They’re run by small, tight teams, or even totally solo! It’s in these inconspicuous NGOs where we find remarkable individuals like our five wildlife heroes to follow and help in 2018. These men and women don’t seek the limelight. They simply go quietly about their work saving wildlife, one animal at a time. Their work is hard. Their challenges constant. Their hearts humongous. And their effectiveness amazing.
Sadly some don’t survive! They reluctantly turn in their bush khakis for business pants to put food on the table. They pull away for a season to preserve their own sanity. A few are caught in the cross hairs and get forced out. Many regroup and come back stronger, ready to ‘fight’ another day for the wildlife they love. These are truly our wildlife heroes.
In 2018 the plan is to meet up and spend time with a few of our wildlife heroes in Southern Africa and then later in the year making the long journey back up into Eastern Africa. There are many in need of help. Many deserving support. Sadly we can’t assist them all. This year our focus is first on the following five:
Five wildlife Heroes to follow and help in 2018
Although we support others and include new people saving wildlife, these are our top five wildlife heroes for 2018. This may not be all the support we give them this year, but is the most important focus as of right now.
Remember, 100% of your gift goes to help wildlife. Russ and I pay for all travel and business related expenses.
#1 Moses stops poaching in Uganda
Moses really stops poachin! Constantly on the go from village to village Moses convinces poachers and wanna-be poachers to become bee keepers and Talapia fish farmers instead. With his ever growing circle of followers (informants) Moses is notified when something bad is about to go down. For example: When a highly endangered pangolin is stolen from the wild and being offered for sale. Or an elephant is at risk from being speared by angry farmers.
As you can imagine all this running around costs money. Generally Moses relies on local boda bodas (motorbike taxis), which are not always available, and get expensive. This year, besides helping Moses as needs arise, we want to secure him a motor bike and fuel. With his own motorbike Moses will be able to respond at a moment’s notice to save a pangolin, elephant or other animal in danger. (Recently, because of transportation delays, a poor pangolin became another victim of the illegal wildlife trade to Asia. With their numbers in decline at alarming rates this is not good at all.)
[Update: Folks rallied and Moses raised the cash to get a small vehicle]
Now on to assisting Moses save more pangolin and elephants in Uganda! Providing alternative income opportunities seems to be working. Bee keeping, fish farming and more recently a variety of local crops. Moses needs help securing the equipment and supplies required to get these folks trained and started.
#2 Lynn saves elephants in Malawi
Lynn and her team of ranger scouts protect the forgotten elephants. Not too many years back the Thuma Forest had no elephants. Thanks to Lynn and her team of ranger scouts that has changed. Over 140 elephants (at last count this past winter) now call this forest home. This is not happening without a lot of hard work to stop the poachers. The Thuma forest is surrounded by human population. Malawi is supposedly the poorest country in Africa. Poaching is very tempting. The elephants are at huge risk for being poached for their ivory tusks. The forest is losing its trees. Poachers chop down trees to make charcoal which is big business in poor countries.
As the elephant population grows Lynn and her team of ranger scouts must expand their reach to protect the elephants and their habitat. Otherwise, all that’s been gained may quickly be lost.
Each year we sponsor a ranger scout. This year as the need increases, Nikela with your help, would like to sponsor two.
With a little from a lot raising $2000 is so doable.
Help Lynn save more elephants.
#3 Shannon saves birds in South Africa
Shannon is on a mission to save an entire species of endangered birds… the Bearded Vulture. Now you might ask, “Why?” This beautiful bird that looks more like an eagle is losing ground in Southern Africa. It is the only bone eating vulture and lives high up in the Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains.
Each year Shannon and her team go on a quest in the dead of winter to harvest the second egg from the dangerous cliffs. These eggs are then carefully transported, incubated and hatched. The chicks are fed by a puppet (to prevent imprinting on humans). This is but the beginning of a long arduous process to breed these birds for the wild.
It takes seven years for a Bearded Vulture to reach sexual maturity… so this work is long term, costly, but oh so necessary to preserve the species.
This year Nikela wants to help raise a Bearded Vulture chick. Russ and I hope to get involved with feeding this year’s babies with the puppet. Most importantly we want to assist Shannon by covering the $3000 cost for food, monitoring and such for a year.
With a little from a lot raising $3,000 is possible.
#4 Silke rescues monkeys in South Africa
Silke never used to like animals. However, about sixteen years ago that all changed. She learned about the ruthless killing of mothers so baby monkeys could be sold as pets. To date Silke has saved over 500 monkeys, giving them new families and a chance at living free.
Two years ago Silke invited us to sponsor the last incoming ‘pale face’ (baby monkey) of the season. We named her Nikela. She is doing well and loves to befriend the newly arrived orphans. This year Nikela will be joining a troop. By 2020 her new family should be ready for freedom.
In the past we’ve sponsored an entire troop release.
This year we’d like to sponsor two rescued monkeys for the small amount of $500 each.
#5 Philipo protects lions in Tanzania
Philipo is a Maasai who saves lions. He like other farmers used to hate lions and kill them. However, today he is on the lions’ side. Together with Patti from the USA he educates farmers and provides them with lights. Lights have proven to keep lions away from livestock bomas (or kraals.) This makes for happy farmers and keeps lions alive.
Habitat loss and conflict with farmers is a big reason for the decline of wild lion prides. So if something as simple as lights can help save them, that’s fantastic. However, lights, the solar system and equipment needed for each boma is not cheap. Rural farmers cannot pay for them. So to protect the lions Patti has designed the near perfect lights and found where to get them manufactured inexpensively.
With the word of success spreading so is the call for lights. This past month Patti shipped 5,000 lights to Tanzania. Philipo and Patti are super busy with more requests coming in almost daily.
This past year we sponsored two and plan to do two again this year with your help.