Issue 63: June - July 2016


A healthy planet and an equitable world that values and sustains diversity of all life.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is dedicated to conserving threatened species and ecosystems in southern Africa to the benefit of all people.



It is quite extraordinary when I recount how much has happened, locally and globally, since my last piece was written three months ago. On the domestic front, we have received a firm position from the South African government that they will not be proposing a lifting of the ban on the international trade in rhino horn at the upcoming CITES conference to be held in September this year; and the film Blood Lions raised the lid once again on the torrid practices that occur inside of South Africa’s shameful lion breeding and canned lion hunting industries. Further afield, and possibly in response to this exposé and other pressures on the future of the lion, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed the African Lion on the US Endangered species list, effectively prohibiting or seriously limiting all trophy imports....READ MORE 





Meet Mwitu

Hi, my name is Mwitu! In case the beautiful ears and gorgeous coat weren’t a giveaway, I’m a Wild Dog and I’m from the Kruger National Park in South Africa, where most other Wild Dogs in SA live – local really is lekker! I recently turned a year old and I decided to do something completely different…I’m a little bit quirky like that. You see, usually in Wild Dog families, the females leave the pack after reaching maturity, and us guys tend to stick around. Not that we’re layabouts, but we like our comfort zones, our man dens, all that good stuff. But I wanted a bit of adventure and to find a way to do something meaningful with my life. You get it, right? I wanted to make a difference (and have some fun at the same time of course)!  READ MORE 




Celebrating Five Years of Cheetah Conservation…and the recipe for future success

By Vincent van der Merwe, Cheetah Metapopulation coordinator: EWT Carnivore Conservation Programme

Cheetah once occurred in large and connected populations that stretched all the way from South Africa up to Egypt and westwards to Senegal. Today, these populations have become severely fragmented into 29 subpopulations, with only one population estimated to number more than 1000 individuals. This is in large part due to the rapid growth of the human population - in Africa, this population has increased from approximately 100 million people in 1850 to 1.2 billion today and will continue to grow over the coming years, while during the same period, the resident range of the Cheetah decreased by 89%. Continued substantial growth of the human population will mean further habitat loss for Cheetah, further fragmentation of existing habitat, further loss of prey, more retaliatory killings due to livestock predation and more illegal trade in Cheetah as they are sought for pets by the ever expanding elite in the developing world....READ MORE




Making the Leap towards Sustainable Change

By Cherise Acker, Field Operations Officer: EWT Threatened Amphibian Programme
The EWT’s Threatened Amphibian Programme (TAP) envisions pristine wetlands filled with leaping frogs as a result of effective habitat and species conservation efforts.. Saving wetlands involves working with their wetland neighbours, people. Wetland neighbours that can talk back and often even fight back! Threatening our precious vision of a picturesque wetland chorused with a string of chirping Pickersgill’s Reed Frogs surrounded by urban settlements. So, can people and nature live in harmony?.....READ MORE




Putting African Road Ecology on the Map

By Wendy Collinson, Manager: EWT Wildlife and Roads Project
Eight African road ecologists are off to France later this year to attend the fifth Infra Eco Network Europe (IENE), an international conference on ecology and transportation. IENE is a network of experts working with various aspects of transportation, infrastructure and ecology. The network was initiated in 1996 to provide an independent, international and interdisciplinary arena for the exchange and development of expert knowledge, and with the aim to promote a safe and ecologically sustainable pan-European transport infrastructure..... READ MORE




Creating Cohesion

By Kerryn Morrison, ICF/EWT Senior Manager: Africa
When team members are scattered across several countries in Africa, it’s easy for a sense of cohesion to be lost. Yet in order to implement the ambitious strategy of the African Crane Conservation Programme (ACCP), a partnership between the Endangered Wildlife Trust and International Crane Foundation, a cohesive and committed team is exactly what’s needed. The obvious solution was to bring everyone together, but could that be achieved across geographical barriers?..... READ MORE



Let’s Do it Ourselves!

