The fundraiser hit its target (it was £716 in the end) and now the tigers' solar pumps can be mended so that they, and other wildlife in the area, have water to drink. The background story is below.
However, it's not too late to donate to give tigers water! Tigers4ever have another Global Giving campaign called Water For Bandhavgarh's Tigers - Reducing Conflict and they still need donations for that. Read the background to this appeal here.
A herd of wild elephants have moved to Bandhavgarh. And they have been very naughty and destroyed two solar pumps which power the borewell pumps at two waterhole sites.
The tigers in the area are more than a bit miffed, and they are worried, too, because the drought season is rapidly approaching, and they need water to survive. As do many other animals in the area.
As a result of the elephants’ actions, the tigers need the solar pumps to be mended and of course they don’t have any money.
Replace the broken solar panels so that water under the ground can be pumped to the surface again – then the animals will have a source of water and won’t need to go into villages looking for water.
Put up fencing around the solar pump that’s elephant proof so that the solar pumps will be protected. They are looking at using chilli fences and beehive fences to deter the elephants but these will need to be funded.
Anyway, the tigers and the other animals in the area would really appreciate your help. They want and need access to water to survive and thrive. Please help them and contribute towards giving them water.
Explorers Against Extinction have a remarkable way to mark 2021.
They are championing the work of 21 conservation projects around the world, many of which are small projects that have been badly hit by Covid-19 in 2020. They are calling this initiative 21 for 21 and all the fundraising and donations this year are going towards it.
Firstly, a bit about Explorers Against Extinction:
It is a registered working name of The Real World Conservation Trust, a UK registered charity. There’s another working name called Sketch for Survival. Their mission is to promote the conservation of rare and endangered species and the protection of their environments; to advance the education of the public in the conservation issues around rare and endangered species and the threats to their environment; and to help local communities impacted by proximity to rare species benefit from their protection.
About 21 For 21
There are 21 projects and you can nominate a specific project from the 21 For 21 Directory to fundraise for or split your fundraising across several or all of the projects. There are some UK projects but equally there are projects overseas – and this will help raise awareness of the work they are doing.
In each case, human activity is the biggest driver of destruction so this amazing initiative gives us all the chance to really and truly contribute to worldwide conservation from our homes – just £21 will support the 21 projects, unless you prefer to focus on one or a couple, for example. So this is a very exciting chance to really make a difference while sitting at home!
The 21 For 21 Projects are:
Seagrass Restoration UK
Saving the last West African Giraffe, Niger
Kit for Conservation K9s
Protecting Pangolins, South Africa
Big Cat Conservation, Tanzania
Protecting Ol Pejeta, Kenya
Sowing Seeds to Save Gorillas, Uganda
Whale Shark Conservation, Indian Ocean
Turtle Watch, Sri Lanka
Manta Ray Research, Indian Ocean
Big Cats of Bandipur, India
Elephant Sanctuary Support, Cambodia
Saving the World’s Smallest Bear
Trees for Koalas, Australia
Saving New Zealand’s Dophins
Wild Water Whales, Southern Ocean
Spotlight on Alabratrosses, South Georgia
Rewilding in the Pantanal, Brazil
Floating Classroom, Galapagos
Safeguarding the Maya Mountain Marine Corridor, Belize
To simply donate – you could donate £21, with one pound going to each project, or £2.10
To get involved in Challenge yourself for Charity
To get creative for conservation – submissions are invited until 30 June 2021; there are three categories, namely Stories for Survival, Sketch for Survival and Focus for Survival
One of the things I LOVE about the 21 For 21 initiative is that if, like me, you find it really difficult to choose between all the conservation projects, you can choose to support them all in one go with £21 or whatever you choose to donate! I always feel bad for choosing one project over another so this makes it easy for me to support the lot!
Have you ever stopped to think about the impact rat poison has on rats?
Two inspiring women, one in her teens, have put a website together called Rat Poison Facts to help people understand the impact.
They want to bring an end to animal mistreatment and the poisoning of the ecosystem by stopping the use of rat poison.
