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Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.

Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa


 

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  1. Double your money with a donation to ZSL by 31 December 2019

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    Saving wildlife starts with people.

    ZSL have established a project to help both people and wildlife on the edges of national parks in Nepal and Kenya.

    Life is very difficult here. Elephants trample crops; tigers attack livestock.   Families risk their lives as they enter the forest to gather firewood and graze their cattle.  These activities damage wildlife habitats.

    Unfortunately, some people become involved in wildlife crime, such as hunting bushmeat, to feed their families.  Worse, they can be exploited by the international illegal wildlife trade.

    For People For Wildlife

    So ZSL are tackling the problem with a project to help people – and so help wildlife – with a project For People For Wildlife



    ZSL are teaming up with communities to help them establish sustainable livelihoods.  They will help with start-up costs e.g. training nature guides, fencing to safeguard crops, starting a salon – and also develop ways to live alongside wildlife peacefully.

    The plan is that families will then have a reliable, sustainable income and escape poverty, and thus be better placed to help protect the forest and its wildlife, and indeed to help it survive and thrive.

    The donations will help tackle various threats to people and wildlife.  And they will help wildlife through science, education and conservation.

    Every donation will be doubled by the UK Government up to 31 December 2019 (up to £2 mililon)

    £1 really does = £2 if you donate by 31 December 2019!
    Donate here


    You can help by making a donation - and for every £1 donated by 31 December 2019, the UK Government will MATCH your donation, up to £2 million. 

    Find out more and DONATE here

     

  2. 3,100 respond to an appeal for Big Cats

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    Do you ever hear of an appeal and wonder how many people sign up to it?

    Well, National Geographic had a Big Cats Appeal in honour of World Lion Day on 10 August.  They asked people to help protect lions, cheetahs and other Big Cats.  Big Cats are in trouble because of habitat loss, degradation and conflict with humans.

    3,100 people responded to an appeal for Big Cats.

    And they raised an incredible $199,000.   That money will go straight to fund innovative solutions and technology protecting wildlife and wild places.

    Get involved in the Big Cats Initiative - here's how
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    National Geographic Society

    National Geographic has identified 20 populations across 18 countries as priority areas for lions.  These populations encompass almost 1.25 million square kilometres – it’s estimated they have 83% of Africa’s known lion population.

    And they help communities too, as they create conservation programmes which help protect wonderful Big Cats and employ local people too. 

    Find out more and support their work here

    Derek and Beverly Joubert are conservationists and film makers who have been working to help save big cats and other key wildlife species and their habitats for over 30 years.    The Jouberts and National Geographic founded the Big Cats Initiative in 2009 to try to halt the decline of big cats in the wild.

    The Big Cats Initiative supports scientists and conservationists who are working to save big cats.   They have built over 1,800 livestock enclosures to protect livestock and so save big cats from retaliatory killings. 

    The Big Cats Initiative takes a three pronged approach to big cat conservation:

    It assesses

    It assesses and maps big cat populations, and it analyses the success of measures put in place to help protect them – this knowledge helps guide the protection efforts the Big Cats Initiative chooses to fund.

    It protects

    The initiative supports protects designed and implemented by people living in areas where they are big cats, creating ways in which local communities and big cats can co-exist

    It communicates

    With Nat Geo WILD, the Big Cats Initiative spreads the word about the big cat decline, thus encouraging the public to find out more through free education initiatives and programming on Nat Geo WILD.

    Find out more about the Big Cats Initiative here

    3 ways to help and get involved:

    1. Donate
    2. Spread the word
    3. Sign up for the newsletter so that you can get updates from the field

     

     

  3. Durrell needs help with Himalayas appeal for pygmy hogs in India

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    Help Durrell rewild India's grasslands

    The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (founded by Gerald Durrell) have an appeal at the moment.

    Once, the southern foothills of the Himalayas were covered with lush grasslands.  These grasslands were homes to animals such as elephants, rhinos and tigers.

    Today, thanks to human activity, there’s less than 10% of the original grassland left.

    And there are less than 250 pygmy hogs left in the wild.  They rely on this ecosystem – and unless action is taken fast, the grasslands will vanish.  Their home will be gone forever.

    Pygmy hogs and other native wildlife can only thrive if these grasslands recover.

    And that’s where Durrell and you & I come in.

    To protect and restore the grasslands in and around the Manas National Park, Durrell need a 4WD vehicle.   They need to monitor wildlife and understand the threats that this ecosystem faces.  And they need to reach communities and reach important sites across 3 protected areas of grasslands – ensuring that the reintroductions of pygmy hogs goes successfully.

    There are all sorts of ways your donation can help. 

    Donate and you can help save the wildlife and communities who rely on the grasslands.

    Pygmy hogs need help - they need grasslands to recover

    Pygmy hogs are depending on you and I to help them.  I have made a donation – will you?

