SAFE Worldwide is committed to protecting endangered species and the environment through education, community programs, and partnerships with wildlife conservation organizations across the planet. We partner with organizations that are directly involved in helping wildlife, affected by habitat loss, poaching and human encroachment.
We do wildlife conservation talks in schools or in locations surrounding the natural habitat of the endangered species we support, so that we can educate local communities why it is vital to save these highly endangered animals.
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 decided that I could no longer just watch from the sidelines and do nothing.
I believe that every species has a right to live on this planet without the fear of becoming a tourist attraction or ending up in a circus or the exotic pet trade 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 into their natural habitats and homelands, when possible. We also partner with rescue and rehabilitation centers that are 100% committed to the welfare of each animal that is in their care, with the ultimate goal of either a full release back into the wild or providing them a safe and thriving environment when they can live out their lives without fear of their human guardians.
I created SAFE Worldwide because I felt that not enough was being done to educate people about the precarious situation that many of the world’s most endangered species are in. SAFE became an official 501(c)(3) in January 2017. You can follow our progress on ‘Our Projects’ page.
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 550 that were left in the wild at the time. I then started traveling to other areas of the world, such as the Amazon, Borneo, China and have often returned to Africa 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.
SAFE Worldwide is volunteer-based and we take NO salaries. 100% of your donations go to programs that help to save wildlife in danger of extinction.
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.
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
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.”
Lindsey Beres is a digital strategist and has more than 10 years of digital and social media work under her belt. She has worked with several non-profits as well as started her own successful organization, which still runs today. Lindsey brings a wealth of knowledge and has helped SAFE Worldwide create a social media presence that was missing until recently.
Wildlife extinction and habitat loss is the primary cause she supports, followed closely by ending illegal poaching and wildlife trade.
Lindsey joined our SAFE Worldwide team in January 2021 and continues to make a noticeable impact on everything that she gets involved in with our organization.
Lindsey manages all aspects of operations for the organization and joined our board in April 2021.
After graduating from San Diego State University, Sandy Athniel embarked on her career in marketing, becoming the first hire at a San Diego agency.
Being so caught up with the busy agency life, she lost touch with some of the things she enjoyed doing in college, like volunteering, pursuing creative passion projects, and connecting with nature.
Sandy decided to join SAFE Worldwide because she was longing to spend more time doing good with an organization that embodies her values for sustainability and animal welfare.
Sandy serves as our Social Media Manager
Tiara Wicks is a senior at Carnegie Mellon University in the B.S Business Administration degree program with a concentration in Business Technology. Her main interests are entrepreneurship, fashion, engineering, and performing arts. She is passionate about giving back through community projects and her sorority.
She is thrilled to work with SAFE Worldwide and help with our creative strategies to make a positive impact on our animals and impoverished communities.
Her favorite animal is her dog Chestnut (Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix) , throughout childhood she owned several fish, 2 bunnies, and 2 dogs. In her own words, “Anything I can do to help animals I am more than happy to do it!”
Tiara will be heading our email and fundraising campaign strategy and is responsible for our monthly newsletter initiative. We’re thrilled to have Tiara join the team!
As a retiree, Steve Fox enjoys giving back to my community. He was a volunteer member for over 15 years with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He currently does work with local senior citizens, helping them with tech products. He also assists in recording audio books for the blind.
During his professional career, he was a finance and accounting executive in the cable television industry.
Steve was interested in photography and videography, and has taught himself video editing. Looking for a way to apply his newly acquired skills, he came across an opportunity to assist SAFE Worldwide with its outreach through videos and social media. It has been a very rewarding and educational experience.
Steve has learned a lot about the plight of endangered animals through SAFE Worldwide, and now wholeheartedly support its unique approach to trying to save endangered species.
Brianna Larson graduated from the University of Tampa with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Entrepreneurship. I worked in sales and customer service roles and one of my best experiences was fundraising for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Brianna has always loved animals and nature, and wanted to volunteer with a non profit to help the environment. She found SAFE Worldwide not only protects wildlife but educates communities. She believes both are fundamental when it comes to saving the amazing animals our planet has and their natural homes.
Brianna joins our volunteer team as a Project Support Coordinator and resides in California.
Gabrielle Smyly joins us as our Website Content Manager and has worked in environmental compliance for the manufacturing and energy industries in Alabama. She graduated with degrees in environmental science and chemical engineering at the University of Alabama, and spends some of her free time camping, watching Netflix, and working as a volunteer at the Alabama Wildlife Center. Her passions include environmental sustainability and trying to find ways to reduce her carbon footprint and environmental impact.
Gabby joined SAFE Worldwide in May 2021 and hopes to improve the website and make it easier for people to learn all about what SAFE Worldwide has to offer!
Joshua Rice is a recent graduate from UCLA with a B.A. in Philosophy. His main academic interests involve metaphysics and ethics, and he hopes one day to pursue graduate work in either Philosophy or Anthropology. Currently, his passions involve animal rights and environmentalism, and he believes the current number one environmental and moral issue facing the planet is factory farming. His hobbies include graphic design, cooking, and songwriting.
Josh joined SAFE Worldwide in June 2021 to help educate people on the damage that can be done to vulnerable ecosystems when humans are negligent in their protective measures. He believes that education and the dissemination of information through democratic channels is the most effective means of bring about a more just and equitable world.
Maxine Roeder, an environmental biology and design student at Washington University, has been fascinated with both the natural world and art and design for as long as she can remember. Her love for animals started when she began drawing animals, painting landscapes and reading countless books about nature. This passion for nature expanded into one for environmentalism, conservation and sustainability and throughout the years, she has been involved in environmental causes, whether it be raising awareness about climate change to those around her, designing sustainable textiles or raising money for wildlife charities. As someone with a background in the visual arts, she loves to use art and design and a medium to create real environmental change.
Maxine was drawn to SAFE Worldwide because of its unique mission of advocating for wildlife, uplifting people and working to create meaningful change via education. Maxine believes that all beings on this earth deserve to live on this planet and prosper and she is thrilled to use her artistic vision working with SAFE to create a better world for both wildlife and human beings.