Last week in Part 1 of our update of wildlife heroes to watch this year we brought you four. A quick recap… Back in January 2018 we invited you to watch Five Wildlife Heroes making a difference for African animals. This group of five grew to seven. Their work ranges from saving wild lions from irate farmers in Tanzania to protecting elephants and their forest in Malawi.
In the last seven months much has been accomplished, some sadly has been lost, but all in all, with your support many have been helped. Of course, more is still needed to keep the poachers at bay and to reduce the human wildlife conflicts.
Nikela is about helping people saving wildlife. These men and women, are not part of big, well known organizations. 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.
Update on Three Wildlife Heroes to Watch
Although there are others we find and support along the way as we travel Africa, these are the last three of our top seven wildlife heroes for 2018. As always, 100% of your charitable donation goes to help African animals. Russ and I pay for all travel and business related expenses.
Baye in Zimbabwe
Baye rescues little and big critters. Like most of our heroes Baye was not looking to run a rescue rehabilitation center. At twenty two she was the photographer on a guided safari when she inadvertently ended up with an orphaned baboon. Not finding a place for her she was encouraged to start her own center. Now several years later not only Umfazi the baboon, but many buck, owls, hedgehogs, bush babies and vervet monkeys live free because of Baye.
This last time we visited with Baye we asked what her greatest need is. “Paying the wildlife guardians.” As we already know Khumbulane and his commitment to assisting Baye in her rescue and rehabilitation work we decided to sponsor him for six months. (Learn more about Khumbulane.)
On our next visit to the center, later this month, we will be renewing that sponsorship for another six months. We’d love for you to join in…
Help Baye save more wildlife – help sponsor Khumbulane
Shannon in South Africa
Shannon saves the Bearded Vulture from extinction. It was over sixteen years ago now when Shannon started a sanctuary for birds of prey that could not be released. These hawks, owls, falcons and kites that call the African Raptor Center home have either been imprinted (no fear of humans) or have impairing injuries. A select few of these raptors are trained as ambassador birds. Shannon flies them during daily shows to enchant and educate students and adults alike.
More recently Shannon got involved in saving the endangered Bearded Vulture. This beautiful bird, that looks more like an eagle is at risk of extinction in Southern Africa. In 2015 Shannon began a breeding project with the intent of releasing the next generation back into the wild.
To date we’ve assisted with funding for an enclosure and other expenses associated with this enterprising project. We’d love you to join in…
Help Shannon save the Bearded Vulture
Natalie in South Africa
Natalie raises and protects orphaned young rhino. You’d expect a vet nurse to deal with some difficult issues treating animals. However, there’s nothing quite like rescuing and caring for a traumatized orphaned baby rhino. These little ones, who’ve seen their mother brutally killed by poachers, are frequently also injured, or often close to starving, when brought to the orphanage.
During our last visit the greatest need Natalie identified as keeping the growing young rhino safe. Providing adequate security is more expensive than feeding (and young rhino drink gallons of milk and eat tons of hay) and even medical bills. We made a donation to assist.
Later this month we plan to meet with Natalie again. We will also meet some of the horse back anti-poaching team. It will be most interesting to learn more about the extensive effort required to protect rhino from poachers. Especially about protecting the rescued babies and the ones growing nicely into adult rhino and living freely on a large undisclosed reserve. We’d love for you to join us…
Help Natalie protect the baby and growing rhino
Missed Part 1? Here’s the LINK