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How We Are Helping RIGHT NOW: July & August 2022

Animal Survival International (ASI) is a crusading force for the benefit of animals and the planet. This is how your donations made a difference in July and August.

 

Eastern Cape, South Africa

Saving giraffes from starvation and disease by relocating them to a new home

On a small piece of land in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, three adult giraffes are living in dire conditions. Plagued by blood-sucking ticks and facing extreme hunger as the vegetation around them diminishes because of a prolonged drought, the animals urgently need to be moved to a more suitable location - and fast. We appealed to you for support so that we could transport them to the nearby Royalston Wildlife Reserve, where the giraffes would have better access to food and more land to roam.

Thanks to your generosity, we reached our fundraising goal, but as we prepared to move the animals, a giraffe calf was born. Now we must leave the giraffes where they are and wait six months before the calf is old enough to move. And we must feed and care for the family during that time.

 

Addo, South Africa

Providing life-saving water for thirsty elephants and other wildlife

Because of climate change, the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province is battling its worst drought in 100 years. Facing a particularly severe lack of water in Darlington, the northern-most part of the park, elephants were seen desperately scouring for water, only to find empty waterholes and bone-dry riverbeds. We rushed a team to the park to find a solution. Fortunately, we found that there is an immense water reservoir lying deep beneath the surface, but we needed to obtain costly equipment to access it.

With your help, we were able to rush funds to Addo so that it could purchase two state-of-the-art solar-powered water pumps. The pumps have now been installed and life-saving water is flowing once more for Addo’s animals.

 

South Africa

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) receives additional funding for whale disentanglement kits during peak whale birthing season

Every year, more than 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die after getting entangled in fishing nets. The risk is particularly high in South African waters because humpback, southern right and Bryde’s whales all go there to mate and give birth.

Fortunately, there are brave and dedicated expert teams that put their lives on the line to help free entangled whales. Our partner, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), responds anywhere along the 1,680-mile (2,700-kilometer) South African coastline to free whales from life-threatening entanglements.

In April, we were able to provide NSRI with the funds for a brand-new whale-disentanglement kit and expert training for 10 candidates. Last month, the situation became even more critical as peak calving season began along the South African coastline - even more newborn calves and their mothers were at grave risk of becoming entangled in relentless fishing gear. Thanks to your continued support, ASI successfully purchased two additional whale disentanglement kits for NSRI. Your generosity has given entangled whales and calves a second chance at freedom.

 

Global Climate Crisis

Battling climate change by planting trees that absorb carbon dioxide

Across the globe, animals are suffering in severe heat waves. Not only do they lose their homes to the merciless flames, but many experience tragically painful deaths - burning alive in forest fires or succumbing to starvation as the fires tear through their food sources. For decades, governments ignored the scientific evidence that climate change was real. Now it is almost too late - environmental disasters are escalating as greenhouse gases blanket the earth. Food scarcity, drought, flooding, heat waves, wildfires and disease are significant concerns threatening all life on earth.

There is a solution: trees and other vegetation remove carbon dioxide from the environment while, at the same time, creating habitats for wildlife. We can battle climate change by planting trees that absorb carbon dioxide, provide homes for animals and help preserve precious species. Through collaboration with partners in multiple countries, we aim to plant 500,000 trees this decade. This will capture approximately 81 million pounds (37 million kilograms) of carbon!

Thanks to the devoted generosity of ASI’s supporters, we successfully raised enough money to plant as many as 1,000 trees right now.

 

The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Supporting Conserv Congo in their quest to save pangolins from the illegal wildlife trade

Pangolins are on the brink of extinction because of an insatiable multi-billion-dollar illegal trade that sees 2.7 million of the animals poached annually in Central Africa alone. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is now the starting point of a trade route for wildlife trafficked to the world via the Middle East and Africa. Pangolin meat is considered a delicacy in China and Vietnam, and the scales are used for traditional Chinese medicines, despite there being no scientific evidence supporting this use.

If these animals are to have any chance at survival, it is critical that wildlife criminals are brought to justice. Conserv Congo investigates, reports and prosecutes wildlife crimes in the DRC and the Central African region by working with the Congolese Wildlife Authority (ICCN) and the national police.

