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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. Match funder for African Wildlife Foundation - deadline 20 December 2019

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    There’s a match funder going on until 20 December for the African Wildlife Foundation.  In other words, your gift will double if you donate by 20 December 2019.

    This could be a great gift for anyone who loves elephants, lions, giraffes, rhinos etc.

    The AWF protects nearly 40% of Africa’s elephants, and your gift can support their programmes to stop elephant poaching and ivory trafficking, for instance.

    The need to help is more urgent than ever:  if they haven't got enough threatening their survival through poachers and the demand for their skin and ivory, Africa's elephants are facing a devastating natural disaster. 200 elephants recently died due to a horrific drought in Zimbabwe.  Giraffes, hippos, rhinos, and other  species are at risk too. 

    Give now and make it a million to help African Wildlife 

    To double your impact, donate by 20 December 2019

    AWF can continue providing incentives to locals to prevent hunting cheetahs whose numbers have declined by 90% - there are about 9,000 left compared to the 100,000 in 1901.  

    Lion populations once stood at over 100,000 but there are now less than 25,000 of them AWF protects large carnivores and the communities that live near them.

    What does the African Wildlife Foundation do?

    The Foundation "provides conservation solutions that balance the needs of people and wildlife" and they do this by (and I quote from their website): 

    • Equipping wildlife rangers, deploying sniffer dogs, and training law enforcement officers to stop wildlife crime.
    • Enabling wildlife conservation-friendly community empowerment.
    • Enabling wildlife conservation-friendly community empowerment.
    • Building conservation partnerships and spreading awareness across the continent — and the world.
    • Applying research to our wildlife conservation strategies.

      Join the herd and donate to make it a million by 20 December 2019
      CLICK HERE to join the herd and donate to make it a million by 20 December 2019


  2. Lewis the Koala is put to sleep after the wildfires

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    There's more sad news from Australia.

    Lewis the koala, who was rescued by a very brave lady and taken to Port Macquerie Koala Hopsital, was sadly put to sleep. 

    When there was hope for Lewis....
    Sadly he had to be put to sleep 
    From The National

    He'd been put under general anaesthetic to assess his burns and change his bandages and unfortunately, the burns were getting worse - as can happen - so the decision was made to put Ellenborough Lewis to sleep.

    Rest in peace, Lewis, and all the other koalas who have perished in the wildfires.

    Thinking of everyone at the koala hospital who worked so hard to help Lewis and are working to help koalas who have suffered in the bushfires.  And of the lady who rescued Lewis.

    Please make a donation if you can to the hospital - why not do it in memory of Lewis?

    You can donate to their GoFundMe page here or directly to the hospital here 


  3. URGENT Appeal for Koalas and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital GoFundMe Appeal

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    I have just read the most terrible news.  Koala populations and their habitat have decreased to such an extent that they are now “functionally extinct”.

    Forbes.com reports that Chairman of the Australian Koala Foundation estimates that over 1,000 koalas have been killed from the fires.  80% of their habitat has been destroyed, thanksk to bush fires, prolonged drought and deforestation.

    Functionally extinct occurs where a population has become so limited that their population is  no longer viable. The small number of the surviving animals means that they are unlikely to survive long term. 

    Koalas eat up to 2 pounds of  eucalyptus leaves a day. And bushfires and deforestation has destroyed this main food source.  The recovery of such plants after fires will take months – so there will be no food for the koalas. 


    Koalas need our help

    The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has a Go Fund Me page.  The hope was is that they would reach $25,000. 

    So far, they have raised $1.35 million from 35,000 donors. 

    One of the things they want to do is to install drinking stations for koalas in areas devastated by the fires.  And they want to have a Koala Ark so that burned koalas can live in a healthy habitat as they recover.

    The hospital are searching for koalas, along with the National Parks and Wildlife Service crew leaders.  So far 31 koalas have been brought to the hospital from various fire locations.

     Koalas arriving at the hospital are rehydrated and examined for burns.  Burns are treated with cream, and then bandaged.  Dressings are changed every three days.

     The hospital wanted to raise money to buy and distribute automatic drinking stations in the burnt areas to help koalas and wildlife.  Now, more will be built, and shared with other wildlife organisations in areas affected by fire.   Two will go to the Northern Rivers fire area next week.

    Help the people helping koalas

    The hospital is buying a water carrying vehicle with fire fighting capabilities to replenish the drinking stations with water as they need it.

    Thanks to the incredible amount of money raised, the hospital is going to establish a wild koala breeding programme.

    The bushfires in and around the Port Macquarie area killed about 350 koalas.  75% of the fireground footprint was prime koala habitat.

    Be a part of this rescue mission - please donate
    Be a part of this rescue mission - please donate

    As well as donating to help the koalas, we can all do what we can do consider how our life style is impacting on the planet.   The human race has caused enough destruction of our natural world.  It’s time to do the right thing and put this right.


    These koalas need our help

    All images on this blog copyright to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.  

    PS There's another GoFundMe appeal for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation who are also needing funds to help care for koalas affected by wildfires.  Visit their GoFundMe page

  4. Double your impact for Snow Leopards with a donation by 3rd December 2019

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    Help snow leopards with a donation on 3rd December 2019

    The Snow Leopard Trust have a campaign to raise $100,000 on their Giving Tuesday campaign this year.

    Help snow leopards - double your impact this #GivingTuesday on 3rd December 2019

    The Trust aims “to better understand the endangered snow leopard and to protect the cat in partnership with the communities that share its habitat.”

    What’s more, if we all help to raise $100,000 by Giving Tuesday on 3rd December, that will trigger a $100,000 match!  And that means that $200,000 could be raised to help snow leopards and their conservation.

    At the time of writing, this campaign was 28% of the way there (that’s on 24 Nov 2019 at 20.16 UK time).  We must help snow leopards! 

    You don’t have to wait until 3rd December to donate!  This year, the Snow Leopard Trust are accepting early giving and putting it towards the Global Tuesday campaign.  Every dollar raised between now and 3rd December will be matched by 10 zoo partners.***

    You can double your impact!

    ***Zoo Dresden, Dublin Zoo, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Kolmården, Helsinki Zoo, La Passerelle, Fondation le PAL Nature, Niabi Zoo, Nordens Ark, Parco Zoo Punta Verde