Volume 27 Click here if you cannot view HTML June 2009
ED's Note

About 60% of South Africa's Blue Crane population resides in the Western Cape. Here the birds favour farmlands, particularly pastures and wheat plantations, above the indigenous Fynbos habitat. But climate change threatens this unusual success story. The western parts of our country are expected to be most hard hit by the extreme weather conditions that climate change brings, and existing agricultural practices could become economically unviable, with detrimental effects for the cranes.

Kerryn Morrison manages the ICF/EWT Partnership for African Cranes and, together with her passionate team of crane conservationists, is carefully monitoring the Western Cape's Blue Cranes so that we can react to the signs of climate change well in advance of it becoming an insurmountable problem.

When I asked Kerryn how she came to be so passionate about cranes, she said they are a perfect flagship species that can be used to highlight environmental issues to people and so change environmentally destructive behaviour. Kerryn was just four years old when her nursery school teacher predicted she would work with animals, and she has never wanted to be anything other than a conservationist. Her dedication is not without reward, and she has received broad acclaim for her exceptional dedication to crane conservation, and is recognised as being instrumental in combating the trade in cranes that takes place throughout Africa on a daily basis. We are extremely proud of being able to say that Kerryn has grown her career with the EWT since 1995.

We will be celebrating the success of our crane conservationists on World Environment Day, on 5 June, with this year's theme being 'Your Planet Needs You - Unite to Combat Climate Change'. Learn more about this day and other EWT climate change projects by entering our online competition, open only to our loyal supporters, and stand in line to win a fabulous getaway to a South African destination.

- The Editor

Projects
The EWT at Nampo Harvest Day 2009

Every year the NAMPO Harvest Day provides the EWT with an opportunity to engage with visitors on conservation issues and projects, talk about problems and solutions, distribute educational materials to farmers, school groups and the like and promote the EWT as a whole. This year was no different. Click here to read more.

Contact: Claudia Hodkinson

Oribi Translocations

The EWT's Threatened Grassland Species Programme, in partnership with the relevant provincial conservation authorities, captures and translocates 'doomed' Oribi populations to areas where it will be easier to conserve them. A doomed population is one for which the results of the biannual counts show a decline in numbers over the past five years due to threats that cannot be stopped, and where it is clear that the remaining animals will disappear if they are not moved to a more secure site. The latest translocation took place during the last week of March and saw 10 Oribi moved from Kasouga Farm, Kasouga to Thomas River Conservancy approximately 3 hours drive away. The next translocation is scheduled for early June and will see six animals translocated from Wedgewood in Hilton to Cathkin Estate in Champagne Castle.

Click here to read more about the EWT's Oribi translocation work.

Contact: Andre Rossouw

Results out for the EWT's Electric Fence Associated Mortality in South Africa Project

Electric fences are highly effective at limiting the movement of game species and predators. However, their design is proving to have an undesirable effect on a number of species. The Endangered Wildlife Trust, in conjunction with the University of the Witwatersrand therefore commissioned this study to assess the impact of electric fences on small animals in South Africa. The project began in January 2007 and the research component of the project was concluded in December 2008. Click here to read more.

Written by Andrew Beck

Eco News
World Migratory Bird Day 2009 - 'Barriers to Migration'

The central theme for this year’s World Migratory Bird Day on 9 May was 'Barriers to Migration' and aimed to highlight the effects man-made structures such as wind turbines, communication masts, tall buildings and windows, power lines and fences have on migratory birds.

During migration birds face a number of natural obstacles such as expanding deserts, seas, huge mountains and other natural barriers. Yet, next to these natural barriers, birds are increasingly being confronted with man-made barriers on their journeys. Click here to read more.

Third Successful Bike4Beasts MTB Challenge

On 26 April 2009, 100 mountain bikers took part in The Diamond Route BIKE4BEASTS MTB Challenge on the De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve. This exciting and adrenalin-filled cross-country event aims to raise funds for the conservation activities of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, promote awareness of the region, and stimulate ecotourism. Participants were also given a rare opportunity to take part in a 31 km Fun Ride in Mapungubwe National Park. Race organisers, Lycaon Logistics, were thrilled with the success of the event, which is growing in popularity and can only get bigger and better each year. Click here to read more.

Events
Counting Cool Cats and Wild Dogs in the Kruger National Park

Where: Country Club Johannesburg - Auckland Park
When: 9 June 2009
Time: 18h30 for 19h00
Cost: Talk only: R45.00, Talk and dinner: R145.00
Dress: Smart casual

Harriet Davies-Mostert, Manager of the EWT’s Carnivore Conservation Group, will present a 'hot-off-the-press' pictorial summary of the most recent Photographic Census which ran from August 2008 to April 2009.

RSVP: 5 June 2009 - CCJ Members to contact Cathy Robertson at CCJ – Tel. 011-710 6462, EWT Members to contact Jo-Anne Schermeier at EWT – Tel. (011) 486 1102.

Click here to read more.