Conserv Congo’s operational costs are shockingly high due to the increasing number of wildlife crime cases. We reached out to you with a plea for help, and thanks to your donations, ASI can support the worthy work of Conserv Congo as it combats the local consumption of pangolin meat in the DRC and helps stop the illegal trade of pangolins and their scales.

 

Madagascar

Providing critically endangered radiated tortoises rescued by Turtle Survival Alliance with much-needed food

In Madagascar, radiated tortoises are captured in their thousands for the illegal pet and bushmeat trade. After being stolen from the wild, they are usually bound with duct tape, stored in bags, and left in the wilderness, sometimes for months at a time, until they can be smuggled or processed for bushmeat. Recently, our team visited Turtle Survival Alliance Madagascar (TSA), which takes confiscated tortoises to its centers across Madagascar, where they are expertly cared for and fed. Often, they require critical, life-saving care. They are rehabilitated in a secure and appropriate natural habitat until they are strong enough to be released back into the wild and carefully monitored by the anti-poaching units.

The TSA team has saved 26,000 tortoises. But its rescue and rehabilitation centers are inundated and quickly running out of food for all the creatures in its care. Thanks to your support, ASI rushed emergency funding for critically needed food to TSA, which will sustain its rescued tortoises for the next six months.

 

From the News Desk:

At ASI, we are committed to making a difference to animals on the ground, and we also strive to stay abreast of the latest wildlife conservation news so we can keep you informed on the most important issues surrounding animals today.

 

Loggers Close in on DRC’s Yangambi Man and Biosphere Reserve

Timber transport roads are planned for 2024 in the Ngazi forest, an ecological haven connected to the famed Yangambi Man and Biosphere Reserve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Read more…

 

 

 

First Beaver Born in Cheshire After More Than 400 Years

A pair of Eurasian beavers have successfully bred in Cheshire in northwest England for the first time in over 400 years. Read more…

 

 

 

Up to 150 Southern Fin Whales Spotted Feeding in Antarctica, Bringing Renewed Hope for Whales

A pod of up to 150 southern fin whales has been spotted feeding together in Antarctica, in what has been called a ‘thrilling’ spectacle, according to The Guardian. Read more…

 

 

Starving Polar Bears Resort to Feeding on Garbage as Their Habitats Erode

As climate change causes temperatures to rise, icy habitats rapidly melt away and refreeze more slowly, leaving polar bears helplessly stranded ashore for extended periods. Read more…

 

 

 

Rhino Poaching Worsens in South Africa as 259 Slain in First Half of 2022

South Africa’s Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DFFE) reports that 259 rhinos have been slaughtered in the first six months of this year in the country – already 10 more than for the same period last year. Read more…

 

 

 

Scientists Say All Rainwater Globally Now Unsafe to Drink

New research has revealed that atmospheric levels of ‘forever chemicals’ – toxic pollutants that break down very slowly over time - are now so high that rainwater everywhere is considered unsafe for long-term human consumption. Read more…

 

 

 

More Than 100 Vultures and a Hyena Poisoned to Death

More than 100 vultures at South Africa’s Kruger National Park, as well as a hyena, have been found dead after feeding on a poisoned buffalo carcass, reports local media. Read more…

 

 

 

Freya the Beloved Walrus Euthanized by Authorities Following Public’s Failure to Stay Away

Freya, the young 600kg (1,300lb) walrus who drew crowds of curious onlookers at the Oslo fjord, has been euthanized. Read more…

 

 

 

Cheetah Reintroduction in Malawi Encourages the Return of Vultures

Four critically endangered vulture species have returned to the Liwonde National Park in Malawi, after having not been seen there for more than 20 years. Read more…

 

 

 

 

The UK’s Leading PM Candidate Refuses to Embrace Animal Welfare – But Her Opponent Will

Liz Truss, would-be successor to outgoing British prime minister Boris Johnson, has refused to protect animal welfare in post-Brexit trade deals. This according to environment secretary George Eustice, who says that Truss’s rival, Rishi Sunak, has made it clear he would not compromise on welfare standards. Read more… 

 

Image credits: Image 1: James Dicker; image 3: NSRI; image 5: Conserv Congo; image 9: DanBeecham_NBCNews; image 10: DanGuravich_Polar Bears International; image 13: SANParks; image 16: PANewsAgency

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