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New Nature Foundation

Reconciling the needs of the people with the protection of the forest

The New Nature Foundation (NNF) was founded by a former Zoo New England zookeeper and his wife in 2008. Since its founding, Zoo New England has supported NNF’s work through educational lectures, financial assistance and in-kind donations.

NNF’s mission is to conserve wild animals and wild places through education, empowerment, and an emphasis on creative solutions that promote people living in harmony with nature. In Uganda and Vietnam, the current areas of focus, this means helping people meet their firewood needs in ways that don’t harm natural forests. 

NnfMore than 95% of people rely on wood as their only source of energy in the remote rural areas near Uganda’s Kibale National Park and Vietnam’s Khau Ca Forest. As human populations grow, this has led to extreme deforestation.  Some of the most amazing (and often endangered) animals in the world, like monkeys, elephants, chimpanzees, snakes and birds, as well as the people living around their habitats, are now benefiting from NNF’s initiatives. These include:

  • Replacing firewood with eco briquettes made from farm and industrial waste. This sustainable wood substitute turns waste into carbon-neutral cooking fuel.
  • Teaching the community how to build more efficient stoves, which saves over 3 million pounds of wood each year. 
  • Promoting the planting of native tree species that are fast growing and nitrogen fixing.
  • Educating and empowering communities through environmentally-focused training workshops.
  • Creating recreational opportunities that improve the people-park relationship, benefitting future generations of animals and humans alike.

Visit NNF's website to learn more about their work.

Photos courtesy of The New Nature Foundation; Tonkin Snub Nosed Monkey photo courtesy of Le Khac Quyet