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May 2006
   ED's Note  

As winter draws its icy cloak across South Africa, many of us are pulling out the heaters, snuggling under duvets and settling into hibernation along with some of our 4 legged friends. But May is also Energy Efficiency Month and we can all make a difference to the environment and our wallets, by implementing some of the energy saving tips highlighted below.

It’s a busy couple of months for celebrating environmental days. In May we concentrate on our bird species with Birding week which took place from 1-7 May and Owl week from 22-28 May. As we head towards the winter solstice on the 21st of June, we can look forward to the heart warming celebration of Environment Week, running from the 1 to 7 of June. The Environment Day theme is Deserts and Desertification and the slogan is Don't Desert Drylands. The slogan emphasizes the importance of protecting drylands, which cover more than 40% of the planet’s surface. This ecosystem is home to one-third of the world’s people who are more vulnerable members of society

Don’t forget to take part in the EWT Great Green Golf Day which takes place on Thursday 28 September. For more information visit: http://www.ewt.org.za/Intro.aspx and show your support for the conservation work being done by our field workers right throughout the year.

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Southern Ground Hornbills Bucorvus leadbeateri need your help! So what you might say, all of us need help in one way or the other, what makes Ground Hornbills more deserving? The single most reason is that we, as a burgeoning human population, are destroying their habitat. The species has experienced a 50% decline in range and more than a 10% decline in numbers over the past three decades predominantly due to habitat destruction. As a result, the species is classified as Vulnerable according to the Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland
(Barnes, 2000).

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Written by L.D. van Essen

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The Biodiversity Environmental Education Project (BEEP) understands the critical importance of biodiversity in maintaining and improving quality of life and economies. Reversing biodiversity loss through sustainable utilisation of ecosystems has become an urgent global concern. In South Africa the biological resources provided by biodiversity directly support the livelihoods of millions of rural South Africans and contribute significantly to the country’s economy.

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Written by Janis O'Grady

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Eco News
A Bearded Vulture Population and Habitat Viability Analysis (PHVA) workshop was held at Sterkfontein Dam from the 6th to 10th March 2006. The purpose of the workshop was to determine conservation priorities for the Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) and develop a coordinated, collaborative and effective conservation action plan for the species and its habitat in South Africa. The plan details achievable conservation actions and contains recommendations for improving the current status of the species in southern Africa.
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Written by Sonja Kreuger
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Tusk count more than doubles in Angola’s illicit ivory trade

Gland, Switzerland, Cambridge, UK – Four years on from the end of the Angolan Civil War, the bloody plight of the country’s elephants is worsening with a doubling in the illegal ivory trade over the last 12 to 18 months, according to TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network and WWF.

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Written by Tom Milliken
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Click here to book your round of golf at the Endangered Wildlife Trust's annual "Great Green Golf Day" at Sun City.  Show your support for conservation and enjoy an unbeatable day out on one of the leading courses in South Africa . Get away from the city and relax, entertain your clients and staff and have a “ball” playing in the wild surroundings of the Lost City.

Where: Lost City Golf Course, Sun City

Thursday 28 September 2006

Registration from 08:00

4-ball alliance, two scores to count

Dress code:
Official Golf Attire (soft spikes only) and Smart Casual for Prize Giving

Dinner and Auction to follow at the Cultural Village. Meet the dedicated EWT Teams and take part in a fundraising auction with a difference!

Contact Alison deSmidt on 011 486 1102 or Alisond@ewt.org.za to book today.

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Where: Country Club Johannesburg

13 June 2006

17:30 for 18:00

“Shooting Sacred Cows 11”

There are numerous “sacred cows” relating to the environment, and many misconceptions, half-truths and misunderstandings pervade the media and in the public domain. The unmitigated evils of DDT, the dire consequences of nuclear power generation, the hole in the Ozone layer, acid rain, and global warming are all overlain with numerous myths and inaccuracies. When a South African government minister publicly states that the tsunami disaster was the result of global climate change, it is time to shoot sacred cows! Dr Roger Wedlake, a physicist with wide experience in science and industry and Dr John ledger, former Director of the Endangered Wildlife Trust and with a medical research background, will take on the role of “Myth Busters” and address issues like the feasibility of hydrogen as fuel for future motor cars, electric vehicles for our cities, the chances of a vaccine for malaria, and much more! Don’t miss this talk.

RSVP: EWT Members, click here marketing@ewt.org.za to contact Mary Ritchie at EWT
or phone Mary on (011) 486 1102

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Southern Ground Hornbills - A Flagship in dire straights




Where: The Casa José restaurant, The Waterkloof Corner Shopping Centre,
Corner of Main and Crown Streets, Waterkloof.