By Bridget Corrigan, Manager: EWT Source to Sea Programme
The Marico Catchment Conservation Project is a fantastic example of how much can be achieved when there is community involvement and buy-in. A local community focus group has named the project A Re Itireleng ('let's do it ourselves’) and are committed to leading the way when it comes to enhancing sustainable water management and green economy for the benefit of people and the environment in the Marico River Catchment. What’s more, the project team is set to undertake their first full-scale integrated People Health Environment (PHE) programme, highlighting the importance that is placed on the connection between community and environment.... READ MORE



The Business Case for Biodiversity

By Shelley Lizzio, Manager: National Biodiversity and Business Network and Michael Adams, National Biodiversity and Business Network
Biodiversity is the foundation of our existence and the prerequisite for doing business. Surprisingly few business realise that around 40% of the global economy is based on biological products or processes. Indeed, businesses, whether they realise it or not, profit directly or indirectly from the variety of ecosystems, species and genetic biodiversity in the extraction and production of raw materials, and in the distribution and marketing of products. The global loss of biodiversity, along with climate change, represents one of the greatest business challenges of our time.... READ MORE




CCJ Talks

The Bodyguards - Country Club Johannesburg Talk - 2 August 2016
RSVP: 29th July 2016
Please note: Dinner reservations need to be booked and paid for by 29th July 2016
Country Club Johannesburg, Auckland Park
1 Napier Road, Auckland Park
RSVP to or 011 372 3600/1/2/3

Department of Science and Technology Talk

Join Ashleigh Dore at the DITSONG National Museum of Natural History on the 11th of August, as she presents on ‘The Role of the Private Person in Tackling Green Offences’.
Date: 11 August
Time: 18h00
Venue: DITSONG National Museum of Natural History - DIRECTION
RSVP: Tell: 012-322 7632

947 Cycle Challenge: Ride for the EWT!

One of the greatest challenges we face today is tackling the threats posed to wildlife and the environment. The Endangered Wildlife Trust is up to that challenge, but we need your help! Are you ready to pitch in by tackling a challenge of a different kind, and riding for the EWT in the 947 Cycle Challenge? Your involvement can make all the difference to the critical work we do!
To get involved, please contact Marianne on


The 2016 National Biodiversity & Business Indaba

25th  & 26th  October 2016
Building on the success of the NBBN’s inaugural Indaba in 2015, we are pleased to announce the dates for the second annual National Biodiversity and Business Network Indaba, to be held at Hatch Africa’s new head offices in Johannesburg on the 25th and 26th of October, 2016. The aim of the Indaba is to provide a dynamic platform to enable a collective discussion to improve the mainstreaming of biodiversity considerations into business in Africa.
For further information please contact Michael on

Rare Carnivore Ride, in support of the EWT

Do you have what it takes to tackle this exciting adventure in support of our work?
The Rare Carnivore Ride will run from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September 2016 at Somkhanda Game Reserve, situated in a remote area in Northern KZN between Mkuze and Vryheid. Somkhanda is somewhat unusual in that it is a community reserve belonging to the local Zulu clan. It is an exceedingly beautiful and wild game reserve with thick bush and rolling hills. It is our intention to run this event annually at Somkhanda.
If you are interested in joining us for the pilot Rare Carnivore Ride, diarise the dates and drop us a note to either jeremy@)





Women’s Day is round the corner, so why not visit the EWT e-shop and spoil that special someone with a Bruce Little mini pewter sculpture or a set of Relate bracelets, safe in the knowledge that your gift will make a difference.





Ad Outpost takes the EWT’s message to the streets

Have you seen our latest billboard campaign? We now have outdoor advertising in Lenasia, Woodmead, Hydepark, Sandton and Pretoria! This is all thanks to the generosity of Ad Outpost, as they continue to supply this premium space at no charge.

New reserves come on board

You can now buy our fabulous Relate bracelets at Dinokeng Game Reserve, just outside Hammanskraal and at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve!

Have you collected them all?

Have you started collecting Pick n Pay Super Animals yet? The EWT is proud to be a beneficiary of this fun-filled campaign. For every Super Animals Activity Collection Album sold, Pick n Pay donates R1 to a fund that is distributed evenly to their partner wildlife organisations, of which the EWT is one. So be sure to collect them all and hear them roar!
For more information visit


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