The Blue Sky Society Trust is a non-profit organisation that has been raising funds for various conservation, environmental and humanitarian projects through adventure travel over the past 10 years.
The final touches are being made to an all-women 30-day conservation adventure around South Africa. The Rise of the Matriarch 2022 expedition brings together 10 women from around the world who will travel 3 000km to raise awareness about the contentious human-wildlife conflict and for various conservation projects.
To date, the crew has raised R120 000 of our R150 000 goal. We are R30 000 short so would appreciate your support and donations. If you are able to donate please do – every cent counts.
The projects we are raising money for are the following:
Wildlife Act - Are a team of experienced conservationists working in the field to save our endangered and threatened wildlife from extinction. They are an efficient team stretching every cent to make sure it is utilized in meaningful and focused conservation work. Their focus is on endangered species such as Black Rhino, Painted Dogs, and Vultures as well as priority species including Cheetah, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, and Hyena. We are raising funds to take 7 young female ambassadors into Hluhluwe Umfolozi park to see the work that the Wildlife act is doing.
Pongola Black Rhino Range Expansion Project - we will assist with some vital Rhino work they need to do in terms of capture, measurements, DNA sample collection, notching etc (TBC)
Zululand Conservation Trust is committed to the conservation of endangered species. They have two orphaned rhino calves there currently and we are helping raise funds for their milk formula (It costs R1900 per 20kg and they go through one bag every 3 days) and epol cubes which are also hugely expensive. (R300 per bag)
African Pangolin Working Group - While at Phinda we will be supporting the vital conservation work they do. We are raising funds for two VHF or Satellite tags for pangolins that have been rescued and released in connection with the African Pangolin Working Group (APWG).
Elephants Alive - Dr Michelle Henley is the Director, Co-founder & Principal Researcher at Elephants Alive. Elephants Alive's mission is to ensure the survival of elephants and their habitats and to promote harmonious co-existence between elephants and people which they have been doing for the past 25 years or more. Their main focus is Elephant Protection & Conservation and also Education and Outreach to the rural communities. We are raising funds to collar two elephants in that area.
The APNR Southern Ground-Hornbill Project, based in the Greater Kruger National Park, works towards slowing and reversing the decline of the species while carrying out fundamental research on these iconic birds. For the past 20 years, researchers from the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology have been investigating Southern Ground-Hornbills’ habitat-use, reproductive success, and behaviour. Their efforts focus on installing and monitoring artificial nests and studying the birds’ reproduction and behaviour.
Founded in 1973, the Endangered Wildlife Trust is driven by a team of passionate and dedicated conservationists working through 13 specialised programmes across southern and East Africa, each falling under one of our three key strategic pillars: Saving species, conserving habitats, and benefitting people. We are raising funds to help with Wild dog and pels fishing owl protection.
Thank you for caring about our wildlife. Please remember to follow our journey and to share our story @Blueskysociety
Expedition organiser and Founder of Blue Sky Society Trust