Africa is Wildlife! The Pandemic is devastating to elephants, lions, rhino, pangolin and other wildlife species. What is Nikela doing to help? Can a small organization do anything to help people and wildlife so impacted by COVID-19?
Two Big Problems
ONE: Hungry People
When the pandemic first broke out Moses, who rescues the highly endangered pangolin in Uganda, said, “Coronavirus might find us, but hunger will kill us.”
In the Western world we have much more food security than in many parts of Africa. Food security being, access to food even when times are difficult. In the USA we may have been without toilet paper for a while. The grocery shelves may be a bit sparse at times… not stocking every variety of peanut butter there is. However, in places like rural Uganda, food resources dry up quickly when work stops. Some families may rely on their vegetable crops, while most survive on aid from those that have. Moses tells us that beans and maize meal are the staples right now for his and most other families in his area.
TWO: Wildlife dying
Wildlife is at greater risk of harm than ever before it seems. With the advent of the COVID pandemic tourism dried up. Paying volunteers were no longer allowed access into African countries. You guessed it, money from these two stable sources stopped.
This loss of funding has far reaching impact on (1) anti-poaching teams protecting elephant, rhino, pangolin and other species from poachers and (2) rescue and rehabilitation of monkeys, pangolin, and other orphaned or injured species. These teams and centers are operating at minimum capacity putting wildlife at increasingly greater risk. Poaching via snares, spears and even poisoning is causing great harm as poachers take full advantage of the situation.
But, there is good news.
At Nikela we’re doing our part to save people and wildlife.
What Nikela is doing…
ONE: Nikela connects you to real Wildlife Heroes.
The folk who are on the ground protecting, rescuing and really doing it for wildlife.
TWO: You give monthly
Maybe as little as the cost of one take-out lunch a month, around $15.
Or possibly even $100 is a comfortable monthly donation for you.
THREE: We send 100% to help
Every penny of your gift goes to support on the ground efforts.
FOUR: You make a huge difference
In Africa your donation stretches really far and is truly a big deal.
($900 sponsors a ranger scout for an entire year!)