Sep 15, 2021

Wildlife Rangers - September Update & Campaign

Thank you for supporting David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation through GlobalGiving. As well as providing you with your bi-annual Ranger project report full of fantastic news and results of this project we would also like to inform you about an exciting campaign.

In the past year one of our main objectives has been to support ranger and law enforcement programmes, working alongside our ground-based conservation partners we have seen some incredible results further protecting our keystone species. Here are a few highlights:

Thailand: DSWF funding has been allocated to support anti-poaching operations, training 182 rangers and conducting vital tiger surveys. Over the last 12 months, not a single tiger has been killed in our project area.

Russian Far East: DSWF funding has supported 125 rangers to patrol 411,905km of tiger habitat. As a direct result of these patrols, not a single tiger poaching incident occurred across the five protected areas DSWF supports.

Mongolia: DSWF supported seven rangers to effectively conduct 7,452km of patrols in the Tost Nature Reserve covering over 7,000km2 of prime snow leopard habitat.

Vietnam: DSWF supported ranger patrols covering 3,169km (equal to twice the length of Vietnam). These patrols are essential to disincentivise poachers entering the park and to remove snare traps set to capture wildlife. Data proves that the illegal poaching in the area has reduced by over 90% since the project started.

Zimbabwe: DSWF continued our long-term support of anti-poaching patrols in the Hwange National Park contributing towards 16,144km of ranger patrols, the apprehension and prosecution of 28 poachers and the removal of c.3000 snares.

Namibia: Our funding this year has supported just under 35,000km of ranger patrols and led to 27 arrests of individuals involved in rhino poaching.

Zambia: DSWF funding has allowed anti-poaching units to conduct 25,209km of ranger patrols, leading to the apprehension of 103 poachers and the confiscation of 17 firearms.

Without protecting our rangers, having funds to equip and train them, provide support for their families this incredible work would not be possible.

How can you help this vital work continue?

This week GlobalGiving are hosting their annual Little by Little campaign, this means that all donations donated through GlobalGiving to David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation between Monday 13th and Friday 17th September will receive 50% match funding from GlobalGiving. So, if you donate £20 today, we receive £30 towards Ranger protection making your contribution work that little bit harder!

We are hugely grateful that you have chosen to support us to help turn the tide on extinction. Thank you.

Little by Little Campaign T’s and C’s

  • Campaign runs from Monday 13th to Friday 17th September.
  • Donations up to the amount of $50 / £36 will be match funded by 50%.
  • One donation per unique donor will be match funded.
  • New monthly donations set up this week will be 50% match funded and your 4th donation will be 100% matched!
  • All DSWF GlobalGiving projects are eligable for match funding.
Sep 15, 2021

Protecting Snow Leopards - September Update

Thank you for supporting David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation through GlobalGiving. As well as providing you with your bi-annual Snow leopard project report full of fantastic news and results of this project we would also like to inform you about an exciting campaign.

The Tost Nature Reserve in Mongolia covers over 7,000km2 and is the countries only protected area dedicated to snow leopard conservation. In 2016, and with the support of DSWF, the park became federally protected and its former mining and hunting concessions were withdrawn. Over the past 12 months, DSWF have continued supporting a snow leopard ecological study is the Tost Nature Reserve making it the longest snow leopard survey of all time. With DSWF support, our ground-based conservation partners are amassing the largest dataset of snow leopard photographs and conducted five camera trap surveys covering roughly 9,000km2. In addition, DSWF supported seven rangers to effectively conduct 7,452km of patrols in the new reserve.

One of the prime threats to snow leopards in Mongolia remains retaliatory killings by herders after cattle is killed. This year, DSWF supported the construction of a series of new corrals to keep around 2,000 cattle safe. Since their construction, zero livestock have been killed in the predator-proof corrals dramatically mitigating human-wildlife conflict. DSWF have also continued to support a long-term insurance scheme covering 12,000 livestock offering direct compensation and increased herder tolerance for predators.

