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MWITU’S MEMO

 

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On 3 March, we celebratedഀ World Wildlife Day, a day that has a very special place in myഀ heart, and we asked people to help us keep the wild inഀ wildlife. That’s not something that we should only focus onഀ for one day of the year though – we need you to help us toഀ keep the wild in wildlife every day!

ഀ There are many issues facing wildlife that could be avoided,ഀ that often arise out of a misguided idea of what it means toഀ appreciate wild animals. We’re asking people to pause aഀ moment and remember that what truly makes our wildlifeഀ special and unique is its very wildness. So let’s respectഀ that natural state, and say no to wild animals as pets, no toഀ the illegal trade in wildlife, and no to irresponsible wildഀ animal interactions like lion cub petting. We’re also invitingഀ you to take the time to share this message with your friendsഀ and family members who may not be as in touch withഀ conservation as you are – lets spread the word and makeഀ Conservation in Action possible!

ഀ The theme for this year’s World Wildlife Day was “Listen toഀ the young voices" and we’d really love to hear from ourഀ young supporters as well – what do you think we can do toഀ keep the wild in wildlife? Drop me an email on Mwitu@ewt.org.zaഀ and let me know!

ഀ I hope you enjoy the updates we’ve shared with you below. Asഀ always, your feedback is very welcome, so feel free to emailഀ me at any time and let me know what you think!

ഀ Happy reading
ഀ Mwitu

 

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PROJECT NEWS

 

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Saying no toഀ single-use plastic

Claire Relton, ACCP Intern
ClaireR@ewt.org.za


ഀ During March we celebrate a number of water-relatedഀ environmental days, including International Day of Action forഀ Rivers (14 March), National Water Week (20–24 March), andഀ World Water Day (22 March). Water has recently been a veryഀ topical subject in South Africa, with the country feeling theഀ effects of drought through water restrictions, increased foodഀ prices and frightening visuals of empty dams......READ MORE

 

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Winging it forഀ Wattled Cranes

Matthewഀ Becker, African Crane Conservation Programme, Drakensbergഀ Senior Field Operations Officer
matthewb@ewt.org.za


ഀ As the early morning mist clears on a cold winter’s day, andഀ the first rays of sun tease the last bit of warmth that isഀ left in your tin coffee cup on a small airstrip just outsideഀ Cobham Nature Reserve, you know the time has come to set toഀ work. The little Cessna 182, also known as the “vomit comet”,ഀ glistens with dew as our pilot makes his preflight checks,ഀ and the butterflies start to flutter as you prepare for a dayഀ that mimics a roller coaster, with low-level flyingഀ accompanied by tight and stomach-twisting turns. A day thatഀ also involves being fortunate enough to fly into some of theഀ most beautiful little valleys and wetland areas in search ofഀ one of South Africa’s most endangered species, the Wattledഀ Crane, whose natural habitat is decreasing at an alarmingഀ rate. 

ഀ This is just one of the five days where we buzz the vomitഀ comet about, covering KwaZulu-Natal in search of these birds.ഀ These surveys play a vital role in understanding the birds’ഀ population dynamics and breeding status. In partnership with Ezemveloഀ KZN Wildlife, the EWT has been running these annual surveysഀ for 23 years. The information gathered during these surveysഀ has been invaluable in helping protect these species, byഀ showing population fluctuations, land uses changes andഀ impacts and the local movement characteristics associatedഀ with these. During the flights, all three species of cranes,ഀ namely Blue Cranes, Grey Crowned Cranes and Wattled Cranes,ഀ are recorded, as well as any other indigenous wildlife (e.g.ഀ Oribi) spotted. Over the past five years there has been aഀ slow but steady increase in all crane species seen during theഀ survey, resulting in the 2016 counts being 850 for Blueഀ Cranes, 3,237 for Grey Crowned Cranes and 273 for Wattledഀ Cranes. 

ഀ Finally, as the day closes and the plane has been anchored toഀ the grass runway, a cold drink settles what butterflies mayഀ remain, as the sun slowly sets over the Drakensberg and theഀ feeling of Conservation in Action is felt without a whisperഀ amongst all.

ഀ This work is made possible by the partnership with Ezemveloഀ KZN Wildlife and sponsorship from Eskom.

 

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Celebrating Worldഀ Wetlands Day

 

Nduduzaഀ Khoza, EWT Eco Ranger; Steven Segang, African Craneഀ Conservation Programme Highveld Community Projects Officer;ഀ Naledi Hlatswayo, Urban Conservation Programme Eco Schoolsഀ Intern; and Nkosinathi Nama, Source to Sea Programme Amatholeഀ Fresh Water Species Project Coordinator
nduduzoecoranger@gmail.com, StevenS@ewt.org.za, NalediH@ewt.org.za, and NkosinathiN@ewt.org.za


ഀ World Wetlands Day is officially celebrated on 2 February,ഀ and this year’s theme was “Wetlands for disaster riskഀ reduction.” The EWT celebrated South Africa’s special andഀ vulnerable wetlands with a number of events and activitiesഀ throughout the month of February...READ MORE

 

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For Frogs’ Sake!


