Endangered Wildlife Trust
       Volume 32 - June 2010

     1: News from our CEO
     2: Project news
     3: Eco news
     4: Events
     5: e-Shop
     6: Supporter news



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News from our CEO

Hello EWT supporters

Congratulations to our EWTalk editor Hayley Komen on the recent birth of her daughter Scarlet!

It's impossible to be in South Africa at the moment and not be thinking, speaking, reading and in general, just living football. Fan or not, football fever has gripped the nation - and the world - and it is estimated that more than 2 billion people will at some stage of the World Cup, tune into South Africa. And even from this no-so-big-football-fan, I have to say that I am proud of the show that we have put on for the world and for how the world class event we are staging is uniting us and directing our efforts towards a stronger, prouder and brighter South Africa. To the thousands of tourists visiting our country, I hope you take in more than the magnificent stadiums and fan parks that have been developed for this spectacle and that you experience the wonders of a country that contains the only complete floral kingdom within its borders, that has no less than seven proclaimed World Heritage Sites (with another two on the cards) and is considered the birthplace of mankind, that offers opportunities to view the Big Five, dive with dolphins and sharks and hike through ancient mountains - all on the same day.

South Africa is further home to eight distinctly different biomes (Forest, Savanna, Grassland, Subtropical Thicket, Succulent Karoo, Nama Karoo, Fynbos and a small area of Desert), the only arid hotspot in the world (the Succulent Karoo) and is among the three most mega-diverse countries on the planet. Our forward thinking Constitution is one of the few in the world that protects environmental rights in its Bill of Rights and our regulatory framework affords protection to ecosystems, species, genetic diversity and the rights of human beings to benefit sustainably from them all. We are indeed a country of wonders!

As the fastest climbing contributor to the country's GDP, we need tourism to create sustainable employment and support the expanded conservation of our natural systems. Tourism brings development and hope to Africa and through the memories made, and the photographs, experiences and keepsakes of every visitor, takes the magic of Africa back to the world. We at the EWT like to think that we too have prepared hard and well for the World Cup and that the influx of tourists who, through our efforts, and your support, can enjoy the wonders of seeing Wild Dog pups feeding, watch Blue Cranes dancing and catch a glimpse of the mystical Blue Swallow as they move through the fields of gold that are South Africa's precious grasslands. With 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, halfway through, we are both celebrating the specialness of this country and the glory of what we have to offer, as well as intensifying our efforts to capture and capitalise on this exciting time in our history, to step up our conservation efforts and to garner additional support. For the legacy that it promised to leave our country, we went all out and hosted the best World Cup tournament ever. For the legacy that our natural resources will offer many generations to come, our efforts to conserve and cherish our extraordinary environment must now become our focus.

Proudly South African

Yolan Friedmann
EWT CEO

Project news

Dugong Emergency Recovery Programme launched

There are an estimated 200 Dugongs Dugong dugon left in and around the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Mozambique. These animals represent the Western Indian Ocean's single remaining viable Dugong population. Their survival is threatened by a combination of factors including incidental, and sometimes intentional capture in fishing nets, uncontrolled coastal and inland development leading to loss of Dugong food and habitat, fishing practices that impact on availability and type of Dugong forage, unsustainable tourist development in sensitive areas, collisions with vessels and climate change. To address this, the EWT has launched the Dugong Emergency Recovery Programme. Read more on the EWT's Marine & Coastal Programme webpages, or contact Karen Allen.

Wild Dogs moved to Mkuze Game Reserve

After months of deliberation and logistical maneuvering, seven African Wild Dogs Lycaon pictus were recently moved from the Venetia-Limpopo Nature Reserve in the Limpopo Province to the Mkuze Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. This was an important event in the final chapter of the Venetia Limpopo Wild Dog Project as all Wild Dogs have been temporarily removed from Venetia until the fences are dropped to form part of the large Transfrontier Conservation Area, which will make more space for them. Mkuze is an important area for Wild Dogs since there are currently no dogs there, and we now have one more reserve in the very successful KZN Wild Dog range expansion project. Full story on the EWT's Carnivore Conservation Programme webpages.

Eco news

Brazen rhino poachers hit Gauteng nature reserve

On the morning of 29 May a pregnant female rhino and her two-year old calf were killed by poachers at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in Gauteng. This came hours after South African National Parks (SANParks) released a statement expressing concern over the "alarming" escalation of rhino poaching in South Africa. Read more...

