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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  1. Care2.com have a petition asking the Indonesian government to save Sumatran Rhinos from extinction and they need your voice to add strength to their cause.  

    Ask the Indonesian Government to save Sumatran Rhinos from extinction
    Sumatran rhinos are extinct - all except for in Indonesia.  80 of them are left there and the species urgently needs your voice.  Poachers, habitat loss and their own low birth rate has reduced their numbers to such an extent that it will be nearly impossible for them to find a mate and breed, experts believe.

    If the rhinos are to survive in Indonesia, the government there must make saving them a priority, and in so doing, they need to work with the Malaysian government.  

    The Indonesian government must make a public commitment to save the Sumatran Rhino and work with Malaysia to help save these wonderful animals.

    Please sign the petition and tell Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and the Ministry of the Environment to take action now.

    PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION HERE

     

  2. I meant to post earlier than this but you may catch this on BBC Iplayer.

    I'm watching a lynx catching the first rays of sun on her fur ever, in Russia.  This lynx is one of two who have been rescued from a chap who kept two lynx to breed from and this amazing rescuer has got the owner to hand them over.

    The rescuer is big cat expert Dr Victor Lukarevsky who is trying for the first time ever to rescue lynx and rehabilitat them so that they can go back into the wild. This is in complete contrast to their previous life when they were living in cages in a garage.

    Lynx are wanted for the pet trade and fur trade in Russia. 

    Anyway, do watch Gordon Buchanan's Snow Cats and Me.  There are 2 episodes and you can find out more about the programme here.

    UPDATE:

    Do I tell you or not, if you haven't seen the programme?  Well, I'm bursting so I have to!   The two lynx Dasher and Briansk (not sure if I've spelt their names correctly) were released in the stunning Khakassia State Reserve, Siberia, deep in the Siberian wilderness, and I'm sure I wasn't the only one to have tears falling down my face at the sight of Briansk gingerly stepping into unknown territories and taking uncertain looks around him before heading off away from his rescuers.  The park is patrolled by rangers and it's a very remote area indeed - you don't see any signs of people at all. 

    The footage of the lynx kittens was gorgeous, with their beautiful faces and inquisitive natures.   If you haven't seen the programme, please take a look

     

  3. Saving wildlife starts with people.

    ZSL have established a project to help both people and wildlife on the edges of national parks in Nepal and Kenya.

    Life is very difficult here. Elephants trample crops; tigers attack livestock.   Families risk their lives as they enter the forest to gather firewood and graze their cattle.  These activities damage wildlife habitats.

    Unfortunately, some people become involved in wildlife crime, such as hunting bushmeat, to feed their families.  Worse, they can be exploited by the international illegal wildlife trade.

    For People For Wildlife

    So ZSL are tackling the problem with a project to help people – and so help wildlife – with a project For People For Wildlife



    ZSL are teaming up with communities to help them establish sustainable livelihoods.  They will help with start-up costs e.g. training nature guides, fencing to safeguard crops, starting a salon – and also develop ways to live alongside wildlife peacefully.

    The plan is that families will then have a reliable, sustainable income and escape poverty, and thus be better placed to help protect the forest and its wildlife, and indeed to help it survive and thrive.

    The donations will help tackle various threats to people and wildlife.  And they will help wildlife through science, education and conservation.

    Every donation will be doubled by the UK Government up to 31 December 2019 (up to £2 mililon)

    £1 really does = £2 if you donate by 31 December 2019!
    Donate here


    You can help by making a donation - and for every £1 donated by 31 December 2019, the UK Government will MATCH your donation, up to £2 million. 

    Find out more and DONATE here

     

  4. 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

     

  5. Tonight on Channel 5 at 8pm, take a look at Plant a Tree to Save the World.

    Chris Packham and a number of guest presenters are aiming to raise enough money to plant 100,000 across Britain.  The amount they are looking to raise is £150,000.

    You can donate in between items such reducing pollution around schools and the best trees to plant in a small garden. You can find out how you can do your bit – there are tips on planting trees at home.  Every tree will make a difference.

    The Woodland Trust and Channel 5 are aiming to raise this money and you can donate on the Woodland Trust’s website. John Humphrys, Clare Nasir, Martin Hughes Games and JB Gill join Chris Packham, together with experts from the Woodland Trust.  Dame Judi Dench is also behind the partnership.


    The documentary talks about the essential role that trees play in fighting climate change;  and the programme looks at the science of trees, the impact of deforestation around the world (including in the UK) and how trees can help by locking up carbon, fighting flooding and making landscapes more resilient.

    Donate at the Woodland Trust's website