Issue 58: April - July 2015
  • Every Dog Has His Day
  • A Water Secure Future for Southern Africa
  • Wattled Crane survey
  • The Oribi Survey
  • Partnership to Boost the Conservation
  • Unusual Aardvark Sighting whilst monitoring biodiversity impacts at Sere wind farm
  • Learning to appreciate nature, one walk and breath at a time

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A WORD FROM OUR CEO

The EWT put out a media release / statement last week expressing our concern about the “… the proliferation of captive facilities holding a range of carnivores in South Africa for the sole purpose of tourism and financial gain.” See media release. We go on to point out the fact that very few centres that breed or hold captive carnivores are supporting the genuine conservation of wild carnivores and that handraised, bottle fed cubs are certainly never released into the wild. Which begs the question: where do they go? Our intention with this statement was to initiate a process of public education as we believe that an informed public that understands the pressures and real conservation challenges facing wild carnivores and that asks questions instead of blindly accepting what they are presented with, is critical if we are to achieve transparency and honesty in the industry.

And therein lies the real issue. The EWT does not dispute the legality of some of the activities of some of the operations and nor do we question the public’s right to bottle feed or cuddle cubs. What we are asking for is that the public poses critical questions about the truth behind a lot of what they are being told and that there is far greater transparency and honesty throughout the entire supply chain of captive bred carnivores. Thereafter, if you are happy to pay to have your child’s photograph taken with a lion cub that will probably end up as a trophy on a wall, so be it. At least you know what your money is being used for and what your memories are based on.

The statement has generated an overwhelmingly positive response from our members and supporters far and wide and we are pleased that there seems to have been such a growing sense of discomfort from many of them about many ‘predator parks’. The EWT fully recognises that there are some excellent facilities out there that assist and support rescued carnivores that live out their lives in peace and dignity in these facilities. So we are in fact hoping that by educating the public, suggesting that they ask key questions and become informed, that they may in fact be better able to discern between those centres that exist for the welfare of the animals in their care and those that exist for commercial gain through the exploitation of their animals and a falsified ‘conservation’ guise.

The EWT laments the fact that increasingly tourists are paying top dollar to watch elephant soccer, bottle feed lion cubs, walk with tigers and even visit gruesome rhino poaching scenes. In the highly competitive tourist market today, it seems that anything that generates maximum social media attention wins the tourist buck. We know that conservation depends heavily on tourists wanting to experience, and being willing to pay for the genuine ‘African Experience’ - where a lion is a possible hint of a reward for a game drive that started before daybreak; where wild elephants are heard trumpeting in large herds as they trample mopane trees and where really big lenses have to be used to photograph the whites of a Leopard’s eyes.

The EWT will continue to educate the public about false conservation claims and we welcome all the offers to support us in this mission. We invite members of the public, the media and the tourism sector to work with us and to strive for transparency, ethics and honesty in the use of wildlife in pursuit of the tourist’s dollars. We also encourage the excellent work done by the genuine sanctuaries and extend our hand to them to support us in these efforts too. Al that we can do is build knowledge. What you do with it after that is indeed your choice.

Yolan Friedmann
CEO

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PROJECT NEWS

Every dog has his day
By Kirsty Brebner, the EWT's Rhino Project Manager

Thanks to generous funding from the Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust, we have three new canine recruits helping with the fight against poaching – detection/attack dog Bullet who is based at Addo National Elephant Park, detection/tracker dog Belgian Malinois Xena based at the Marakele National Park, and detection dog Vito and handler PH who are stationed at Save the Waterberg Rhino. All the dogs have been trained to detect rhino horn, elephant ivory as well as arms and ammunitions, and will be working at reserve gates, at roadblocks and doing residential searches in their respective areas. We wish them all great success…READ MORE

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Securing a Water Secure Future for southern Africa: Applying the ecosystem approach (EA) in the Orange-Senque basin
By Grant Smith, the EWT’s Source to Sea Programme Field Officer

The Endangered Wildlife Trust's ( EWT) Source to Sea Programme has reason to celebrate. After conducting a bird survey in the Orange River Mouth site, we recorded a total of 2353 birds (a 26% increase from the 2012 count). The bird counts had been discontinued for a number of years due to capacity and logistical issues. We are proud to have recently hosted the Cape Bird Club and the Northern Cape Department of Nature Conservation (DENC) in re-initiating the biannual Orange River Mouth bird counts. Counts were done in accordance with a code of practice outlined by BirdLife... READ MORE

