By Kirsty Brebner, EWT's Rhino Project, Project Manager
Heddi, a Belgian Malinois sniffer dog was first imported by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) from Germany in July 2012 and was trained to detect rhino horn and ivory. Her first working years were at OR Tambo International Airport. When KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife recognised the value of sniffer dogs at reserves, they approached the EWT for help in obtaining a dog for their anti-rhino poaching operations. Heddi appeared to be exactly what they were looking for. A decision was made to deploy her there which meant her sniffing repertoire was expanded to include weapons and bullets. Her new handler Chantel Dickson spent time in Johannesburg where she bonded with Heddi during her training period with Bidvest Magnum Dog unit. …READ MORE
By Cobus Theron, EWT's African Crane Conservation Programme,Senior Field Officer
The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)'s African Crane Conservation Programme (ACCP) recently took on eight trainees on a three month intensive EcoRanger training. The EcoRangers programme offers hands on practical fieldwork training to participants supervised by experienced conservationists whose aim is to produce competent EcoRangers capable of performing practical tasks in the field. Trainees are exposed to the rigorous field work and are given challenging tasks to solve conservation problems …READ MORE / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7_stc90D24
By Jeanne Tarrant, EWT's Threatened Amphibians Programme Manager & Cobus Theron, EWT's African Crane Conservation Programme, Senior Field Officer
As part of the extensive training that was undertaken by the EWT Southern Drakensberg Eco-Rangers, Dr. Jeanne Tarrant of the Threatened Amphibian Programme joined Cobus Theron (African Crane Conservation Programme) for two days in Underberg to give an introductory course on frogs including identification of species local to the region. Judging by the faces of the eight participants at the outset, no one was particularly enamoured with the idea of learning about this group of creatures…READ MORE
By Tselane Rachuene – Intern for the EWT’s Birds of Prey Programme and Jiba Magwaza-intern for the EWT's Threatened Grassland Species Programme
Understanding the relationship between free-roaming wildlife, especially carnivores, and humans is very important. A lot of Endangered species find themselves threatened by angry communities and sadly often end up being killed either through fear or to protect livestock. Some predators do cause problems which results in conflict in and around communities especially those that are close to mountains and game farms. It is very important that a holistic management approach to human-wildlife conflict is taken when dealing with such issues because many predators are of conservation concern and predation can impact on livelihoods…READ MORE
By Vincent van der Merwe, EWT's Carnivore Conservation Programme, Cheetah Metapopulation coordinator
In George Orwell’s allegorical novel ‘Animal Farm’, Napoleon revised one of the seven commandments. “All animals are equal” was promptly replaced with “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”.
Graaf Reinet is the fourth oldest town in South Africa and is situated in the heart of the Great Karoo. It is a boundless area covered by vast sheep and game farms, where broad plains roll away to distant koppies and the multilayered Sneeuberg Mountains. These are the only mountains in Africa where one can observe the world’s fastest land mammal in snow. Cheetah are more tolerant of cold weather than one would think. In Samara Private Game Reserve Cheetah are known to compete for higher lying grassland areas where it frequently snows in winter. It was in these grasslands that an exceptional young Cheetah was born in October 2006. …READ MORE
By Lourens Leeuwner, the EWT’S Wildlife and Energy Programme, Renewable Energy Project Manager
South Africa`s potential for solar power generation is extremely high due to the levels of solar irradiation. A number of independent power producers have already identified this and photo voltaic (PV) solar farms are cropping up all over the Northern Cape. …READ MORE
By Ronelle Visagie, EWT’s Birds of Prey Programme, Field Officer
Last year in November, Hilton Kuisis a community member from the Sabie region in Mpumalanga found a baby owl and alerted the EWT. Hilton wanted to know if there was a rehabilitation centre nearby or if it was possible to feed and raise the chick. I suspected that the chick could be a Spotted Eagle Owl so, I advised him to leave it on the ground or to put it in a safe place, to make it easier for its parents to find it. It is always better to leave the chick with its parents to raise, because the rehabilitation process is long and can only be done by people with knowledge about raptors. …READ MORE
The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is delighted to announce that Karen Allen, EWT's Dugong Emergency Protection Project Executant is one of the proud 3 winners of the Future for Nature Award for the Dugong Emergency Protection Project based in Mozambique. Winners have been selected out of many entries from around the globe. Future for Nature supports young, talented and ambitious conservationists committed to protecting species of wild animals and plants. The commitment of these individuals is what will make the difference for the future of nature. Through their leadership they inspire and mobilize communities, organizations, governments, investors and the public at large.
The focus of Future for Nature award is specifically on the advancement and support of young, emerging conservationists. Karen has achieved substantial and long term benefit to the conservation status of the Dugong. She has demonstrated leadership and entrepreneurship in her conservation work and has been creative and innovative in her work.
EWT's Dugong Emergency Protection Project Executant, Karen Allen said "Through conserving Bazaruto’s dugongs, I hope to improve the overall conservation management of the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park and its diverse and sensitive habitats", she continued, "I believe species conservation can also be a catalyst to uplift and develop the often-impoverished human communities who share a species’ habitat. By elevating dugongs as a flagship species, I hope to leverage funds and international support, and to secure partners to help develop a range of sustainable alternative income-generating activities for the Park’s resident fishing communities."
Karen will be jetting off to the Future for Nature Awards Ceremony in Royal Burgers’ Zoo in the Netherlands on Friday 27 February 2015 where she will present her work on the Dugong Emergency Protection Project. She will also be presented with a prize of o €50,000 to continue saving the Bazaruto Dugong.