    Donate here and help Durrell rewild India's grasslands

     

  4. It’s World Ranger Day on 31 July. Find out charities you can support to help rangers protect wildlife

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    Around the world there are many people who are willing to put their lives on the line in order to protect endangered animals.

    Sadly, estimates suggest that over 1,000 rangers have been killed in the line of duty over the past 10 years. 

    World Ranger Day is a chance for all of us to show our appreciation for the work that wildlife rangers and guardians do and offer our support in whatever way we can.

    And it’s good to know that there is something you can do to help wildlife and locals in their communities at the same time, and we thought we’d do a roundup of charities and organisations working to help in this way.  Sometimes wildlife rangers are called wildlife guardians.


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    The Thin Green Line Foundation

    Based in Australia, the Foundation works with ranger groups, ranger associations and conservation partners in over 60 countries.  They say it’s estimated that over 1,000 park rangers have been killed n the line of duty over the past 10 years. They are dedicated to providing Rangers worldwide with the assistance they deserve and need.  The online community Avaaz.org currently has a campaign running with the Thin Green Line Foundation to raise sufficient funds to sponsor 1,000 rangers a year to deploy the worst poaching hotspots in Africa.  300 rangers with this training virtually stopped elephant poaching in one huge area of Kenya. Please donate if you can and if you can’t donate, please share and spread the word. 

    The World Land Trust

    The World Land Trust has a Keepers of the Wild initiative.  The rangers are working on the front line of conservation, safeguarding some of the world’s most threatened animals and the crucial habitats in which they live.  They protect reserves from poaching and logging, and importantly, link to local communities, building trust, helping to change attitudes and find practical solutions to problems.  You can support Keepers of the Wild by making a donation.

    The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation works to support Game Rangers International, which empowers rangers and local communities to conserve nature.  You can support wildlife rangers here and help them conserve nature.

    The Global Conservation Force
    This organisation works to save wildlife from extinction through education, anti-poaching and conservation efforts.  It does this by using anti-poaching units, awareness and education and on the ground action, working on wildlife’s problems.  You can adopt a ranger (also there’s a K9 poacher tracking unit) – find out what the options are to adopt a ranger here.

    The Gorilla Organisation

    The Gorilla Organisation has a supporting rangers scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo and they act as the eyes, ears and voice of the forest. They cut snaes, save injured gorillas, combat the militias running the blood minerals trade, monitor the gorillas’ health and collect vital conservation data every day.  Find out more here.

    WWF

    WWF has a Back a Ranger campaign to ensure they have the equipment, training and infrastructure they need to stop wildlife crime.  Find out more here.

    The Wildlife Alliance

    You can support a wildlife ranger station in the rainforests of South East Asia where forest rangers work to protect some of the world’s most endangered animals including Asian elephant, pileated gibbon, Sunda pangolin, Asiatic black bear, Siamese crocodile, giant ibis, and dhole. The biggest threats facing these species is habitat loss and poaching for the illegal wildlife trade. The organisation is based in NY. You can donate on a monthly basis or do a one off.  There are a number of different stations to choose from – make your choice here dependign on the animal whose station you want to support e.g. clouded leopard, pangolin, sun bear, Siamese crocodile, Asian elephant,, the gibbon, green peafowl etc

    The charity Tusk give a Wildlife Ranger Award every year to give international recognition to the men and women who face danger every day to protect the wildlife and its ecosystems in Africa.  

    And a very big thank you to each and every wildlife ranger working to care for and protect our wildlife and their habitats.  And thank you to their families too.  

    Please everyone show you support them too.  

     

  5. Rare Wildlife and Plants are Blooming in Welsh Meadows

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    Thanks to a conservation scheme, rare wildlife and plants are coming back to meadows in Wales!

    Since the 1930s, meadows have been vanishing from the landscape there.  In fact, 97% of wildflower meadows were lost due to heavy fertiliser use and early hay crops – which also meant that 63% of butterflies disappeared as well.

    However, the National Trust Wales have been working hard to reverse this disappearance.

    Last year, the charity created 40 acres of new meadows across the country.   They care for 582.2 acres of meadow.  And good news!   Amongst them was Chirk Castle, where 6 hectares of herb rich meadows were re-established.

    Wildlife flowers such as the yellow rattle – not seen since World War Two – have been sighted in Chirk, in North Wales.  There’s been a 50% increase in yellow rattle and eyebright plants!

    Wildflowers are blooming at Chirk Castle in WalesChirk Castle in Wales

    The idea is to form a basic habitat.   The Trust have already noticed an increase in the numbers of insects and small mammals in the grass on the ground;  and kestrels in the skies above them, hunting them.  

    Green-winged orchids are also blossoming at Bodnant Garden near Colwyn Bay.

    Farmers are also benefitting.  Allowing their hay crops to grow wild for longer before they cut them means that they get more minerals and fibre. 

    A win-win, all round then!