23 Nov 2018
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. This enables us to closely monitor these ancient animals and ensure their safety. The same process apples to all the endangered and priority species we work with.
Since 2008, Wildlife ACT has achieved the following species conservation work:
- Over 240 Rhinos fitted with Tracking Devices
- Over 160 Rhino relocated to new homes
- Over 90 Rhino Dehorned and 33 Notched
- Over 150 African Wild Dogs fitted with Tracking & Anti-snare Collars
- Over 120 Wild Dogs saved, treated and rescued from snares
- Over 180 Wild Dogs retrieved and/or relocated
- Over 50 Vultures fitted with GPS backpacks/trackers
- Over 125 Vultures Wing-tagged and sampled
- 16 Nest Surveys and 9 Vulture Recoveries
- Over 30 Cheetah fitted with Tracking Collars
- 19 Cheetah Relocated to new homes
- 6 Cheetah rescued from snares
- Over 60 Lions fitted with Tracking Collars
- Over 20 Lions Relocated to new homes
- Over 130 Lion Call-ups performed
- 8 Elephants fitted with Tracking Collars
- 4 Elephants treated for wounds
- Over 130 Elephant Monitoring Sessions
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 its endangered status. It is estimated that there are between 3000 and 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 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.