Welcome to the Persian Wildlife Foundation

Our mission is to promote the conservation of wildlife in Iran. By raising awareness through education and media we hope to bring a better understanding to the people of Iran and the international community as to the importance of protecting biodiversity and the habitats in which important wildlife species thrive in Iran.

The Persian Wildlife Foundation was established in 2010 as a United States registered 501 c 3* nonprofit organization in the state of Connecticut and complies with all US laws and regulations.


Caracal (Caracal caracal)

An elusive member of the cat family, now considered threatened in most of its Asiatic range (according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)). © H. Moghimi

Houbara bustard (Chlamydotis undulata)

A specialist of arid conditions, and vulnerable to extinction. Its population has declined rapidly over the past two decades, largely due to unsustainable hunting and habitat degradation. © H. Moghimi

The Persian leopard (Panthera pardus ciscaucasica)

The largest leopard subspecies in the world and now endangered throughout its range. © C. Waltzer

There are 254 areas under the protection and management of the Department of Environment which are broken down as follows: 27 national parks, 42 wildlife refuges, 150 protected areas and 35 national natural monuments. Together they make up 10.13 percent of the country's land area. Protecting and managing such a large area is a major challenge.