20 Jul 2017
Saving Endangered Species
Key to the survival of our endangered species is ensuring that they are reintroduced to protected areas where they can safely roam and strengthen in number. Wildlife ACT specializes in the safe capture, transportation and reintroduction of endangered species into new areas. Key to the success of this, is the intensive monitoring of these animals on a daily basis to assess how these animals are doing. We have assisted WWF South Africa in the reintroduction of over 200 endangered Black Rhino in the past 3 years alone. We also specialize in implementing tracking devices on the rhinos during the relocation process, which then enables us to closely monitor these ancient animals to ensure their safety. The same process apples to all the endangered and priority species we work with.
Over the past 4 years Wildlife ACT has achieved the following:
- Over 350 Rhinos fitted with tracking devices
- Over 200 Black Rhino relocated to new homes
- Over 80 African Wild Dogs fitted with tracking & anti-snare collars
- 31 Wild Dogs rescued from snares in the past 3 and a half years
- 29 Vultures fitted with satellite trackers
- 94 Vultures tagged and sampled since 2010
- 33 Cheetah fitted with tracking collars
- We are founding members of Project Rhino KZN
- Number of children we’ve taught: over 6,600 since 2010
- Number of Bush Camps: 48 since inception
- Over 1,689 children have taken part in our 4-day bush-camps
WHAT DOES WILDLIFE ACT DO?
Our ultimate goal is to save our endangered species and wild places from extinction. To achieve this goal, Wildlife ACT focuses on 3 main areas: endangered and priority species monitoring, anti-poaching measures and technology, and community education and empowerment.
WHAT HAS WILDLIFE ACT ACHIEVED?
One of our focal species is the African Wild Dog due to it’s endangered status. It is estimated that there are between 3000 – 5000 left in the wild – with around 550 of these living in South Africa. We are currently monitoring one third of this population every day – 365 days a year – to ensure their safety.
HOW IS WILDLIFE ACT SAVING OTHER ENDANGERED SPECIES?
We are founding members of this award-winning association. One of our Trustees, Dr Simon Morgan, is a floating Chairman for Project Rhino KZN – a province-wide, rhino-focused association that brings together a provincial government conservation body, private and community-owned reserves, rhino owners, leading conservation NGOs and anti-poaching security specialists.
We assist the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project by finding suitable release points for Black Rhino, by training of new Black Rhino monitors, and by purchasing and fitting state-of-the-art tracking equipment to individual rhino to be released. We also do the post-release monitoring work while the rhinos settle into their new homes.
WHAT PARTNERSHIPS & SUPPORT DOES WILDLIFE ACT HAVE?
We have formed a strategic partnership with Rhino Africa Safaris – Africa’s leading inbound tour operator. Rhino Africa is the largest single corporate contributor to Wildlife ACT’s endangered species conservation work. Our success is in large part is due to the fantastic financial, logistical and infrastructure support that Rhino Africa has provided us over the last years. They produced the following professionally-made video productions.
Please visit our Partners Page for a full list of all our sponsors, partners and affiliates