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Saving Rhino, one Orphan at a time - By Paul Oxton (Wild Heart)
 
At a Game Reserve in South Africa a female Rhino was ruthlessly killed by poachers leaving a female Rhino calf alone without her Mother.
The baby Rhino was taken to a Game Reserve’s sanctuary to save this little girls life and try to help her adapt to a new home.
 
 
A local dairy company called ‘Clover’ was kind enough to sponsor and donate as much milk as this baby needed, which turned out to be over 10 litres a day, hence her new name “Clover”.

Clover had to spend a lot of time in a boma that is designed to keep new arrivals separated and safe from other animals, but sadly Clover became so lonely, stressed and depressed that she developed ulcers in her stomach which could potentially be fatal to such a young Rhino calf.
 
 

Source: Republic of South Africa – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Minister Edna Molewa’s statement on the announcement of the Committee of Inquiry established to deliberate on matters relating to rhino poaching and its effects

10 February 2015

Members of the media,

Last month, in this same venue, I reported on the government’s progress with regards to the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros: our holistic, multi-pronged approach to tackle the scourge of illegal wildlife crime, and in particular, rhino poaching.

I reported that though our efforts have yielded positive results, rhino poaching continues to threaten not just the survival of this iconic species, but also South Africa’s sterling conservation track record.

But as I have stated before, given the highly organized nature of the syndicates had it not been for our interventions.

Some of the measures we have taken in this regarding include:

  • strategic translocation of rhino
  • increased collaboration between law-enforcement agencies
  • disruption of criminal syndicates
  •  tightening ports of entry and exit to combat smuggling of illicitly sourced wildlife parts, including rhino horn
  • collaboration with range, transit and end-user states
  • providing economic alternatives for communities vulnerable to recruitment by poachers

We have indeed been making progress in winning this war. But we have realized that in order to deal with the problem, we are continuing to look at additional solutions to complement existing efforts.

To this end, in July 2013 the Department of Environmental Affairs was mandated by Cabinet to investigate the feasibility of a proposal for the legalization of a trade in rhino horn at the 17th Conference of Parties (CoP17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) If it is concluded that South Africa should trade, this will be tabled at COP17.

A Committee of Inquiry was established to make recommendations to the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) appointed by Cabinet.

The IMC comprises the Ministers of Environmental Affairs, International Relations and Cooperation, Trade and Industry, Finance, Science and Technology, Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, Rural Development and Land Reform, Economic Development, Tourism, South African Police Services, State Security Agency and Justice and Correctional Services.

At the January media briefing, in response to questions from the media, I assured you that as soon as the State Security Agency had done the necessary pre-screening and vetting, the names of the committee would be publically released.

Today we are pleased to present and introduce the Committee of Inquiry to the nation, for you to engage with them.

As you will know, those joining me here today, as well as those joining us via video link from the GCIS offices in Pretoria – have been tasked with investigating, evaluating and making recommendations on a matter that has, for various reasons, generated a great deal of interest.

Because of this, the Department of Environmental Affairs has endeavoured to follow all the necessary legal processes before undertaking the step of making their names public.

This media briefing is also being held to underscore our commitment to transparency, accountability and open government: as we have always done and will continue to do.

I would like to personally commend and thank all the members of the Committee of Inquiry for making themselves available to assist us as government in this important task.

Many will be taking time out of very busy schedules: with several competing commitments: all because they are willing and prepared to serve their country: in this, the conservation of our rhino.

As I stated earlier, the Committee of Inquiry embarks on its work ahead of CoP17. In the furtherance of South Africa’s sustainable development agenda, South Africa offered to, and won the bid to host CoP17 in October 2016.

Due to the technical nature of the issues to be discussed by the Committee, a Technical Advisory Committee was established to support the IMC.

The TAC comprises the Directors-General of the Departments of the Ministries represented in the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), and will facilitate the processes – ensuring that both technical and strategic matters are adequately addressed before reports and or recommendations are submitted to the IMC for consideration.

In the coming months the men and women here will consult with all relevant stakeholders – before submitting a set of recommendations.

May I state again, at this point, that South Africa has not taken a position on the issue. We will not do so until the committee has completed its work and presented its findings.

Any proposal will be based on sound research, and will have been reached after canvassing as wide a range of views as has been possible.