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Wattled Crane survey reveals highest count for species in more than 25 years!
By Kerryn Morrison, the EWT's African Crane Conservation Programme Manager

Great news from Zambia! We just completed 29 hours of intensive aerial surveys over the Kafue Flats, and our preliminary survey estimate suggests the total population on the Kafue Flats is more than 2300—the largest population of Wattled Cranes in the world and the highest count anywhere since the 1980s!...READ MORE

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The Oribi Survey
By Jiba Magwaza, the EWT’s Threatened Grasslands Species Programme Field Intern

The Oribi census is an exercise used to monitor animal numbers in private and protected areas. The period September to November is chosen because this is when the grasslands that have been burnt are flushing green, making the Oribi easier to see as they are attracted to this green flush…READ MORE

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Partnership to Boost the Conservation our precious water resources
By Christine Coppinger, the EWT’S Source to Sea Programme Field Officer

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) are combining their strengths and expertise and taking collective action to address the natural resource challenges that impact fresh water in our country. The two organisations will collaborate on key water-related conservation projects. Collaborations have already began through the EWT's Amathole Freshwater Species conservation Project ( EWT -AFSCP) based in the Eastern Cape …READ MORE

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Learning to appreciate nature, one walk and breath at a time
By Lillian Mlambo, the EWT's Communications Manager

On 21st of May as part of the EWT's International Day of Biological Diversity celebrations, a team of EWT staff members based in Johannesburg braced the cold and ventured on a guided tour at the Modderfontein Reserve with a group of learners from a local school, Nobel Primary School. The guided tour was preceded by an interactive educational session about the environment and the importance of conserving our natural heritage which was facilitated by Boaz Tsebe, the EWT's Urban Conservation Manager...READ MORE

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Unusual Aardvark Sighting whilst monitoring biodiversity impacts at Sere wind farm
By Constant Hoogstad, the EWT's Wildlife Energy Programme Manager

Who would have thought? An aardvark, in the middle of the day and on the West Coast? The Eskom/Endangered Wildlife Trust partnership team, made up of four people from the local community, could not believe their eyes when they spotted an Aardvark at the Sere Wind farm!
As carcass searchers, the main purpose of the team is to look for dead birds and bats underneath wind turbines at the recently constructed Eskom Sere Wind Energy Facility…READ MORE

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The Endangered Wildlife Trust commended for helping SAPS

Adam Pires, the EWT's Skills Development Programme Manager and Kelly Marnewick, the EWT's Carnivore Conservation Programme Manager recently presented training workshops to the South African Police Service (SAPS) on the SAPS Endangered Species Investigative Learning Programme . As trainers they were both highly applauded by SAPS. Simon Nel, Lieutenant from the South African Police Service said, "Both of these individuals presented excellent content in the fields of Carnivores in conflict with Organised Agriculture and Cites as well as Cycad identification."

"It is an honour to be associated with the Endangered Wildlife Trust. I want to commend Adam for his longstanding loyalty to SAPS Division Human Resources Development in particular General Research and Curriculum Development. He has been with us from the beginning of this project and has supported us in so many ways. His cycad identification was particularly useful and practical. They demonstrated a technological and a "paper "or non-technological method of identifying Encephelartos species." commented Nel.

Nel attested to the fact that the knowledge gained will be put to good use by law enforcement officers in combating illegal trade and possession of cycads in South Africa and ultimately in the entire SADC region.

The Lieutenant conveyed his appreciation to the EWT and to both trainers and also said that the content shared with SAPS will also be incorporated into the learning material to be used in future training interventions.

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Conservation Achiever of Note

We give Kudos to Samson Phakathi for recently being acknowledged by one of our partner organisations, WESSA for his contribution to conservation. Dr Jim Taylor presented the certificate to Samson in June 2015. Sam's professionalism is evident and only glowing reports are received wherever Samson goes. He has received a number of similar awards of recognition for his work. His colleagues and associates respect him for his efforts to not only improve the conservation status of the species and habitats on which he works, but also the livelihoods of the communities with which he interacts.

