We need your help to make sure we don't lose the momentum of the conservation work we undertake. We have, like everyone else, taken a financial knock due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we are more determined than ever to make sure we meet our conservation targets. Our hope is that this campaign provides us with some assistance and helps us through this crisis.
Every little bit helps, even R1, and even if you cannot support us financially then please send us your sighting records or even a short selfie video of why you love ground-hornbills (to WhatsApp number - 083 289 8610).
For those who are able to support us, we have some wonderful prizes thanks to our special partners in this campaign: Extraordinary, African FRDM, The Birdling Life podcast, Clive Walker, and BirdLife South Africa. If you would like to add a prize to this campaign please get in touch.
So how can you help?
R10 (less than one USD) : Will allow us to get one of the very cool conservation comic books called Vusa the Ground Hornbill Guardian (in partnership with the Southern Africa Conservation Trust) into the hands of as many children who share their space with a wild ground-hornbill - from the Limpopo River Valley, all the way through to the Eastern Cape.
R100 (about 5 USD): Supports our education campaigns across the land where ground-hornbills still persist outside of protected areas, or where we need to reintroduce them where they have become locally extinct.
R500 (about 30 USD): a) Supports our research into various aspects of the bird to make sure our conservation action is science-based. Some of our current research projects include future-proofing artificial nests, tracking of reintroduced groups, assessing nest productivity,
R500: b) Supports us in growing the Alf Rewin Scholarship Fund to allow for scholarships to assist South African post-graduate students and interns in developing both their academic careers and their on-the-ground skill sets, to build a new generation of ground-hornbill conservation biologists.
R2500 (about 150 USD): This amount covers the permits, initial nest checks, and subsequent monitoring and transport of the chicks to our specialised rearing centre The Baobab at Loskop Dam Nature Reserve (in partnership with the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency) - see the video for a peep at this centre. We need to harvest around ten chicks this year for rearing for reintroduction to grow the national population.
R5000 (about 300 USD): This covers the materials, construction and installation of artificial nests for groups that have lost their nests, have inadequate nests, or areas where we need to encourage population growth for natural recolonisation.
For donations over R50 we will send you a hand-written thank you and an Inspired-to-Conserve pin badge, and you will also go into the draw for a beautiful hand-carved Southern Ground-hornbill by Zulu artist Bheki Myeni.
For donations above R100 you will be entered into the draw to win a bottle of Abantu Gin by African Freedom, a light and refreshing gin, infused with granadilla, lemon, coriander and lemongrass. To learn more visit https://frdm.co.za/products/ab...
For donations over R500, you will be entered into the draw to win a limited edition (one of twenty) signed prints by renowned artist and conservation legend Clive Walker. To learn more about Clive and the Living Museum visit: https://waterbergtourism.com/d...
For donations above R1000 you will be entered into the draw to win a 2-night stay for two at the Safari Plains, where your luxury safari-style tent is set along the winding sand pathways, a stunning space within the natural, indigenous bushveld. Prize included meals and game drives. For more information check out https://safariplains.co.za
The Mabula Ground Hornbill Project (MGHP) is a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO ref 13/00/00/723), which means that bona fide donations made in cash or property in kind to the MGHP by South African taxpayers, whether companies or individuals are entitled to a deduction from taxable income. The benefits of supporting the MGHP are therefore two-fold:
1. Corporate Responsibility in supporting one of South Africa’s leading avian conservation programmes.
2. Qualification for a Section 18A receipt from the MGHP, which will allow contributors to claim any applicable tax relief.