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Over the past months we’ve answered a variety of questions individually.
Here are some that you may have asked:
What does Nikela mean?
Nikela is a Zulu word and means “give to”, an invitation to all to support those who protect African wildlife and inspire others to do the same.
Is Nikela a wildlife conservation organization?
Nikela is all about protecting African wildlife, However, Nikela is not a wildlife conservation organization. Nikela is about helping people saving wildlife. Nikela is an advocacy and fundraising organization that supports those experts who are dedicated and passionate about protecting African wildlife and inspiring others to do the same.
These include experts in the fields of: Rescue/rehab, conservation, sanctuaries, research, education and advocacy.
Does Nikela get involve with government organizations?
Although Nikela may exchange information and cooperate with government organizations, Nikela only supports private nonprofits.
How does Nikela make sure my donation is used properly?
Every expert, every project is carefully evaluated and qualified. As a 501(c)(3) public charity Nikela is bound by strict IRS regulations to follow during the screening process.
Probably most importantly, Margrit and Russ have met personally with 99% of the experts supported by Nikela and have personally toured their projects.
Does Nikela run any of her own projects?
No, Nikela has no “personal” projects. Nikela supports the projects of experts (rescue/rehab, conservation, sanctuaries, research, education and advocacy)
Why are you focusing only on South Africa?
Nikela chose to begin her work by focusing on South Africa for two reasons. First, South Africa is Margrit’s homeland and she has a personal interest in protecting the wildlife she loves. Second, South Africa is precariously on the bubble as it is home to many of the world’s unique wildlife and those fighting for its preservation are aging with no replacements in the wings. Acting now is like submitting to antibiotic therapy instead of waiting until amputation is the only solution.
Where is Nikela located?
Nikela is a USA public charity with 501(c)(3) status. Nikela is based in the Texas Hill Country, however, she has no brick and mortar establishment. The Nikela team is scattered all across the globe with board members and volunteers living in Texas, Oregon, California, North Carolina, the UK, Asia and South Africa.
What’s a Peanut Butter sandwich got to do with anything?
Donating to Nikela costs you nothing when you take a PB’nJ to lunch and give what you save (about $7) to the project of your choice. Watch for the new NikelaPBnJ website that is currently under construction.
Why so much emphasis on the rhino?
For the past few months Nikela Rhino Rescue has focused heavily on the plight of the rhino in South Africa. With 333 being lost to poachers in 2010 and over 200 in the first half of 2011 this is a very serious problem. Nikela helped by drawing attention and gathering support for an independently produced documentary by a South African film maker. Along with that Nikela supports the protection efforts of anti-poaching rangers in the field.
Why not just de-horn the rhino?
At first blush this would seem like a logical solution. The poor rhino is being brutally killed for its horn, so why not simply dehorn them all? From the experts working with rhino we’ve discovered a few reasons’ why dehorning is not a cure all:
– Because rhino horn is so valuable even the smallest stub is sometimes reason to kill
– The horn is like your finger nail, so it grows back
– The mother rhino uses her horn to help her new born calf get on its feet shortly after birth
– The horn is used for foraging and so important to feeding
– The horn is used for protection against predators (lions) and other rhino.
Why can’t I find the stories about the documentary anymore?
Nikela is not privy to the details of Ryan Sean Davy and Donald Schultz’ documentary about the rhino. However, as its purpose is to inform the world about the rhino’s plight and what is really happening Nikela decided to help by spreading awareness and gathering support. As Donald is now in negotiations with TV channels and cable networks we’ve been asked to keep things under wraps until the film airs. After that… well let’s see what we get permission to do.
What’s happening with Nikela’s other projects?
Admittedly with all the much needed focus on the poor rhino we’ve provided you with little updated information about the leopard research, bush school or gotten Protect Primates on the “board”. There are three amazing women who have dedicated their lives to saving the Vervet monkeys and the Baboons and we hope to introduce them to you very soon.