Thursday 25 May 2006

18:00 for 18:30

Cost:  R35.00 per EWT member, R40.00 per non members

RSVP: EWT Members, click here marketing@ewt.org.za to contact Mary Ritchie at EWT
or phone Mary on (011) 486 1102

Southern Ground Hornbills (Bucorvus leadbeateri) have experienced a 50% decline in range and more than a 10% decline in numbers over the past three decades, resulting in their vulnerable status. Ground Hornbills, a charismatic species easily identified on sight and sound, serve as an ideal flagship species for the savanna ecosystem and can provide us with valuable information on the changes within these important habitats and may also serve as an indicator species for the ecosystem. Ground Hornbills have a fascinating social structure and breeding habits which create more questions than answers most of the time. LD van Essen who works for the EWT's Ground Hornbill Working Group, will give you insight into this charismatic bird.

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Wish List
If you're at a loss on what to do with unwanted items, why not donate them to the EWT. The EWT has a wish list that you could contribute to.

We would be grateful for the following items:

For our new office in Loxton (Karoo):
Anything to store files, books, and to present EWT mags, Visions and others
A heater
A phone / fax machine (plain paper if possible) 
Office desk lamp(s)
Pin board
Micro wave
Any other furniture (chairs, tables, stuff for overnights)
Curtains or blinds

Click here to read more about the EWT Wish list.


Our field workers often work in hard conditions with not much equipment so they get extremely excited when we can supply them with equipment to make their lives easier and more efficient.

Please contact Penny Buthelezi on (011) 486-1102 or email her on wishlist@ewt.org.za to organise for deliveries, and collections where necessary.

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Eco facts
  The Ground Hornbill  

Only one out of two or three Ground Hornbill chicks fledges

Ground Hornbills nest in holes in trees or on cliff faces between 4 and 5 m off the ground.

Ground Hornbills need very little water to survive

Ground Hornbills can damage property when attacking their reflection in windows

Ground Hornbills are important in South African culture due to the fact that they can supposedly end droughts

A few simple changes at home as well as adopting energy-friendly habits and attitudes can help you save money and you’ll be making a difference to the environment in the long run.
  At home:  
You can make huge savings simply by installing compact florescent lights instead of ordinary light bulbs.  Compact florescent lights use as much as 80% less electricity than ordinary light bulbs and they last up to eight times longer.
Always use an iron that is thermostatically controlled. Get the whole family involved and rid yourself of the dreaded chore of ironing clothes by removing them from the dryer and folding them carefully.
When you buy a washing machine, choose a frontloading washer. It uses less water and costs far less to operate. Also, make sure your load is full before washing, use the economy setting for every cycle and make sure it is always linked to the cold water tap.
Don’t leave hairdryers, heaters, televisions and radios on if they’re not being used. You can save a lot of electricity by using these appliances efficiently. You’ll also increase the lifespan of these appliances and you’ll save money in the long run.

By using energy efficiently, we can all save a surprising sum of money. For example, minimising your use of electricity during peak times can save you a lot. Peak times are between 07:00 and 10:00 in the morning and between 18:00 and 20:00 in the evening.  This is when most people are using stoves, heaters, televisions and radios. This is also when electricity becomes costly.  During these peak times we need to make an effort to save electricity. When we save electricity we save money.

  At work :  
There is enormous wastage of paper and energy in the workplace. Does your organisation have an environmental policy? If not, Help develop one with other concerned people and make it official policy.
Contact your local municipality to find out if there are any recycling works -- you will be making a big personal contribution to the environment if you start to recycle today.
Thousands of trees are used to make the paper and other products which we throw away. Save resources by recycling.
Save energy and money by switching off lights and heating that is not in use, particularly over lunch hour and after work.
Is your workplace using environmentally safe products e.g. phosphate free cleaning agents? Promote this as a policy.
Support the use of recycled paper -- this uses less energy and produces less wastage and pollution than virgin paper.
Do not leave the windows open when the air-conditioner is switched on and do not set the temperatures too low.
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The Wildlife Diary series follows the daily activities of animals & researchers at the Karongwe Conservancy at the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains. Each DVD comprises 2 – 3 episodes including cheetah, lion, leopard, wild dog, elephant, hyena and many other animals. The box set comprises of all 12 DVD’s above in a special presentation folder.

Cost for Members:
  • R 39,00 (per Wildlife Diary DVD),
  • R 299.00 (for Wildlife Diary Box Set - 12 DVD's)
An exclusive discount is offered for all EWT Members. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the EWT.
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