Issue 54: July - October 2014
  • Orange River Mouth Project-site visit
  • Tragic loss of wildlife in the hands of the greedy and the disregard for the law
  • Once in a lifetime experience for prosecutors
  • Unravelling the secret life of Karoo bossies
  • The Amatole Freshwater Species Project and Biodiversity Stewardship
  • Blue Cranes and Wind Turbines
    At your service: Frogs and toads saving your skin
  • A visit to President Steyn School, near Bloemfontein
  • Oorlogskloof reveals its mussels
  • 2014 sees the launch of the Zambia Crane and Wetland Conservation Project, under the ICF/EWT Partnership for African Cranes

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With the world appearing to have gone completely mad these days, it is sometimes difficult to stay focused on what is good and what is working.One can get engulfed in feelings of dismay, driven the bad news that is dished up daily: describing a world in which the vicious slaughter of wildlife for their body parts is escalating uncontrollably; where rampant corruption permeates almost every fragment of society; and where conflict between people and wildlife, between people and their environment and between people and other people seems irrepressible. So how DO we draw inspiration and where DO we get our motivation from? The recent Citadel Inspiration Indaba brought together a range of some incredibly inspiring characters that have gone from being “ordinary” South Africans to world-class heroes by conquering the North Pole or championing winning teams, or bridging the divide between Umtata and Harvard University by pioneering world changing innovations. We love to learn from others and the “if they can do it, I can do it” philosophy has changed many lives for the better. Others draw their inspiration from being empowered and education is a powerful force for changing lives and igniting dreams.

Working in conservation, one sees possibly the worst side of humanity but inspiration is critical and is the strongest driving force behind many people in this sector. Positive stories come in all shapes and sizes. One cannot wait for the announcement that all poaching has been stopped or that Blue Swallows have returned to Mpumalanga in their flocks for us to finally celebrate our impact and praise ouractions. The small successes are often indicative of great achievements and even greater ones to come. The ability to be as inspired by these events, as by the conquering of mountains and solo expeditions, and to then act on this inspiration, is what makes many other ‘ordinary’ people become great heroes who are improving our world every day.

The EWT’s Vision of a healthy planet and an equitable world that values and sustains life may be lofty, but I am frequently inspired by the small strides we are making towards achieving it. From seeing captured Wild Dogs roaming free again; to the safeguarding of Jackal Buzzard chicks as a result of Eskom rerouting a line to protect the pylon holding their nest. From seeing the wonder on the faces of first-time eco-rangers as they ring their first crane; to the complete abolition of all Dugong by-catch in the Bazaruto Archipelago as a result of effective law enforcement and teamwork. These stories and more give us regular cause for celebration and inspiration and the EWT will be sharing these ‘little’ victories with you much more in the future. We all need good news and the EWT has lots to share. The EWT is a leading conservation organisation as a direct result of the highly innovative, passionate people who either work for us or support our work. Our theme over the next few months in all our communications, events and newsletters will be Celebrating Success and we invite you to celebrate with us, by sharing stories of hope and inspiration about what is working and you are doing to make it work!

May I also take this opportunity to welcome our new Communications Manager Lillian Mlambo to the EWT Team. You will be hearing a great deal more from Lillian in the future!

Yolan Friedmann



Orange River Mouth Project-site visit
By Rachel Serakwana, EWT’s Conservation Communication Intern

The EWT’s Source to Sea Programme recently visited Alexander bay as part of their involvement on the project “A Water Secure Future for southern Africa: Applying the ecosystem approach (EA) in the Orange-Senqu basin” The project, funded by USAID and coordinated by the IUCN,aims to build governance capacity through mainstreaming the Ecosystem Approach (EA) into Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the Orange‐Senqu River Basin...READ MORE

Tragic loss of wildlife in the hands of the greedy and the disregard for the law
By Samson Phakathi, Field Officer, EWT’s Threatened Grassland Species Programme

It is indeed a fact that domestic dogs will always offer their masters unconditional love which can be best described by a strong mutual relationship. Literally this is a true description of a natural relationship between man and his domesticated dogs...READ MORE

Once in a lifetime experience for prosecutors
By Kirsty Brebner,Manager, EWT's Rhino Project

On 15th August, eleven rhino criminal case prosecutors from various regions had the experience of a lifetime. The EWT’s Rhino Project hosted the “Rhino Experience” at Balule Private Game Reserve in Limpopo Province. As part of the Black Rhino Expansion Project, the management of Balule Private Game Reserve are entrusted with the conservation and monitoring of the Black Rhino on the reserve...READ MORE

Unravelling the secret life of Karoo bossies
Bonnie Schumann, Senior Field Officer, EWT’s Drylands Conservation Programme

