Endangered Wildlife Trust
       Volume 35 - January 2011

     1: News from our CEO
     2: Project news
     3: Eco news
     4: Events
     5: e-Shop
     6: Supporter news



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News from our CEO

Hello EWT supporters

The coldest July in recent years saw the EWT staff moving into their new headquarters at the Pinelands Office Park in Modderfontein. Moving the EWT was no small task and several truckloads of boxes of books, files, slides, photographs and everything else that could possibly have been collected during the past 29 years during which we were based at the Johannesburg Zoo, were carefully offloaded and unpacked at the new facility during that chilly first week of July. Packing up at the zoo was perhaps the most interesting part of the process for the staff as peals of laughter were heard when bottles of preserved Wild Dog testicles were discovered, along with recordings of animal sounds on vinyl, bags of vulture rings from the 70's and photos of staff who twenty years ago, apparently had a lot more hair and in many cases, of a different colour! Unpacking on the other side was more of a team builder with staff pulling together in the most amazing way. Books, crates, boxes and cartons were lugged down passages and up the stairs and over a period of only 5 days, everything was unpacked, sorted, filed and reorganised. The EWT experienced no more than 3 days of downtime and we are now proudly showing of our new, vastly expanded office facilities that include a fully accessible library, a training centre, spare meeting rooms and boardrooms and in general, excellent working conditions for all our staff.

I personally want to thank all EWT staff for their exceptional hard work and high spirits during the move. The aching arms and stiff legs made for a smooth and seamless transition and as usual the EWT Team did themselves proud. In the past week, our new training centre has already hosted a week of training for the Airports Company South Africa staff, the SAPS and the Hawks on wildlife trade and law enforcement and in weeks to come, will host a number of other workshops.

There is still much work to be done to fully integrate the EWT’s culture and brand into the building and grateful thanks go to the many donors and friends who have offered ideas, time, donations and in general, their support and help. A new era in the EWT's life has dawned. Now we just need the weather to warm up!

Yolan Friedmann
EWT CEO



Project news

The Plight of the Oribi

Oribi are found across the African continent, wherever the right types of grassland areas are available. They occur in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga and the South African subspecies has declined over the past two decades, during which more than 25% of the population was lost. This is mostly because of habitat destruction and poaching, including illegal hunting with dogs, an emerging threat that has decimated the KwaZulu-Natal Oribi population and threatens to impact on the Mpumalanga Oribi population in the near future. What's more, Oribi breed only once a year and produce one lamb per season, so their reproductive rate is low. The EWT conducts a survey every two years to determine the population status of South Africa's Oribi. The 2009 survey counted approximately 1 900 Oribi. This year's Oribi survey will be conducted in September and will be available online at www.ewt.org.za. For more information on the conservation of Oribi and their Grasslands – please contact Ian Little.

International Spotlight on Vultures

The EWT's Birds of Prey Programme, together with its partners and associates is proud to host their 5th International Vulture Awareness Day on Saturday 3rd of September. This is a truly international event with 164 organisations from 57 countries participating in a range of events focused on promoting vulture conservation. The purpose of Vulture Awareness Day is to create awareness about the continued plight of vultures globally and to highlight the work done by conservationists to monitor vulture populations and conserve these birds and their habitats. This initiative recently led to the establishment of a Vulture Specialist Group by the IUCN Species Survival Commission, which will attempt to coordinate and focus vulture conservation from a global perspective. See EWT Events for more information on IVAD to be held near Hartebeespoort Dam this year and click here for more information on vulture conservation.

Illegal Trade of our Endangered Carnivores

The legal and illegal trade in Leopards and Cheetah is substantially impacting on populations of these two species. In December 2010 the EWT arranged a workshop to determine whether current South African hunting quotas for Leopards and the lack of any hunting quotas for Cheetah in the country are justified. The final report from this workshop is now available. To address the trade threats to Leopards and Cheetah, the EWT's Carnivore Conservation Programme, in conjunction with SANBI, is implementing a project to assess the scale and impacts of consumptive utilisation of Leopards and Cheetah, and their body parts. Programme Manager Kelly Marnewick says: "We plan to work closely with all stakeholders including government, NGOs and all other industry members, to ensure that trade in these two species is managed in a sustainable way and that the populations of these key species in South Africa thrive." For a full article on the workshop results please click here.


Eco news

NGO Coalition Responds to Environmental Authorisation Granted to CoAL

The Department of Environmental Affairs has granted environmental authorisation to Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) in the first s.24G application for ‘rectification of illegal activities’, after CoAL was fined R9.25 million earlier this year. The NGO Coalition opposed to mining on the doorstep of the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site has lodged an intention to appeal the DEA’s authorisation. It is also appealing the mining right granted by the Department of Mineral Resources and the associated approval of the Environmental Management Programme. It launched interdict proceedings to stop CoAL from carrying on any mining or related operations on the site and will soon be lodging an appeal against the granting of an integrated water use licence. For the full story, click here.

Wild Dog Walks 400 km

In April 2010 a male African Wild Dog was photographed in Save the Valley in eastern Zimbabwe. The same dog was photographed in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana 400 km away recently. Scientists say this is one of the longest distances an African Wild Dog has ever been recorded as travelling. Wild Dogs are South Africa’s most Endangered carnivore and one of the most endangered carnivores in Africa, with a mere 3 000 – 3 500 remaining. Read more here.


Events

EWT Talk and Dinner : Which Way, The Rhino?

