Volume 17Click here if you cannot view HTMLJuly 2007
ED's Note

Spring has well and truly settled in over the country with days getting warmer and the first hints of rain over the summer rainfall areas. With the advent of the sunnier days, gardens are becoming lush and green once again. This makes it all the more important to ensure that we implement water-wise gardening practices to ensure that our precious water resources remain available to all. For just this reason, we have included some handy household water saving tips, so that you can make the most of the rainy season. On a different note, we are happy to announce the winners of two recent competitions hosted by EWT: Albert Winter, who had the opportunity to rename A001, the vulture - henceforth to be known as Hoody and Tracy-Lee Barrow, the winner of a weekend away to see the legacy of Ringo, the wild dog at Madikwe Game Reserve. We would like to thank all of you for your continued support of EWT and their initiatives to help conserve our natural heritage. - The Editor

Projects
The Role of Dung Beetles as Bio-Indicators

At a recent international conference of the Society of Conservation Biology, all concluded that "Loss of Dung Beetles puts ecosystems in DEEP DOO- DOO...". The Kruger National Park's 12 500 Elephants produce 1 875 ton of dung per day and South Africa’s 10 million cattle produce 200-3 00 000 tons of dung per day. Dung Beetles bury 75% of all dung produced in a healthy ecosystem. Africa is host to 2 000 dung beetle species and South Africa hosts 780 species. The large flightless dung beetle Circellium bacchus, with a relatively large population in the Addo Elephant National Park, was once widespread in southern Africa, but now it is restricted to small, isolated, densely vegetated areas of the eastern and southern Cape.

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Written by Arnaud le Roux

A story of success – The EWT’s Tracker Training Project

The Tracker Training Project (TTP) is one of the several empowerment projects that fall under the Conservation Leadership Group’s (CLG) umbrella. The project was initiated at the outset of 2005 in the Lilydale community bordering the famous Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. The project addresses the rapid demise of indigenous knowledge, more specifically the true art of tracking.

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Written by Kirsty Brebner

Eco News
EWT and the International Coastal Clean-up Keeping the Inland Connections Clean

EWT and the International Coastal Clean-up Keeping the Inland Connections Clean As part of National Cleanup week and the International Coastal Clean-up initiative in South Africa, the Endangered Wildlife Trust partnered with Toyota SA (sponsors), the Soul Foundation (coordinators) and others to tackle the clean-up of an 850m section of the Jukskei River. By participating in the event, the EWT aimed to highlight the linkages between inland and coastal ecosystem health.

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Written by Bernice McLain

Winter wonderland experience for CLG students

The year is 2007, and eighteen young conservation diploma students emerge from their taxis for another Conservation Leadership Group (CLG) training camp. Evans Sibanda and Themba Nkuna, both of whom are participants of the Leadership Training Programme (LTP), direct their fellow students to the EWT’s Boardroom for the first presentation of their overnight camp at the Johannesburg Zoo. The 9am presentation gave an overview of the EWT and its Working Groups and was deftly executed by Tracey Cumming, one of the EWT’s Conservation Co-ordinators. The students responded well to the presentation, as this was their first true introduction to the EWT, its Working Groups and its projects, and fired many probing and thought provoking questions at Tracey.

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Written by Graeme Wilson

Give while you Receive with Mamba

Mamba is an online, e-commerce booking and ordering system catering for the eventing industry within South Africa and abroad. This technological solution provides an efficient and effective platform for Clients, Service providers and Intermediateries to source, plan, book/order and pay for products and services online, thereby greatly reducing frustration, costs and time wasted using 'the old' methods of conducting these processes.

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Written by Brett Hall

Nedbank Local Heroes Programme

What if your bank helped you to contribute to a cause close to your heart? The Nedbank Local Heroes initiative is giving ordinary South Africans the opportunity to give back to their respective comminities and thus become local heroes. They can do this by nominating a charity closest to their and, if successful, Nedbank will give you a cheque to present to your charity. And as an EWT member, we hope that the EWT will be among those charities nominated.

