BENEFITING: TASHINGA INITIATIVE FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: Jan 01, 2014
Stop poachers from poisoning elephant water holes!
There are limited funds available to support the wildlife in the Zambezi River Valley. The Tashinga Initiative Foundation desperately needs an infusion of donations so they can protect these beleagured animals.
Elephants have been shown to be highly intelligent, empathetic and capable of extreme sadness.
'Goodbye Old Friend'
"Loyal to the end, this elephant stands by her dead friend, chasing off predators and lovingly wrapping her trunk around its tusk as she keeps vigil.
The image was taken in Botswana by John Chaney as part of the 2012 National Geographic Traveler photo contest."
The latest tactic used by poachers is to poison the elephant's water supply. This practice must be stopped! Poachers are using the elephant's very thirst against them, making entire herds of elephants easy prey. Do not stand idly by and watch this horrible cruelty done out of greed.
Zimbabwe Poachers Poison 300 Elephants in Worst Massacre of 25 Years
International Business Times
"The corpses were found by hunters as they flew over the park in a helicopter. As they descended, the magnitude of the massacre unfolded. One ranger, who did not want to be named, told the newspaper: "We couldn't believe our eyes. We thought at first that they must have been shot. There were too many to have died of thirst or hunger.
"We found that elephants we saw from the air were not shot, but the tusks were gone."
There was growing concern that cyanide was being increasingly used by poachers to kill elephants for their ivory. Its use has increased over the last few months and in September police arrested six poachers for poisoning elephants in Hwange.
Animals that fed on the corpses, including lions, hyaenas and vultures, were found dead nearby. Buffalo that shared the same water as the elephants were also killed."
Alone we can't change anything, but if we all band together and give to The Tashinga Initiative we can make a huge impact. We can help end the senseless slaughter of these incredible creatures.
If circumstances do not allow you to give a monetary gift, please share the plight of these animals with your friends on social media and ask them to give.
Thank you everyone who has donated or shared this. Together we can accomplish great things!
Rory Young, professional safari guide, ranger and tracker explains how donations to The Tashinga Initiative will be used.
There are wildlife areas all along the Zambezi River Basin Area and in all the countries that border it. They are all in need of assistance. Sometimes it is ranger training. Sometimes it is transport. Sometimes it is communications equipment. Sometimes they just need someone to look after their wives and children and find them clean water or try somehow to improve their futures.
The Tashinga Initiative tries to help fill these needs so that the rangers are better able to do their work.
I have had long discussions with Lynne Taylor, the head of The Tashinga Initiative about how the money should be spent so as to have the greatest impact. We have agreed that it will be used to provide expert support, training and operational capacity to assist in wildlife protection and management activities in the Zambezi River Basin Area.
A plan for a project to support and enhance wildlife protection operations has been sitting gathering dust for a long time. With the recent sharp escalation of ivory poaching this project has become urgent. TTI has managed to secure a boat and vehicle, and this money will enable specialists to train, coordinate, guide, support, and deploy teams in the field, wherever the situation is most serious and the need greatest, for a period of one month.
I have agreed to run the project for two to three weeks of that time, alternating with another specialist. Should funding be found for further months then I will continue my involvement.
Let's ensure Rory Young and TTI have funding to last for many many months!