The Last Animals Foundation is a 501(c)(3) established to raise awareness about wildlife trafficking and to support conservation efforts with a particular focus on rangers, their families and local communities in ecosystems plagued by conflict and insecurity. We believe that if elephants, rhinos and other threatened species could thank the people who dedicate their lives to protecting their existence, the animals themselves would want to honor that human commitment, courage and sacrifice.
Honoring the sacrifice, courage, and dedication of park rangers by supporting their families and communities.
The Last Animals song composed by Emmanuel Jal is a tribute to the last Northern Whites rhinos on the planet. ‘Hold My Soul’ is a chant about shame and peace. Proceeds from the songs will be used to help the children and families of fallen rangers. Emmanuel Jal is a Sudanese Canadian actor, hip-hop musician and peace activist who was forced to to be a child soldier by the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) before he was even a teenager.
Rebecca Hardin is an anthropologist teaching at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. She directs the Michigan Sustainability Cases on www.learngala.com, an open access platform for integration of digital media, data visualization and translation of learning modules. Rebecca's field collaborations in Africa have included sites in the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, and Gabon. Her current work focuses on the politics of wildlife conservation and water quality monitoring and protection.
Kate Brooks is an international photojournalist turned filmmaker, who chronicled conflict and human rights issues for nearly two decades before turning her lens to conservation. Her photographs have been extensively published in TIME, Newsweek, Smithsonian and The New Yorker and exhibited around the world. Brooks' passion for filmmaking was sparked from working as a cinematographer on the documentary The Boxing Girls of Kabul in 2010. In 2012-13, she was a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. There she researched the global wildlife trafficking crisis before embarking on directing The Last Animals. The documentary premiered at Tribeca on Earth Day in 2017. Brooks’ drive and passion for conservation comes from the fundamental belief that time is running out and that we are at a critical moment in natural history.
Patrick Duboscq has had a passion for animals since childhood that has grown into a career of advocacy and training for the people on the front lines working to protect wildlife. At the young age of eight, Patrick helped catalyzed public outcry by sending a postcard to President Kenyata to protest the killing of an elephant targeted by a rich hunter, thereby helping to save that animal's life. Later, after retiring from a 35 year long career in the French National Police, Patrick began training rangers across Africa in some of the toughest ecosystems including parks in Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Chad. Patrick understands the challenges faced by rangers and their families. Those relationships and his commitment to the men on the frontlines are featured in the film The Last Animals.
More than 1,000 park rangers across 35 countries have lost their lives in the line of duty over the past decade. The majority have been killed by poachers and militias, leaving thousands of children without a primary breadwinner. The Last Animals Foundation's Next Generation Grant provides educational scholarships to children of fallen rangers.
The Environmental Justice Storytelling and Impact Grant is open to artists, journalists, writers, photographers and filmmakers at any stage of production from seed to impact funding. The foundation is also committed to supporting artists and independent storytellers who are courageous, dedicated and determined in their mission for environmental justice and who strive through their work to inspire change through education and awareness.
The foundation accepts applications by invitation; to get the conversation started, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org