MWITU’S MEMO

 

Notice something different? That’s right, they’ve put me in charge! Seeing as I am such a talkative fellow, who loves nothing more than to chitter away to all my friends about the wonders of Africa’s wildlife, the EWT has let me put my pawprint on things, as the new dog on the block, and you know what they say…a change is as good as a holiday (and those are just around the corner!) I really enjoy a good old chit-chat, and my good buddy Duma the Cheetah usually has plenty to say too, so we are proud to be bringing you the all-new EWT ChitterChatter newsletter. Full of delicious snippets of tasty tidbits, sumptuous stories and exciting adventures of how the EWT is going about saving our wildlife friends and their critical home ranges. 

 

Wild Dogs are very social animals and are also incredibly vocal. You won’t hear any of the barking noises you may associate with other dog species though. Instead, Wild Dogs squeak, chirp, hoot, cackle and chitter (a high-pitched bird-like sound). A separated Wild Dog looking for the pack makes a “hoo” sound, rather than howling, and they chitter when excited, such as during hunting and feeding, or when rallying the pack. While they may make a lot of noise, screaming and seeming to squabble, Wild Dogs are seldom aggressive with each other. Instead, they can often be seen giving each other a wide-lipped grin, bowing their heads low and making a huffing sound in submission.

 

Now that’s enough chit-chat from me, happy reading.
 
Mwitu

 

 

A WORD FROM OUR CEO

 

The last quarter of 2016 was a considerably busy time on the conservation calendar. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) convened its membership of over 1,100 NGOs and State agencies, along with its broader network of over 10,000 specialists and conservation professionals at the World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i in early September; and later the same month the world’s conservationists met again at the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention in the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). READ MORE

 

 

OUR PROJECTS

 

Vote EWT!

Belinda Glenn, Communication and Brand Manager
BelindaG@ewt.org.za

The EWT’s Livestock Guarding Dog Project has been nominated in the Conservationist of the Year category in the ANN7 South African of the Year Awards! These awards are an annual celebration of extraordinary South Africans, and are intended to demonstrate that we can all make a valuable difference. This is an incredible opportunity to raise the profile of the important work being done by the Livestock Guarding Dog Project, and indeed, by the EWT as a whole!

To date, the EWT has placed over 180 Livestock Guarding Dogs on farms in important areas, securing over 350,000ha where carnivores can now roam freely without being persecuted. These Livestock Guarding Dogs have been so effective that they have reduced predator losses by up to 95% on the farms on which they have been placed, effectively mitigating the conflict between humans and carnivores on these farms.

Please vote for the EWT by SMSing CONS 3 to 43043 (R1.50/SMS), emailing CONS 3 to satyvoting@ann7.com or visiting www.ann7.com/saty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWPS4nLenBI&feature=youtu.be


Winners will be announced on 25 November 2016, and you can vote as many times as you’d like!
The Livestock Guarding Dog Project is made possible through the support of the Elizabeth Wakeman Henderson Foundation, Cleveland Zoological Society, Pittsburgh Zoo and PGG Aquarium, Sean Williams Living Creatures Trust, Woolworths, Eukanuba and the IQ Business Group. Individual supporters include Gaie Fergusson, Jenny Crisp, Walter Hirzebruch, Liz Chamberlain, Gill Raine, Phil and Joanna Perry and Kirsten Stephens (Diana Pet Food).

 

 

Saving our Wild Dogs

Grant Beverley, Carnivore Conservation Programme Lowveld Regional Co-ordinator, and David Marneweck, Carnivore Conservation Programme KZN Regional Co-ordinator
GrantB@ewt.org.za and DavidM@ewt.org.za
 

Following the recent outbreak of Canine Distemper Virus which lead to the demise of the “Lower Sabie Pack", a Wild Dog disease survey and vaccination project in the Kruger National Park (KNP) was launched. The Endangered Wildlife Trust has assisted SANParks and State Veterinarians with locating and identifying suitable packs to fit with GPS tracking collars. This will allow us to monitor pack movements, test for various diseases and vaccinate. Follow up vaccinations are also required after the initial vaccination to boost immunity against Canine Distemper and rabies. READ MORE

 

 

CITES in Johannesburg – experiencing a South African first

Dr. Kelly Marnewick, Carnivore Conservation Programme Manager
KellyM@ewt.org.za

It isn’t every year that a huge international wildlife convention comes to your doorstep, so when I heard that the 17th CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP) was going to be at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, I was thrilled. It presented a unique opportunity to partake in and experience the process at very low expense and to raise awareness around issues that we face in South Africa. I was privileged enough to attend the previous CITES CoP in Bangkok, so I had already had an opportunity to understand the workings of the big hairy beast that is CITES and as such had managed to get over the ‘deer in the headlights’ feeling that I felt when I walked into the Bangkok CoP! READ MORE

 

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Nurturing Citizen Scientists

Cherise Acker, Threatened Amphibian Programme Field Officer
CheriseA@ewt.org.za

Our wetlands form the heart of our water catchments, purifying our valuable water resources that are essential for the survival of all living things. However, these precious ecosystems are under severe threat from urban encroachment, pollution and overutilisation. READ MORE