Karoo bossies are some of the toughest creatures alive. They are programmed to withstand intense heat, bitter cold, prolonged droughts and periodic flooding. As if that were not enough, they are the “bread and butter” for the herds of hungry livestock that form the backbone of the economy in the Karoo...READ MORE

The Amatole Freshwater Species Project and Biodiversity Stewardship
By Christine Coppinger, Field Officer EWT’s Source to Sea Programme

The Amathole Freshwater Species Conservation Project (AFSCP) is a relatively new project within the EWT and has been running for a year now. So far we have made good progress with obtaining baseline and monitoring data on a number of endangered freshwater species. These include the charismatic Eastern Cape Rocky which is an endangered fish species with a limited distribution range in the Eastern Cape and the Amathole Toad which is critically endangered with only six individuals being found over the past 26 years...READ MORE

Blue Cranes and Wind Turbines
By Lourens Leeuwner,Renewable Energy Project Manager, EWT’s Wildlife and Energy Programme

The debate is gaining momentum all over South Africa: Will wind energy have a devastating effect on the Blue Crane population or will the impact be sustainable? The EWT database indicates that Blue Cranes are particularly susceptible to collision with power lines. A recent research project through the Eskom Strategic Partnership has also indicated that when a power line is fitted with mitigation devices, Blue Crane incidents decline dramatically...READ MORE

At your service: Frogs and toads saving your skin
By Dr Jeanne Tarrant, EWT’s Threatened Amphibian Programme Manager

With spring in the air we can expect the return of our amphibious friends as they shake off hibernation and move closer to water to find mates, in the process filling the night skies with their songs. Frogs are everywhere, or at least they should be. These liminal creatures that inhabit both the water and the land have been around for more than 250 million years…READ MORE

A visit to President Steyn School, near Bloemfontein
By Ronelle Visagie Field Officer, EWT’s Birds of Prey Programme

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the President Steyn School near Bloemfontein to give a talk about raptors. Learners gathered in the school hall on Friday morning and were eagerly awaiting the talk and the surprise afterwards …...READ MORE

Oorlogskloof reveals its mussels
Bonnie Schumann, Mandy Schumann, Christy Bragg and Martine Jordaan

The Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve is not only famous for its exceptionally rare Clivias, but is also home to the Critically Endangered Sandfish. However, what recently generated a huge amount of media interest and got conservationists in a flap was the discovery of a few rather non-descript looking mussels – largely thanks to a hungry otter…...READ MORE

Anyone seen live mussels in the Nama Karoo?
Bonnie Schumann: Senior Field Officer, Endangered Wildlife Trust - Drylands Conservation Programme

During our work with the Riverine Rabbit Project we frequently see old mussel shells along the Sak River, but have never found live ones, or signs of them. We would like to appeal to farmers along seasonal rivers in the Nama Karoo, particularly along the Sak-, Brak and Krom Rivers in the Loxton areas to report any sightings of live mussels to the EWT-Drylands Conservation Programme, or to our DENC and CapeNature partners – see contact details below. We are keen to continue assimilating biodiversity data for the Nama-Karoo, as the area has been so understudied and poorly researched in the past.

Please report any mussel sightings in the Northern Cape to the DENC Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve office Tel: 027 2181159, or, and in the Western Cape to Dr. Martine Jordaan, CapeNature, Tel: 021 370 7491,

2014 sees the launch of the Zambia Crane and Wetland Conservation Project, under the ICF/EWT Partnership for African Cranes
By Griffin Shanungu, ICF/EWT Zambian Crane and Wetland Conservation Programme Project Coordinator

The Zambia Crane and Wetlands Conservation Programme (ZCWCP) was launched in May 2014. The primary goal of this programme is to secure crane populations and wetland habitats on which they depend through conservation action and the implementation of a long-term monitoring and research programme. The framework of this project has evolved since its initiation between 2000 and 2003, under the then African Wattled Crane Programme (AWCP), a joint initiative between the International Crane Foundation and the Endangered Wildlife Trust ….READ MORE

Lending a helping hand on Mandela day

The EWT spent 67 minutes doing something that would have long-lasting and sustainable impacts. The EWT team dedicated Mandela day towards a children’s home in need of vegetables to be planted in their vegetable garden. This was a very worthy cause especially considering the value of quality nutrition during the early developmental phases of childhood. The Garden Shop generously donated vegetable seeds, forks and spades, bags of compost and frost guard cloth which was enough to provide more than adequate shelter for the growing seedlings.

Martial Eagles-Decline in Populations- Presented by Rowen van Eeden
When : Tuesday 7th October 2014
Where : Country Club Johannesburg, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
Cost : R65 members, R90 non-members, dinner R140 per person
Contact : Debbie Thiart on 011 372 3600/1/2/3 or for more information

Over the next few weeks the EWT will be growing our e-shop with new and exciting stock, ready for your Christmas shopping. Please view the latest item we have added – the Animal Kingdom Board Game Africa Edition. Suitable for all ages, a game to take with on your holidays. Start buying your Xmas presents early.

