Issue: Vol 42 April 2012
  In other news
Understanding the IUCN
and what their major priority areas are into the next quadrennium. EWT is a member. youtube video

What are we doing to save our Rhinos

While ten years ago, a mere 25 rhinos were poached, the number poached in 2011 reached an unbelievable 448. read more


New map to reduce the impact of wind farms on South Africa’s birds

Wind energy is a renewable source of energy, and is hence part of an emerging sector in South Africa. Wind energy generation has a lesser environmental impact than, for example, coal-fired power stations, but the wind turbines can still pose serious risks for a number of bird species. Research in Europe, the United States, Mexico, Australia and China indicates that a number of bird species collide with wind turbines, sometimes causing significant mortalities. Eurasian Griffons have been recorded to collide, in large numbers, with wind turbines at Tarifa in Spain with more than 1500 birds being killed in 18 months at just one site and Golden Eagles are known to collide with wind turbines at Altamont Pass in California.  It is therefore important that South Africa learns from the experiences of other countries and place wind farms at sites where bird collisions are unlikely read more

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Mentoring and training new conservation leaders

Conservation action for Cape Vultures

The Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres is the most studied vulture species in southern Africa and yet, even after decades of conservation efforts for this endemic species, the population continues to decline. During the 2011 breeding season a total of only 2848 breeding pairs was recorded for the season, a drop from the previous estimated 2900 breeding pairs. read more


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The EWT strapline “Conservation in Action” speaks to the EWT’s focus on addressing pressing conservation concerns at the coalface, so to speak. We firmly believe that we can best make a difference by focusing our expertise, energy and resources at the forefront of where and how our species and natural environment is being impacted the most. The key to this is that we make a difference. There is so much bureaucracy and politicking today in every sector, conservation included, that one can often get lost in the forest and overlook the trees.
I am so privileged to have a career that is focused on making a difference, and working with colleagues and friends who also believe in making their careers contribute to improving the world around them. It is therefore vital that we, the Difference Drivers, pause to reflect every now and again, to take stock of the work we are doing in order to be so sure that we are indeed making that difference. Especially in a sector that can leave one feeling powerless against the onslaught of wildlife poachers and traders; the ravages of destructive industrial development; the gentle slide towards extinction that appears to have gripped many species; and the frustrating bureaucracy and seemingly apathetic attitudes of those who can most change things. The EWT is no doubt making a difference and along with our many other conservation partners, we play a crucial role in sustaining our wildlife and natural systems. But how do we know this and how we can prove this if we cannot measure these impacts?
The measurement of the impacts of conservation action is a global challenge and there are numerous publications, models and theories dedicated to finding ways of doing this, with entire associations and think tanks being dedicated to determining better ways to “design, manage and measure the impacts of our conservation actions”. To address this ongoing challenge internally, the EWT Conservation Management Team spent the later part of March critically evaluating our Conservation Strategy, our programmes and our projects to set measurable targets and milestones at the highest level of our goals. Embedded across the spectrum of all our projects and activities targets and measures have been set and the EWT reports against these on a regular basis. More challenging however, is the setting of higher level targets that allow for measurement of the conservation impacts of an organization as a whole. Whilst these need to be strategic and higher level in their outlook, they need to remain grounded by realistic measures and not be woolly or overly grand. This is of course what Vision statements are for!
Regular revisiting of what the conservation organizations do, why and how, and what our impact is is crucial in the absence of external measures such as share price or market share, as used in other sectors. It is also the most difficult. The revised targets and measures of the EWT’s impact will be shared with our members soon and we will openly share with you our successes, failings and reflections as we continue with the iterative process of critical reflection to ensure maximum productivity, minimal waste, excellence and of course, impact. Making a difference is all very well, but making the right difference is the promise we aim to keep.

Yolan Friedmann
Endangered Wildlife Trust


Riverine Rabbits are film stars !

