Veterinarian Creates Nonprofit for African Wildlife

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Dr. Hayley Adams created the Silent Heroes Foundation in order to support wildlife conservation and veterinary medicine in Africa. The Foundation accepts donations from the general public in order to keep their projects running. For more information please visit

Dr. Hayley Adams first visited Africa as a young lady pursuing a dream of working with wildlife, and has revisited Africa many times to pursue that passion. During her veterinary training she traveled to Uganda for a summer research project on great ape conservation, and partnered with a Ugandan veterinary student, Innocent Rwego. It was a pivotal meeting that paved the way to the inception of the Silent Heroes Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and conservation of Africa’s wildlife, including its rare and endangered species.

Dr. Adams graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and after spending time in clinical practice, went on to earn her PhD in veterinary virology and epidemiology. Her PhD research on lentiviruses in free-ranging lions gave her the opportunity to live in South Africa for six months. Her research and time in Africa inspired her to make a difference in veterinary medicine and wildlife conservation.

In 2010 Adams and Rwego partnered once again to create the Silent Heroes Foundation, to support veterinary medicine in Africa. With projects underway in 7 African countries, Silent Heroes is off to a busy start and continues to search for new projects in 2011. The Foundation supports a variety of issues ranging from mountain gorilla and rhino conservation efforts, to raptor rehabilitation, as well as veterinary Universities in Africa. A new project on board for 2011 is the Elephant Orphanage Project in Zambia, of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. The Elephant Orphanage Project rescues and rehabilitates young elephants orphaned by illegal poaching and human-elephant conflict, and releases them back into the wild. Funds raised by Silent Heroes finance critically important medical supplies and resources necessary for their conservation projects throughout Africa.

Silent Heroes Foundation depends on donations from the general public to keep their projects running. To learn more about how you can support Silent Heroes and their work in Africa, visit the Foundation’s web site at


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