SAFE Worldwide is a non-profit dedicated to the survival of the world’s most endangered species through efforts in education, activism and conservation by creating innovative solutions and a sense of urgency to save species in danger of extinction.
We believe that every species has a right to live on this planet without the fear becoming a tourist attraction or ending up in a circus or the entertainment industry. We do not support any organization that believes in animal testing for any reason. We believe in the rescue of animals taken from the wild with the goal of reintroducing them back in their natural habitats and homelands (when possible). We also partner with rehabilitation centers that are 100% committed to the welfare of each animal that is in their care with the ultimate goal of either full release back into the wild or providing them a safe environment where they can live out their lives.
SAFE also provides education efforts in schools or in the locations surrounding the natural habitat of the endangered species so we may teach the local people why it is vital that we save these highly endangered animals. We believe that it is possible to change the views of people when they better understand how we are all joined in the web of life and that the animal’s survival means man’s survival as well.
My name is Linda Lanzl, founder of SAFE worldwide, and I have been dedicated to the conservation of endangered species all my adult life. I live in California and decided that I could no longer just watch from the sidelines and do nothing, other than give to the various animal and conservation charities. I created “SAFE worldwide” because I felt that not enough was being done to educate people about the precarious situation many of the world’s most endangered species are in.
I have traveled to over 60 countries around the world. My first trip to Africa was in 1997 and included an encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda. It changed my life forever. I felt an amazing connection to this incredible species and knew that we had to save the last remaining 700 that are left in the wild. I then started traveling to other areas of the world, such as the Amazon, Borneo, China and have returned to Africa several times since. I have since made it a personal commitment to save other species that are close to extinction and need our help to survive.
Our focus is to provide education in schools and through this website to encourage the next generation to have a voice in protecting the most valuable resources we have on this planet (land and water) that will allow all species to survive and thrive and be free.
In June of 2007, I returned with my husband to the Virunga mountains of Uganda and Rwanda for another opportunity to be amongst the rare mountain gorilla. It reinforced my commitment to help save this incredible species, so close to extinction, due to land encroachment, poaching and human wars that afflict their habitat.
This is our commitment to you. It is also our commitment to those other living beings that have the same right to live and walk freely amongst us.
I am a woman with a passion for transformation. I am committed to human beings waking to the reality of the precarious position of the planet that we have been so blessed to inhabit, and the plight of the animals who share it.
In short, I love animals, and I love people. I was drawn to contribute and participate with SAFE Worldwide precisely for this reason — for the inspirational and innovative way it goes about improving the living conditions and survival odds of endangered species in part by contributing to the sustainable well-being of the humans living in close proximity to these animals.
This is achieved through a program which partners with local associations to manage and distribute micro-loans to individuals seeking to start a business.
I am proud to both serve as a board member of SAFE Worldwide, and to help oversee the micro-loan program.”