Celebrating 12 Years of Conservation Impact
We are incredibly proud to share our Impact Report celebrating 12 years of conservation work, highlighting all the milestones achieved by Wildlife ACT and partners since 2008. Thank you for being a part of our journey. Your kind donations and participation on our projects, has helped to make all of this possible!
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A little snapshot of what a monitoring session on Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park entails. Every session is unique and often filled with special moments and sightings.
We have set up exclusive WhatsApp groups for each of our projects. These groups are providing our supporters with updates from our field monitors as they go about their work. We are offering access to these groups to those who donate USD $10 or more per month towards our #KeepWildlifeACTive campaign. $10 for 1 group, $20 for 2 groups, $30 for 3 groups etc. This is our way of saying thank you to our donors, and allowing our supporters to become virtual volunteers during lockdown.
#KeepWildlifeACTive Campaign Link: https://bit.ly/2WB6Y3w
Thanks again to everyone who is helping to Keep Wildlife ACTive during this difficult time! We depend on this support to conduct vitally important endangered and priority wildlife species conservation work, and anti-poaching initiatives. Due to the current global travel restrictions and local shutdown, a number of our conservation projects in Zululand are now under threat of closing.
However, with your continued support as virtual volunteers, we can keep these projects open and continue our vital work. We are HUGELY grateful for the kindness you have all already shown.
The Wildlife ACT Team
240 Wild Dog Collars Fitted to Date
The daily monitoring of endangered species plays an important role in ensuring their survival in the wild. It helps us to continuously assess their condition and report on it timeously, to allow informed management decisions and effective action to be taken when needed. This is particularly vital when an animal is caught in a snare and immediate action is needed to free the animal. However, it is always best to anticipate and attempt to prevent such situations.
Wildlife ACT has developed anti-snare plates that are fitted onto the sides of collars, mostly Wild Dog collars such as in this photo. These plates are fitted on with pop rivets where a snare might hook onto, and can prevent a snare from pulling tightly around the animal’s neck. These plates may also provide the animal with enough time to struggle and break free from a snare before they are asphyxiated.
To date, Wildlife ACT has helped collar over 240 Wild Dogs, and through intensive monitoring, treat over 140 individuals from snaring and other injuries.
Review of 2017 Conservation Achievements
Fair Trade Tourism Certified!
We are thrilled to announce that Wildlife ACT’s Endangered Species Monitoring Programme is now Fair Trade Tourism certified! We believe that this is a reflection of all our hard work to offer sustainable and ethical, volunteer-supported projects that allow members of the public to support real conservation through both their time and funds, and to contribute to something truly meaningful. Thank you for all the support you have given us over the years. We are forever grateful.
SOME 2017 HIGHLIGHTS:
Since its inception in 2008, Wildlife ACT has been on a mission to save our planets’ endangered wildlife and wild places from extinction. Our Volunteer Program has been integral to this work. From January to October 2017:
- 623 Volunteers have joined the Projects
- Who spent 11,967 Hours in the Field
- Volunteering 115,841 Hours of their time
- Driving 142,693 KMs Monitoring Wildlife
- And Recording Data of 43,843 Priority Species
SPECIES CONSERVATION ACHIEVEMENTS:
Collectively, Wildlife ACT has achieved some new milestones in endangered and priority species conservation. Our thanks go to our our partners, supporters and volunteers, who helped make this work possible.
- Over 250 Rhinos fitted with tracking devices
- Over 200 Black Rhino relocated to new homes
- 55 Rhino Dehorned and 32 Notched
- Over 130 African Wild Dogs fitted with tracking & anti-snare collars
- Over 100 Wild Dogs saved, treated and rescued from snares
- Over 150 Wild Dogs retrieved and/or relocated
- 45 Vultures fitted with GPS backpacks/trackers
- 125 Vultures Wing Tagged and sampled
- 16 Nest Surveys and 6 Vulture Recoveries
- 29 Cheetah fitted with tracking collars
- 17 Cheetah Relocated to new homes
- 6 Cheetah saved from snares
- Over 60 Lions Collared with tracking technology
- Over 30 Lions Relocated to new homes
- Over 130 Lion Call-ups performed
- 8 Elephants Collared with tracking technology
- 4 Elephants treated for wounds
- Over 130 Elephant Monitoring Sessions
- 952 Camera Trap Sightings
- 41 Individuals Identified for the First Time
- 6 Different Leopard Survey Locations
Real, focused conservation requires collaboration and support all year round to ensure the survival of endangered and threatened species. We would like to thank and applaud all our partners, supporters, donors and volunteers, for dedicating their time and injecting their passion into saving our wildlife in their natural habitats. In the end, only by saving our wildlife and wilderness areas, do we have a chance to save ourselves.
- The Wildlife ACT Team
Successful Dehorning Operation at Somkhanda
A hero team of conservationists consisting of members from Wildlands, Wildlife ACT, the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) and the Emvokhweni Community Trust, have been on the ground for the past two days working tirelessly to save the rhino population on Somkhanda Game Reserve. All the rhino have been successfully & safely dehorned, and we managed to deploy two new tracking collars.
Dehorning operations are proving to be an effective deterrent to poachers. On small reserves such as Somkhanda, the team are able to dehorn the entire rhino population every 1-2 years. With no major predator threats on Somkanda, the dehorned rhino are not at any disadvantage with regards to protecting themselves.
Rhino dehorning is an extreme measure being taken to help save the rhino, and is a reminder of just how serious the rhino poaching crisis has become. Please consider supporting this work. There are huge costs to bear - from vet and chopper costs to the tracking collars themselves, which are in the region of R15 000 per collar.