Join us on Tuesday 2 August for an EWT Talk and Dinner at the Country Club, Johannesburg for a presentation by conservation legend and founder of the EWT, Clive Walker.
Date: 2 August 2011
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Price: Members: R50 for talk and R115 for dinner, Non-members: R75 for talk and R115 for dinner
Booking is Essential
Place: Country Club, Johannesburg. Napier Road, Auckland Park
Contact Nicola Vogel on 011 372 3600 or nicolav@ewt.org.za

EWT Talk and Dinner : The Private Life of Peregrines on the Cape Peninsula

Join us on Tuesday 13 September for a presentation on the conservation of our birds of prey.
Date: 13 September 2011
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Price: Members: R50 for talk and R115 for dinner, Non-members: R75 for talk and R115 for dinner
Place: Country Club, Johannesburg. Napier Road, Auckland Park
Contact Nicola Vogel on 011 372 3600 or nicolav@ewt.org.za

International Vulture Awareness Day

Join us on Saturday 3rd September for a Family Fun Day in honour of International Vulture Awareness.
Date: 3 September 2011
For more details please contact Zelda Hudson .

Black Tie Dinner hosted by Clive Walker

A memorable event to launch Clive Walker's Autobiography and raise funds for Rhino conservation in South Africa.
Date: 3 November 2011
Place: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Rosebank, Johannesburg
For further details and bookings please Contact Nicola Vogel on 011 372 3600 or nicolav@ewt.org.za

Black Tie Dinner: Wild for Life

A celebration of South African Adventurers in support of Wild Dog Conservation, hosted by Vaughan de la Harpe and Sean Disney.
Date: 17 November 2011
Place: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Rosebank, Johannesburg
For further details and bookings please Contact Nicola Vogel on 011 372 3600 or nicolav@ewt.org.za



e-Shop

Please visit our new online E-Shop for fun winter games for kids and some fantastic new EWT supporter clothing for those chilly winter nights. Support the EWT by purchasing your items and gifts online. Visit us here .

Supporter Jackets

Show your support for conservation by purchasing a long sleeve supporter jacket. Men and ladies sizes available.
Non-member: R350
Member: R315
To order, please email nicolav@ewt.org.za

I'm Game Board Games

This unique game gives you the opportunity to improve your knowledge of the creatures and features of our beautiful country, at three levels of difficulty. Supported by SANParks and the Endangered Wildlife Trust and designed by teachers and wildlife enthusiasts to ensure a strong, educational language content!
Non-member: R275
Member: R300 To order, please email nicolav@ewt.org.za


Supporter news

Last Chance to Recruit your Friends and Win

Thank you for your loyal support to the EWT – Become an Active part of the solution by introducing a friend to the EWT membership this month. You will be entered into our exclusive competition to win a luxurious weekend away at 5 star Samara Game Reserve; and other fantastic prizes including vouchers, books and wildlife prints. By encouraging friends, family and colleagues to become members you are actively encouraging environmental consciousness and helping the EWT spread our message. Please visit the EWT to join today.

Eco Stars for your Kids who are Wild about Life

Eco Stars is EWT's Youth Club - for young super stars for nature. Visit the Eco Stars Facebook page for more information or email us for your enrolment form today.

Turn your Rhino Rage into Action

MyRhino

Woolworths has launched the My Rhino campaign as part of the My School/My Village/ My Planet initiative – where you can select the Rhino as your beneficiary, or add it to your existing card. This month we have raised R2 193.01 for the EWT MyPlanet Rhino fund and we have 486 people supporting the fund. Fore more information and to download your application form please click here

Wrist Action

Rhino Force Bracelets are now available at various Exclusive Books outlets and will be popping up in other stores all over the country. If you would like to endorse this powerful campaign and buy bracelets in bulk for your school, corporate or community, please email Chris Thorpe.

Wild about Wild Dogs

Land Rover Centurion has launched an initiative to raise funds for South Africa’s dwindling wild dog population. In a unique campaign, by buying a brand new land rover from Land Rover Centurion, a generous donation is made to the EWT on your behalf. You will also become a member of the Exclusive Land Rove Dare to Care club. Land Rover South Africa and Land Rover Centurion are making a huge contribution to saving this once despised carnivore.

Latest Supporters

Xstrata Coal is EWT’s newest Patron supporter and have provided generous and much needed support to EWT's Birds of Prey Programme; Conservation Leadership Programme and African Crane Conservation Programme.

Our Livestock Guarding Dog Project thanks Janet Bloom, Nikki McMartney, Peter and Wendy Leppard, Rosebank Rotary Club and the GFSF Foundation for sponsoring five new dogs and Cipla Vet for sponsoring 500 pipettes of Fibrotec Tick and Flea Dip. Bees, Caro and Mazo are our three remaining puppies desperately looking for sponsorship. If you can assist please contact Cynthia

Our sincere thanks to Seacom for their generous support and dedicated commitment to Dugong Conservation in Mozambique through the EWT's Dugong Emergency Protection Project.

Livingston's support the Endangered Wildlife Trust – Support them

The EWT also expresses thanks to: Coronation Asset Management for contribution towards our Carnivore Conservation Programme's Lion Conference; Afrika Force; Charl van de Merwe Foundation; RMB Fund; Bison PG for their continued support; The Carla Antoni Collection and the Finnish Ministry of Education for sponsoring flights to the Act Now! ENO Conference.
 
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