So the goal of Rat Poison Facts is to raise awareness:
How some rodent control methods are inefficient
How some rodent control methods could be dangerous for children, pets and other wildlife
How some rodent control can harm our ecosystems
How cruel and inhumane some methods to get rid of rats can be
Humane alternatives to dealing with rats
When a rat takes in rat poison, there are all sorts of possible implications for the rat, such as internal bleeding, dehydration and dramatically bloated stomachs from overfeeding substances containing gas). Death can be very slow and painful.
Rat poison can be dangerous to people as well – young children end up in hospital every year because of it. Pets may eat it by mistake.
The site has very helpful education resources, with useful links, including how you can get rid of rats in a humane way, with humane ways to keep your house rat-free that work.
Back in 1971 on 2 February, the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar which sits on the shores of the Caspian Sea
Today, the 2nd February is a really important day for people and wildlife, because it’s a chance to highlight how important wetlands are to us all. They are where land meets sea. The 2nd February is World Wetlands Day.
This year, the theme is “Wetlands and Water”.
Where are wetlands?
Wetlands cover areas such as shores, estuaries, mudflats, floodplains, coastal marshes, local ponds, the bog and pond in your garden, mangrove swamps, seagrass beds, and rivers. They cover a very small of the earth’s surface – and yet they are one of the most important habitats on our planet.
"If rainforests are the lungs of the planet, then wetlands are the lifeblood. As much as we need air to breathe, we need water to live. The conservation of our wetlands is essential to all life on earth.” WWT
Why wetlands matter to people:
They provide us with drinking water
They store a third of the world’s carbon emissions
They buffer us from floods and droughts
They are important for our health and wellbeing
Why do wetlands matter to wildlife?
40% of all plant and animal species live or breed here.
Sundarbans National Park (India) is formed of tidal rivers, creeks and canals and supports species such as the single largest population of tiger, and aquatic mammals such as the Irrawaddy and Ganges River dolphins, all under threat.
So what’s happening to wetlands in our changing world?
A recent global IPBES assessment identified wetlands as the most threatened ecosystem. This impacts 40% of the world’s plant and animal species that live or breed in wetlands.
Our wetlands are threatened by:
Beavering away to address these problems are organisations such as the World Heritage Centre. An example of its work is the Okavango Delta which has incredible biodiversity but is threatened thanks to development pressure. It’s home to indigenous peoples and wildlife such as the cheetah, white rhinos, black rhinos, lion and the African wild dog. In 2019, the State Parties of Namibia, Botswana and Angola agreed a roadmap to explore the boundary extension of the World Heritage Site here to protect the river basin and the unique wetland system.
In the UK, there’s the WWT –Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust but of course its work extends well beyond the UK.
WWT say that:
Between 1970 and 2014, populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptile species declined by a dreadful 60%
In the last 400 years, England has lost 90% of her wetlands
30% of known fish species, many at risk amphibians and reptiles, migratory and resident water birds,, and thousands of plant species life here.
However, the WWT is working hard to create, protect and restore – it believes we can reverse the decline and bring wetlands back to life. Its conservation projects strengthen the link between wetlands, wildlife and people, both in the UK and further afield. Find out more about their plans for 2020
So what can we all do to help wetland conservation?
WWT can create new wetlands in a few months and years – so your support can really make a difference quickly. But there’s something we can all do to help and you’ll find more links and further resources further down.
Create a pond in your garden, local area or school
Visit a wetland close to you and spend time there. Use your senses while you visit. Listen to the sounds you can hear; look at the sights, smell the scents.
Support the conservation work of your local wetlands charity
Volunteer for local wetland charities
Donate to wetland charities – look out for their appeals
World Wetland Network – a collection of NGOs and Civil Society Groups all working for wetland conservation
Wetland Link International – a support network for wetland education centres which deliver engagement activities on site. The WWT in the UK lead it; it has 350 members over 6 continents!
RAMSAR – The Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
World Wetlands Day – held every year on 2 February to raise awareness of the importance of wetlands and how we can all help