Its foundation is based on the former local NGO, Wildlife for Sustainable Development (WSD). WSD, founded in 2008, achieved remarkable wildlife conservation and management both at Awash National Park and Babille Elephant Sanctuary. It was forced to come to an end due to the financial shortages that it has faced as a result of the restrictive laws that existed in the country. Now, since things are changed and the legal frameworks are improved, the formation of WSE has become realized. The Certificate of Registration, bearing the number 4156 as a local organization, has been issued to WSE in accordance with the new provisions of the Organizations of Civil Societies Proclamation No. 1113/2019.