Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19

by Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park, Environmental Rehabilitation Centre
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Urgent - Prevent poaching crisis due to COVID-19
Jan 5, 2022

Please help uphold the prevention of poaching.

Stripy cares for orphaned Flower Patch
Stripy cares for orphaned Flower Patch

Dear friends,

The protection of our wild is possible only due to the support we receiveThank you! Your ongoing support is critically important, please support our 2022 efforts!  Every sector of our biodiversity has to be consistantly protected.

The following is some of the areas of support needed:

  • Camera Traps to alert us of poachers in the high-risk areas
  • Wages for our game guards and night watchmen
  • Uniforms  (2 sets each of overalls, Jacket, boots, hats,  night torches 
  • Radio
  • Watches to track the game guards patrol
  • Upgrade of security fencing
  • A drone to enable observation of the reserve from above.

The past two years have been tremendously challenging. Poaching began to increase due to Covid and we urgently appealed for your support to prevent the horrific impact that poaching causes.

Especially stressful has been that many of our wild are so well known to us: Our Zebra, Stripy, Tammy and our new darling Milky Way come to meet us each evening at our home. Following them are 3 wildebeest: Ragnar the territorial bull, his calf Flower Patch. Flower Patch was orphaned when her mother was snared so she is watched by the zebra in particular Stripy who seems to see her as one of her own young!  Frank a young bull grazes separately as he is not yet ready to seriously challenge Ragnar!  

Many other wild are part of the wonderful biodiversity that we protect in our Sanctuary:  More than 30 species of mammal, over 350 species of birds, more than 126 species of amphibians, 170 species of trees. Hundreds of butterfly species and so much more. Everything is susceptible to being poached. Our biggest fear however is that an animal will be caught in a snare and die a horrifically painful death!

To keep our wildlife safe we have trusted wildlife guards who do daily patrols, we set up cam cameras in the bush, that alert us to any suspicious activity, and also do daily vehicle patrols. Checking for footprints, deciphering the cam information, and encouraging the watchmen to achieve 100% surveillance as well as keep a lookout for any suspicious leads outside of the property boundaries is all in a day's work!

We protect more than 30 various species of Red Data and Protected mammals. The red data mammal species are listed as being under threat of extinction should they not be protected:

In many ways, amphibians and frogs, in particular, are important indicators of the health of our environment and thus human health is intertwined with the health of frogs!   We are responsible for more than 126 various species of frogs that we protect in and around our Sanctuary.

There are also over 170 important tree species   (with the risk of being debarked or damaged should they be targeted for illegal traditional medicinal collection)  

It is only with the tremendous support you have all given us that we have been encouraged to continue protecting our very special haven for the wild. Please continue to help employ our wildlife guards and to protect our vulnerable wild! 

Thank you once again.

Wishing you all a safe, healthy, and compassionate 2022. 

 

FOR INTEREST FURTHER READING:
Red data mammal species, that are resident or move through our Sanctuary include: 

 Aardvark – Orycteropus afer – Least Concern 

African wild dog –  Lycaon pictus  –  Endangered

Brown Hyaena – Hyaena brunnea – Near Threatened

Pangolin –   Manis temminckii – Critically Endangered 

Red duiker – Cephalophus natalensis – Near Threatened

Serval – Leptailurus – Near Threatened 

South African Hedgehog – Atelerix frontalis – Near Threatened 

Spotted hyaena – Crocuta Crocuta – Near Threatened 

Suni antelope – Neotragus moschatus – Vulnerable  

4 toed elephant shrew – Petrodromus Tetradactylus – Near Threatened

Tonga red squirrel – Paraxerus palliates – Near Threatened 

and more.

Protected mammal species include: 

Bat species  26

Brown hyena – Hyaena brunnea

Cat species 5: Leopard, caracal, serval, Africa wild cat, genet

Grey duiker – Sylvicapra grimmia

Honey badger – Mellivora capensis

Impala – Aepyceros melampus

Moles  (ID in process)

Mongoose species -3: Banded mongoose, water mongoose, white-tailed mongoose.

Nyala – Tragelaphus angasii

Pangolin – Tragelaphus angasii

Reedbuck – edunca arundinum

Rodents (ID in process)

Scrub hare   (Lepus saxatilis) mallam

South African porcupine Hystrix africaeaustralis

Spotted hyena – Crocuta crocuta

Wildebeest – Connochaetes taurinus

Woodland Dormouse  – Graphiurus murinus

Zebra- Equus quaggaSouth African porcupine   

South African porcupine   Hystrix africaeaustralis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flower Patch orphaned when mother was snared
Flower Patch orphaned when mother was snared
Snares retrieved before they could do damage
Snares retrieved before they could do damage
Nyala female also susceptible to poaching
Nyala female also susceptible to poaching
Baby mongoose another species we protect.
Baby mongoose another species we protect.
European fly catcher, poached for feathers.
European fly catcher, poached for feathers.

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Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park, Environmental Rehabilitation Centre

Location: Hluhluwe - South Africa
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Janet cuthbertson
Hluhluwe, South Africa
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