Winter may be creeping up on us, but we have new life to
celebrate at the Endangered Wildlife Trust!
With winter creeping up on us, I find myself worrying once again about the Wild Dog population in our country.This is the time when they are most vulnerable to falling victim to the lethal methods used by some farmers to protect newly-born young livestock. The last free-roaming group of Wild Dogs in the Waterberg is particularly vulnerable as they often venture onto privately-owned land. We simply cannot afford to lose more of these beautiful animals, with fewer than 500 individuals left in the wild in South Africa.
Fortunately, at the EWT, we have an answer to this problem. A few days ago 3 brand new puppies came into the world. Right now their lives consist of playing with their brothers and sisters, cuddling up to their mom and generally not having a care in the world. But in a few months’ time, they will take on a huge responsibility.
These little heroes are Anatolian Shepherd dogs. These are among the oldest breed of working dogs in the world. As soon as these puppies are old enough, they will start living with flocks of sheep or other livestock. They will grow up with a strong attachment to ‘their’ livestock and their presence will be a deterrent for free-roaming predators like Caracals, Cheetah, Leopards, Black-backed Jackal, Brown Hyena and Wild Dogs. If a carnivore is in the vicinity of the flock, the Anatolian will herd their ‘family of sheep’ away from danger and bark to scare the
carnivore away, with huge success. This means that when a farmer has an
Anatolian with their flock, they don’t have to use lethal means to keep their
livestock safe. It’s a win-win for everybody.
But we need your help to get these pups. Each pup costs R5000 to source from a specialised breeder. On top of that, these pups need inoculations, collars, microchips and regular trips to the vet to make sure they stay healthy and happy. If each of you could donate R300 before June, we will be able to buy the new pups, care for them, and link them up with their farmers before the winter sets in.
If you are able to help us with our Anatolian Livestock Guarding Project, so that together we can save the lives of Wild Dogs this winter, please make a deposit into our bank account, or make your donation online by clicking on the donate button.
We thank you for your support,
CEO The Endangered Wildlife Trust
P.S. Your donation of R300 will
help us to buy more of these adorable Anatolian Shepherd pups so that they can
grow up to protect the sheep and save the lives of Endangered carnivores that
are at risk of being killed in farming regions.