02 March 2011 Two Hundred Thousand Thank Yous! Posted by: Elizabeth Kricfalusi | 5 comments | Share: Watch our Save Something Wild video to see just some of the wildlife and wild places you’re helping us protect. YOU DID IT! Your votes—once a week, every week for 12 weeks—helped us win $200,000 in funding from Members Project from American Express! Two hundred thousand dollars will help us: Support our on-the-ground efforts to ensure that humans and wolves can peacefully co-exist Stop harmful drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—the most important onshore denning habitat for America’s polar bears Work with Native American tribes and others to expand the range of wild bison Protect the beach habitat that sea turtles need to survive Fund rewards to capture people who illegally kill rare lynx Relocate prairie dogs to protected habitat and restore their important place in prairie ecosystems Plan and advocate for panther crossings to reduce the number of cats killed on Florida’s roads And much more! You didn’t just vote for us… you VOTED for us! From the first week of voting through to the last, Defenders received more than 80% of the votes in the Environment & Wildlife category. More than 1,500 of you became Members of our community on the Take Part website and about 2,400 of you Liked it on Facebook! Now THAT’s what we call being a Defender of Wildlife! On behalf of all the wildlife and wild places we’re fighting so hard to protect—on the ground, in the courts, and in Washington, D.C.—thank you. Two hundred thousand times, THANK YOU! 5 Responses to “Two Hundred Thousand Thank Yous!” Gitte løyche March 11th, 2011 What a wonderful video! How can anyone NOT wish to defend this? Reply Kellie Sims March 11th, 2011 Can’t thank American Express enough for their contribution!! Makes me proud to be an American! Hasn’t been much to be proud of as of late. We know that it’s going to take alot more then just throwing alot of money at a problem as huge and widespread as this is, but it sure helps!! And Thankyou to all my fellow Defenders for their votes and their contributions!! On behalve of all wildlife that have no voice to speak-up for themselves… YAY!! Score one for the good guys!! This means sooo much to those of us who don’t have money to contribute, but we have our voices and our resolve. That counts for alot when there are sooo many trying to tear our planet apart in the name of greed… Again, THANKYOU EVERYONE!!! Kellie Sims (D.of W.) Reply Helena March 14th, 2011 Congratulations! I am proud to have helped with a couple of those votes! Seeing all the great organizations on their website I was weary that you’d win. That says a lot that you can come out on top! Reply Connie March 15th, 2011 This is fantastic…and I too, added some votes, always do for Defenders of Wildlife and the animals. Congratulations! Shannnon March 14th, 2011 Woo hoo! Great news! Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in The House’s Continued Assault on Endangered Species The House continues to turn its back on the Endangered Species Act by weakening and eliminating protection for imperiled wildlife. Wolf Weekly Wrap Up Fish and Wildlife Service Holds Public Meetings to Determine Fate of Mexican Gray Wolves; Six Mexican Gray Wolves Released in New Mexico; How Do People Form Their Opinions About Wolves? A Field Day with Gopher Tortoises Our Florida staff members spent a field day at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve to learn more about the reproductive and burrowing habits of gopher tortoises.