I feel like a kid on Christmas Day – we are about to slot several small memory cards into the laptop to peruse their contents and I am holding my breath with anticipation. And why does this simple activity make me so excited? Because these memory cards have all the pictures taken by 15 remote digital cameras set up for several nights in Riverine Rabbit habitat.  In fact (drum roll) on the very first night of our camera trapping experiment, one of the cameras captured a photograph of a Riverine Rabbit. I could not believe my eyes. Read more

Celebrating a month of water

According to the Water Research Commission, by 2050 the world’s population is estimated to swell to 9 billion human beings, all competing for the same, dwindling natural resources.  25% Of the people in developing countries already have to purchase their drinking water from private vendors while only 58% of people on the African continent have access to safe drinking water. In light of this gloomy reality, the EWT commemorated the International Day of Action for Rivers on Wednesday the 14th of March to promote the conservation of our rivers and their catchments and to call for the improvement of policies and practices affecting water our most precious commodity. “The International Day of Action for Rivers is set aside as a day to take note of victories such as dam removal and river restoration across the planet.  The day also provides an opportunity for us to educate one another about the threats facing our rivers and to learn about better water and energy solutions. By acting together we demonstrate that these issues are not merely local but global in scope and consequence,” said Bridget Corrigan, Project Executant of the EWT’s Healthy Rivers Project. read more

Rico brings new hope for an end to Rhino horn smuggling

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is proud to welcome its newest member of staff – Rico the Wildlife Sniffer Dog! Rico, who is being trained to detect wildlife products, is funded through the BOE managed Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust and will be deployed as part of a partnership between the EWT and the Air Cargo Transport Security of Southern Africa (ACTS), a cargo screening company that uses sniffer dogs to detect explosives in cargo.

Buzz, King Shaka International’s Bird Chasing Canine!

The environmentally-responsible Bird and Wildlife Control Programme utilises a number of ethical and environmentally friendly techniques to minimise the presence and abundance of birds and wildlife on the airfield. One of the most effective techniques for controlling bird numbers is the use of bird control dogs such as Border Collies. The birds perceive the dogs as predators and move off to safer grounds beyond the perimeter of the airfield. Border Collies are hard workers. They are also very intelligent animals and can be trained to strict levels of obedience, which is a prerequisite for an error free airfield environment. Buzz, at 20-months, is the newest and youngest member of the Bird Control Dog team at KSIA. He has been in training on a game farm near Alldays in the Limpopo where he has learnt to chase a variety of birds whilst at all times keeping an ear out for commands from his trainer Rox Brummer. His handler, Indhrasen “Dudes” Govender, has visited him several times and the two have bonded well and are set to excel as a team on the airfield. Mac and Tweeny, the original two dogs in the programme, will soon be retired, leaving 6-year old Don and Buzz to do the work on the airfield.


Bidding a fond farewell to a Conservation Hero

It was with great sadness that we noted the passing of ‘BeeDee’ on 29 January 2012.  BeeDee was one of the Border Collies who spent an illustrious conservation career chasing birds off the airfield at O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), and making aviation safer for the general public. BeeDee began work at Durban International Airport in 2003 but later moved with his handler Melissa Hofmann to ORTIA.  BeeDee loved chasing larger birds but soon found joy in chasing plovers and other smaller birds.  He took his work very seriously and if his handlers happened to drive past a flock of birds by accident, they earned a look of serious disapproval.BeeDee was retired in 2008 due to arthritis and the sudden onset of epilepsy.  He lived out his days with his handler teaching her other dogs to chase birds!  With his own unique charm and character, BeeDee crept into the hearts of everyone who knew him and he will be greatly missed.

EWT staff member is top student at Cranefield College

In 2010, Claire Patterson-Abrolat, Manager of the Airport Wildlife Programme, accepted a scholarship from Cranefield College to do an Advanced Diploma in Project Management.  Having completed the Advanced Diploma, Claire went on to complete the Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Management, with Distinction, and being named Top Student for 2011. The Advanced Diploma was a 1-year course which consisted of four modules covering aspects such as planning, leading and implementing project management, organisational performance, and creating high-performance teams, whilst the Post-Graduate Diploma took an additional nine months, and three modules, and covered topics such as organisational quality and performance management, transformational corporate strategy, and financial management of projects and programmes.  Each module consisted of two group assignments and well as an individual assignment and monthly lectures.

The EWT would like to thank Cranefield College for making this scholarship available to Claire. In addition, Cranefield has kindly agreed to make scholarships available to other staff members in the future.


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Gutter garden: Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels read more


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