Nov 13, 2020

What a year

Jeff and a Big White Rhino
Jeff and a Big White Rhino

As 2020 continues on, we are doing our very best to remain positive and committed to the Pedaling Against Poaching project. I have logged more than 4400 miles on the bike year to date, and I am on track for my goal of >5000 miles for the year.

Fundraising has been a challenge this year, and I have been working on ways to get creative. A small group of like-minded mountain bikers decided to dig out all of the spare bike parts that they have laying around the garage, and we auctioned them all off online, and 100% of the sales were rolled into a donation that I processed through this GlobalGiving account. It was a much needed spike, and much appreciated by the folks that are working so hard on the ground, protecting, and caring for these amazing Rhinos.

As we approach the Holidays, I wish you all a SAFE and Healthy Holiday Season. Remember, that every dollar helps. Please give if you can, and make sure to spread the word. updates to follow will have a focus on the 202 stats from the field. 

Thank you all for the ongoing support!

Jericho
Jericho
Jeff and friend on a trail ride in Arizona
Jeff and friend on a trail ride in Arizona
Jul 17, 2020

Mambas Care for Their Community

Mambas on parade with food to share.
Mambas on parade with food to share.

At this time where conservation is being negatively affected all over the world, remarkable things are still happening. We remain concerned that the drop of tourism and the funds that they bring to conservation efforts will harm the care of wild spaces and protection of wild species.

We are seeing initial impacts along these lines, including around the Balule Nature Reserve where the Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit are most active. There have not been increases in poaching, but it seems that desperate times are leading to desperation among the extremely poor. 

To address this desperation, the Mambas are working with Olifants West Nature Reserve, one of the largest and most politically important components of the larger Balule Nature Reserve to fundraise for food for the surrounding comunities. Amazingly, these selfless women and men of the Mambas and their support institution Transfrontier Africa are gathering funds and food to share with poor people in the surrouding area at this desperate time.

Not only does this help to address hunger in a region where 70% unemployment is the norm, it also helps to build good will between the Mambas and the community. Given that the Mambas are so strongly associated with conservation and the protection of wild places, this can only help to improve the perceptions of people in the area to be even more supportive of conservation. The likely outcome should be a reduction in the number of poaching events where the Mambas are working. 

Building goodwill through kindness and generosity is always in fashion.

Please consider helping support the Mambas at this moment, as they need it more than ever!

Thanks for supporting our amazing Wonder Women of the Bush!

Jul 16, 2020

We mustn't let off the gas!

Makhosi & Mpilo and Pedaling Against Poaching
Makhosi & Mpilo and Pedaling Against Poaching

We are all experiencing difficult times, globally right now. Pedaling Against Poaching is dedicated to push forward through the choppy waters. Although fundraising has been tough over the past few months, we have still seen some much needed movement from both new, and repeat loyal supporters. 

The wildlife of the world needs our help now, more than ever. Every last penny helps! A huge thank you to everyone for the support, it keeps me going!  2019 was a very positive year in the fight against rhino poaching, with a dramatic drop in the number of rhinos that were poached last year. 
We must not let off the gas! 
News: I am on track with my mileage goal for the year, with >2700 miles YTD. Arizona is heating up, well over 100 degrees each day for the summer, but the mornings are still beautiful for my rides. Can’t stop, won’t stop pedaling!
We also have some new t-shirt designs that are now available for purchase. Proceeds are all converted into a GlobalGiving donation. You can check them out on my Instagram @pedaling_against_poaching 
Please stay safe, stay healthy, and stay focused on working towards reducing the effects of the illicit wildlife trade around the world!! 
Team Herbivore Shirt - For Sale!
Team Herbivore Shirt - For Sale!
 
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