University of Nairobi in 1994, Kenneth entered into the conservation world in 1995 as an assistant to baboon research with Wildlife Conservation International in Kenya where he remained until 1997. For the next ten years, he worked as a freelance conservationist until 2007 when he became the Community Wildlife Game Warden at Amboseli in Kenya, Africa. He is also noted for being a community social worker, helping the less fortunate in society. He is proficient in several languages. Kenneth was fundamental with the inception of One World Conservation as its vice president/cofounder. The goal of One World is to create an NGO status to operate on the ground in Africa that Kenneth will oversee.
Oversees Africa operations
Kelly has been working in the publishing field since graduating with a bachelors degree in English Writing and Rhetoric from St. Edward's University in Austin. Before becoming a conservationist, Kelly had over five years experience working in animal welfare, primarily domestic animals. She continues some of that work as a board member of the Hailey Foundation. Kelly joined the U.S. Operations of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force in 2008 as part of the observation staff. She was eventually promoted to Executive Assistant, managing the website, observations, and the Lucky campaign. She was a key member in the inception of One World Conservation and was promoted to Director of Operations before her current title as Executive Director.
Erin is in the process of obtaining a degree in wildlife biology with an emphasis in wildlife management. In 2008, Erin joined the U.S. Operations of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force as part of the observation staff. She was our information officer at that time. During the initial phases of One World, prior to its inception, Erin was a key part of discussions, but she took a hiatus to pursue her college education. In 2014, she returned to the staff as our information officer, and oversees much of our social media.
Head of observation staff
While we have staff and colleagues around the globe, below listed are our directorate staff that sees to the day-to-day operations of One World. Every staff and volunteer member, from observation teams to outreach staff, is part of the One World family, even though they are not listed below. Each and every one is an essential part of what we do.
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