Today we share with you a simple but vitally urgent message: thousands of elephants and other wild animals face dying of thirst in South Africa because of the worst drought in 100 years at the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa.
Water holes are drying up and thousands of animals face death.
On a recent emergency visit and as temperatures skyrocketed, our team watched in dismay as animals fought each other over the last few drops of once-plentiful water. Zebra fought among themselves, kicking and biting, warthog families were driven from the life-giving water and baby elephants tried to make an inch of water into a mud bath.
The good news is we have a plan. We promised to buy state-of-the-art solar-powered water pumps to provide a reliable source of ground water and, thanks to our supporters, we are nearly there. We just need to raise another $4,000.00 (£2,900.00) to provide two critical waterholes with life-giving water.
In the meantime, we are trucking in water from distant reservoirs to help animals survive in the short-term. South African National Parks (SANParks), which manages Addo, is doing everything it can to help and so far no animals have died – but without water, it’s just a matter of time.
We have the opportunity – and we must not let it pass – to save elephants, antelope, warthogs, zebra and so many other animals. They cannot survive this drought much longer.
As you read these words, water trucks are already at work (we were there to help pumping ourselves).
The stress of thirst is driving animals to fight each other for a share of the meager water supply. Worse still – baby animals don’t stand a chance to access the prized remaining inches of muddy water.
Zebra are trying frantically to suck water from dry pipes as temperatures soar and dehydration sets in!
We witnessed the harsh realities of this drought firsthand. Thirst and panic are making wild animals behave unnaturally. By spending all day lining up, pushing and fighting for water, they don’t have enough time to browse for food or rest. There is no time to waste. We need your support now to respond to this emergency – and save lives!
We are on the brink of a massive conservation disaster in Addo National Park. It could be years before this devastating drought ends.
Just one elephant drinks 200 liters (over 50 gallons) of water every day. This means that, under current circumstances, an entire day’s dwindling water supply can only sustain a single small family of elephants. It is no understatement that the competition for evaporating water could wipe out whole wildlife populations within the Park.
While we have begun to act, we must continue to act!
With your help, we WILL save lives!
Together, we can save thousands of animals from a horrific fate and protect vital wildlife populations for years to come. Please help us by donating what you can today – every gift is vital.