World Land Trust (WLT) is an international conservation charity that protects the world’s most biologically significant and threatened habitats acre by acre.

Through a network of partner organisations around the world, WLT funds the creation of reserves and provides permanent protection for habitats and wildlife. Partnerships are developed with established and highly respected local organisations who engage support and commitment among the local community.

To date, WLT has been instrumental in the purchase and protection of more than 540,000 acres of habitat in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the UK to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife.

“I am under no illusion about how difficult this is.”
Sir David Attenborough


  • To protect and sustainably manage natural ecosystems of the world. To conserve their biodiversity, with emphasis on threatened habitats and endangered species
  • To develop partnerships with local individuals, communities and organisations to engage support and commitment among the people who live in project areas
  • To raise awareness, in the UK and elsewhere, of the need for conservation, to improve understanding and generate support through education, information and fundraising
Red-shanked Doucs
A group of endangered Red-shanked Doucs in Khe Nuoc Trong, Vietnam. CREDIT: Nature Conservation Centre


Patron: Sir David Attenborough OM, CH, FRS

Sir David Attenborough is Britain’s best known and most loved natural history film maker, and has been active in the conservation world throughout his career.

Sir David has supported World Land Trust (WLT) since it was founded in 1989; one of the founders being John Burton (WLT’s CEO). John’s creative and innovative approach to raising funds to save rainforests and other important wildlife habitats was one of the main reasons that Sir David became WLT’s official Patron in 2003 and he has been supportive of the aims and objectives of the Trust ever since.

“The money that is given to the World Land Trust, in my estimation, has more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of.”
Sir David Attenborough

Other patrons of World Land Trust:


David Gower OBE

Best known as an English cricketer and television personality, David Gower has a life-long love of wildlife and became World Land Trust’s first Patron in 1997.


Steve Backshall

Wildlife presenter, author and adventurer Steve Backshall is an avid champion of nature and discovery and become a WLT Patron in 2016.


Chris Packham

Charismatic television presenter, spectacular wildlife photographer, author and wildlife expert, Chris Packham joined Sir David Attenborough and David Gower as a patron of WLT in 2013.

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