Whilst Kyrgyzstan remains one of the world’s last remining strongholds for snow leopards, there is sadly a general disconnect with nature, especially among children. DSWF funding was planned to be used for in-person eco-camps and in-school nature clubs to reconnect children with nature, however this was not possible due to Covid-19. As such our ground-based conservation partners used our funding to develop a new remotely delivered conservation education program for children. This programme aimed to encourage positive values for nature and to equip children with knowledge as a basis for conservation action and continued learning. The team were able to reach over 300 children and their teachers from 18 rural schools.

How can you help this vital work continue?

This week GlobalGiving are hosting their annual Little by Little Camnpaign this means that all donations donated through GlobalGiving to David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation between Monday 13th and Friday 17th September will receive 50% match funding from GlobalGiving. So, if you donate £20 today, we receive £30 towards Snow Leopard conservation making your contribution work that little bit harder!

We are hugely grateful that you have chosen to support us to help turn the tide on extinction. Thank you.

Little by Little Campaign T’s and C’s

  • Campaign runs from Monday 13th to Friday 17th September.
  • Donations up to the amount of $50 / £36 will be match funded by 50%.
  • One donation per unique donor will be match funded.
  • New monthly donations set up this week will be 50% match funded and your 4th donation will be 100% matched!
  • All DSWF GlobalGiving Projects are eligable for match funding.
Sep 15, 2021

Protecting Chimpanzees - September Update

Thank you for supporting David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation through GlobalGiving. As well as providing you with your bi-annual Chimpanzee project report full of fantastic news and results of this project, we would also like to inform you about an exciting campaign.

Since last August, our ground-based conservation partners, the Chimpanzee Conservation Centre (CCC), received three orphan chimps confiscated by the authorities as victims of the pet trade. These three were called Sewa, Dali and Marco. Sewa was for sale and was confiscated just in time before a Chinese citizen could buy her. She was dressed like a little girl and was extremely depressed and scared of people. After her quarantine she was introduced to the juvenile group where the older females immediately took care of her like older sisters would do in the wild. It was a huge relief for Sewa to be back with other chimps. 

Dali was confiscated in October 2020 and even though he was in a good physical state, he was very depressed too. Our ground-based conservation partners took care of him during his strict 3 weeks quarantine but sadly he suddenly stopped eating and became very sick. After multiple vet visits, he finally recovered and gained his strength back. He was firstly introduced to Sewa and then the rest of the youngsters. He was very excited to be able to play with the males of the orphan group.

Marco was also in a very poor state upon arrival to the centre. Unfortunately, he had been shot during his capture, and his jaw was broken and infected. He required a lot of love and vet care by the CCC team. After his recovery in quarantine, he joined Sewa and Dali then the rest of the youngsters.

The orphan group are now a fit and healthy group of 12 young chimpanzees between 1 and 7 years old. They go out in the forest every day to get used to living in the wild and CCC hope to be able to release them back into the wild in the future. The current chimpanzee release group at CCC is doing very well in the wild with the addition of another two births recently.

CCC aim to create further release groups and are currently investigating another protected forest in the North of Guinea as a potential new release site. A first study was conducted in March and an extensive one will be carried out later this year to determine its viability. However, it is a huge challenge to find a suitable site to release chimpanzees due to the increase in human encroachment across Guinea which is why awareness and education programmes across Guinea are equally as important in protecting Chimpanzee populations long term.

How can you help this vital work continue?

This week GlobalGiving are hosting their annual Little by Little Campaign this means that all donations donated through GlobalGiving to David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation between Monday 13th and Friday 17th September will receive 50% match funding from GlobalGiving. So, if you donate £20 today to any of our projects, we receive £30, making your contribution work that little bit harder!

We are hugely grateful that you have chosen to support us to help turn the tide on extinction. Thank you.

Little by Little Campaign T’s and C’s

  • Campaign runs from Monday 13th to Friday 17th September.
  • Donations up to the amount of $50 / £36 will be match funded by 50%.
  • One donation per unique donor will be match funded.
  • New monthly donations set up this week will be 50% match funded and your 4th donation will be 100% matched!
  • All DSWF projects are eligable for match funding.
 
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