We have continued to fulfill the organization’s purpose through a number of activities lately. We will publish more detailed news about some of the efforrt, but in the meantime we want to give you a brief update of the latest activities. This is a huge part of our work, and we get a lot of questions where the money goes, so we of course want to share this with our supporters.
– We have helped domestic animals in northern Botswana. In a country where 30.6% of the population lives below the poverty line, access to affordable veterinary care is limited. Through this project we provide free veterinary services to low-income villagers across Botswana. Maun and its surrounding villages are home to an estimated 40,000 semi-owned dogs and 25,000 free roaming donkeys.
– We have continued our work to create solutions for Human Wildlife Conflict in Kenya. We are mobilizing the public to take action by holding a 4-day camp for children on World Lion and World Elephant Day. Furthermore, we are engaging the community of Amboseli, to come together to support a creation of a school program using Open Space Technology to achieve consenus, and sensitizing teachers on wildlife issues in Amboseli Ecosystem. Schools in different regions are visited to show films and discuss Human Wildlife conflict & solutions with children. Encouraging children to create innovative solutions to these problems.
– A total of 46 units of rangers in Kenya and Tanzania has been supported. During the fourth quarter of 2016 they patrolled 20,503 km by foot and 57,704 km by vehicle. They arrested 67 suspects in 29 incidents, including 7 trophy dealers. The rangers revovered 59 kg of ivory from arrests, and an addtional 7.7 kg from the bush and community members.
– We have continued our work with awareness campaigns to get people to open their eyes for what is happening to our animal and nature areas in crisis, and to create change!
– Funds has been dedicated to upliftment of domestic animal welfare in rural communities around Hoedspruit in South Africa
– Dedication of resources to continue the enormous job to help saving the Asian Elephant has been made. We have funded investigations into various aspects of the illegal live trade of Asian elephants and the status of current enforcement and regulatory measures across Asian elephant range states.We have helped completing a review of range state laws and awareness amongst governing bodies across nearly all countries where Asian elephants occur and present a report in time for decisions and voting in time for delegate review before the 17th CITES Conference of Parties (CoP) in September 2016.
– We have continued supporting the research of the Okavango Delta’s Nile crocodile populations recovery.
– Funding to monitor the social structure and movements of one of southern Africa’s largest continuous elephant populations. We have helped collaring more than 60 elephants throughout the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park and developed an individual elephant identification database of nearly 2000 elephants in the Greater Kruger Area, South Africa. This research is providing critical information for elephant management and protection; it is informing South African National Parks, conservation bodies and landowners on seasonal movements, sustainability of trophy hunting, impact on vegetation– and sadly now is also identifying poaching hotspots.
This was a brief summary of the latest activity. Thank you for your support!