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Ambassadors Corner

Ethan Schneider- Newest Cheetah Ambassador
We would like to give eight year old Ethan Schneider who is a grade two learner a special mention for his love and passion for wildlife and nature, in particular Cheetah. Ethan is so passionate about Cheetah that he raised R1800 which he donated to the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

When his mom asked him if he wanted to spend some of the money he had raised on a birthday present, he boldly told his mom that he wanted to give the money to Cheetah. We applaud Ethan for being a Cheetah ambassador at such an early age and we have no doubt that the Cheetah population is surely going to thrive for generations to come with Ethan on their side.

Exceptional love for Wild Dog fluffy- Priceless
Marli van Wyk, an eight year old girl and avid Wild Dog supporter, was recently compelled to leave a note for her mother to ONLY hand wash her Wild Dog fluffy and not to resort to the washing machine. This is a fluffy which she received as a special gift from her dad at an early age of 4 years old. From day one they were inseparable. In 2014, when Marli made a spill on her fluffy her mom plonked it into the washing machine. Needless to say the fluffy came out looking quite different and she will not forget the day. Marli was very upset and she cried a lot about this. Her mom had to spend an entire day combing the stuffed toy in order for it to look like a Wild Dog again.Towards the end of April this year, Marli left her Wild Dog fluffy on the ironing board with a cautionary message for her mom not to wash the fluffy in the washing machine again. See picture of the message in Afrikaans.Four years down the line after receiving her fluffy, Marli still loves her Wild Dog just as much. When asked what her favourite animal is, she will still say Wild Dog. Marli's love for Wild Dogs is exceptional and this was evident when she had to do a show and tell of her favourite animal at school. Below is a picture of her animal that she made out of recyclable material. All moms please take a note and exercise caution when washing those fluffies

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To all Supporters: Young Conservation ambassadors Corner
Do you have stories, tales that you want to share of our youngest Conservation ambassadors? We would love to share them on our facebook and all EWT news platforms. Send us your stories be it pictures or drawings. We want to know what our young conservationists are getting up to. Send your stories to lillianm@ewt.org.za

Boosting Environmental Education Efforts at Primary Schools
The EWT is on mission to resource previously disadvantaged primary schools with copies of Envirokids magazine for their school libraries. Envirokids is colourful environmental education magazine for children. The magazine helps young minds explore the fun and fascinations with our natural world and they learn about Mother Earth and how nature works. They also get to read about what other kids are doing to help our environment. You can sponsor a copy from as little as R35. To sponsor a copy please contact Joel on joelt@ewt.org.za. Joel has already gone to a few schools to handover the magazines. Beneficiaries include Matlhasedi Primary School, Atlholang Primary School, Poipelo Primary School and Princess Primary School.

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NEW AND EXCITING GIFTS FOR PURCHASE in the EWT E-SHOP

Give a lifeline to our Wildlife and buy the EWT and Relate’s gorgeous species bracelets
The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Relate’s collector’s range of beautifully beaded, endangered species themed bracelets are still on sale. We now have two new bracelets, the bateleurs eagle bracelet and the frog bracelet. Please continue to support our work by purchasing the Cheetah, Wild Dog, Rhino and Dugong bracelets from Tiger’s Eye stores like Indaba and Out Of Africa nationwide, and the EWT Rhino bracelet from selected CNA stores. You can also buy on line at www.ewtshop.co.za or at www.relate.org.za
. Contact debbiet@ewt.org.za.

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SUPPORTER NEWS

UPCOMING COUNTRY CLUB JOHANNESBURG TALKS

We continue to bring you presentations at THE COUNTRY CLUB JOHANNESBURG in WOODMEAD every second month, at the COUNTRY CLUB JOHANNESBURG AUCKLAND PARK

Inspiring a global Community- Cranes as Ambassadors for Wetlands and Humanity-
presented by Kerry Morrison, EWT's African Cranes Programme Manager

When: 4th August 2015
Where: Country Club Johannesburg, 1 Napier Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
Cost: R70 members, R95 non-members, dinner R145 per person
Contact: Debbie Thiart on 011 372 3600/1/2/3 or debbiet@ewt.org.za

Calling ALL Cyclists and Mountain Bikers to Ride for The Endangered Wildlife Trust !
Entries for THE MOMENTUM 947 CYCLE CHALLENGE are NOW OPEN –
Up for the challenge? Join the EWT Pawprint Peloton. The EWT is aiming for our biggest peloton yet! In 2014 we had 76 cyclists. Sign up and help us REACH the150 cyclists mark!

