Actions for Animals

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: Protect wildlife: Poaching

  1. IFAW's 72 Hour Challenge to help elephants and other wildlife

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    IFAW have launched a 72 Hour Challenge to help stop the slaughter of elephants and protect animals around the world.

    Elephants love sweet, crunchy pumpkins – and if they spot a patch of them, they will eat them.  They may even lead their family to share them 

    Donate here to IFAW's 72 Hour Challenge


    Sadly, these pumpkins can be laced with deadly cyanide – and that’s done by poachers.

    Parks are empty of tourists and budgets for patrols have decreased or stopped altogether so elephants are very exposed to poaching threats.

    The lack of tourists, reduced ranger patrols and closed parks have made it very easy for poachers to move in, to kill elephants and sell their ivory tusks.

    IFAW (that’s the International Fund for Animal Welfare) are asking us all to chip in and support their 72 Hour Challenge. They are hoping to raise £20,000 by 23 May.

    Donations could help establish and train rangers across landscapes where IFAW is working:

    • £25 could help train a ranger on how to recognise the signs of poison and poachers
    • £50 could help provide the equipment rangers need – maps, boots, uniforms, meal rations – to protect the animals
    • £100 could help conduct an anti-poaching patrol, clear snare traps and protect the animals.

    Please donate what you can to this urgent Elephant Challenge today.  Please share as well.  If we all donated £3 or £5, that would help a lot.

    Please donate today and support this 72 Hour Challenge


  2. Rhinos de-horning operation to save this endangered species

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    On 16 May, the UK’s Daily Telegraph brought news of an amazing secret operation to dehorn hundreds of African rhinos.

    They are all threatened by increased poaching during the pandemic.

    Over the next two weeks, up to 400 black and white rhinos will have their horns removed to protect them from poachers.  About 70 have been dehorned so far 

    The rhinos are dehorned with electric saws.  They are sedated.  The horns grow back in about 3 years.   

    The exact location in Africa is secret at the moment.  There is an enormous risk to the team of vets and rangers and the last thing anyone wants is for poachers to find out their whereabouts, for the safety of all concerned, people and animals.

    The Aspinall Foundation and rescue organisation Rhino 911 are involved.   

    Rhino horn can trade for tens of thousands of pounds a kilo.  It is used in medicine and as a status symbol.

    This really is a last resort;  because tourists have stopped visiting as the coronavirus brought lockdown into being, poachers have stepped up to do more poaching.  

    De-horning is a last resort but the situation is critical for rhinos
    De-horning is a last resort but the situation is critical for rhinos

    Once removed, the horns are photographed and taken by armed guard to a secure vault where they are categorised.

    Never should we look back and say "I should have helpd them when I had the chance." 

    Unknown (from Rhino 911's website)

    Visit Rhino 911’s website here. 

    You can donate to Rhino 911 to help.  Donations help in three ways:

    1. Treating rhinos and transporting them if they  have injuries or need surgery; 
    2. De-horning rhinos, which has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to deter poachers from harming and killing rhinos; 
    3. Rescuing rhinos;  many are treated for injuries and airlifted to one of many rhino orphanages that Rhino 911 works with.  Plus, of course donations are given to the orphanages so that they can buy the special formula milk every growing rhino needs!

    There’s a video you can watch at but carries a warning that some parts of it may be disturbing to some viewers.

    Visit Rhino 911’s facebook page

    Keep safe, everyone involved.

    Images copyright to Rhino 911


  3. Help put more rangers into Sumatra to protect tigers

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    Are you a tiger lover?  Do you want to help tigers in Sumatra?

    Fauna and Flora International are looking for donations to put more rangers into the field in Sumatra to protect tigers.

    100 years ago, Javan and Balinese tigers prowled the jungles of Indonesia.  Over generation after generation of tiger, mother after mother taught cub after cub how to fit the islands they were born on.  They became unique – each a subspecies in its own right.    

    But people slaughtered them.  They were tracked, found, killed and skinned to enhance the prestige of the big-game hunter or fill the coffers of a wildlife trader.  Both are now extinct.  They’ve gone.  And on the next island along – the same thing is happening again.

    There are fewer than 400 Sumtran tigers left.  That number is going down.  They are critically endangered.

    Help Fauna and Flora International protect tigers
    Help Fauna and Flora International protect tigers with a £3 donation.
    ©Fauna and Flora International

    Despite the persistent efforts of conservation teams, there aren’t enough areas that are protected to stop poachers getting through and setting deadly snares.

    The tigers have no idea about all of this.  They don’t have a clue.   They cannot avert the slaughter they see don’t coming. 

    We need to make a stand and learn from the mistakes we’ve made before.  We cannot lose these tigers from Sumatra. 

    Fauna and Flora International are putting rangers in place.  They are training and equipping them to remove the snares and keep poachers away.  Then the beautiful Sumatra tigers can be safe in the wild again.

    In short, donations will put more rangers into the field.

    Please help Sumatran tigers today with a £3 donation!  Let’s put more rangers into the field and protect tigers. 


  4. Please see this video from Gravitas - how nature is reclaiming its spaces due to the Coronavirus

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    Sometimes you see something on the internet or on television that really hits you hard and makes a point extremely well.

    I saw this video, this afternoon, and I wanted to share it with you.  Please share it with everyone you can.

    The ultimate message is that we SHARE this planet.  It demonstrates how dominant the human race has become - and how selfish.   I am not going to tell you anymore about it - please just watch it for yourself.   Here it is:

    Thank you, Gravitas.

    Please vow to make a difference today. 
    Find out how to reduce your impact on the earth's resources here.





  5. Tell Vietnam: Stop the Slaughter of Lions

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    Tell Vietnam:  Stop the Slaughter of LionsTAKE ACTION:  SIGN HERE
    ©African Wildlife Foundation

    The African Wildlife Foundation is asking us all to sign their petition, telling Vietnam to stop the slaughter of lions. 

    Poachers are targeting lions.

    To satisfy demand in Vietnam, China and Southeast Asia, lions are being killed for their claws, teeth and bones.

    These animal parts are turned into jewellery, medicine and even wine.

    There was a horrific event last November.  Vietnamese poachers killed 40 lions in 48 hours. 

    CITES say that in the last 5 years, about 150 lion claws and teeth have left South Africa to go to China and Vietnam.  And that’s a number that’s hardly scratching the surface.

    The African Wildlife Foundation has a petition asking Vietnam to enforce wildlife laws to STOP the lion bone trade and renounce the use of lions’ bones in traditional medicine and wine.

    They are after 50,000 signatures and so far have 80% of that number – let’s join them and get the full 100%.