EWTalk Newsletter

Issue 62: April 2016  

A healthy planet and an equitable world that values and sustains diversity of all life.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is dedicated to conserving threatened species and ecosystems in southern Africa
to the benefit of all people.




The ongoing challenge of how to sustainably manage, and expand the extent of land and important ecosystems under conservation management is experienced by most nations and certainly all African countries. On a continent where human population pressures, conflict, competition for resources and poor governance often result in the erosion of our existing protected areas, the dialogue around how to protect and expand the network of land under conservation tenure may often just be academic exercise or a fantasy.  It is therefore interesting to take note of two different approaches unfolding on the African landscape that appear to be solving this problem and their underlying philosophies and values, as well as outcomes and impacts.....READ MORE

Reserve welcomes African Wild Dog pack

The EWT's National Wild Dog Metapopulation Project in collaboration with its partners, released a newly bonded pack of fourteen onto the Blue Canyon Conservancy....READ MORE

Making positive strides in the fight against poaching with dogs in KwaZulu Natal

Poaching with dogs is a major threat to endangered species on private game reserves in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mpumalanga.....READ MORE

Poisoning incidents threaten Vultures in Kruger

On the 27th of February a horrific discovery was made in the Vlakteplaas section of the Kruger National Park....READ MORE

A land user incentive project is launched in Chrissiesmeer

The South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is implementing an environmentally beneficial greening project ...READ MORE


Airlines unite for wildlife IATA

On behalf of the aviation industry, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has signed a declaration aimed at reducing the illegal trafficking of wildlife and underlining the aviation industry’s commitment to sustainability… READ MORE

Tribute to Warwick Wragg: Dog trainer and handler extraordinaire; colleague and friend
By Kirsty Brebner, the EWT’s Rhino Project Manager

I was devastated to learn of the sudden and untimely death of colleague and close friend Warwick Wragg, who suffered a cardiac embolism on March 5. Warwick was an instrumental part of the EWT sniffer dog project, having trained and handled the dogs since its inception. He was passionate about the rhino cause and willingly gave up special family time to support the EWT dogs. Warwick had an extraordinary gift with animals and his firm gentleness and infinite patience with dogs always got the best out of them. And they adored him!

But it was not only animals Warwick touched – he had an impact on all who knew him, and he changed so many lives – mine included. Warwick was a family man with very strong family values, and our condolences go to his beloved wife Liz, girls Marcail, Caitlin and Ricqui-Leigh and son Bryden. He will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace my dear friend.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/




We would be delighted if you would join us for the following upcoming talks:

Dogs in Conservation - presented by Kirsty Brebner

When : Tuesday, 3rd May 2016
Where : Country Club Johannesburg, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
Cost : R70 members, R95 non-members, dinner R155 per person
Contact: Debbie Thiart on 011 372 3600/1/2/3 or debbiet@ewt.org.za for more information

Cheetahs - presented by Vincent Van der Merwe

When : Tuesday, 7th June 2016
Where : Country Club Johannesburg, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
Cost : R70 members, R95 non-members, dinner R155 per person
Contact: Joel Thosago 011 372 3600/1/2/3 or joelt@ewt.org.za for more information

Please note that talks will no longer be taking place at the Country Club Johannesburg Woodmead venue.


Mother’s day is around the corner! Why not choose a gift from the selection in our e-shop to make her smile AND to make a contribution to conservation! www.ewtshop.co.za



This month we honour the late Mrs Margaret May James and her son, the late Garry Douglas James, for their dedication to conservation. In late 2015, Mrs James left a bequest to the EWT in memory of her son, Garry, who sadly passed on in 2005. Pam Walker, Garry’s sister, remembers his passion for wildlife fondly:

“My Late Mother and I knew that this donation would be what Garry would have wanted.

The bushveld was his passion and he loved everything about nature and the wild. At one stage he wanted to become a game ranger and despite this dream not materialising he still studied game ranging courses so he could make a contribution in his own right toward conservation, and at the same time continue to gain knowledge about the wild animals of our land .
He even invested in a private game reserve in Hoedspruit, originally called Vienna Nature Reserve (now Jejane Private Game Reserve). It was there where he was the happiest, and where he planned to retire in the perfect ‘’bush friendly‘’ cottage he built himself. Garry always had a good story to relate about his many wonderful experiences he enjoyed whilst in the wild and close to nature.

My brother will be happy to know that he has now made a small contribution towards the protection and conservation of our wildlife.”

We thank the James family for their generosity.

For an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy in the form of a bequest please contact us at ewt@ewt.org.za

Welcome to our most recent supporters:

  • CG Campbell (General support)
  • Phumelela (Golf day)
  • Cleveland Zoological Society (Carnivore Conservation Programme)
  • Dick Kerslake Family Trust (General Support)
  • Phillip Moore Family Trust (General Support)
  • N3 Toll Concession (Support for various programmes)
  • Canopy Tours (General support)
  • Hollard Insurance (General support)
  • Bakwena (Urban Conservation Programme)
  • National Geographic Society (Carnivore Conservation Programme)
  • Trans Africa Safaris (General Support)
  • Multiply Packaging (General Support)

Become a member of the EWT and help us to save our heritage:

You can also help us to spread our message and the umbrella of our work by encouraging friends, family and colleagues to become members.....OPEN MEMBERSHIP FORM or contact Joel Thosago on joelt@ewt.org.za

Make a Difference

Commit to a Monthly Donation by Debit Order Interested in helping the EWT to continue critical conservation work that gives more years and a future to threatened ecosystems and species? Every rand helps to put an end to extinctions!! Contact Joel Thosago on joelt@ewt.org.za



Patron Supporters
(R250,000 and above per annum)

Elizabeth Wakeman Henderson Charitable Foundation



Framework Donor
R100 000 and above per annum

Senior Corporate Member
R70 000 - R100 000 per annum

Corporate Member
R25 000 - R70 000 per annum

Corporate Supporter
R5 000 - R25 000 per annum

Contact us for futher information:

Frank Jackson
Business Development Officer

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