Founded by a father and son team, Michael and Harrison Cooney created The Wildlife Defenders to honor ordinary people doing extraordinary things to save endangered species from extinction.



Michael Cooney
Manager & Producer


Harrison Cooney
Creative Director & Photographer


Our Partners

Flying For Freedom
Aerial Support

Care For Wild
Rhino Orphanage

Environmental Educators

Rhino 911
Non-Profit Organization

Animal Avengers
Non-Profit Organization

Anti-Poaching Unit

Tim Parker
Anti-Poaching Unit

Sean Pattrick
Anti-Poaching Education

Kim Wolhuter
Documentary Filmmaker

Limpopo-Lipadi Reserve
Private Wilderness Reserve

Southern African Wildlife College
Environmental Educators

Lapalala Wilderness School
Environmental Educators

Graduate Level Biodiversity

Mashatu Lodge
Safari Lodge

*unless otherwise noted