MWITU’S MEMO

 

On 3 March, we celebrated World Wildlife Day, a day that has a very special place in my heart, and we asked people to help us keep the wild in wildlife. That’s not something that we should only focus on for one day of the year though – we need you to help us to keep the wild in wildlife every day!

There are many issues facing wildlife that could be avoided, that often arise out of a misguided idea of what it means to appreciate wild animals. We’re asking people to pause a moment and remember that what truly makes our wildlife special and unique is its very wildness. So let’s respect that natural state, and say no to wild animals as pets, no to the illegal trade in wildlife, and no to irresponsible wild animal interactions like lion cub petting. We’re also inviting you to take the time to share this message with your friends and family members who may not be as in touch with conservation as you are – lets spread the word and make Conservation in Action possible!

The theme for this year’s World Wildlife Day was “Listen to the young voices" and we’d really love to hear from our young supporters as well – what do you think we can do to keep the wild in wildlife? Drop me an email on Mwitu@ewt.org.za and let me know!

I hope you enjoy the updates we’ve shared with you below. As always, your feedback is very welcome, so feel free to email me at any time and let me know what you think!

Happy reading
Mwitu

 

 

PROJECT NEWS

 

Saying no to single-use plastic

Claire Relton, ACCP Intern
ClaireR@ewt.org.za


During March we celebrate a number of water-related environmental days, including International Day of Action for Rivers (14 March), National Water Week (20–24 March), and World Water Day (22 March). Water has recently been a very topical subject in South Africa, with the country feeling the effects of drought through water restrictions, increased food prices and frightening visuals of empty dams......READ MORE

 

 

 

Winging it for Wattled Cranes

Matthew Becker, African Crane Conservation Programme, Drakensberg Senior Field Operations Officer
matthewb@ewt.org.za


As the early morning mist clears on a cold winter’s day, and the first rays of sun tease the last bit of warmth that is left in your tin coffee cup on a small airstrip just outside Cobham Nature Reserve, you know the time has come to set to work. The little Cessna 182, also known as the “vomit comet”, glistens with dew as our pilot makes his preflight checks, and the butterflies start to flutter as you prepare for a day that mimics a roller coaster, with low-level flying accompanied by tight and stomach-twisting turns. A day that also involves being fortunate enough to fly into some of the most beautiful little valleys and wetland areas in search of one of South Africa’s most endangered species, the Wattled Crane, whose natural habitat is decreasing at an alarming rate. 

This is just one of the five days where we buzz the vomit comet about, covering KwaZulu-Natal in search of these birds. These surveys play a vital role in understanding the birds’ population dynamics and breeding status. In partnership with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the EWT has been running these annual surveys for 23 years. The information gathered during these surveys has been invaluable in helping protect these species, by showing population fluctuations, land uses changes and impacts and the local movement characteristics associated with these. During the flights, all three species of cranes, namely Blue Cranes, Grey Crowned Cranes and Wattled Cranes, are recorded, as well as any other indigenous wildlife (e.g. Oribi) spotted. Over the past five years there has been a slow but steady increase in all crane species seen during the survey, resulting in the 2016 counts being 850 for Blue Cranes, 3,237 for Grey Crowned Cranes and 273 for Wattled Cranes. 

Finally, as the day closes and the plane has been anchored to the grass runway, a cold drink settles what butterflies may remain, as the sun slowly sets over the Drakensberg and the feeling of Conservation in Action is felt without a whisper amongst all.

This work is made possible by the partnership with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and sponsorship from Eskom.

 

 

Celebrating World Wetlands Day

 

Nduduza Khoza, EWT Eco Ranger; Steven Segang, African Crane Conservation Programme Highveld Community Projects Officer; Naledi Hlatswayo, Urban Conservation Programme Eco Schools Intern; and Nkosinathi Nama, Source to Sea Programme Amathole Fresh Water Species Project Coordinator
nduduzoecoranger@gmail.com, StevenS@ewt.org.za, NalediH@ewt.org.za, and NkosinathiN@ewt.org.za


World Wetlands Day is officially celebrated on 2 February, and this year’s theme was “Wetlands for disaster risk reduction.” The EWT celebrated South Africa’s special and vulnerable wetlands with a number of events and activities throughout the month of February...READ MORE

 

 

 

For Frogs’ Sake!