Drഀ Jeanne Tarrant, Threatened Amphibian Programme Manager, andഀ Esté Matthew, Drylands Conservation Programme Field Officer
JeanneT@ewt.org.za and
EstherM@ewt.org.za

ഀ Friday 24th February saw the EWT attempt to breakഀ the Guinness World Record for the largest game of leapfrog.ഀ This event formed part of the 4th national Leapഀ Day for Frogs – an awareness day to bring attention to theഀ plight of frogs, but also to celebrate the diversity of frogsഀ we have in South Africa. The day encourages everyone in Southഀ Africa – schools, companies and individuals – to take partഀ and do something to highlight frogs, be it frog art, dressingഀ in green or building a pond. This year we literally leapt forഀ frogs to bring attention to these amazing animals....READ MORE

 

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Elizabethഀ Wakeman Henderson Charitable Foundation

 

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ONLINEഀ STORE


ഀ The EWT has been proudly associated with the Relate Trust sinceഀ 2013, and the original range of EWT bracelets produced by Relateഀ has grown. WATCH THIS SPACE - We will be adding a new bracelet toഀ our range. To show your support for EWT projects, head over to ourഀ e-shop at http://www.ewtshop.co.za toഀ purchase a bracelet of your very own, and wear it with pride!

 

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EVENTS
 
Cranes,ഀ Wetlands and Communities, finding the balance in a developing worldഀ - Country Club Johannesburg talk
ഀ Date: 4 April 2017
ഀ Speaker: Kerryn Morrison, Senior Manager: Africa
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Reintroducingഀ morning teas
ഀ We’re excited to announce that our popular morning teas will beഀ reintroduced this year! We’re aware that many of our supportersഀ can’t join us for our evening talks, and so these events are justഀ for you! We will also be alternating venues to ensure that more ofഀ you can attend.
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ഀ The first of these teas will take place on 25 April at Country Clubഀ Johannesburg (Auckland Park), where we will enjoy a presentationഀ from Derek van der Merwe on his work with Livestock Guarding Dogsഀ to keep livestock safe from predators and predators safe fromഀ farmers. A second tea and talk will be held in October at theഀ Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort.
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Entry forഀ these events will be R150 per person and will include refreshments.ഀ We’ll be sending out the invitation for the April event shortly,ഀ but should you wish to know more, please get in touch with Joelഀ Thosago by emailing JoelT@ewt.org.za or callingഀ 0870210398, extension 112
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Entries are open for the Telkom 947 Cycleഀ Challenge 2017

REGISTERഀ NOW AND WEAR YOUR PAW WITH PRIDE!
ഀ The Endangered Wildlife Trust needs YOU! Are you up for theഀ challenge?  https://www.ewt.org.za/947CycleChallenge.html

 

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SUPPORTER NEWS
 

Strategicഀ communication support 

Artifactഀ Advertising has been appointed to partner with the EWT towards aഀ long-term goal of more effective communication, greater awarenessഀ and ultimately improved project success. The EWT is thrilled toഀ have been offered this pro bono support, and looks forward toഀ working with an agency that is passionate not only aboutഀ communication, but about conservation too. Some exciting newഀ campaigns are sure to result from this partnership. Artifactഀ Account Manager, Brynn Lurie, believes a more strategic approach toഀ marketing and communication is needed for the organisation and theഀ team will be focused on achieving these imperatives during 2017.
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Everyഀ swipe counts!

Did you knowഀ that you can support the EWT through the MyPlanet programme? The MyPlanetഀ fundraising programme was launched as an extension of MySchool toഀ provide community-minded people like yourself the opportunity toഀ support a worthy cause, such as the EWT, that is focused on theഀ improvement and protection of the environment and animals. And itഀ doesn’t cost you a cent!
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ഀ So get your free MyPlanet card (no monthly fees, no costs to you!)ഀ and nominate the EWT as the beneficiary you wish to support. Thenഀ swipe your card at partner stores when you shop, andഀ they will donate a percentage of your purchases on your behalf.
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  • If you don't have aഀ MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card yet, simply apply for your free cardഀ now and select the EWT as your beneficiary. Once you startഀ swiping your card, we’ll start receiving funds.
  • If you already haveഀ a MySchool card, but would like to change your beneficiary orഀ add a charity, simply call the Client Service Centre on 0860ഀ 100 445 or email cs@myschool.co.za – there isഀ no need to get a new card!

 
Help us saveഀ the Pangolin
ഀ Pangolin Photo Safaris and the EWT have launched a project with aഀ very clear purpose - to saveഀ the Pangolin. To play your part in achieving thisഀ goal, book your 6 Day
Pangolin Photo Festival Trip on the Chobe,ഀ hosted by Guts, Janine, Sabine and Charl, as well as top Botswanaഀ photo guide Steve Stockhall. The safari will be based at Chobeഀ Safari Lodge, and guests will get to spend time with each of theഀ resident photographers on both cruises on the photo boats and gameഀ drives in the park. Profits from the safari are being donated toഀ work towards identifying trafficking routes of pangolins.
ഀ Watch a video about this project here
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Tubularഀ Track
ഀ Tubular Track PTY Ltd is an ISO 9001:2008 certified originalഀ equipment provider of proprietary Tubular Modular Track (TMT), aഀ proven ballastless precast fixed geometry rail track superstructureഀ with continuous support for rails. Tubular Track is committed toഀ improving and promoting sound environmental practice. They believeഀ that environmental protection is a strategic business issue and anഀ integral part of their corporate strategy. The company believesഀ that the quality of our air, water and soil should be protected forഀ the continued benefit of all ecosystems, and that this will meetഀ the needs of present and future generations.

ഀ With the idea that protecting the environment is an obligation, notഀ a choice in mind, Tubular Track recently became a corporate memberഀ of the EWT. Tubular Track has expressed gratitude for the work theഀ EWT is doing in preserving our wildlife for generations to come.
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Become aഀ member of the EWT and help us to save our heritage:
ഀ You can also help us to spread our message and the umbrella of ourഀ work by encouraging friends, family and colleagues to becomeഀ members.....OPEN MEMBERSHIP FORM orഀ contact Joel Thosago on joelt@ewt.org.za

 

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