His latest and arguably bravest challenge involves the rescue of eleven tigers and two bears from Phuket Zoo, which has closed its doors due to financial reasons and requested WFFT’s help in re-homing the emaciated animals.
Thanks to sponsors and a team of volunteers, this tireless Dutchman has already safely transported one of the tigers to WFFT’s base near Hua Hin, where an extensive compound has been erected for the new arrival. It is expected that the other ten tigers and bears will follow in the next few weeks.
Since its founding in 2001, WFFT has been a major component in the campaign against all forms of animal exploitation and illegal wildlife trade, often incurring the wrath of its perpetrators. It also strives to educate and encourage the local and international communities to understand, protect wildlife and their natural habitats.
Edwin, a former fashion industry executive, is an advisor to the Thai government on animal law reform. Through his work and dedication, he has unquestionably made a difference in Thailand.