 

 

Driven to succeed

Belinda Glenn, Communication and Brand Manager
BelindaG@ewt.org.za
 

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is committed not only to preserving the future of our most treasured species and spaces, but to nurturing future conservationists too. READ MORE

 

 

Youthful insight into rhino poaching

Ndifelani Mulaudzi, Rhino Project Intern
NdifelaniM@ewt.org.za

The Endangered Wildlife Trust celebrated World Rhino Day on September 24 when we hosted their annual school speech competition in partnership with the Lapalala Wilderness School, and Save The Waterberg Rhino. South Africa's rhinos are in crisis and the EWT believes that the youth can play a key role in helping save the rhino. It is thus crucial that they are aware of the importance of rhinos and are also part of the solution, which is why the topic of the competition was “What are the social, political and economic impacts of rhino poaching? Develop an argument and present possible solutions to the impacts and challenges.” Ten learners from different schools around the Waterberg area in Limpopo gathered together at Lapalala Wilderness school to give us their insights into the rhino crisis. The speakers were scored by a panel of judges, and the winner, Tebatso Mamabolo from Sekoba High School, was a unanimous choice. However, in the judges’ opinion, all the speakers were winners, and they all received a medal.

We look forward to next year’s competition!
This initiative was made possible through the support of Lapalala Wilderness School and Ant’s Hill.

 

 

 

South Africa steering initiatives for road ecology

Wendy Collinson, Wildlife and Roads Project Executant 
WendyC@ewt.org.za

With many wildlife species coming under increasing pressure from human development, there is a need for guidance around the planning of environmentally sustainable transport infrastructure. Developed by the EWT, “The Road Ahead: Guidelines to mitigation methods to address wildlife road conflict in South Africa” is the first handbook that offers key information for reducing the impacts of wildlife habitats and roads, and provides solutions for improved driver safety and the conservation of biodiversity and the environment. READ MORE

 

 

Celebrating with WESSA Eco-Schools

Emily Taylor, Coordinator: Urban Conservation and Gauteng Biodiversity Stewardship
EmilyT@ewt.org.za

Arbour Week is celebrated in South Africa from 1 – 7 September each year, and is an important opportunity not only to highlight the significance of trees, but also to ‘green’ urban environments. The EWT marked the occasion by planting trees at a number of our Eco-Schools in Alexandra and Hammanskraal.  READ MORE

 

 

EVENTS

Country Club Johannesburg Talk

An Evening with Scott Ramsay -  8 November 2016
RSVP: 4 November
Please note: Dinner reservations need to be booked and paid for by the RSVP deadline.
Country Club Johannesburg, Auckland Park
1 Napier Road, Auckland Park
RSVP to joelt@ewt.org.za or 011 372 3600/1/2/3
 
Taking up the Challenge 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 thrilled to have a pack of more than 50 riders, taking up a different sort of challenge and riding for the EWT in the 947 Cycle Challenge! This exciting event takes place in Johannesburg on 20 November 2016, and we can’t wait to see Mwitu’s Pack cycling for conservation! For more information, contact Marianne Golding at pr@ewt.org.za

Dinner for the Dogs
Join Painted Wolf Wines for a food and wine pairing dinner at Chaplin’s Grill in Sandton, to raise funds for the EWT’s Wild Dog vaccination project. Dinner is R450 per person, of which R300 will be donated to the EWT.
Dr Kelly Marnewick, Carnivore Conservation Programme Manager, will give a short presentation at the dinner. A few donated items will also be auctioned on the night.  Guests are invited to enjoy this special evening in support of a very worthy conservation cause. Bookings are essential and can be made directly with the restaurant. by calling 076 564 5979 - Open PDF pamphlet
 

 

 

ONLINE STORE

Shop up a storm on our new-look online store!
We’ve revamped our online store and added lots of exciting new goodies! Now you can join Mwitu’s pack by taking him and his fluffy friends home with you, or show your support by wearing a fun and funky EWT t-shirt or Relate bracelet. Plan to save the planet with our new 2017 diaries and be sure to pick up a reusable shopping bag for all your loot. The festive season is just around the corner, so there’s no better time to get shopping with us – no matter who you’re buying a gift for, we’ve got you covered! This festive season, why not give gifts that give back? All proceeds from items sold in our online store go directly to conservation in action.

Please note that orders for Christmas posting close on 18 November 2016.

 

 

 

SUPPORTER NEWS
 
Taking on the elements for the EWT

On World Rhino Day, a group of intrepid athletes took on a formidable challenge in order to raise funds for the EWT Rhino Project’s sniffer dog work and the Bearded Vulture Recovery Programme. The 2016 Rhino Peak Challenge saw 12 of South Africa’s top trail runners together with 12 influential people from various backgrounds hiking and running the 21km route up the iconic Rhino Peak in the Southern Region of the Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site. This specific route, the only peak over 3,000m in the world that resembles a rhino, provided a perfect backdrop for the race and is also home to the Endangered Bearded Vulture, offering a fantastic opportunity to raise both awareness and funds.

