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Issue 63: June - July 2016

 

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Vision
A healthyഀ planet and an equitable world that values and sustains diversity ofഀ all life.

Mission
The Endangeredഀ Wildlife Trust (EWT) is dedicated to conserving threatened speciesഀ and ecosystems in southern Africa to the benefit of allഀ people.

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A WORD FROM OUR CEO

 

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Itഀ is quite extraordinary when I recount how much has happened,ഀ locally and globally, since my last piece was written threeഀ months ago. On the domestic front, we have received a firmഀ position from the South African government that they will notഀ be proposing a lifting of the ban on the international tradeഀ in rhino horn at the upcoming CITES conference to be held inഀ September this year; and the film Blood Lions raised the lidഀ once again on the torrid practices that occur inside of Southഀ Africa’s shameful lion breeding and canned lion huntingഀ industries. Further afield, and possibly in response to thisഀ exposé and other pressures on the future of the lion, theഀ United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed theഀ African Lion on the US Endangered species list, effectivelyഀ prohibiting or seriously limiting all trophy imports....READ MORE 

 

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OUR PROJECTS

 

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Meetഀ Mwitu

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

 

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Celebrating Fiveഀ Years of Cheetah Conservation…and the recipe for futureഀ success
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By Vincent van der Merwe, Cheetahഀ Metapopulation coordinator: EWT Carnivore Conservationഀ Programme
vincentv@ewt.org.za

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

 

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Making the Leapഀ towards Sustainable Change

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

 

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Putting Africanഀ Road Ecology on the Map


Byഀ Wendy Collinson, Manager: EWT Wildlife and Roads Project
WendyC@ewt.org.za
ഀ Eight African road ecologists are off to France later thisഀ year to attend the fifth Infra Eco Network Europe (IENE), anഀ international conference on ecology and transportation. IENEഀ is a network of experts working with various aspects ofഀ transportation, infrastructure and ecology. The network wasഀ initiated in 1996 to provide an independent, internationalഀ and interdisciplinary arena for the exchange and developmentഀ of expert knowledge, and with the aim to promote a safe andഀ ecologically sustainable pan-European transportഀ infrastructure..... READ MORE

 

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Creating Cohesion

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

 

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Let’s Do itഀ Ourselves!

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

 

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The Business Caseഀ for Biodiversity

By Shelley Lizzio, Manager: Nationalഀ Biodiversity and Business Network and Michael Adams, Nationalഀ Biodiversity and Business Network
ShellyL@ewt.org.zaഀ & MichaelA@ewt.org.za
ഀ Biodiversity is the foundation of our existence and theഀ prerequisite for doing business. Surprisingly few businessഀ realise that around 40% of the global economy is based onഀ biological products or processes. Indeed, businesses, whetherഀ they realise it or not, profit directly or indirectly fromഀ the variety of ecosystems, species and genetic biodiversityഀ in the extraction and production of raw materials, and in theഀ distribution and marketing of products. The global loss ofഀ biodiversity, along with climate change, represents one ofഀ the greatest business challenges of our time.... READ MORE

 

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EVENTS

 

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CCJഀ Talks

Theഀ Bodyguards - Country Club Johannesburg Talk - 2 Augustഀ 2016
ഀ RSVP: 29th July 2016
ഀ Please note: Dinner reservations need to be booked and paidഀ for by 29th July 2016
ഀ Country Club Johannesburg, Auckland Park
ഀ 1 Napier Road, Auckland Park
ഀ RSVP to joelt@ewt.org.za or 011 372ഀ 3600/1/2/3
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Departmentഀ of Science and Technology Talk

Joinഀ Ashleigh Dore at the DITSONG National Museum of Naturalഀ History on the 11th of August, as she presents on ‘The Roleഀ of the Private Person in Tackling Green Offences’.
ഀ Date: 11 August
ഀ Time: 18h00
ഀ Venue: DITSONG National Museum of Natural History - DIRECTION
ഀ RSVP: bongi@ditsong.org.za Tell:ഀ 012-322 7632
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947ഀ Cycle Challenge: Ride for the EWT!

