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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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Category: Help a species: Big Cats Conservation

  1. Dogs help cats and sheep and herders and habitats - all at once!

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    WCS Argentina has a new initiative!  And it involves dogs, sheep and pumas.

    WCS is working to reduce conflict between herders and the wild carnivores who stalk their sheep flocks. 

    The dogs are a mix of Anatolian shepherd and Great Pyrenees.   They watch over the domestic goats and sheep herds, protecting them from pumas, foxes, condors and other predators.

    And because the dogs are protecting their flocks, the herds have stopped resorting to shooting, poisoning or trapping wildlife.  And there are a couple of wins here:

    • Wild carnivores have a better future – many are endangered, such as the Andean cat
    • Herds don’t need so many animals in a herd – and that means there’s less overgrazing and desertification is reduced.

    Find out more from WCS Argentina

     

  2. International Cheetah Day 2020 is on 4th December

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    The 4th December is International Cheetah Day.

    Cheetahs are most numerous in the wild in Namibia.  Currently there are about 7,100 to 7,500 cheetahs in the wild.  They are the world’s fastest land animal, capable of doing speeds from 0 to 60mph in 3 seconds, which is an incredible feat.   They can go up to 70 mph! They use their tails to steer and change direction when they are running, a bit like a rudder on a boat.

    This year, the Cheetah Conservation Fund celebrates its 30th Anniversary.   It has been working to protect and build healthier ecosystems for cheetahs so that they can survive and thrive in the wild.

    For the cheetahs face problems:

    1. Habitat loss
    2. Human-wildlife conflict
    3. The illegal wildlife/pet trade


     

    Support the Cheetah Conservation Fund's project 
    to feed orphan cheetahs in Namibia via Global Giving


    9 Ways to Help Cheetahs

    Support the Cheetah Conservation Fund!  There are a number of ways you can do this:

    1. As always spread the word on Social Media about International Cheetah Day, cheetahs, the threats facing them and the Cheetah Conservation Fund.  There are social media materials here.
    2. Join the Twitter storm for cheetahs!
    3. Donate!  There’s a match fund until 31 December up to the tune of $275,000.    If you donate, you can also choose a gift with your donation while supplies last. 
    4. Sponsor a cheetah being cared for at the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s headquarters – the most difficult bit will be choosing which cheetah to sponsor!  They came in as orphaned cubs, or were being kept as pets, or were injured and came to the centre for help.
    5. Teachers and students can help spread the word and discover lots about cheetahs  - there are resources here
    6. Buy a book on cheetahs
    7. Buy a cheetah themed item of clothing such as a t-shirt or hoodie from Bonfire.com
    8. Shop at Etsy.com   and a proportion of the sale supports cheetahs and the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
    9. Take a look at the charity’s wish list – they need some veterinary supplies too – and see what you can do to provide them.

    Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund's website here

     

     

  3. Snow Leopard Trust's Fundraiser for #GivingTuesday

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    Help #SnowLeopards

    The Snow Leopard Trust have an appeal called Building Resilience:  Together we are Mighty and it’s all about helping to build resilience for snow leopards and local herder families.

    Supporters had a goal of $70,000 - six zoo partners were matching this sum and they are The Big Cat Sanctuary, Foundation Le Pal Nature, La Passerelle, Zoo Basel, Zoo Dresden, and the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire.

    This goal has been met, and now the Snow Leopard Trust is looking to raise £300,00 in the next 30 days (so roughly by the end of December 2020).

    As I type, 822 people have raised $91,332 for Snow Leopards and it's wonderful to see so many big cat lovers coming together to support these majestic, wonderful animals.

    How donations will help snow leopards

    All our donations and our love for snow leopards will help do a number of things:

    • Develop tools to reduce livestock depredation, such as  predator proof corrals.
    • Create community-managed programs, like livestock insurance, to offset the costs of living with wildlife and reduce the risk of retaliatory killing.
    • Provide training and support for local rangers to patrol key protected areas.

    Programmes such as these will help make life easier for snow leopards and help build resilience for the herder families locally as well.

    #GivngTuesday - help Snow Leopards

    The Snow Leopard Trust’s programmes:

    • decrease snow leopard attacks
    • safeguard livelihoods
    • improve attitudes towards predators                             

    This means safer passage for cats as they travel near local communities.  

    Visit the Snow Leopard Trust’s website here.

    Donate here.

    Images on this blog ©Snow Leopard Trust

     

  4. Tell Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, ALDI, ASDA, and other companies to save the jaguars’ home!

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    Land grabbers are burning the Cerrado region in Brazil to clear the land for cattle and soy production. 

    The demand for meat never ends and huge multinational companies such as Cargill bring most of the Brazilian soy to the UK to feed cows and pigs. 

    Later, those cows and pigs are sold as pork and beef in our supermarkets. We need to tell our local supermarkets to force Cargill to protect the Cerrado region. 

    Please sign and help Save the Jaguars Home

     


    It's worked before in the Amazon - we need to put pressure on Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, ALDI and ASDA to tell Cargill to stop the fires - or they will take their business elsewhere.  

    Please sign Mighty Earth's petition here - and share it.

     

     

  5. ZSL London Zoo helps Adriatic Lions in the Gir Forest

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    The majestic Asiatic lion once roamed across Asia and the Middle East and Asia. But, by the early 1900s, the species had suffered from hunting – so much so that only about 20 remained in Western India. 

    Today, numbers are increasing and now there are about 600 Asiatic lions in the Gir Forest.  The problem is that they are very vulnerable to forest fires and to disease.

    ZSL is working with the Wildlife Institute of India and the Gujarat Forest Department to ensure the wonderful Asiatic Lion has a future.


    4 ways ZSL are helping Asiatic Lions in the Gir Forest

    1. Conservation support including training wildlife rangers and training them in using the SMART tool, which was developed by conservation organisations to establish effective patrolling systems, monitor wildlife populations and movements and identify threats such as poaching or disease

    2. Veterinary support – lions have got stuck down wells and come into conflict with people, and the ZSL staff have taught vets vital lifesaving techniques such as how to intubate anaesthetised lions to help them breathe

    3. Working with the Sakkarbaug Zoo where about 40 Asiatic Lions live – some have been injured too much to return to the wild or for other good reasons they live at the zoo. ZSL and the staff at the zoo share best practice and knowledge about the Asiatic Lions.

    4. Education is vital to engage local communities and help them appreciate the importance of lion conservation.


    Can I mention also the Lion Trust (who are specialist fund managers) who sponsor ZSL’s Asiatic Lions Campaign.  We need more businesses to get involved like this.  Thank you to the Lion Trust. 

    Find out more about the work ZSL is doing with Asiatic Lions here.