Every Cyclist Counts. ENTER NOW
Get involved and do your part to bring an end to extinction!
Enter yourself at www.cyclechallenge.co.za and make the payment.
Email Debbie on debbiet@ewt.org.za to find how to get started on your journey.
Debbie will keep in contact with you every step of the way and will give you fabulous tips and innovative ways on how you can fundraise for the EWT!!!

 

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Do you want to loudly to brag about your standpoint and actions on what you are doing to preserve this lovely planet? Why not do that in Environment Magazine? The magazine is a collaboration with seven leading environmental NGOs and is published by Future Publishing. The magazine offers a unique platform for organisations to promote their sustainability efforts . Environment is a full colour, quarterly, popular environmental and conservation magazine. Copies of the magazine are avidly read by more than 11 000 readers. Our readers are environmentally conscious leaders that share our passion for the grand beauty of African nature. They are conscious of their impact on the earth and care about using energy resources wisely. They are interested in products and businesses that share their core values. This is an advertising avenue where you have the reader’s absorbed attention and where the publication is unique and without competition. Options you can go for include the following:
• Outside Back Cover - R 27 500
• Inside Front Cover - R 23 000
• Inside Back Cover - R 23 000
• Full Page - R 18 350
• Corporate sponsorship for four issue s- R 170 000
• Corporate sponsorship for one issue - R 50 000

For all business involved in the "Green Economy" there is a green marketplace section for you to advertise your services from as little as R3000. Help take readers' hearts and minds on a journey to explore the environment and instil a love and passion for the environment and to take actions that protects the environment. The magazine is issued quarterly and is packed with interesting and informative articles on current environmental issues, travel destinations, natural history as well as book reviews and the NGO's section for each NGO to profile its work. Take action now. Show that you care about the environment by advertising in Environment Magazine. You can also subscribe to the magazine. Even better you can also be a headline sponsor for the magazine. Speak to us now. See media pack and rate card - https://www.ewt.org.za/enviro.html.

To advertise or subscribe please contact lillianm@ewt.org.za / debbie@futuregroup.co.za

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Thank You to the Van Renen family for creating a Lasting Legacy
We would like to sincerely thank the van Renen family for the bequest left by Ms Van Pamela Renen. Pamela has left a lasting legacy and we are so honoured that she remembered us in such a special way.

Annual Golf Day A Major Success!
We would like to thank all our supporters who took part of the 2015 Annual Golf Day. We had a funfilled and exciting event. We would love to have you all back in 2016 so please budget and diarise for May 2016, date to be advised. We were able to raise R38 000 through the auction with the help of your generous product contributions.

We acknowledge the following companies for their contributions:

  • ABI
  • Bridgestone South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
  • Canopy Tours
  • Cathedral Peak Hotel
  • CIB Insurance Solutions
  • Ford – Kempster Sedwick (Pty) Ltd.
  • HALP! Media
  • IQ Business
  • Jaguar Land Rover Centurion
  • Kintetsu World Express SA (Pty) Ltd.
  • Little Luxuries
  • Nedbank
  • Nikon
  • Paul Smith (Standard Bank Group Limited)
  • Painted Wolf Wines
  • PG Bison (Pty) Ltd.
  • RB & Son Transport (Gauteng) cc
  • Sabie River Sun resort
  • Seremed
  • Sycol Plastics
  • Zendai Development (SA) (Pty) Ltd


Welcome to our most recent supporters

  • Artwise Mzansi (Corporate Member)
  • Africa International Advisors (General Support)
  • African Wildlife Foundation (General Support)
  • Bakwena (Wildlife and Transport Programme)
  • Golder Associates Africa (General Support)
  • Indwe Risk Services (African Crane Conservation Programme)
  • Lakeside  Nitro (Corporate Member)
  • Lindt & Sprungli (Drylands Conservation Programme)
  • N3 Toll Concession (Wildlife and  Transport Programme; Threatened Grassland & Species Programme)
  • Rand Merchant Bank (Source to Sea Programme ; Threatened Amphibians Programme)
  • Save the Rhino International (Rhino Project)
  • The De Graaff Foundation (General Support)

Head Office: Endangered Wildlife Trust, Private Bag X11, Modderfontein, Gauteng, 1645 (T) +27 11 3723600 (F) +27 11 6084682, www.ewt.org.za

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