Another 48 Tracking Devices Deployed!
Since the beginning of 2020, Wildlife ACT have help fit 48 tracking devices to several of Africa’s endangered and priority species, including saving 5 individuals from snares. Thanks to your very generous donations, offline donations and grant awards, we have been able to effectively monitor and ensure the protection of 9 packs of African Wild Dog, 5 Lion, 4 Cheetah, 1 Elephant, 2 Rhino and 13 Vultures across Zululand.
These collars not only allow us to keep up our daily intensive monitoring effort, but also assist in providing early warnings for breakouts and threats, such as poaching events. Through the GPS locations provided from the collar, we can observe, remotely, whether individuals are moving or stationary, even if they are in a hard to reach area and, in so doing, save an animal’s life.
In addition, the funds have helped significantly in the supply of much-needed veterinary equipment and materials, such as darts, drugs and associated vet time. All of this is vital in the collaring process as well as the treatment of life-threatening snare wounds.
Although we have achieved so much in the past 12 months, we are always looking forward and striving to do more in the fight to save all of Africa’s species from extinction. Our programme objectives are to fit collars on each of the Wild Dog packs, Lion prides and individual Cheetah in the protected areas in which we work, and also to deploy GPS backpacks on 20 Vultures across Zululand per year.
All of these units help us understand movement patterns, population dynamics and home ranges. All of this data feeds into the establishment and implementation of sound conservation management, allowing our teams to effectively deploy resources and conserve these species.
We would like to thank you for your valuable and continued support, enabling effective conservation of these endangered species.
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.