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Events
Scorpions of SA by Johathan Leeming

Where: Country Club JHB , Auckland Park, Johannesburg
When: 14 August 2007
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: R 40.00 for EWT/CCJ members, R 45.00 for non-members

Please join us for an animated and inspiring talk on the most misunderstood creatures on the planet. Jonathan will delve into intricate behavioral characteristics and amazing facts about these creatures. Using information resulting from over 20 years of field research, Jonathan will enlighten you about the diversity of southern African scorpions and their distribution; their foraging strategies, prey selection and in turn which animals prey on scorpions; courtship and mating; human scorpion interaction and all major groups of southern African scorpions from the most venomous to the least venomous.

RSVP: 5 October 2007 - click here marketing@ewt.org.za to contact Mary Richie or phone on (011) 486 1102

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Eco Facts
Water Saving Tips

What are some of the things you, as an individual, can do to protect South Africa’s inland waters?

  • Report water leaks (from broken taps or pipes) or sewer pipes to your local authority.
  • Use rain water for domestic and garden purposes by catching and storing run-off.
  • Use water from your household activities (cleaning of eating utensils or bathing) to water the garden.
  • Water your garden early in the morning or late in the afternoon to minimize evaporation; planting a water-friendly indigenous garden will conserve water.
  • Repair dripping taps; take care to shut them properly after use.
  • Take a short shower rather than a bath.
  • Support water saving practices at work (for example, do not leave taps or hosepipes running).
  • Participate in environmental programmes in your area (for example, Working for Water).
  • Spread the idea of water conservation!

For information about water-wise initiatives and practices visit http://www.randwater.co.za

Wishlist

Books / field guides the CLG would appreciate being donated for use by the Eco-Warriors in the field:

  • Roberts, Newmans, Sinclairs, Sasol birds of Southern Africa
  • Grasses of southern Africa
  • Mammals of southern Africa
  • Trees of Southern Africa

Our Loxton office is collecting items for disadvantaged people in the surrounding community, such as clothing, blankets, books, stationery etc. If you have any unwanted items to give to this community, please contact us for delivery/collection. EWT will collate all items to send down.

Our field workers often work in hard conditions with very basic equipment so they get extremely excited when we can supply them with additional equipment to make their lives easier and more efficient.

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

Benefits
Owl Boxes 4 Sale

Now available at garden shops country wide, installing and maintaining an owl box in your garden will help to conserve these glorious birds for future generations. Your owlbox was designed to attract either a Spotted Eagle-Owl (Bubo africanus) or a Barn Owl (Tyto alba). The Barn Owl prefers a closed box with just a small opening for entry, while the Spotted Eagle-Owl prefers a more open box, from which it can scan its surroundings.

A percentage of the cost of your owlbox goes to the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Owl conservation projects.

Get one from your local garden shop today.

Pewter Gifts

The House of Samurai, an advertising agency and promotional gift company, and The Endangered Wildlife Trust have embarked on a project where your day to day business sales and gift purchases, will help in raising funds for the EWT. They will pay percentage of sales value excluding VAT to the Endangered Wildlife Trust on sales derived from corporate and individual members.

Members - Price: R 270.00 - R 2800.00 (Excl. VAT, and Postage and packaging)
Non-Members - range from - Price: R 220.00 - R 2500.00 (Excl. VAT, and Postage and packaging)

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The Bee Calendar

The calendar is a selection of African Honeybees. The only known pictures of local bees, most pictures we get are American or British. The bees are seen feeding on garden flowers and some pictures show the inner workings of a bee hive. Each photo comes with a mini photo and explanation of what is happening in the picture. The pictures are all A3 size, for framing or laminating afterwards. One lady is making place mats with hers. You can marvel at the detail in the pictures and discover many interesting facts about bees. A good gift for anyone interested in nature and unusual photos. A guaranteed conversation piece hanging on your wall!!

Price: R 250.00 (Incl. VAT, Excl. Postage and packaging)

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