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  1. The okapi live in the dense jungle of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

    The opaki is under threat

    Although it is a respected cultural symbol of the DRC (have had protect status since 1933), the opaki is threatened by human activities: slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal gold mining, logging, encroachment from human settlement and bush-meat poaching.

    Enter the Opaki Conservation Project

    Enter the Opaki Conservation Project which works to protect the natural habitat of the opaki and indigenous Mbuti pygmies who lives in the Opaki Wildlife Reserve.  It also looks to promote the species around the world.

    The reserve itself is a designated World Heritage Site.  It sits within the Ituri Forest, and it encompasses 13,700 square kilometres. As well as the opaki, it is home to animals such as forest elephants, chimpanzees, 13 species of primates, leopards, bongo antelopes and a huge variety of birds and insects. 

    World Opaki Day’s aims

    World Opaki Day on 18 October 2021 celebrates the opaki – it raises awareness of it as many people have never heard of an opaki.   You can find out more about the opaki here. 

    And crucially, the opaki acts as a flagship species to protect the forest ecosystem where it resides.   

    There are activities around the villages in the reserve and they are combined to educate local communities and protect the opaki.



    Things we can do on World Okapi Day:

    1.  Follow the day on social media: #OkapiConservation and #WorldOkapiDay and #WOD2021 and tell people about okapis.  The Okapi Conservation Project also has a social media kit 

    2.   Recycle your own mobile phone.  Did you know that a cell/mobile phones have coltan?  It’s a mineral mined in the DRC forests, so if you recycle your phone it means less mining in the forest.

    3.   Put okapi photos on social media, using the hashtags hashtags #OkapiConservation and #WorldOkapiDay

    4.  You could also donate to the Okapi Conservation Project – all proceeds go to help protect okapi and its habitat. 

    $15 Supports 1 ranger per day to protect okapi and their habitat. 

    $50 Provides a month of medical care for a ranger and his family.

    £125 Provides one sewing machine for an OCP sponsored women’s group.

    $250 Buys a camera trap to capture photos of okapi in the forest

    5.  Watch okapi videos!   

    6.  Become an Opaki Guardian!  Give a recurring gift and help the project to help prevent habitat loss and preserve the forest, or remove poachers from the forest or support the agro-forestry project. 

    Visit the Okapi Conservation Project



     

  2. Meet Nelson.  He lives in this cage in Armenia. 

    International Animal Rescue needs our help to rescue Nelson the bearImage © International Animal Rescue

    Please donate to help rescue Nelson the elderly bear.

    International Animal Rescue needs our help to rescue Nelson the bear.  He's been in this cage, captive for 30 years.  He's gone blind. 

    His owner apparently loves him.   But Nelson deserves better than life in this cage.

    This poor bear has spent years going round in circles, desperate to relieve his boredom, walking on a floor of compacted filth.

    International Animal Rescue (IAR) says that the Armenian government must get involved and order the owner to give the bear up.  The charity is putting as much pressure as possible on the government to make this owner surrender the bear.   It will then act to rescue Nelson and care for him. 

    Nelson needs treatment and care to relieve his pain.  Veterinary attention will establish if he could ever see again.  Once he is under anaesthetic, the vets will be able to give him an initial health assessment to see what sort of condition he in.  Then Nelson will head to the rescue centre in the mountains for quarantine and tests - the latter will give a clear idea of his health. 

    Please donate and help International Animal Rescue rescue and care for Nelson.  He deserves the best.

  3. Send a thank you note!

    Do you ever hear about the incredibly brave work wildlife rangers do on the front lines to protect the beautiful wildlife we all love to much?

    The job of a wildlife ranger is becoming increasingly dangerous – the African Wildlife Foundation says that they must be prepared to act in a number of roles:

    • A solder
    • A law enforcement officer
    • A community liaison
    • A naturalist
    • A medic

    Even whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has been going on, they have been working to protect the species, landscapes and communities in Africa.

    Please thank the wildlife rangers hereImage copyright African Wildlife Foundation

    They undertake rigorous training and face difficult conditions as they work – and they are vital in investigating wildlife crimes.   Both poachers and the very wildlife rangers are trying to protect can be dangerous and deadly.  

    The hours are long and rangers may not see their families for a long time.  Communications can be very limited which means access to urgent help can be difficult or even impossible to come by.

    So the African Wildlife Foundation is giving us all a wonderful opportunity to thank these rangers – we can send them a note in time for World Ranger Day on 31 July!

    Please take a moment to thank wildlife rangers.  

    Say Thank You here

     

     

     

  4. Around the world there are many people who are willing to put their lives on the line in order to protect endangered animals.

    Sadly, estimates suggest that over 1,000 rangers have been killed in the line of duty over the past 10 years. 