As government we have not in the past and will not in future be swayed by anyone with vested interests in either outcome.

South Africa continues to subscribe to sustainable utilization principles, which in turn form part of the Integrated Strategic Management of rhinoceros which I reported on to you here, last month.

As a country, we will continue to be guided by this principle, as we ensure our conservation legacy is preserved for generations to come.

We know that without people there is no conservation. And without fostering alternative economic opportunities for communities affected by poaching – enabling them to see the value of a live rhino over a dead one: we will not be able to rid ourselves of this problem.

Those joining us here today comprise a cross-section of stakeholders from both the public and private sector: leaders in their field who have been selected based on extensive expertise and experience.

This includes representatives from law-enforcement agencies, SANPARKS, the scientific community, the immigration service, the revenue service, the conservation industry, private wildlife owners, community organizations as well as non-governmental organizations and traditional leadership.

Before handing over to the Chair of the committee, Ms. Nana Magomola, who will introduce those committee members present, and outline the Terms of Reference of the Committee of Inquiry– I want to issue an invitation to organizations, individuals and all stakeholders, to make representations to the committee.

This is not our process alone. It is your process, as South Africans.

We owe it to ourselves and future generations that we do not sit complacent from the sidelines. So write, present, engage, we are waiting to hear from you.

An announcement will be made at the end of the briefing indicating how members of the public may do this.

A schedule of engagements and workshops being convened by the committee will also be made available in due course.


 

 

26th January 2015 Sapa

The Namibian government will beef up protection for rhinos and elephants and tighten laws to curb increased poaching, which suddenly surged last year, it said on Monday.

 

“We must increase patrols on the ground which requires more manpower and equipment for the staff,” said Colgar Sikopo, director of parks and wildlife management in the ministry of environment and tourism (MET).

“We are currently reviewing the old Wildlife Ordinance of 1975 to map out a national strategy on wildlife protection including stiffer sentences for poaching and possession of wildlife products.

“We will strengthen co-operation with neighbouring countries with regard to wildlife protection and related information,” he said.

The ministry had called for a conference with stakeholders, including the private sector, to stem poaching.

“We are here to review and update our strategies and to collectively address is challenge our country is facing,” said Simeon Negumbo, permanent secretary in the ministry.

“We are hard at work to establish a ‘wildlife protection services’ division in the ministry.”

Namibia lost 76 elephants and 24 rhinos to poachers last year, according to official figures.

Three elephants in north eastern Namibia were poached since the start of this year.

SAPA.

 

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Saving Leila the captive Chimp

We have to help save this poor Chimp Leila. We need to raise funds to relocate her to a sanctuary where she can live in peace without being chained to a tree everyday. We will be coordinating efforts with John Groblar who found the little girl so that we can find a suitable home.

From John - "My efforts to rescue Leila the chimpanzee from her prison and put her into a sanctuary has run into some headwinds: the Jane Goodall Institute does not have funds available to remove her from present situation.

PASA also does not have a chapter in Angola, so that leaves me with only one small NGO in Luanda, run by Francisca Pires who takes care of stray and abandoned dogs. She works close with a veterinary in Luanda called Fatima, who is exactly the kind of person we need here to rescue Leila from that old zoo.
I do not have the funds myself either - we need to buy her out from captors, have her checked out and sedated and possibly moved by plane to Luanda to Fatima' and Francisca's care.

Her story by John Groblar: "Her name is Leila and she six or seven years old.
Some guy from Cabinda sold her to the Granja Por De Sol concessionnaire about three years ago.
He has since skipped town for Luanda, left lots of unpaid debts and is currently not answering his phone.
They kept her in a cage initially, but she broke everything until they figured she wanted to be close to people, which is why she is kept here next to the gate. She might also be a trained pick-pocket - she had her hand in my pocket at first opportunity. Very friendly and liked a good scratch from another strangely hairless ape: my hair was of great interest. She has learned to beg a drink from passers-by, either fetching a can for some Coke or a bottle for beer. And her incissors have been removed. One shudders to think how. I'm amazed she still trusts people, but clearly one that had been around humans all her life."

We are still working out how much money will be needed and to finalize a home for her, but have to make a start. Please help us help her be making a donation.. Thank you.

