EWTalk Newsletter

Issue 61: February 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.




I personally resisted the world of social media for many years. Clearly a late adopter, I could not fathom the value of telling the world what I ate for breakfast or how my dental appointment went. However, as with most things in life, there comes a tipping point and when the majority of your family and friends are communicating via a specific portal or where sporting events, clubs, associations, educational institutions and so on, all rely on your participation via a social medium of sorts to deliver fast, easily shared and interactive communications, you finally succumb and get an account. What you then do with that account is however a whole different story…. READ MORE

Successful custodianship to save Sungazer lizards

The custodianship project for Sungazers was launched at the end of 2015. Twenty landowners were each given a custodian sign board to display on their properties, proudly acknowledging their efforts to conserve Sungazer populations and habitat on their farms.… READ MORE

Mild winter magic in the Karoo

It was with some trepidation that we commenced planting our nursery-grown Karoo plants on our large restoration site on Maanhaarspoort in March last year...READ MORE

Monitoring roadkill associated with Wind Energy Farms: Eskom Sere access road.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust and Eskom Strategic Partnership has commenced with a 12 month monitoring program in order to determine environmental impacts associated with wind energy on the west coast of South Africa...READ MORE

Counting eggs before they hatch

The EWT’s Threatened Amphibian Programme is eggcited (!) to be expanding the reach of monitoring efforts for the Endangered Kloof Frog, which is a stream-dwelling frog, occurring in remnants of scarp and coastal forest between Durban and Dwesa-Cwebe in the Eastern Cape.....READ MORE


Prosecuting Vietnam’s Infamous Marine Turtle Kingpin
Education for Nature - Vietnam
In late 2014, law enforcement authorities discovered nearly ten tons of dead marine turtles following raids at six warehouses in the city of Nha Trang. The bust was the largest seizure of marine turtles in the world to date. The sight of more than 7,000 dead marine turtles brought the province of Khanh Hoa and Vietnam’s most notorious marine turtle traffickers, Hoang Manh Cuong and his brother, Hoang Tuan Hai to the world’s attention. The brothers were already known to police as significant figures in the illegal marine turtle trade, but this time the police had caught them red-handed… READ MORE

The Rhino's Eyes. Poem by Jesse Weinberg

The Rhino’s Eyes
There once was a time when they roamed free, of invisible killers, of certainty. 
When a fight was fair, the odds were known, and death was surely rare.
Their lives were theirs, to grow and share, to hold their own, to win their dare.
And now here we are, their enemy and their friend, their puzzle that won't end.
His defenses are defenseless, senses become senseless, motion, motionless.
There he finally lies, humiliated, exhausted, agonized. 
Against a gentle wind, a silent sun, he finally closes his eyes...the rhino, dies.

Jesse Weinberg wrote this moving poem when he discovered that the last remaining black rhino on the game farm where he works had been shot and killed. 

In Jesse’s own words: “This was a magnificent bull which was part of an incredibly successful breeding project which started with 3, grew to 11 and now only 1 survives (her name is Phila, quite a famous rhino that was shot 9 times and survived, she now lives at Legends).

He was shot through rear left flank with a high calibre round however it evidently didn't kill him straight away as we found him with both horns, the bullet seemed to have ripped through his abdomen and nestled near his heart. In a strange twist, a body was spotted from the helicopter not far from the carcass, upon inspection it was in fact a poacher (with a handsaw) that had clearly been killed by the rhino! Although the rhino is gone, there is a small touch of justice that he managed to kill his killer before laying down to die.”

Thank you Jesse for this moving tribute to a magnificent creature.


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

  • Country Club Johannesburg Woodmead – 28th February 2016 – Johan Marais from the Snake Bite Institute – Snake bite – what to do?
  • Country Club Johannesburg Auckland Park 1st March 2016 – Bridget Corrigan, EWT’s Source to Sea Programme Manager – Protecting communities and catchments in the face of climate change – the state of play in a drought-stricken South Africa.

The EWT’s annual golf day will be held at the Zwartkop Country Club on the 8th of April 2016. Reserve your four ball at R5000 by emailing debbiet@ewt.org.za


Relate hits the big 2 000 000!
The EWT has been proudly associated with the Relate Trust since 2013, and the original range of EWT bracelets produced by Relate has grown to include two new species and an ocean bracelet. In January this year, Relate sold their 2 millionth bracelet (across all supported charities, including the EWT), proving that a small beaded bracelet truly has the power to transform lives. To show your support for EWT projects, head over to our e-shop at http://www.ewtshop.co.za to purchase a bracelet of your very own, and wear it with pride!


Our sincere thanks go to the Allinson and Hutty families for the bequest left to the EWT. Because of the generosity of your loved ones, there is hope for threatened and endangered species. In this way, future generations will be able to enjoy the beauty of nature and wildlife.

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

Welcome to our most recent supporters:

  • Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust (General Support)
  • Charl van der Merwe Trust (Birds of Prey Programme)
  • GCCL2 (Carnivore Conservation Programme)
  • Bosmanerf (Carnivore Conservation Programme)
  • Rand Merchant Bank (Various Projects)
  • Orion Project Managers (General Support)
  • Knowsley Safari Park (Carnivore Conservation Programme)
  • SANBI (Red List)
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (Threatened Grasslands Species Programme)
  • Woolworths (Threatened Grasslands Species Programme)
  • Nedbank (National Business and Biodiversity Network)
  • St Louis Zoo (Carnivore Conservation Programme)
  • Munich Re (General Support)
  • IUCN (Birds of Prey Programme)
  • Assore Mining (General Support)
  • CSIR Running Club (General Support)
  • Beth Hackland (General Support)
  • Tree Top Tours (General Support)
  • Afrisam (General Support)
  • Columbus Zoo (Carnivore Conservation Programme)

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:

Samantha Atrash
Fundraiser: Corporate & Individual Philanthropies Email:samanthaa@ewt.org.za

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