Starting a wildlife conservation is a worthwhile and exciting project, but it’s also complex. It’s similar to starting a business and requires developing a strong business plan for long-term success and growth. Even after you create that plan, there are a few other factors to consider in launching a new conservation that will be capable of helping the wildlife you want to protect.

Grow Your Startup Capital

Even though you may be starting a nonprofit conservation, you will still need money to get started. You will need funding to buy the land, construct buildings, buy feed, and pay for veterinary care for your wildlife. You may also need to pay for administrative services, such as paying attorney, accounting, and IT fees. While some people may volunteer their services, it’s unlikely that everything will come to you by the way of philanthropists.

Hire Your Team

You will have to determine how you will staff your conservation ahead of time. You may decide to hire some personnel, but the majority of your staff should be volunteers. You can also work with local universities to set up unpaid internships which would allow participants to earn college credit. In recruiting volunteers, interns, and employees, be sure to establish consistent hiring principles. You’ll want to ensure everyone on your staff is professional, caring, and qualified to work in their positions.

Recognize That It’s All Up to You

Starting a conservation is going to be a challenge. In addition to learning about the wildlife in your care, you will also have other problems in the daily operation of your conservation. While you may have to hire processionals from time to time, you’ll probably want to tackle most problems yourself. This includes making repairs, addressing supply issues, or handling other surprises that pop up from time to time.

Once you get your conservation started, you will need to rely on donations and other funding sources to keep it operational. In addition to applying for government grants, you will have to make your organization visible. This involves creating a marketing campaign to attract individuals and businesses that may be willing to donate. The greater your visibility online and in your community, the more you can generate in donations.