Volume 16Click here if you cannot view HTMLJuly 2007
ED's Note

Recently I had the great fortune of watching 'An Inconvenient Truth' - a documentary that details the shocking reality of the climate crisis that is facing the world. One has to admire Al Gore for his dedication to fly in the face of the accepted truth in the United States and put everything on the line to educate people about his passion. As a species, the human race is the only one that forces nature to adapt to it. It is this that has brought us to the critical point in time where we are the last generation with the ability to prevent full-scale climate disaster. There is a tipping point that is fast approaching - a point of no return. Once reached, we will no longer be able to halt the catastrophic chain of events that will unfold and change the face of the planet forever. As individuals and communities we can all play a role in ensuring that we avert global disaster. - The Editor

Highlights and Special Announcements
Last chance to name A001!

The competition to name A001, the Hooded Vulture, closes this coming Friday, 27 July. Donate R300 or more towards our patagial tagging project, and you stand the chance of renaming A001! We will also invite you to enjoy a relaxing two-night stay for three people at the luxurious Savanna Lodge - where A001 is spotted regularly - to witness the official renaming.

Image Credit: Marius Coetzee

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The Legacy of Ringo - Win a trip for Two to Madikwe Safari Lodge

The shocking facts: the Wild Dog is considered extinct in 23 African countries and the total Wild Dog population in Africa is estimated at around only 5 500 individuals. The Endangered Wildlife Trust needs your support to continue our work to conserve not only the Wild Dogs for future generations, but many other species and habitats.

This is your chance to share Ringo's story and ensure that his legacy lives on. What's more - you will have the opportunity to meet three of Ringo's pups - Star, Tattoo and Scud - who have been relocated to Madikwe to start a breeding pack there.

Image Credit: Rob Till

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Projects
EWT Launches the Wildlife Conflict Prevention Group

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is proud to announce the unveiling of the Wildlife Conflict Prevention Group (WCPG), as a natural evolution from its origins as the Poison Working Group (PWG). In response to our changing environment, the PWG has gone through a structured coming of age, without losing the very solid foundation it has developed over the past 15 years. The new group will address the full spectrum of human-wildlife conflict issues, still working to reduce pesticide and poison abuse, but now also promoting proactive methods of human-wildlife conflict prevention.

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Written by Tim Snow

Finding a Needle in a Haystack!

Across South Africa there are some 900 colour-ringed cranes. The Overberg Crane Group (OCG) and the Northern Cape Department of Tourism, Environment and Conservation (NC DTEC) as well as staff of the Endangered Wildlife Trust's South African Crane Working Group (EWT-SACWG) have been ringing cranes for many years, but given the size of South Africa, it is not easy for this handful of crane conservationists alone to locate the birds for ringing and re-sighting.

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Written by Leon-Jacques Theron

Eco News
South Africa's State of the Environment Report: More "Inconvenient Truths"?

In May 2007, a coalition of national environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in South Africa called for the release of two very important strategic planning reports, namely, the SA Environmental Outlook (SAEO, formerly State of Environment Report) and the National Framework for Sustainable Development. The NGOs, which included the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), the Wilderness Foundation South Africa and WWF South Africa, would like to affirm that one of these reports, namely the SA Environmental Outlook (SAEO) was released by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) last week, and to hereby comment on its contents as well as respond to government’s response on the contents of this report.

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Written by Yolan Friedmann

Closing the abalone fishery – closing our minds to the problem?

In his budget speech on 5 June, the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism noted that unless the decline in South Africa’s abalone resource is significantly reversed by November 2007, his Department would be forced to announce a plan to close the legal commercial fishery for a period of approximately 10 years.

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Written by Markus Burgener

EWT Partners with South African National Roads Agency Ltd to Reduce Wildlife Roadkills

The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) have joined forces to address the problem of wildlife being killed on South Africa's national roads.

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Written by Hayley Komen

Events
Beating the Heat – Sustainable Development Challenges and Opportunities

Where: Browns of Rivonia, 21 Wessels Rd, Rivonia
When: 8 August 2007
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: R 250.00 per person

On 8 August 2007 the EWT will host its inaugural annual memorial lecture at Browns of Rivonia in Johannesburg . These lectures will serve to honour individuals who have made a significant contribution to the work of the Endangered Wildlife Trust while at the same time offering our supporters the opportunity to engage with distinguished conservation leaders on critical areas of conservation importance to southern Africa .

