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April 2006
 
   ED's Note  
 
 
We wish all our readers a safe journey with the Easter holidays upon us, and we would like you to think about your affect on the environment whether it is on the beach, or driving through the bush or just at home. Try and implement one of the Greener life tips we have included in this edition. The 22nd of April is International Earth Day, where millions of people all over the world celebrate the beautiful planet we inhabit. The theme for this year's celebration is 'Climate Change Solutionswhich will span over a 3 year period. See what great work is being done with the Riverine Rabbit, our own ‘Easter Bunny’ and the new Wild Dog programme in KZN, here in our part of the planet. As individuals and organisations, we have a duty to preserve, conserve and protect our natural heritage for future generations; for our children.
 
With National Birding week happening from the 1st to the 7th of May, and the EWT’s focus on the plight of our bird species - our winged creatures that delight us with their song in spring, inspire us with their displays of aerial acrobatics and for some, are life long companions to brighten our homes and lives, give a thought to our feathered friends and ensure that your impact on their lives is a benign one. In May we will highlight some aspects of the impact we have on their lives.

Join us in April to celebrate the wonderful diversity of creatures, which are dependant on our Earth for survival. - The Editor.
 
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Projects
EASTER BUNNIES IN THE KARROO?
 
 


 
 

Searching for Easter bunnies in the Karoo is probably the most serious event of its kind. Such a venture was recently taking place in the Northern Cape and conducted by the Department of Tourism, Environment and Conservation (DTEC) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Riverine Rabbit Working Group (RRWG). The target species wasn’t however, the Easter bunny but one of Southern Africa’s rarest terrestrial mammals, the Riverine Rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis).

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Written by Vicky Ahlmann

 
   
 
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WHERE THE WILD DOGS ROAM
 
 
     

The movement of South Africa’s most endangered large carnivore outside the game parks remains a mystery and threat to its survival.
To solve this mystery The Green Trust in partnership with the Carnivore Conservation Group of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has launched a new three-year Wild Dog Project in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Written by Heather Dugmore

 
 
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Eco News
PARTNERSHIPS TO MANAGE WILDLIFE AND ELECTRICITY CONFLICTS
     
 
Eskom’s partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) has come a long way since its inception in 1996 towards reducing the conflict between wildlife and electrical infrastructure. Today this partnership stands unique in the world as a successful home-grown solution, designed for an African environment and implemented by Africans.
 
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Written by Chris van Rooyen chrisv@ewt.org.za
 
 
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REPTILES ARE WARMING UP
 
     
 

Since its launch in May 2005, the SARCA project (Southern African Reptile Conservation Assessment) has been busy!

Barend Erasmus and Bryan Maritz at Wits carried out a gap analysis for southern African reptiles. Fully 786 (39%) of the 2008 quarter-degree grid cells in the region are estimated by the SARCA gap analysis to be at least 80% under-sampled (i.e., have fewer than 20% of the expected species recorded from the grid cell). Although priority grid cells are found in almost all provinces of South Africa, the great majority are in Northern Cape and North West provinces.

 
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Written by James Harrison
 
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RECYCLE WITH FREECYCLE AND HELP A GOOD CAUSE
 
     
 
Freecycle is a concept that originated in the USA three years ago, and has grown since then to include 2.1 million members from 3470 branches in over 55 countries.  The concept is very simple.  People always have items that they don’t use, and usually end up storing them in a cupboard or simply throwing them away. Freecycle is a form of recycling but has been built around the premise that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure and gives new life to old goods
 
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Written by Craig Hind craig@ecologic.co.za
 
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Events
MAY COUNTRY CLUB JOHANNESBURG
 
 


 
 

Date: 24 April 2006

Time: 17:30 for 18:00


Venue: Country Club Johannesburg

Dr Kerry Sink is currently developing a new marine and coastal conservation program for EWT. She is a marine ecologist. Kerry has been working on coelacanths and their deep water habitats for the past three years. She also has a strong interest in marine conservation issues. She founded the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative in 2000 and is currently the chair.


