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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. Don’t miss: Secret Safari – Into the Wild on Channel 4, Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 8pm

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    Imagine 13,000 animals across 90,000 acres of wilderness in Kenya!

    Well, Secret Safari – Into the Wild is heading off to just that, on Channel 4 on Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 8pm!

    This programme visits the Ol Pejeta reserve.  It’s home to animals such as hippos, rhinos, elephants, cocktail ants and crowned cranes. 

    The programme tells the life and death stories of the animals through the rangers who protect them.  

    The first programme includes a pride of lionesses left hungry when their alpha hunter vanishes, a crane romance and the birth of a critically endangered rhino.

    Andrew Scott is the narrator.

    Ol Pejeta is home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhinos.   It’s a sanctuary for over 110 critically endangered black rhinos. 

    Highly trained rhino protection squads are employed by the Conservancy, which partners with international veterinary experts.   Data is frequently gathered on each animal.   The Conservancy is a role model for rhino conservation in East Africa.

     

    Help safeguard rhinos and make a donation to the Safeguarding Rhinos campaign for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy with Global GivingHelp safeguard rhinos by making a donation at Global Giving

    Find out about rhinos at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy


    Visit the Ol Pejeta Conservancy website here.

    Ol Pejeta is also home to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary.   It was established through agreement between the conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute to provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa.  Currently there are 36 chimpanzees there, all getting a chance to start over.

     

    Ol Pejeta's mission (and I quote) is:

    To conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprise for reinvestment in conservation and communities.

    and their vision is (and again I quote):

    To become an innovative and sustainable development model that conserves biodiversity (particularly endangered species) and contributes to economic growth and the improvement of livelihoods in rural communities.

    You can be a part of this journey and make a difference to wildlife by supporting Ol Pejeta's work.

    Ways to help:

    Adopt an Anti-Poaching Dog

    Adopt an Anti-Poaching Dog

     

  2. BatPoison.com helps stop bat poisoning through education

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    Do you love bats and want to know how to help them?

    Have you found a bat in your home?

    One of the problems facing bats is that many people who find them in their homes try to kill them with poison.   This is wrong – there are alternatives to dealing with bats.

    Batpoison.com was set up because research showed that 400 to a thousand people in the US search for the term “bat poison” every month;   even more looked for “how to kill bats”. 

    Visit BatPoison.com for more information

     

    Batpoison.com is designed to help people discover why bat poison is bad, and to give you alternatives to removing bats from homes.   It’s also got information on how bats benefit us.

    Visit Batpoison.com to find out more.

     

     

  3. Amazing fundraiser at the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation's Virtual Wildlife Ball

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    Charities are having to move online for a lot of fundraising now, and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is no exception.

    The Foundation fights wildlife crime, protects species and engages local communities in conservation in Africa and Asia. 

    It works with conservation partners and you can see a list of them here.

    They have just held a Virtual Wildlife Ball and wow, was it a success!

    Their aim was to raise £50,000 – but supporters really rallied, dug deep and showed their true support for the Foundation.  The event raised a staggering £80,000!

    People tuned in from all over the world and the event lasted an hour.  It raised nearly £50,000 before it even started!

    Elephants, tigers, rhinos, pangolins, chimpanzees, lions, painted dogs and snow leopards.

    Amongst the stars involved in the event, is an inspirational 9 year old raising money for pangolin, to a soprano and there’s also a visit to the Elephant Orphanage.  

    There’s nothing like going to bed knowing you have done something really good today and made a difference.

    The event was held to celebrate wildlife and to raise funds to support conservation across Africa and Asia. 


    The bit about with the elephant orphanage starts at 28 minutes
    if you're short of time.


    It's not enough to care - we need to ACT

    Climate change and the biodiversity crises has been forgotten in the times of the coronavirus and charities are suffering particularly badly.  The more we can all do to help, the better off our wildlife will be.

    The key things for us all to do are to spread the word that there are good things happening and that we can all make a difference to wildlife.

    We can turn this around if we all pull together and help nature.

    Visit the DSWF's website here

    Donate to the DSWF here

    You can also adopt an animal here as a gift and buy wildlife art as a gift here.

    And of course you can spread the word on social media! 

    @dswfwildlife on Twitter

    @DSWFWildlife on Facebook

     

     

     

  4. Kura's Pride helps people, wildlife and domestic dogs all at once in Kenya

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    World Lions’ Day is ROARING towards us (it’s on 10th August 2020) and in doing some research for this website to put up something about it, I have as always found myself getting very immersed in some of the fantastic work that charities are doing.

    One of the amazing programmes I found out about today was about a very special dog called Kura and Kura’s Pride. 

    Kura lives with the team working with the charity Ewaso Lions, who promote wildlife-human co-existence.  They believe "the long-term survival of lions and other carnivores depends on finding ways people can coexist with them".

    Kura  turned up in the charity’s camp on the day of the Kenyan National Elections back in 2013.  He was lost and lame and looking for somewhere safe to stay.  And 7 years on, he is still with the camp!  

    And now Kura is heading the Kura Pride initiative, which is working to improve domestic dog welfare in Northern Kenya.  

    During the period October 2019 and June 2020, Kura’s Pride and partners managed to vaccinate over 2,600 animals against rabies and distemper.  These two disease harm people and wildlife so it’s a wonderful thing to get the jabs done. 

    This video tells you more about it.  I was struck by how happy everyone looks, dogs and people.


    Kura is the Director of  Emoti
    onal Stability for the charity Ewaso Lions.  As such, he warns everyone of poisonous snakes and leopards nearby, and of course he loudly announces any visitor to camp.

    Find out more about Kura's Pride

    Find out more about Ewaso Lions

     

  5. World Ranger Day 2020: Support wildlife rangers

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     World Ranger Day was created by the International Ranger Federation and its official charity – the Thin Green Line Foundation who are based in Australia.

    The Foundation’s needs are absolutely focused on supporting the Rangers’ needs, the emphasis being on supporting rangers in low-income countries and areas where there are conflict:

    1. Train the trainer
    2. Equip anti-poaching ranger patrol teams
    3. Financial lifelines to families of rangers who have died
    4. Critical funding to frontline projects e.g. Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Israel, Uganda, Sumatra, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, Solomon Islands

    Rangers fulfil all sorts of duties including removing snares set to trap wildlife, monitoring wildlife, doing drone surveys, engaging the community and promoting alternative forms of livelihood.  They have training in fighting fires too. 

    As the dangers facing them increase and criminal gangs and syndicates become more aggressive and better armed, rangers really are putting themselves in danger so it’s vital to ensure that they go out on patrol with the right equipment and training and back-up – and the knowledge that they are supported.



    World Ranger Day (31 July every year) is all about taking a moment to reflect on the courage of wildlife rangers and the sacrifice they make or are prepared to make to protect wildlife on the front line.

    3 things to do on World Ranger Day.

    1. Post on social media using #WorldRangerDay #StandWithRangers #NaturesProtectors 
    2. Show support by adding the “I stand with Rangers” frame to your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures – these are available from the Thin Green Line’s website.
    3. Take a moment to honour fallen rangers.   You can see the list of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our cherished wildlife.  There is a 2020 Honour Roll and 2009-2020 In Memoriam.  Please let’s think of the families they leave behind, too.


    I would like to add two more:

    1. Spread the word about the Thin Green Line Foundation and the amazing work that rangers do around the world.

    2. Donate if you can.  Times are difficult for many but even if we can spare the cost of a take-out coffee or a glass of wine, that will help. 

    Visit the Thin Green Line Foundation’s website here.