Oneഀ of the greatest challenges we face today is tackling theഀ threats posed to wildlife and the environment. The Endangeredഀ Wildlife Trust is up to that challenge, but we need yourഀ help! Are you ready to pitch in by tackling a challenge of aഀ different kind, and riding for the EWT in the 947 Cycleഀ Challenge? Your involvement can make all the difference toഀ the critical work we do!
ഀ To get involved, please contact Marianne on pr@etw.org.za
http://www.cyclechallenge.co.za/

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Theഀ 2016 National Biodiversity & Business Indaba

25thഀ  & 26th  October 2016
ഀ Building on the success of the NBBN’s inaugural Indaba inഀ 2015, we are pleased to announce the dates for the secondഀ annual National Biodiversity and Business Network Indaba, toഀ be held at Hatch Africa’s new head offices in Johannesburg onഀ the 25th and 26th of October, 2016. The aim of the Indaba isഀ to provide a dynamic platform to enable a collectiveഀ discussion to improve the mainstreaming of biodiversityഀ considerations into business in Africa.
ഀ For further information please contact Michael on michaela@ewt.org.za
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Rareഀ Carnivore Ride, in support of the EWT

Doഀ you have what it takes to tackle this exciting adventure inഀ support of our work?
ഀ The Rare Carnivore Ride will run fromഀ Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September 2016 atഀ Somkhanda Game Reserve, situated in a remote area in Northernഀ KZN between Mkuze and Vryheid. Somkhanda is somewhat unusualഀ in that it is a community reserve belonging to the local Zuluഀ clan. It is an exceedingly beautiful and wild game reserveഀ with thick bush and rolling hills. It is our intention to runഀ this event annually at Somkhanda.
ഀ If you are interested in joining us for the pilot Rareഀ Carnivore Ride, diarise the dates and drop us a note toഀ either jeremy@)paintedwolfwines.com 
http://www.detourtrails.co.za/adventures/rare-carnivore-ride/ഀ

 

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E-SHOP

 

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Women’sഀ Day is round the corner, so why not visit the EWT e-shop andഀ spoil that special someone with a Bruce Little mini pewterഀ sculpture or a set of Relate bracelets, safe in the knowledgeഀ that your gift will make a difference. http://www.ewtshop.co.za/

 

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SUPPORTERS NEWS

 

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Ad Outpost takesഀ the EWT’s message to the streets

Haveഀ you seen our latest billboard campaign? We now have outdoorഀ advertising in Lenasia, Woodmead, Hydepark, Sandton andഀ Pretoria! This is all thanks to the generosity of Ad Outpost,ഀ as they continue to supply this premium space at no charge.
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New reserves comeഀ on board

Youഀ can now buy our fabulous Relate bracelets at Dinokeng Gameഀ Reserve, just outside Hammanskraal and at the Pilanesbergഀ Game Reserve!
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Have you collectedഀ them all?

Haveഀ you started collecting Pick n Pay Super Animals yet? The EWTഀ is proud to be a beneficiary of this fun-filled campaign. Forഀ every Super Animals Activity Collection Album sold, Pick nഀ Pay donates R1 to a fund that is distributed evenly to theirഀ partner wildlife organisations, of which the EWT is one. Soഀ be sure to collect them all and hear them roar!
ഀ For more information visit https://campaigns.pnp.co.za/superanimals/ഀ

 

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Youഀ can become a member of the EWT and help us to save ourഀ heritage:

Youഀ can also help us to spread our message and the umbrella ofഀ our work by encouraging friends, family and colleagues toഀ become members. ONLINE FORM

 

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CORPORATE DONORS

 

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Patron Supporters
ഀ (R250,000 and above per annum)
Frameworkഀ Donor 
ഀ R100 000 and above per annum
Seniorഀ Corporate Member
ഀ R70 000 - R100 000 per annum
Corporateഀ Member 
ഀ R25 000 - R70 000 per annum
Corporateഀ Supporter 
ഀ R5 000 - R25 000 per annum

Contact us for futher information:
ഀ Frank Jackson 
ഀ Business Development Officer email

ഀ Tammy Baker
ഀ Business Development Officer email

 

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HELP SAVE OUR WILDLIFE

 

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Rhinoഀ Poaching Hotline:
ഀ 082 404 2128

Eskomഀ / EWT Powerline Incident Reporting:
Speakഀ for those who can’t speak for themselves. Be our eyesഀ and ears, and help us save lives !
ഀ If you encounter any dead/injured wildlife under powerlinesഀ or have areas of concern please report it to wep@ewt.org.za
or 0860 111ഀ 535
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Physical Address: Building K2, Ardeer Road,ഀ Pinelands Office Park,
ഀ Modderfontein 1609, Gauteng, South Africa, Postal Address: Privateഀ Bag X 11, Modderfontein 1645, Gauteng, South Africa
ഀ Tel: +27 (0) 11 372 3600 Fax: +27 (0) 11 608 4682 NPO Number:ഀ 015-502, PBO number: 930 001 777, 
ഀ The Endangered Wildlife Trust is US 501(c)(3) compliant under USഀ IRS Registration number: EMP98-0586801. 

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