Help the Iberian Wolf

Don't Let Our Wolves Become Homeless
Grupo Lobo
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Help the Iberian Wolf is sponsored by Naturfunding, environmental crowdfunding initiative.

Short Summary

“Don’t let our wolves become homeless” is a campaign to raise money to buy the 17-hectare site on which the Iberian Wolf Recovery Center (IWRC) has stood for the last 25 years.
Today, the survival of the Center is at risk and depends entirely on the purchase of this land. If we don't reach the necessary target, we risk having to find another site to start all over again.
Your contribution is critical for the continuation of this project. By having your support we can provide rescued wolves with a safe and natural habitat and create a new future for this fascinating predator.


Grupo Lobo, the responsible for the IWRC, is an independent non-profit NGO founded in 1985. Grupo Lobo works to conserve the Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus) and its habitat in Portugal, where the wolf population has been declining for many decades. Grupo Lobo's mission is to provide accurate and updated information about the wolf, to contribute to the development of scientific studies about the species, to educate and to raise awareness among the general public of the importance of this predator and promote practical conservation measures that increase coexistence between man and wolf.

The work of Grupo Lobo has been recognized nationally and internationally by being awarded with several prizes such as:

  • 1987 – An honorable mention in the international competition The Rolex Awards for Enterprise, with the Signatus Project
  • 2001 – Joint 1st prize of the “Ford Motor Company Award” for Conservation and Environment
  • 2010 – 1st prize BES Biodiversity Award, with the project “Keep the wolf in Portugal - from theory to practice”

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In 1987, Grupo Lobo created the Iberian Wolf Recovery Center (IWRC), aiming to provide a suitable environment for wolves that cannot live in the wild – giving wolves that have been rescued from inappropriate captivity, or are injured or disabled, a safe and secure sanctuary. The IWRC is located in central Portugal, in Picão (Mafra), about 30km from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.
Now 25 years old, the Iberian Wolf Recovery Center, has already received more than 100,000 visitors from around the world. The Center has a volunteer program for those, over the age of 18, interested in wildlife conservation. It also has an adoption program that enables people to adopt one or more wolves, helping to keep them in excellent conditions that mimic their environment in the wild.


What We Need & What You Get

Buying the site of the Iberian Wolf Recovery Center, to allow the wolves to have a permanent home, is of critical importance to Grupo Lobo. The IWRC is extremely important in terms of wolf conservation as it not only provides the rescued wolves with a safe home but also allows scientists and the general public to get to know this important predator in as near-to-natural conditions as possible.
We need your help to raise the funds - $250,000 – which are required to buy the land for the wolves. You can make the difference and be part of the pack that will save this endangered species!
Grupo Lobo urges you all to contribute towards the purchase of this important site. Any donation, however small, will helps us and can make a difference - together we can win this fight.
We have a number of cool perks for you! Be part of our project and help us to save the wolves.

Our wolves count on your support!

The Impact

With your help we will continue our mission, making a decisive contribution to the conservation of the Iberian wolf, a unique subspecies and a noble and fascinating animal which is the focus of so many traditions, myths and fables throughout the world.
The wolves that find refuge here play an important role in raising awareness of the wolf’s plight and contribute to the conservation of the species, being true ambassadors of wolves in the wild. Every year, thousands of people have their first glimpse of a wolf in the Centre, and are made aware of the dangers that this species faces in the wild under the constant threat of extinction in Portugal.

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you can't make a donation, you can still contribute to this cause and make the difference by spreading the word:

  • Please talk about this campaign with your family, friends, colleagues... everyone!
  • Tell them that every $5 will help the wolves have a home for life.
  • Share this in your personal mail, Facebook, Twitter... 
  • Visit our website
  • Become a friend of Grupo Lobo at Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Use the Indiegogo share tools!

Help us to spread the word and thank you so much for saving our wolves home!

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raised by 1,700 people in 2 months
29% funded
0 time left
$250,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on September 28, 2012
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Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Wolf Howl

    You get a personalised thank you email from Grupo Lobo and receive regular updates about how the campaign is progressing.

    194 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2012
  • $10USD
    Big Wolf Howl

    Besides getting a personalised thank you e-mail, you will be recognized by name as a contributor on our Facebook page and you will also receive regular updates about progress.

    442 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2012
  • $20USD
    Wolf e-Card

    As well as the above and you will receive a personalised e-card.

    254 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $40USD
    Wolf Photograph Print

    All of the above and you will receive a photograph print of one of the wolves you have helped to secure its home.

    267 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $60USD
    Wolf Howl Video

    All of the above and you will receive a personalised thank you by video, filmed in the IWRC.

    52 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $100USD
    Wolf Tree Plantation

    All of the above and our team will plant a native tree at IWRC that will be labeled with your name.

    114 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $150USD
    Wolf Campaigner

    All of the above and you will receive a campaign t-shirt.

    80 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Stay at the IWRC

    All of the above and you can stay one week as a volunteer at the IWRC (includes accommodation for one person) and take part in our daily activities.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $3,000USD
    Relax in Wolf Country

    All of the above apart from the previous perk, plus one-week stay in a rural tourism for two in real wolf country in northern Portugal (includes accommodation for two people and personalised information from a wolf biologist about the best places for potential wolf sightings in the wild).

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $10,000USD
    Explore With the Wolf Experts

    In addition to a mention on Facebook, photographic print, video, named tree and t-shirt, we offer you a one-week expedition for two in northern Portugal, exploring the natural habitat of the wolf with a wolf biologist guide (includes transportation and accommodation - within Portugal - for two people).

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
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