Wildlife and Humanitarian Screensavers
For anyone who likes animals, having a wildlife screensaver on their monitor can make for a fun view every time they’re on their desktop. There’s a choice of screensavers out there, but since many organizations don’t have downloadable screensavers it can take some time to find one you like. The ones below are a few that I’ve found on the websites of some excellent wildlife conservation and humanitarian organizations. Most of these screensavers are free for downloading, but if you use one, please consider giving the organization a donation in return.
WWF US (& Canada)
World Wildlife Fund is one of our world’s most recognizable wildlife conservation groups. Established over 45 years ago, their focus is on protecting the future of nature. Aside from offering one of the most extensive online gift store item selections (WWF Canada has donated the black-footed ferret adoption kit for the current contest on this blog’s homepage), WWF US offers a range of wallpapers for your desktop including polar bears, snow leopards, panda bears, tigers, penguins, and many other scenes. All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter.
WWF – UK
WWF – UK offers two screensavers for download, one featuring a variety of adult animals and one with a selection of baby animals. PC and MAC versions.
Snow Leopard Trust
Since 1981, the Snow Leopard Trust has led the world in studying and protecting the endangered snow leopard. They offer a downloadable screensaver of photographs from finalists in their 2007 photo contest, as well as one featuring children’s creative and colorful posters from the 2008 poster contest. Screensavers for MAC are currently being developed.
African Wildlife Foundation
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is the leading international conservation organization focused on protecting Africa’s wildlife and wild landscapes. For over 45 years, the organization has worked towards the future prosperity of Africa and its people. The AWF screensaver has over 15 different photographs of beautiful African wildlife. As well, if you don’t like a changing screensaver, they have a single picture screensaver of a gorilla and one of an African Elephant. Available for both PC and MAC.
Orangutan Foundation International
Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas’ foundation is dedicated to preserving and nurturing orangutans. OFI’s main focus is on continuing the research and conservation activities at the historic Camp Leakey site in the Tanjung Putting Reserve in Central Borneo. The site was named after Louis Leakey, the famous anthropologist who mentored and inspired Dr. Galdikas, Dr. Goodall and Dian Fossey. The Foundation offers a choice of four photographic orangutan wallpapers.
For readers who prefer to have photographs of people as screensavers or wallpaper, check out CARE Canada. The organization is dedicated to defending dignity and fighting poverty by empowering women and girls, the world’s most vulnerable and greatest resource for change. This blog’s first homepage article was about one of CARE Canada’s programs. They offer several human-focused screensavers and wallpapers.
This leading international organization builds on science, partnerships and field demonstrations to care for nature as well as the well-being of humanity. They have 49 screensavers to choose from, featuring a wide range of human, animal and landscape subjects.
International Crane Foundation
This international organization is dedicated to crane conservation, field ecology, education, veterinary services, and site administration. They offer a screensaver which is a photograph of two grey-crowned cranes at dawn on the beach in South Africa. It’s a great photograph but it’s copyrighted so I won’t publish it here – you’ll have to go look at their website to see it.
The Ocean Project
If you prefer a changing photo that’s not on your desktop, you can enjoy a daily look at The Ocean Project’s Ocean Picture of the Day. A Newfoundland photo was up the day I looked, and although it took a moment to load it was worth the wait. It’s like a 30-second holiday by the sea!
A Few Sounds
For my readers who are more hearing-focussed than visually-oriented, check out the different North American Bird Sounds at the bottom of the Organizations list on Acres Land Trust. The Trust helps to protect the remaining natural habitats in northeast Indiana, southern Michigan and northwest Ohio, and to teach others the value of keeping natural areas intact.