Back in January 2018 we invited you to watch Five Wildlife Heroes making a difference for African animals. From saving wild lions from irate farmers in Tanzania to protecting elephants and their forest in Malawi. Much has been accomplished, some has been lost, and many have helped. But more is still needed to keep the poachers at bay and to reduce the human wildlife conflicts.
Back in January we told you, that it’s not the big organizations Nikela seeks out, but the small ones run by amazing individuals that we consider wildlife heroes. Remember, we’ve personally met each of them. Most we’ve visited numerous times. It is our privilege to know them and introduce them to you.
Nikela is about helping people saving wildlife. These men and women, are not part of big, well known organizations. Instead they quietly go 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.
You’ll notice we’ve added two more to the original five we highlighted earlier this year.
Update on Seven Wildlife Heroes making a difference for African animals.
Although we support others and find new people during our travels these are our top seven wildlife heroes for 2018. Remember, 100% of your charitable donation goes to help African wildlife. Russ and I pay for all travel and business related expenses.
Moses in Uganda
Moses stops poaching. Constantly on the go from village to village Moses convinces poachers and wanna-be poachers to become bee keepers, and Tilapia fish and vegetable farmers instead. With his ever growing circle of followers (informants) Moses is notified when something bad is about to go down.
Since the beginning of the year with the help from donors around the globe Moses has secured a small car, secured seeds, plants and a water pump, traveled to near and far places to educate and rescue three pangolin and convinced more poachers to turn in their spears for a shovel. Besides that he’s gotten connected with Rebecca from the Tikki Hywood Trust (the experts in saving the highly endangered pangolin) to learn the finer procedures for transporting and handling pangolin during rescue operations.
You can imagine all this takes money. As Moses’ transportation has been secured Nikela is now building up a small fund for fuel and other rescue operation related costs. When Moses gets a text from an informant that a pangolin is being offered for sale, to intervene he must respond immediately. In the past sadly he arrived too late to rescue a pangolin. This would not have happened had Moses had a fund to access immediately. His intervention is crucial as each lost pangolin brings the species one step closer to extinction. (The pangolin is the most endangered mammal on the planet!)
Help Moses save more pangolin.
Lynn in Malawi
Lynn saves 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 reportedly the poorest country in Africa. So poaching is of course extremely tempting. The elephants are at huge risk for being poached for their ivory. The forest is losing its trees which are chopped down to make charcoal which is big business in poor countries.
There is much good news. This year other wildlife, like Eland that have not been seen in the Thuma Forest for years, are returning. There are now plans to reintroduce other lost species. With much patient work local communities are beginning to respond to the education and assistance given them… and the human wildlife conflict is diminishing.
However, as the elephant population grows Lynn and her team of ranger scouts must expand their reach to protect them and their habitat. Otherwise, all that’s been painstakingly gained can easily be lost.
Each year we sponsor a ranger scout. This year as the need increases Nikela, with your help, has sponsored two. With your continued help we can do the same again in 2019. (Read what Felix has to say.)
Help Lynn save more elephants.
Silke in South Africa
Silke saves primates. Silke never used to even like animals. However, about sixteen years ago that all changed. She learned about the ruthless killing of monkey mothers so their babies could be sold as pets. Every year Silke rescues around 30 orphaned baby monkeys and gives them a second chance to live free.
We just visited Silke this past week. The two orphaned monkeys Nikela sponsors are doing well. MK is in a troop who’ll move into a large rehab enclosure in the spring. Nikela remains the growing pink faces big sister. While watching her ishe hugged a little one and others gathered around to snuggle with her. To date Silke has saved over 500 monkeys, given them new families and a chance at living free.
In the past we’ve sponsored an entire troop release. During this last visit we gave Silke $1,100. $500 to sponsor the two young monkeys, Nikela and MK, for another year and $600 to go towards the upcoming troop release when the rains come.
Help Silke rescue and raise more monkeys.
Philipo 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.
Before leaving the USA we donated $1,000 to sponsor lights for two more bomas. At that time Patti and Philipo were busy installing over 1500 new lights to save many more lions.
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.
With the word of success spreading so is the call for lights. Earlier this year Patti shipped 30,000 lights to Tanzania. As you can imagine, Philipo and Patti are super busy with installing lights with more needing to be manufactured constantly. Its with the help of people like you that more lights can save more lions.
Help Philipo light up more bomas to save more lions.
Stay tuned for an update on three more Wildlife Heroes next week
- Baye who rescues little and big critters
- Shannon who saves the Bearded Vulture from extinction
- Natalie who raises and protects orphaned young rhino.
Want to help where needed most?
100% of your charitable donation will go to save African animals.