The Wendel Museum of Animal Conservation (W.M.A.C.) is a collection of animals displayed from all around the world. W.M.A.C. is a way to share and provide an opportunity to help individuals learn more about our hunting heritage and the role hunters play in conserving wildlife and their habitat, as well as to understand what it is about the hunt that provokes such passion and meaning to each individual hunter. Hunters and Anglers have forged a connection with the earth since the beginnings of mankind, linking humans to the understanding of our symbiotic relationship to the land and how important it is to protect it. Thanks to good management by many private organizations and the governments of countries indigenous to these animals, most of the species are more plentiful now than they have ever been in the past.
Wendel Museum of Animal Conservation is dedicated to the public education of:
- Sustainable resources and their habitats
- Wildlife organizations and their role in conservation
- The importance of sustainable ecosystems
- Basic land management and ideal wildlife habitats
- The variety of wildlife existing today
- Threats to the continued existence of wildlife
There are threats to the survival of wildlife; the most ominous is the loss of habitat caused by man’s conversion of land for his own use. Illegal hunting and poaching have been serious problems and has caused a severe loss of wildlife such as the black rhino and African elephant. This is still a problem in many of the third-world countries. Happily, however, international pressure placed on these countries has caused poaching to diminish through wildlife law enforcement, and showing them economic reasons for the conservation of wildlife.
Ironically, legal sport hunting has benefited most species by enhancing local economies, discouraging poaching, limiting taking wildlife to a very few older non-breeding specimens, and supporting law enforcement and funding organizations such as Safari Club International, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, North American Wild Sheep Foundation, and CITES, an International committee which monitors wildlife populations. These wildlife conservation organizations have made remarkable progress in protection; conservation, and rehabilitation, habitats all around the world have benefited greatly form these changes.
We hope you enjoy and learn something new from this site. We look forward to hosting your next visit to W.M.A.C. some time very soon!