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THE GREAT GREEN GOLF DAY SUPPORTS EWT

 
 

 

 
 

Join us for a round of golf at the Endangered Wildlife Trust's annual "Great Green Golf Day" at Sun City.  Come and show your support for conservation and enjoy an unbeatable day out on one of the leading courses in South Africa . Get away from the city and relax, entertain your clients and staff and have a “ball” playing in the wild surroundings of the Lost City.

Where: Lost City Golf Course, Sun City

When:
Wednesday 7 June 2006

Dress code:
Official Golf Attire (soft spikes only) and Smart Casual for Prize Giving

Secure your ‘Blue Crane’ 4-ball now, for R8 000-00 excl VAT, by completing the form on the web site  www.ewt.org.za or call Alison De Smidt  on (011) 486 1102 or email her on alisond@ewt.org.za.

All proceeds from the day go towards supporting the Endangered Wildlife Trust and our work conserving southern Africa's magnificent biodiversity

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Wish List
 
     
 
If you're at a loss on what to do with unwanted items, why not donate them to the EWT.

The EWT has a wish list that you could contribute to. We would be grateful for the following items:

Digital Camera
Gas Stove
 
 
Chest Freezer
Interior Paint
2 x Data Projectors
 
     
 

Click here to read more about the EWT Wish list.

 
     
 

Our field workers often work in hard conditions with not much equipment so they get extremely excited when we can supply them with equipment to make their lives easier and more efficient.

Please contact Penny Buthelezi on (011) 486-1102 or email her on wishlist@ewt.org.za to organise for deliveries, and collections where necessary.

 
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Eco facts
 
     
  The Riverine Rabbit:  
 
is the only digging rabbit on the African continent - by giving birth to blind and naked offspring the burrows are crucial for the offspring's survival.
only gives birth to one, in good rain seasons maybe two offspring per year and breeding season (Aug till May).
is one of the rarest terrestrial mammals in Southern Africa - less than 250 animals are expected to occur in the wild today.
 
     
  Wild Dogs  
 
It is thought that there are fewer than 5,000 wild dogs left on earth.
The main reason for the dramatic decline in wild dog numbers has been the loss and fragmentation of suitable habitat.
Wild dogs fill an important ecological niche, removing weak animals from prey populations and so strengthening the gene pools of various antelope.
 
     
 
LIVE A GREENER LIFE
 
     
 
The EWT can help you make a difference to the environment by following a few of these tips to show how You can live a greener life. We can all make small simple changes in our planning when going on holiday, which can help the environment
 
     
  Holiday tips  
 
Have your car serviced regularly -- an efficient engine is a clean one.
Watch out for animals crossing the road, particularly at night when your vehicle's headlights may dazzle and confuse the animal. Slow down if you think you see an animal at the side of the road. In South Africa, 140 owls have been killed over a 12 month period on the N1 North alone.
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  On the Coast:  
 
Our coastline is very vulnerable, take good care of it by taking your rubbish home. Around the world over 2 million seabirds and 100 000 sea mammals die annually - trapped or injured by discarded rubbish.
Anglers should always make sure they take home all their equipment. Discarded hooks, sinkers, lines and nets can be hazardous to humans as well as wildlife.
Keep vehicles off sand dunes - vegetation on dunes is very fragile and slow-growing
 
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Benefits
AGRED’S GAMEBIRDS OF SOUTH AFRICA
 
 
 
Field Identification and Management

The definitive reference work for lovers of wild Africa

“Most accurate identification features yet published on South Africa’s gamebird species, combined with a comprehensible text on management, ensures this book’s practical relevance to the landowner” – the opinion of AGRED’s Book Committee.

EWT members receive a 10% discount.
EWT Online Price: – R408.60 + R41 postage
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Click here to order now or contact The African Gamebird Research Education and Development Trust  (AGRED) on +27- (0)11-7828756 or email agred@netdial.co.za.
 
     
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