EWT / Richard Du Toit 2015 Calendars – pre orders – stock available September 2014
Price : R 263.16 excluding VAT - Portrait & Landscape
Postage for local deliveries is R70 per calendar
Postage for international deliveries is R900 or email for a postage quote

Support us and buy the EWT and Relate’s Endangered species bracelets
The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Relate’s collector’s range of beautifully beaded, Endangered species themed bracelets are still on sale. Please continue to support our work by purchasing the Cheetah, Wild Dog, Rhino and Dugong bracelets from Tiger’s Eye stores like Indaba and Out Of Africa nationwide and the EWT Rhino bracelet from selected CNA stores. Two new bracelets will soon beadded to the collection namely: the Bataleurs Eagle and the Pickers Gill Reed Frog.You can also buy on line at or at


The Endangered Wildlife Trust invites you to cycle for your wild heritage in the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge 2014
Cycle for the EWT- November is around the corner. Have you registered and nominated the EWT as your cause? The EWT team consists of 41 cyclists at this stage, we would like at least 70 cyclists- please register today and join our team. A fantastic prize is up for grabs.

Get involved and do your part to bring an end to extinction! Contact Debbie Thiart on

Good food and wine show
Wired Communications approached the EWT to participate at the Good Food and Wine Show as an exhibitor. Paul Riviera from Cake Extreme made a life size Rhino cake for the EWT which was displayed at the EWT stand. Over 4000 slices of cake were sold to the public. The CAKE BOSS Buddy Valastross cut the first slice at the cake opening/slicing ceremony. Thank you to Wired Communications, Cake Extreme and The Good Food and Wine Show.

Win a Hot Air Balloon Safari in the Pilanesberg National Park with a night’s accommodation at the exclusive, 5-star Ivory Tree Lodge!
Stand a chance win a Hot Air Balloon Safari, simply DONATE R250.00 towards the Endangered Wildlife Trust. LIKE and SHARE the post on Facebook; and POST a quirky comment, colourful, intriguing or amusing description of what you would do if you won the Hot Air Balloon Safari! The comment that receives the most likes will win the prize! This campaign will run for a period of 4 months. The person with the most liked comment will receive a call on the 10th of December 2014 confirming their prize. For more information please contact Debbie Thiart on

Join the Endangered Wildlife Trust & I AM WATER in celebration of National Marine Week on 11 and 12 October 2014!
Whether you’re a diver, snorkeler, surfer, or sand-castle builder - you’re invited to attend our exciting weekend Ocean Fund Raiser! Celebrate Oceans with EWT at our Blue-Tie Gala Dinner- hosted at the Blue Waters Hotel in Durban on 11 October, and at our Marine Week Free Dive - in partnership with the Durban Undearsea Club on 12 October. Proceeds will help save one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals- the Dugong! You can contact Karen Allen on for more information. To register for the event please click here.

Support the Auctioning of the big rhinos painted by famous artist!
MyRhino is auctioning 7 big rhino paintings.The EWT has been nominated to receive 70% of the sale price of two of the paintings and 30% of sale price for the other five rhinos. Please support the EWT in this exciting event.
When : Thursday, 2nd October 2014 at 7:30pm
Where : Hyde Park Corner Centre, Johannesburg
Contact : Nicholas Snaith on 011 7911581 or for RSVPs and more information

The EWT’s save our Cranes bags at Woolworths!
The EWT’s save our Cranes bags are still available at Woolworths stores countrywide. Please be sure to ask your cashier in store for the bags if you do not see them on display as Woolworths still has the beautiful bags in stock.

Grow a Tree Campaign!
Help the EWT save the environment by donating a leaf (R100) or a blossom (R150). View our virtual tree as it grows on the EWT website. For more information please contact Carla van Rooyen on

Welcome to our most recent supporters:

  • Barloworld (Corporate Member and Framework Donor)
  • Digital Outsource Services (Rhino Project)
  • Cape Union Mart (General Support)
  • Cranefield College (African Crane Conservation Programme)
  • RipLog (Corporate Member)
  • Schneider-Neureither & Partner ZA (PTY) Limited (Corporate Member)
  • Carol Ratcliffe (Rhino Project)
  • Johannesburg City Parks (Urban Conservation Project)
  • Stichting Prins Bernhard Cultuur Funds (Dugong Project)
  • Columbus Zoological Park (Carnivore Conservation Programme)
  • Zoological Society of Pittsburgh (Carnivore Conservation Programme)
  • Richard Bosman (Wild Dog Project)
  • Flora and Fauna International (Sungazer Project)
  • CEPF Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (Source to Sea and African Crane Conservation Programmes)

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