Dr Jeanne Tarrant, Threatened Amphibian Programme Manager, and Esté Matthew, Drylands Conservation Programme Field Officer
JeanneT@ewt.org.za and EstherM@ewt.org.za

Friday 24th February saw the EWT attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest game of leapfrog. This event formed part of the 4th national Leap Day for Frogs – an awareness day to bring attention to the plight of frogs, but also to celebrate the diversity of frogs we have in South Africa. The day encourages everyone in South Africa – schools, companies and individuals – to take part and do something to highlight frogs, be it frog art, dressing in green or building a pond. This year we literally leapt for frogs to bring attention to these amazing animals....READ MORE

 

 

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Elizabeth Wakeman Henderson Charitable Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ONLINE STORE


The EWT has been proudly associated with the Relate Trust since 2013, and the original range of EWT bracelets produced by Relate has grown. WATCH THIS SPACE - We will be adding a new bracelet to our range. To show your support for EWT projects, head over to our e-shop at http://www.ewtshop.co.za to purchase a bracelet of your very own, and wear it with pride!

 

 

 

 

EVENTS
 
Cranes, Wetlands and Communities, finding the balance in a developing world - Country Club Johannesburg talk
Date: 4 April 2017
Speaker: Kerryn Morrison, Senior Manager: Africa
 
 
Reintroducing morning teas
We’re excited to announce that our popular morning teas will be reintroduced this year! We’re aware that many of our supporters can’t join us for our evening talks, and so these events are just for you! We will also be alternating venues to ensure that more of you can attend.
 
The first of these teas will take place on 25 April at Country Club Johannesburg (Auckland Park), where we will enjoy a presentation from Derek van der Merwe on his work with Livestock Guarding Dogs to keep livestock safe from predators and predators safe from farmers. A second tea and talk will be held in October at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort.
 

Entry for these events will be R150 per person and will include refreshments. We’ll be sending out the invitation for the April event shortly, but should you wish to know more, please get in touch with Joel Thosago by emailing JoelT@ewt.org.za or calling 0870210398, extension 112
 


Entries are open for the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge 2017

REGISTER NOW AND WEAR YOUR PAW WITH PRIDE!
The Endangered Wildlife Trust needs YOU! Are you up for the challenge?  https://www.ewt.org.za/947CycleChallenge.html

 

 

SUPPORTER NEWS
 

Strategic communication support 

Artifact Advertising has been appointed to partner with the EWT towards a long-term goal of more effective communication, greater awareness and ultimately improved project success. The EWT is thrilled to have been offered this pro bono support, and looks forward to working with an agency that is passionate not only about communication, but about conservation too. Some exciting new campaigns are sure to result from this partnership. Artifact Account Manager, Brynn Lurie, believes a more strategic approach to marketing and communication is needed for the organisation and the team will be focused on achieving these imperatives during 2017.
 

 

Every swipe counts!

Did you know that you can support the EWT through the MyPlanet programme? The MyPlanet fundraising programme was launched as an extension of MySchool to provide community-minded people like yourself the opportunity to support a worthy cause, such as the EWT, that is focused on the improvement and protection of the environment and animals. And it doesn’t cost you a cent!
 
So get your free MyPlanet card (no monthly fees, no costs to you!) and nominate the EWT as the beneficiary you wish to support. Then swipe your card at partner stores when you shop, and they will donate a percentage of your purchases on your behalf.
 

  • If you don't have a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card yet, simply apply for your free card now and select the EWT as your beneficiary. Once you start swiping your card, we’ll start receiving funds.
  • If you already have a MySchool card, but would like to change your beneficiary or add a charity, simply call the Client Service Centre on 0860 100 445 or email cs@myschool.co.za – there is no need to get a new card!

 
Help us save the Pangolin
Pangolin Photo Safaris and the EWT have launched a project with a very clear purpose - to save the Pangolin. To play your part in achieving this goal, book your 6 Day Pangolin Photo Festival Trip on the Chobe, hosted by Guts, Janine, Sabine and Charl, as well as top Botswana photo guide Steve Stockhall. The safari will be based at Chobe Safari Lodge, and guests will get to spend time with each of the resident photographers on both cruises on the photo boats and game drives in the park. Profits from the safari are being donated to work towards identifying trafficking routes of pangolins.
Watch a video about this project here
 


Tubular Track
Tubular Track PTY Ltd is an ISO 9001:2008 certified original equipment provider of proprietary Tubular Modular Track (TMT), a proven ballastless precast fixed geometry rail track superstructure with continuous support for rails. Tubular Track is committed to improving and promoting sound environmental practice. They believe that environmental protection is a strategic business issue and an integral part of their corporate strategy. The company believes that the quality of our air, water and soil should be protected for the continued benefit of all ecosystems, and that this will meet the needs of present and future generations.

With the idea that protecting the environment is an obligation, not a choice in mind, Tubular Track recently became a corporate member of the EWT. Tubular Track has expressed gratitude for the work the EWT is doing in preserving our wildlife for generations to come.
 

 

Become a member of the EWT and help us to save our heritage:
You can also help us to spread our message and the umbrella of our work by encouraging friends, family and colleagues to become members.....OPEN MEMBERSHIP FORM or contact Joel Thosago on joelt@ewt.org.za

 

 

 

 

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