Ongoing help needed to supply our Baby Rhinos with desperately needed Milk

We need your help to make sure that everything is done to care for these victims of poaching.

Below is little Nandi. just one of the orphans we help so that eventually she can be released back into a safe haven in the Wild.

URGENTLY NEEDED! Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Enclosures. 

Sometimes, our persecuted Wildlife gets lucky. It doesn't happen often, but it happens occasionally, when passionate people decide to pour their heart and soul into #EthicalConservation.
In Johannesburg, South Africa, our Wildlife just got lucky.

The team at the Jhb Wildlife Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to treating and rehabilitating small to medium-sized urban wildlife.

A few weeks ago, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation did a surprise #SupplyDrop for them, stocking them up on veterinary medicines and consumables numbering hundreds of items, to the value of over R20 000. This was a great start, but we have to do more! All the animals here are treated at no charge, and the aim is always successful re-wilding and release. We have to put the animals first, be their voice, and give them the best chance at survival.

*Anything worth doing, is worth doing well*
A substantial number of the patients are raptors, and they need specialist care. In the pictures you can see a selection of the beautiful birds of prey who have been treated here.

***Urgently Needed right now is 3 x Rehabilitation Enclosures for these winged wonders. Having the proper enclosures aid rehabilitation and improves the survival rate of rescues.
The enclosures are made out of a steel framework with gate, diamond-mesh covered and completely enclosed in shade-netting to minimize trauma and external stimuli. They are 5m in length, and 2.4m wide, so that a pre-flight test can easily be accommodated.

We have sourced the manufacturers, and just need that magical ingredient - your support - to make these life-saving enclosures a reality.

The cost is R25 000 (1,800 USD) for all three enclosures. The injured Birds of Prey really need this. Every single cent will help towards being the wind beneath their wings, and will help set them up for that sweet flight of freedom.
As always we will keep you updated on progress, from the building to the delivery and installation of these critically needed rooms.
Please help by donating to Support #RaptorRehab and help us build this for them! You can also donate directly at: paypal.me/wildheartwildlife

We cannot do it without you.
#WHWF
#EthicalConservation

Your Donations at Work

Help is needed for the treatment & welfare of orphaned Rhinos. Some of the items, equipment & general supplies needed listed below.

- High density foam mattresses for the treatment of larger Rhinos who have been rescued.

- Milton Disinfectant for sterilizing babies Milk bottles.
- Ringers: I.V. Drips for rhinos in need of critical care .
- Veterinary Tear gel to protect the rhino babies eyes.
- Basic Wound Care Kits (Kidney dishes, Suture kits & Forceps).

- Denkavit calf milk replacer: 25 kg per month
- Protexin premium or soluble: 1 bucket per week
- Calostrum Biomel-plus: 1 bucket per 2 weeks
- Oral electrolytes: to prepare 10 lts per day
- Antimicrobial spray for wounds: 1 can per month

- Virkon disinfectant: 1 bucket per 2 weeks
- Carmino+ sachets
- Omega oil
- Syringes: 1, 3, 5, 10, 50 ml

- lighting & surge protection
- Camera traps
- Food thermometer
- Linen for volunteers accommodation.

These are just a few of the items needed to help care for the Rhino orphans. They have already been through hell, so the least we can all do is to ensure they have a chance at a future.
 

You can donate via the donate button on the right of the page or via Bank transfer below.

First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655
Swift code for International - FIRNZAJJ 143

 What We Do!

Below are the brave Anti-Poaching Rangers we help supply with Uniforms and equipment to help protect our precious wildlife. Your help to keep them properly equipped is much appreciated.

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation has to date supplied a significant portion of supplies to Rhino Orphanages in South Africa, including over 1000 Kilo's (2,200 lbs) of milk powder, specialized food and health supplies and critical care medical items as well as other desperately needed equipment such as shovels, spades, rakes and cleaning materials, Shade netting, Field fencing for the Wild Dogs, Anti-Poaching Ranger gear and camera traps to help protect the Lions in the Sanctuary - all required to keep the orphanages and sanctuary operational. 

  
 

Doing What We Say, and Showing What We Do!

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation below, assisting with treatment of Rhinos in the field

 

We help Turn the Tragedy of Poaching into Hope for a better Future