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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. Help brown bears Disha and Leyla move to a bear sanctuary

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    Four Paws are asking us all to come to the rescue of Dasha and Leyla.

    Introducing Dasha and Leyla

    Introducing Dasha and Leyla
    Introducing Dasha and Leyla

    Dasha and Leyla are two brown bears.  They've lived in a small concrete cage ever since they were born in 2006.

    Their purpose in life has been to “entertain” people, and they have been used as a tourist attraction in the Ukraine’s Lviv.

    The restaurant where they are has closed its doors.  The bears’ owners want to get rid of Dasha and Leyla but they have nowhere to go.

    Dasha and Leyla could have a new life in a sanctuary

    Disha and Leyla could have a new life

    We can all change everything about life for Dasha and Lelya.

    Four Paws want to rescue them and take them to their bear sanctuary Domazhyr. They need our help to do this – as always, money is the missing ingredient to make this happen.

    Let’s all get stuck in and lend a paw to make this happen.  Or, donate something to help Dasha and Leyla move to Four Paws’ bear sanctuary.

    Just imagine how they will feel when they step onto green grass for the first time…They will be able to roam, to play and even swim in their huge enclosure all day long...

    And imagine how good that would make you & I feel to know we’d had a part to play in making that happen.

    Please donate here and help Disha and Leyla move to Four Paws' bear sanctuary

  2. International Animal Rescue's Great Bear Rescue frees captive bears in Armenia

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    October 2019 marks International Animal Rescue’s two year anniversary of the Great Bear Rescue.

    And they’ve made a film showing their bear rescue team at work.  In fact, the song is written and sun by a member of their team!

    Back in October 2017, the embarked on the Great Bear Rescue with their partners FPWC.  Their aim was to rescue every single bear being held captive in appalling conditions across Armenia.

    And since then, they have rescued 30 bears!  (That's according to their email dated 4th October 2019)

    This is Gordon

    Gordon was found slumped on a cold hard floor
    in a tiny, narrow cage with barely room to turn around. 

    Dasha was rescued too
    Dasha, who had spent ten miserable years behind bars
    in a cramped cage half-submerged in water by a riverside restaurant. 

    This is Peter
    Peter, dubbed the saddest bear in Armenia,
    was found in a tiny cage in a basement, in total darkness. 

     Thomas was rescued, too
    Thomas was rescued from a filthy, squalid cage on the side of a road

    But International Animal Rescue won’t stop until every bear has been rescued.  The day they sent an email with news of the film, two more bears were rescued.  They had been kept caged as status symbols.  And after rescue, they headed to the rescue centre to begin a new life.

    Rescued bears can begin a new life

    Find out more about the Great Bear Rescue and how you can help here.. 

    All photos copyright to the International Animal Rescue


  3. Australian Koalas need help - here's how you can get involved

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    Koalas have been having a critical time, thanks to punishing and devastating heatwaves and people destroying their habitat.  As a result, many are having no choice but to go into urban areas – where threats such as traffic and dogs threaten their very survival on a daily basis.

    In short, koalas are in crisis.

    Koalas are in crisis and we can all help©IFAW

    But there is hope, and a way you can help, wherever you are in the world.

    IFAW (that’s the International Fund for Animal Welfare) have joined forces with Bangalow Koalas in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.

    Bangalor Koalas help restore essential wildlife corridors which enable koalas to move safely across the landscape – their own motorway network, if you like.

    The aim is to rescue orphaned koalas and restore vital koala corridors. They need somewhere safe to survive and thrive.  

    The will is there, and they need the cash to turn the will to do something about it into action and a result for the koalas.

    The goal is to raise £100,000 to plant 10,000 trees, but there’s more to it than that.

    Many koalas need help and a second chance to have a life in the wild.  

    Aminya is one of these; she lost her mother from a terrible fall at the age of 4 months, and so needed long term care.  Friends of the Koala stepped up and looked after her. 

    Koalas Need Help TODAY

    ©Friends of the Koala

    They prepare specialised milk formula, gather fresh leaves and give the koala joeys those essential life skills they need to survive in the wild.  Every single koala matters, so every single koala needs care, whether in the hands of Friends of the Koala or in the wild.

    Here's how your donation gift could help koalas:

    • A gift of £14 could feed a koala at the nursery for one day 
    • A gift of £40 could provide four eucalyptus trees 
    • A gift of £110 could help us plant a section of eucalyptus forest for wildlife in need 
    • A gift of £196 could feed a koala at the nursery for two weeks

    Of course, it isn’t just koalas who need trees.  Birds, squirrel gliders, possums, bats and insects all need them as well.  So your gift will help koalas AND a whole number of other species!

    We need to act now if we want to protect koalas and Australia’s animals from extinction. 


  4. Help pygmy hippos in Liberia

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    Help pygmy hippos in Liberia 
    ©Fauna and Flora International

    Head to the jungles of Liberia, and you’ll find the absolutely adorable pygmy hippopotamus.  

    They enjoy spending their time bobbing along rivers, plodding up the riverbank and searching for tasty leaves.

    Enter a group of illegal miners.  They’ve hacked and hammered their way deep into the ancient forest, hunting for rare metals.  They brought about rampant deforestation and poaching all around them and the hippos have nowhere to run to.   

    All but 3,000 are dead.  They are heading towards extinction.

    But there’s a chance to enable local rangers to protect the hippos’ home - and making it impossible for the mining to ever return in the future.

    They are working with local people who want to protect the ancient forests as much as Fauna and Flora International do.  

    Please help the pygmy hippos and keep them free to romp and stomp around their home in peace.

    Will you donate £3 to help Fauna and Flora International and keep the forests free from illegal mining and care for the pygmy hippos and keep them safe

    Please go to Fauna and Flora's website to donate