The EWT’s Tanya Smith, African Crane Conservation Programme: Southern Africa Regional Manager, was one of the influencers who took part on the day and believes it was an incredibly innovative approach to fundraising that tested South Africa’s top trail runners and even more so the ‘influential role players’ who are by no means elite athletes. She says: “This genuine test of endurance gives everyone an appreciation for how difficult conserving these two iconic species is, and therefore is only fitting!” Tanya completed the race in 376 minutes, and raised close to R9,000 in pledges. Over R300,000 in total was raised through pledges to the various participants and will be split equally between the two critical conservation projects.

These efforts are all the more impressive given that conditions were extremely tough on the day, with winds in excess of 100km/hr. Tanya describes the experience as exhilarating nonetheless, saying: “The feeling of summiting Rhino Peak was amazing – you cannot describe the views and it really brings home the wonder of our country and the value of the event from not just a fundraising perspective but from an awareness raising and appreciation point of view. We climbed over 1,600m in altitude over a total of 21kms, with the first 1,200 m climbing in the first 8kms!”

She was thrilled to have been a part of this incredible event and grateful for the opportunity to participate. She elaborates: “I think what’s so great about this event, is that it brings together or highlights two species, and the conservation thereof, that are seemingly worlds apart. Also seeing everyone get behind the cause and rally friends, family members, and businesses to pledge to them and their performance, was amazing – without the commitment from the runners (elite and influential) we wouldn’t have come close to the amount raised!”

Well done to all involved, and a huge thank you to the organisers, Running Man Adventures!

The Rhino Peak Challenge first took place in 2015 and will continue to take place annually due to its success. You can find out more by visiting www.rhinopeakchallenge.co.za

 

Anthony Grote Photography

 

 

Donating is now as easy as snapping your fingers… or your phone!                                                                                     


Supporters can now donate to the EWT quickly and safely, using SnapScan. All you need to do is:

  1. Download the SnapScan application on your smartphone
  2. Register with your details – this should take no more than a few minutes
  3. Scan our EWT barcode to make your donation in the amount of your choice (be sure to choose donation rather than e-shop from the drop down menu) – you’ll be asked to enter your PIN so you know the transaction is secure

 
It’s as easy as one-two-three! Once you’ve made your donation via SnapScan, you’ll get an SMS confirming the transaction, and the EWT will be notified via SMS too. Supporting conservation in action couldn’t be simpler.

 

 

 

Novel Ways to Get Involved
 

“Adventure is a commitment made by the entire being, and can search our depths to bring out the best, most human qualities which remain in us. When the pack of cards has not been rigged so we win every time, then the game is real, and we find surprise, imagination, enthusiasm to succeed and the possibility of failure.” - Walter Bonatti, 1930.

Adventure Racing is where four person teams compete in a human powered race on a course which traverses exotic wilderness areas. The course is defined by a series of checkpoints which must be visited in sequence. The format of an Expedition race is nonstop and typically takes a winning team four to six days to complete. Navigation and strategy are huge factors in the success of a team. The Adventure Racing World Championship (ARWC) is the pinnacle of the sport of Adventure Racing. The World Championship is hosted by one of a series of 11 aligned international events forming the climax of the AR World Series. Now in its 12th year the ARWC attracts 70 teams from 50 nations. The 2016 World Championship takes place in November in Australia. Team Painted Wolf is South Africa's foremost Expedition Racing Team and South Africa's best chance for a podium finish at World Champs. Their aim is not only to win the ARWC this year, but also to raise awareness of the plight of the African Wild Dog, which inspired their team name, and to raise funds for the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wild Dog work. Any money that is raised by Team Painted Wolf (over and above the costs associated with getting to the ARWC in Australia), will be donated to the EWT. What a wonderful commitment from this amazing team!
 

If you would like to support Team Painted Wolf through sponsorship, you can contact mark@magneticsouth.net. Alternatively, follow their exciting journey on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TeamPaintedWolf/

 

 

Goldwagen Golf Day
 

Goldwagen is holding their annual golf day on 11 November 2016, and all proceeds will go directly to the EWT’s Carnivore Conservation Programme. Marketing Manager, Shawn Gilbert, is passionate about the preservation of wildlife and has a real love for nature, and this drove him to find ways to support the work that is being done by the EWT. We think it’s the best excuse to spend a day on the golf course you could ask for! For more information, you can contact Shawn at shawng@wag-online.co.za

 

GW specialises in the retail of top quality vehicle parts for most brands i.e. Toyota, Ford, Mazda, BMW, Opel to mention a few.

 

 

 

Supported by the National Lotteries Commission


The EWT is pleased to announce that four of its programmes recently received short-term funding from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC). These are the Birds of Prey Programme, the Carnivore Conservation Programme, the Threatened Grasslands Species Programme and the National Biodiversity and Business Network. This is a welcome boost to funding for their vital work.

The NLC relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act guides the way in which NLC funding may be allocated. The intention of NLC funding is to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLC contributes to South Africa’s development.

 

 

 

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