Q: What do the Certified Wildlife Friendly™ labels mean?
The family of Certified Wildlife Friendly™ labels recognize enterprises whose actions contribute to wildlife conservation around the world. By setting expert-driven standards for wildlife friendly practices around the world, the Certified Wildlife Friendly™ labels help consumers to support products that match their values. Certified Wildlife Friendly™ and associated programs showcase practices that allow people and wildlife to coexist and thrive. These certifications are programs of The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network. They include:
- Certified Wildlife Friendly™ Global Products
- Certified Wildlife Friendly™ North American Products
- Certified Predator Friendly™ Global Products
- Certified Predator Friendly™ North American Products
- Certified Gorilla Friendly™ Tourism, a collaboration with the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), a coalition programme of Fauna and Flora International (FFI), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and Conservation International (CI)
- Certified Gorilla Friendly™ Products, also a collaboration with IGCP
- Certified Sea Turtle Tourism™, developed with the expertise of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST) and others
- Certified Elephant Friendly™ Tea, a partnership with the University of Montana
- Certified Jaguar Friendly™ Coffee, developed in partnership with Proyecto de Conservación de Aguas y Tierras and the Sierra to Sea Institute
Q: How do I apply?
- Certified Wildlife Friendly™ and Certified Predator Friendly™ Global Products – please click here
- Certified Wildlife Friendly™ and Certified Predator Friendly™ North American Products – please click here
- Certified Gorilla Friendly™ Tourism and Park Edge Products – please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
- Certified Sea Turtle Tourism™ – please click here
- Certified Elephant Friendly™ Tea – please click here
- Certified Jaguar Friendly™ Coffee – please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Q: What “key species” do Certified Wildlife Friendly™ and Certified Predator Friendly™ enterprises protect?
We define key species broadly to include:
- Any species defined by the Any species listed on Appendix I or II of the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES);
- Any species of concern including keystone species, indicator species, and native predators. These are species that may not be listed by IUCN but which play a critical functional role in the ecosystem;
- Other species that are important in the local context but which may not have legal protection for a variety of reasons;
- Because many species face context-specific threats, WFEN may define Key Species, and thus confer protection, on other species of concern on a case-by-case basis;
- Any species defined by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable or Near Threatened, and/or other legislation.
Q: How do Certified Wildlife Friendly™ and Predator Friendly™ differ?
Both labels rigorously protect key species (see above) that are a conservation priority. In keeping with each label’s name, Certified Wildlife Friendly™ producers protect a wide range of wildlife, and Predator Friendly™ producers ensure predators are able to play their keystone role in ecosystems. Both labels recognize enterprises who make a significant contribution to wildlife conservation.
Q: What impact does the Certified Wildlife Friendly™ family of programs have?
The Certified Wildlife Friendly™ family of labels use the power of the marketplace to create on-the-ground change by providing incentives for the protection of endangered wildlife around the world, offering opportunity in often remote and highly disadvantaged communities, and enabling conservation of the earth’s remaining intact landscapes.
Our certified enterprises protect keystone endangered species on five continents, such as the Snow Leopard, Elephant, Red Panda, and Wolf; conserve over thirteen million hectares of diverse wetlands, forests, and grasslands; and benefit over 300,000 people who coexist with wildlife through income and employment.
Based on the principles of wildlife conservation, economic well-being, and accountability, each of our certified product lines illustrates the possibilities of triple-bottom-line success for people, planet and profit.
Q: How do I know whether a product is certified by the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network?
Look for the logo! If you do not see our distinctive logo the product or service, it is not certified by WFEN. If you are unsure or would like to report improper use of our marks please contact Julie@wildlifefriendly.org.
The unauthorized use of the Registered Trademarks is strictly prohibited. Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network reserves the right to take any legal action it deems necessary to protect its trademark rights.