Fight to save Mapungubwe World Heritage Site intensifies

The fight to protect the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape from coal mining heated up with the submission of an appeal against the mine by some of South Africa's leading NGOs. Australian company Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has been given the go-ahead to begin construction of an opencast and underground coal mine less than 6 km from the borders of the Mapungubwe National Park and adjacent to the World Heritage Site, with the approval of the Environmental Management Plan for the proposed Vele Colliery. Read more...

Events

EWT Talk and Dinner: Urban Raptor Conservation

Speaker: Bo van der Lecq
Date: 13 July 2010
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Venue: Country Club Johannesburg (Auckland Park), 1 Napier Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
Cost: EWT Members: R50 Talk only or R150 Talk and Dinner, Non-members: R55 Talk only or R150 Talk and Dinner
Dress: Smart casual
For more information, contact Nicola on nicolav@ewt.org.za or call 011 486 1102.

EWT Talk and Dinner: Topic to be announced

Speaker: Dr John Ledger
Date: 3 August 2010
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Venue: Country Club Johannesburg (Auckland Park), 1 Napier Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
Cost: EWT Members: R50 Talk only or R150 Talk and Dinner, Non-members: R55 Talk only or R150 Talk and Dinner
Dress: Smart casual
For more information, contact Nicola on nicolav@ewt.org.za or call 011 486 1102.

Climbing for Kruger Dogs - Black Tie Dinner

Venue: Hyatt Regency Hotel
Date: 30 September 2010
Go wild with us at a sparkling dinner to celebrate the African Wild Dog and to honour Vaughan de la Harpe and his expedition team which recently summited Mt Everest, taking with them Frikkie, the EWT Wild Dog toy. The dinner presents us with the opportunity to raise the balance of the funds needed to purchase tracking collars for the EWT Wild Dog conservation project in the Kruger Park. There will be unique, collectable items on auction, as well as the chance to mingle with Frikkie, Vaughan and his team members.

To read more about Vaughan's adventure or make a donation, visit www.givengain.com. For bookings or sponsorship opportunities contact Tammy on tammyd@ewt.org.za or call 011 486 1102.

e-Shop

Full set of Menzo Cards

Three packs of educational and fun cards for children and adults. Buy this set of Menzo cards and learn interesting facts about South African mammals, snakes and birds with proceeds going towards conserving endangered species. Read more...

Wild Dog Wine Presentation Pack

Show your support of the EWT by purchasing this presentation pack of the limited Wild Dog Shiraz and Reserve wines produced by the award winning Lindhorst Wine estate. Read more...

Supporter news

If you have something to give, you have a lot to gain

The EWT is live on the international fundraising site, GivenGain. We have a number of champions who are achieving great feats in fundraising for several of our action-driven conservation projects. Vaughan de la Harpe just summited Everest with an EWT Wild Dog soft toy, Frikkie, and tracked his fundraising on the site. Yolan Friedmann, CEO of the EWT, completed her sixth Comrades Marathon, to the benefit of the Trust. We are also especially proud of a five year old champion in the USA who is using GivenGain to boost his efforts of recycling to make money for the Cheetah projects. Meanwhile, Margaret Keane is walking 750 km along the Camino Route in France for our Dare to Care for Endangered Species Campaign.

You can follow all these activists and their progress by visiting www.endangered.givengain.org and watch this space for more updates as the EWT spreads its message online.

Following his heart for Cheetah!

Liam Crettol is one of EWT's truest Cheetah champions in the United States. Since his fifth birthday when he saw his first Cheetah, Liam has been collecting cans and bottles for recycling in order to raise funds for Cheetah in South Africa. Liam's love for the world's fastest land mammal is inspired by his own enjoyment of running as fast as he can.

The existence of the Cheetah is under threat, and its survival depends on people like Liam fighting for its future. He believes that you should treat animals and the planet the way you want to be treated and always follow your heart - Liam is truly following his heart for Cheetah survival!

Doing it for Dugongs

The EWT was invited to showcase its Dugong Recovery Programme at the Scubaversity Dive Show and Expo held in May 2010. The overwhelming interest shown in the plight of Mozambique's Dugong population and the support given by the dive community was incredible. The EWT sponsored a prize for one of the water games played on the day. Melanie of Scubaversity was the lucky winner. Thank you to all involved.

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ANNEKE HOOGSTAD - COUNTRY CLUB JOHANNESBURG - CRANEFIELD COLLEGE - GIVENGAIN - RMB PROJECT MANAGEMENT NETWORK - SCUBAVERSITY
 
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