Conservation Outreach into Africa 2008

Where: Country Club Johannesburg
When: 14 July
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Cost: Talk - Members R45.00, Non-members R50.00, Dinner R100.00
Dress: Smart Casual
Contact: Jo-Anne Schermeier on joannes@ewt.org.za or 011 486-1102

Delegates of the Southern African Wildlife College and Game Rangers Association of Africa embarked on an outreach expedition across five southern African countries during August 2008. Andre Botha of the EWT's Birds of Prey Working Group took part and will take you on a visual journey of the trip.

RSVP: 8 May 2009.

Click here to read more.

Bestcape Digital Workshop with David Rogers

Where: Betty's Bay
When: 24 -26 July 2009
Cost: R2 995.00
Dress: Casual
Contact: John Taylor on john@bestcape.co.za

Join Bestcape and well known photographer David Rogers for a three day workshop in the heart of the Cape Floral Region. Field trips will include Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, Kogelberg Nature Reserve and scenic stretches of the southern Cape coastline. Accommodation is in the quiet coastal town of Betty’s Bay.

Click here to read more.

4th Great Green Golf Day

Where: Lost City Golf Course, Sun City
When: 3 September 2009
Cost: Packages range from R9 500.00 to R10 800.00 per 4-ball including accommodation, golf, entertainment, gift bags and a prize giving dinner.
Dress: Golf attire
Contact: Jessica Endean on jessicae@ewt.org.za or 011 486-1102

The course is a golfer's paradise and the event provides a fun time out the city for everyone. Book your 4-ball now!

RSVP: 3 August 2009.

Click here to read more.

Eco Facts
World Environment Day


Your Planet Needs You!

In celebration of World Environment Day on 5 June 2009 the Endangered Wildlife Trust invites you, our treasured supporter, to enter an online competition and stand in line to win a fabulous getaway to a South African destination!

To enter the competition, simply visit https://www.ewt.org.za/WEDComp.aspx on the EWT’s website, donate R20 to our work and answer a question relating to wildlife and climate change.

Good Luck!

Climate Change Facts


Did you know?

  • That South Africa is the 12th largest global greenhouse gas emitter in the world and has the 7th highest emissions per GDP, with over 70% of emissions arising from its low-grade coal-based electricity production.
  • A move to new ultra-efficient technologies such as appliances, lights, and cars that use 75 percent less energy and buildings that use 67% less energy, would mean sufficient energy savings to cover at least half of the anticipated global energy demand in coming decades
  • That recycling just 2 glass bottles conserves enough energy to boil water for 5 cups of coffee.

Visit the Climate Action Partnership website for more fascinating facts on climate change.

Wishlist

These are some of our latest wish list items. Any contributions will be most appreciated:

  • A Map Cabinet to store research maps
  • Hand Drill to use for maintenance around the EWT Office
  • Office Desks and Chairs
  • Credenza Draws for use in the offices
  • Digital video camera to capture work in the field
  • Weed Eater and other gardening tools to keep the lawns at the EWT Head Office Maintained

Click here to read more.

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

Benefits
EWT Car Wheel Cover

With Father's Day around the corner, this would make an ideal gift. Simply supply us with your specific wheel dimesions/measurements, and it will be custom made for your vehicle.

Unit Price: including packaging and postage

  • R380.00
Click here to read more.

EWT Licence Disc Holder

This licence disc holder is available in red and comes with a self adhesive sticker to apply to the inside of your window. This makes it easy to replace your annual licence disc with ease by cutting it out and slotting it into the holder without having to remove the previous 'sticker' licence disc on the window. A perfect compliment to the EWT wheel cover as a Father's Day gift.

Unit Price : including postage and packaging

Promotional Price for SA Citizens : R18.50 (Incl. Vat)

Normal Price :

  • Members : R 18.50 (Incl. Vat)
  • Non-Members : R22.50 (Incl. Vat)

Click here to read more.

Sleeveless Fleece Jackets

This Sleeveless Micro Fleece Jacket has an Antipill finish, full zipper and 2 zippered pockets, with contrasting Trim on Collar, armholes and side panels. It is available in black and charcoal or safari brown and stone, and sizes S-4XL.

Unit Price : including postage and packaging

Promotional Price for SA Citizens : R242.50 (Incl. Vat)

Normal Price :

  • Members : R 242.50 (Incl. Vat)
  • Non-Members : R252.50 (Incl. Vat)

Click here to read more.

Hot Boxes

The Hotbox utilises enhanced insulation to maintain the optimum cooking temperature of a pot once it has been taken from the stove, allowing the contents to cook perfectly without constant supervision. Due to the high latent energy of the liquids in and around your foods, cooking will continue at a rate that is ideally suited to the specific dish without the risk of burnt or undercooked dishes while saving up to a staggering 80% in energy consumption

Unit Price: including packaging and postage

  • Members : R 285.00 (Incl. Vat)
  • Non-Members : R270.00 (Incl. Vat)
Click here to read more.
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