Donate to Wildlife
About our Wildlife Accounts in General. We maintain several different accounts to support the protection and conservation of wildlife in and around the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Last year, the Fund gave the National Park Service over $40,000 in equipment, research support, and support for students who assist in wildlife monitoring and reintroduction programs. Without our (your) assistance, much of this important work would be left undone. Listed below are the four principal accounts we keep for wildlife. They are restricted accounts, meaning that we do not release the monies unless they clearly tied to the purpose for which the donation was given. In addition, we maintain an endowment account for wildlife, with the intention of setting a little money aside so that the allocated funds can grow into an investment that can provide a reliable and ongoing revenue stream supporting wildlife conservation and research over time. If protecting our wildlife for present and future generations to enjoy is your passion, feel free to consider and choose among these options:
General Wildlife / #3310 – This account is used to support any and all wildlife work; including (if needed) the activities listed for the more exclusively restricted accounts below. The conservation of many smaller and endangered animals, including birds and amphibians, only comes from this account. Notable activities that could fall into this category include reintroduction of California’s red-legged frog, now endangered but famously remembered by Mark Twain as the Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.
Mountain Lion Project / #3311 – The ongoing study of mountain lions in and around the Santa Monica Mountains is funded by gifts placed in this account. Research into the movement, habitat, behavior and health of these cougars is essential to the conservation and protection, particularly in the interface between natural and urbanized areas. What we learn has significant implications for the longterm preservation of not just the mountain lion or the lands they inhabit here, but national park wildlife throughout the world. We use project funds to purchase tracking collars, complete lab analyses and even publish the results of studies in scientific journals.
Bobcat-Urban Carnivore Project / #3312 – Thanks to this account, critical research was done showing the link between anticoagulant rodenticides and the death of bobcats throughout the Santa Monica Mountains, as shown in this infographic. Added evidence that mountain lions, coyotes, hawks and other animals critical to the health of park environments was also verified, prompting caring citizens to successfully fight for state regulation and local laws better controlling the use of these poisons. Today, the mountains are healthier and safer, not just for our wildlife but our children. Current research is examining the secret lives of coyotes and bobcats in and around downtown Los Angeles.
Wildlife Corridor Project / #3313 – Since April 2014, we have been working in partnership with the California chapter of the National Wildlife Federation to support the design and construction of a wildlife corridor, necessary to ensure the survival of the mountain lions (and other wildlife) in our Nation’s largest urban national park. The corridor project is the logical extension of the ongoing mountain lion research that the Santa Monica Mountains Fund supports, and we act as the local administrator of donated funds coming either directly to us or by gifts from across the country through the NWF.