RSVP: 3 August 2007 - click here marketing@ewt.org.za to contact Mary Richie or phone on (011) 486 1102

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The Biodiversity and Wine Initiative- Partnering wine and conservation by Rob Armstrong

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

Rob Armstrong studied Environmental and Geographical Science and Archaeology at UCT, after graduating worked as a game ranger at Bushmanskloof in the Cederberg for a couple of years, and now manages the Haut Espoir wine estate. His talk will cover the why and how of the Biodiversity Wine Initiative and how it works within the South African Wine industry.

RSVP: 10 August 2007 - click here marketing@ewt.org.za to contact Mary Richie or phone on (011) 486 1102

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Eco Facts
Energy Saving Household Tips

With power supply interruptions around the country continuing to be a problem as winter settles in, we have received some handy tips on saving electricity around the house from Eskom.

  • Replace light bulbs with energy saving bulbs
  • Compare cooking times in a microwave with the stove, oven and steam cooker and choose the most economical source.
  • Switch off the TV and radio if no one is watching or listening.
  • Switch off lights when no one is in the room.
  • Turn the geyser thermostat down to a lower temperature.

Part of this content was compiled by Eskom – for other tips go to http://www.ewt.org.za/green_tips5.aspx#10

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Wishlist

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

  • A 'Venter' trailer
  • Basic two way radios (needing four with rechargeable batteries)
  • Digital Camera
  • Dissecting field microscope
  • External Hard drive

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
'Adopt' a Humpback Dolphin Toy Today!

The humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) is a rare species of dolphin that can be found along South Africa's east coast. Most people have never even heard of a humpback dolphin which looks quite similar to its better-known cousin, the bottlenose dolphin. The main identification feature of this species is the hump on its back and a small dorsal fin.

You can now 'adopt' a small or limited edition medium Humpback Dolphin cuddly toy to help support the work that the EWT does in conserving the eco-system they live in, to ensure they have a future.

Members - small - Price: R 85.00 (Incl. Vat, Excl. Postage and packaging)
Non-Members - small - Price: R 100.00 (Incl. Vat, Excl. Postage and packaging)

Members - medium (limited edition) - Price: R 120.00 (Incl. Vat, Excl. Postage and packaging)
Non-Members - medium (limited edition) - Price: R 150.00 (Incl. Vat, Excl. Postage and packaging)

percentage of sales on the Toys goes to the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

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Beautiful Creatures CD's

Renowned balladeer and TV personality, Ed Jordan and 'Not the Midnight Mass' singer/co-founder and well known voice artist Alan Glass, have teamed up to produce a fantastic array of original South African children's songs on 3 CD's. The songs, all penned by Jordan and Glass, have established themselves as hits with kids aged 0-8. They all have an educational feel and also focus on environmental issues, and are designed to be parent friendly and ideal for long family car trips. The CD’s explore a range of music genres, including Jazz, Rap, R&B and Hip Hop.

A percentage of sales on the CD's goes to the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

Members - per CD - Price: R 80.00 (Incl. Vat, Excl. Postage and packaging)
Non-Members - per CD - Price: R 90.00 (Incl. Vat, Excl. Postage and packaging)

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Barloworld Fleet Offering

EWT members have access to a wide variety of discounts and special offers through the Discounted Lifestyle network. To access them you need to request your username and password from Joel Thosago - joelt@ewt.org.za and then log on to the EWT website (www.ewt.org.za) from there it is as simple as clicking on the membership benefits icon at the bottom of the home page, registering your details for virtual vouchers and then entering the Discounted Lifestyle Mall and shopping to your hearts content from a variety of products ranging from wine to travel and automotive products.

This month we would like to announce a special offer from Discounted Lifestyle and Barloworld Fleet Marketing: As a Division of Barloworld Motor we have in excess of 52 Barloworld Approved Dealerships across the country from which we source our vehicles.

You have the advantage of dedicated Sourcing Agents, who will source, secure and arrange delivery of a range of vehicles that suits your particular needs.

By purchasing your vehicle via a Barloworld Approved Dealership, you will qualify for a Redeemable Voucher to be spent on anything at Discounted Shopping Mall. Minimum of R850.00 up to R3,500.00

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Update your Details: If you have moved home or jobs, please remember to update your details with the EWT so you can continue to receive invitations to events and information on the work we do - click the link to update now - http://www.ewt.org.za/memberships_update.aspx