Animals Pets Wealthy Philanthropists Wage War. On Cats. By Sami Grover Writer The University of Hull University of Copenhagen Sami Grover is a writer and self-described “environmental do-gooder,” now advising community organizations. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Sami Grover Updated February 24, 2021 CC BY 2.0. NottsExMiner Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species With a $1 million donation, Andrew and Jane Cliffordhope will double the size of the world's largest cat-free sanctuary. Cats kill way more wildlife than many of us realize, and the problem is particularly acute in areas where feral cats have become commonplace. While we've reported on cat rehab efforts in Japan aimed at protecting wild birds, it's a problem that perhaps doesn't get as much attention as some other environmental issues. The Australian Wildlife Conservancy, however, is on a major push to solve the feral cat problem, which it says costs the lives of 2,000 native animals every minute. They note that feral cats kill more than one million birds, more than one million reptiles, and more than one million mammals in Australia every day. Specifically, the organization is focused on three main areas: 1. Establishing a national network of feral cat-free areas2. Developing and implementing best practice feral cat control3. Investing in gene drive technology with the ultimate goal of breeding feral cats out of existence It's in the first of these areas where a major gift from Australian philanthropists Andrew and Jane Clifford is aiming to leave an impact—offering $1 million to fund the doubling of the world's largest cat-free sanctuary. According to The Guardian, the donation—which AWC hopes to raise match funding for—will be used to fund 135km of fencing, creating a 700 sq km sanctuary around an existing 94 sq km sanctuary near an old cattle station. Conservationists will then reintroduce up to 10 species of endangered marsupial into the sanctuary, with a goal of significantly increasing population numbers which have been decimated by feral cats.