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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. Elephants and other wild animals are being protected in India by protective barricades around open wells in reserve and revenue forest.

    This is because the animals were falling into wells.

    After a survey of the wells, they were nearly all found to be abandoned and unsafe for wild animals.

    Reports suggest there are about 360 such abandoned wells in the reserve and revenue forest.

    Rescuing the trapped elephants was an enormous task which took several hours to do, so the Dhenkanal Forest division has taken steps to stop this happening and to prevent elephants and other wild animals from falling into them in the first place.

    Source:  Newindianexpress.com


    The Times of India's You Tube video

     

     

  2. African Parks is responsible for the rehabilitation and long term management of national parks and protected areas.

    They do this in partnership with governments and local communities, and the goal is to make teach park ecologically, socially and financially sustainable in the long term.

    And at the end of 2017, they were responsible for managing 14 protected areas in 9 countries (it’s now 15).   The areas spanned 40,540 square miles covering 7 of the 11 ecological biomes on the continent.  They have a large counter-poaching force with 1,000 rangers and over 5,000 staff across the parks.

    They are undertaking various active management interventions:

    • Extreme species translocations and reintroductions
    • Providing security to create safer spaces for humans and wildlife
    • Ensuring that local people benefit

    Where security has been restored and governance established, they’ve seen the rise of civility and a better way of life has returned. 

    There is tremendous momentum to make this rehabilitation happen and to continue to build on successes that African Parks has so far achieved.  

    Founded in 2000, it’s a non-profit conservation organisation.

    Their Annual Report for 2017 Restoration:  Nature’s Return highlights:

    • The Chinko team achieved success on the ground keeping 10,000km2 free of cattle and giving wildlife a chance to return
    • 39 elephants were collared in one of the largest elephant collaring exercises in Africa, giving them better protection from armed poachers
    • The successful reintroduction of 18 black rhinos from South Africa to the Akagera Park in Rwanda, 10 years after they had locally become extinct.   7 years were spent making the park safe and reducing poaching to an all time low.  Singing children lined the route between Kigali and Akagera to celebrate their return.
    • The park received 37,000 tourists for the year, making it 75% self-sustaining
    • In August, 520 elephants were translocated from the Liwonde National Park and the Majete Wildlife Reserve to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.  Tourism is on the rise here, and back in Liwonde the human-wildlife conflict has dropped dramatically as a result
    • A long term agreement was signed with the Government of Benin for the Penjari National Park, the largest remaining intact ecosystem in all of West Africa, and a stronghold for the critically endangered West African lion and African elephant
    • In December, African Parks signed a 25 management agreement with the Government of Mozambique to manage the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, the first marine reserve in its portfolio
    • And HRH Prince Harry joined African Parks as their President.


    African Parks’ model for its protected area management
     

    1. Law enforcement for the long term sustainability of the parks
    2. Biodiversity conservation, with active management of the wildlife and their habitats
    3. Community development – the process of building constituencies for conservation through economic development
    4. Tourism and enterprise – well managed parks contribute directly to the local and national economy
    5. Management and infrastructure – essential for governance and effective park management

    African Parks goal is to manage 20 African parks by 2020.    You can be a part of this journey and give your support.   

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  3. National Trust supporters and donors have enabled the National Trust to acquire 30 acres of Norfolk coastline.

    The site is at Salthouse, and the Trust is working in partnership with the current grazier, who will manage the land as the National Trust’s tenant.

    The Norfolk coast is home to a wide diversity of wildlife, and the space inland will enable the animals to move, adjust and retreat as the coastline changes.

    The area is home to over-wintering wildfowl such as Brent Geese

    ©National Trust

    The area is home to over-wintering wildfowl such as Brent Geese.


    The land sits next to land already in the National Trust’s care, and that land is managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

    The new acquisition will enable the National Trust to widen and join up habitats – and this will help make nature more resilient along the coastline.

    The donors were giving to the National Trust’s Neptune Coastline Campaign which has supported the Trust’s work to care for coastline for 50 years, and will help it well into the future.

    You can find out more about the Salthouse area here

    Donate to the National Trust Neptune Coastline Campaign here.

     

     

  4. The Mississippi Valley Conservancy  has protected over 20,000 acres permanently from development!

    Its mission is to conserve native and working landscapes.  It seeks to protect rare plant communities, threatened wildlife species, scenic beauties and opportunities to undertake sustainable agriculture.  And it gives people the chance to get outside, connect with nature and develop healthy habits with good exercise.

    You can see some of the nature reserves it has protected here.

    One of the areas protected by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy
    The Boscobel Bluffs State Natural Area is one region that is protected 
    ©Mississippi Valley Conservancy

    And it’s been able to protect more land, thanks to landowners working with the Conservancy.

    A 360 acre farm received protection forever from development, especially from frac sand mining  which is very prevalent in the county. 

    The owners of the farm, Bill and Mary Ann Hein, have achieved this permanent protection of their much loved farm by a voluntary conservation agreement with the Mississippi Valley Conservancy. 

    The property is protected from future development, mining or any other habitat destruction.

    Meantime, Tom and Sharon Sharratt have made their second conservation agreement with the Conservancy for an additional 82 acres of land in Wisconsin.  This agreement protects the natural resources on their land by limiting activities that would disrupt the farming, native habitat and wildlife that thrive there.

    40 acres of wildlife-rich land has also been added to those properties which are being permanently protected, thanks to self-described biology “nerds” Judy Kingsbury and Leslie Grossberg.

    If that wasn’t enough, the Mississippi Valley Conservancy received a rare gift of $1 million from an anonymous donor who wants to see the donation tripled to be a legacy for the Conservancy, which has launched an endowment campaign to fulfil the donor’s vision with a fund called “Our Children’s Natural Heritage Endowment.”

    The Conservancy uses public and private money to preserve land, whilst still providing public access on some lands.

    Make a donation to the Mississippi Valley Conservancy