APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER
The first steps towards building the Baobab hand-rearing centre have begun. Nineteen birds were processed for full health checks, tattooed (yes! read more below), ringed, microchiped, and then nine of these birds were safely moved to the exquisite aviaries at Uhbetjan-o-Africa where they will be held until the construction is completed. This was a massive collaborative effort that involved the passionate people from six institutions and ensured the day went smoothly.
The Baobab plans are nearing completion thanks to the hard work of Gareth Leonard and we are extremely excited that this dream will come to fruition. To watch a short video of the rationale behind this centre click here.
Safe recovery of escaped
male called Rukwa due to concerned citizen reports.
The easiest way for South Africans to support the conservation of this iconic species for free is to sign up for a MyPlanet card and, with every purchase you make, a small percentage of your spend will be donated to the Project. It takes just 30 seconds to complete the application and all you need to do is remember to swipe your card. If you are already a card holder you can add us as an additional beneficiary - you may support three organisations of your choice.
Thabakhubedu Primary School from Rooiberg visited Mabula Game Reserve to learn more about ground-hornbills and just enjoy being in the bush. Despite these 28 learners living in an area surrounded by private game farms very few of them have had the opportunity to see what happens behind the tall, electrified game fences. We used this opportunity to show them that conservation is a career option on their back doorstep and hope that these trips will stimulate a new generation of young conservationists.
TATTOOS FOR CONSERVATION
'not quite what you think'
We are thrilled to have won the RCI Nature Conservation award!
Exciting new collaboration:
skills development & supporting conservation