Thank you all for your support! With Covid-19 and lockdown, we continue to work tirelessly to maintain and protect the biodiversity of our Sanctuary.
RELOCATION OF ZEBRA: The good news is that we are, at long last, busy with arrangements to relocate a male zebra that needs to be moved. Suni-Ridge will provide an excellent home for him. The funds raised to bring in a mate for our female zebra is paying for the relocation costs. We will be sending photos!
INDIGENOUS ORCHIDS A joy to light up our day, has been the flowering of one of our indigenous orchids(cyrtorchus praetermissa ssp zuluensis) How beautiful to suddenly see this tiny orchid bloom.
POACHING PREVENTION: Tragically we had a recent increase in poaching and over 85 snares were recovered after poachers entered our Sanctuary. They were disturbed by our night guard but unfortunately some of our wildlife were snared. This was traumatic and terribly sad as 2 of our wildebeest were caught. We managed to release them but the female, that was a mother of a female calf, succumbed to stress. Eventually we had to euthanize her. The young calf is now cared for by the territorial bull, her father, and the zebra. This horrible event has placed us on high alert and we urgently need to increase our anti-poaching surveillance and prevention. We will be launching a fundraising outreach as we have to find support for this project.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL FUND: As nature cannot always be left to “take her course” in a Sanctuary, we have to prevent any animal from suffering unduly. We are pleased that our emergency treatment fund has helped us to treat an injured wildebeest bull that had massive swelling of his foot.
REMOVAL OF ALIEN INVASIVE VEGETATION: During this time of the year, follow up on the removal of alien plants is important. Our main concern is the Potato Creeper (solanum seaforthianum) that can crowd out indigenous trees and plants. Last year we removed it efficiently, but annual follow-up removal is always necessary, to prevent any regrowth from seeds. We are presently ensuring an effective follow up.
Although the Covid-19 impact on our lives, has been stressful, we are Blessed to all be well. Day by day, we continue to work tirelessly with the protection of our rare and precious wildlife and their unique habitat in our Sanctuary.
We would like to thank you all for your most valuable support for both our Emergency Medical Fund and for the relocation of zebra.
A few days ago our wildebeest “short -Tail” was found to be limping. His front foot was badly swollen. With your support, we have been able to medicate him and prevent dreadful suffering. Short-Tail cares for a young bull that he has “taken under his wing” Franky and Short Tail are always together and their favorite place to lie is outside our workshop under the shade. Without out your help, we would not have been able to afford the treatment and the suffering he would have had to endure is unthinkable. Thank you!
Ideally, we would have Short Tail in a Boma but we still need support to build the long-awaited stables and secure medical Boma. Please do consider ongoing support by becoming a repeat sponsor. Even 10 USD a month helps tremendously. Please do tell your contacts about the support our wildlife needs.
We would also like to report about the 2 zebra that we await.With the extreme heat, we have been advised to hold till the weather cools, before we transfer them to Suni-Ridge. Furthermore this season a little darling wildebeest was born. We nursed her mother during her pregnancy with extra food (going out to her a 10 pm each night when she seemed to be alone and able to get all the wildlife pellets and extra hay without other wildlife, the zebra and the wildebeest herd interfering) Her baby was born in December andwe have named the little girl “Flower Patch” This little wildebeest, loves the zebra and often grazes with them during the day. In the evening they “return” her to her mother and the territorial bull where and she stays with her herd during the night time! It's a fascinating relationship! As our zebra, Stripy and Tammy do not have their own young, they seem to have adopted her and watch over her for her mother.It has been best to wait not only for the cooler weather but for Flower Patch to mature so that she would not be at any risk with the new zebra.
Once again, we would like to thank you sincerely for your support and for caring.
We would like to send you a final thank you for being part of our work and supporting our efforts to relocate zebra. As mentioned in our last report, we are now able to relocate 2 zebra to a forever safe home in our Sanctuary where we now have wonderful green grazing after the lovely rains.
The others that we hoped to also move to safety are no longer available and we are therefore deactivating the project - we will, however, continue to keep you updated and send you photos of the offloading of the 2 friends for Stipy and Tammy.
GlobalGiving has encouraged us to continue to reach out to ensure that our work with wild spaces and specifically with wildlife is optimized. Top of our list is to ensure that any injured wildlife is cared for to prevent suffering and we will be telling you more about our efforts to ensure that emergency veterinary treatment is always available for wildlife both in and around our Sanctuary.
Thank you once again for caring and for your most gracious support. We do hope you would continue to be part of our team.
Your support has hugely encouraged us with the work we do to protect wildlife. Thank you once again for being part of our team!
Although we were not able to relocate all the zebra, your help will directly enable 2 zebra to be safely relocated to a forever home in our Wildlife Sanctuary.
We will be sending photos of them when they are offloaded and we are excited to know that this relocation will commence before Christmas. We have waited patiently for the excellent rains, that have now been experienced in our area, to ensure that we have optimal grazing for the 2 new friends (that will help form a larger herd) for Stripy and Tammy.
Thank you once again for being part of our team, for caring as you do, and for your support!
We would like to update you, on the latest news about our Project. Firstly, however, a very big thanks once again for all the support you have given us!
The most exciting news is that we have been nominated to now appear on GlobalGiving as a Permanent Partner. This was unexpected as we had not achieved the required number of donations, but we were informed that the invitation to do fundraising as a permanent partner was due to the impression we made by our organization’s hard work and determination.
Our fundraising for the zebra relocation, therefore, continued on GlobalGiving, and we received further sponsorship that we greatly appreciate.
To date we have raised $782 (R 11 758.62 at the current exchange rate) It is not yet the full amount needed but we are making plans to relocate at least some of the zebra so far. The funds raised will be transferred to us from GlobalGiving at the end of October 2019.
We will keep you updated.
Heartfelt thanks once again.
Janet Cuthbertson and our Team.
Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park Environmental Rehabilitation Centre.
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