    World Ranger Day is a chance for all of us to show our appreciation for the work that wildlife rangers and guardians do and offer our support in whatever way we can.

    The International Ranger Foundation has lots of information about the role of rangers so please explore their website.   

    And it’s good to know that there is something you can do to help wildlife and locals in their communities at the same time, and we thought we’d do a roundup of charities and organisations working to help in this way.  Sometimes wildlife rangers are called wildlife guardians.


    The Elephant Foundation has a horse patrol team you can sponsor

    The Thin Green Line Foundation

    Based in Australia, the Foundation works with ranger groups, ranger associations and conservation partners in over 60 countries.  They say it’s estimated that over 1,000 park rangers have been killed n the line of duty over the past 10 years. They are dedicated to providing Rangers worldwide with the assistance they deserve and need.  

    Project Ranger

    Project Ranger supports a range of patrols such as horse patrols, foot patrols, motorbike, aerial, truck and K9 patrols.  In doing so it protects a number of species in national parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, conserved land and wildnerness areas.  There are plenty of ways to support their work so visit their website to find out more!

    The World Land Trust

    The World Land Trust has a Keepers of the Wild initiative.  The rangers are working on the front line of conservation, safeguarding some of the world’s most threatened animals and the crucial habitats in which they live.  They protect reserves from poaching and logging, and importantly, link to local communities, building trust, helping to change attitudes and find practical solutions to problems.  You can support Keepers of the Wild by making a donation.

    David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

    The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation works to support rangers in both Asia and Africa. You can support wildlife rangers here and help them conserve nature.

    The Global Conservation Force

    This organisation works to save wildlife from extinction through education, anti-poaching and conservation efforts.  It does this by using anti-poaching units, awareness and education and on the ground action, working on wildlife’s problems.  You can adopt a ranger (also there’s a K9 poacher tracking unit) – find out what the options are to adopt a ranger here.

    African Parks

    African Parks has an anti-poaching team of 1,000 rangers making up their law enforcement team.  Thei rangers are stabilising force both for parks and regions. 

    The Gorilla Organisation

    The Gorilla Organisation has a supporting rangers scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo and they act as the eyes, ears and voice of the forest. They cut snaes, save injured gorillas, combat the militias running the blood minerals trade, monitor the gorillas’ health and collect vital conservation data every day.  Find out more here.

    Tigers4ever

    Tigers4ever have anti-poaching patrols in Bandharvagh, India, to protect tigers.  They equip forest patrols, provide anti-poaching patrols and provide permanent solutions to water scarcity for wildlife


    Help Tigers4Ever help tigers on their Global Giving pages

    WWF

    WWF has a Back a Ranger campaign to ensure they have the equipment, training and infrastructure they need to stop wildlife crime.  Find out more here.

    The charity Tusk give a Wildlife Ranger Award every year to give international recognition to the men and women who face danger every day to protect the wildlife and its ecosystems in Africa.  

    And a very big thank you to each and every wildlife ranger working to care for and protect our wildlife and their habitats.  And thank you to their families too.  

    Please everyone show you support them too.  

     

  5. The 21st May 2021 is Endangered Species Day.

    Thousands of people worldwide take part by celebrating, learning about and taking action to protect species who are threatened and endangered.

    Most of the events will be online or consist of digital actions but there will also be nature hikes, garden plantings and litter clean-ups!

    The day is organised by the Endangered Species Coalition.  Their mission is “to stop the human-caused extinction of our nation’s at-risk species, to protect and restore their habitats and to guide these fragile populations along the road to recovery.”

    They work to safeguard and strengthen the Endangered Species Act.   The law means every citizen can act on behalf of threatened and endangered wildlife and the wild places they call home.  

    For a start, there’s a Pollinator Party, a Chalk Art Event and a Youth Art Contest.   And there are other events around the world, too. 

    The Coalition is a network of organisations and hundreds of thousands of individuals, all dedicated to protecting the US’s disappearing wildlife and remaining wild places.

    They help protect the Canadian lynx, Gray Wolves, Grizzly Bears, Mexican Gray Wolves, the beautiful Monarch Butterfly and Wolverine.

    10 Actions you can take to conserve Endangered Species
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    mage © Endangered Species Coalition

    You can help the Endangered Species Coalition:

    1. Take a look at their 10 things you can do to save endangered species
    2. Those involved in education can take a look at the Educator’s toolkit which includes activities for Endangered Species Day – there’s also an Endangered Species Art Youth Art Contest
    3. The Stop Extinction Challenge in August each year, whereby people meet with their Congress members to advocate for threatened and endangered species.
    4. Join the Endangered Species Coalition Activist Network
    5. Find out about the Pollinator Protector programme

    If everyone reading this blog took one (extra) action to help endangered species, imagine how many actions that would be!

    Visit the Endangered Species Coalition