Due to Dawn's long overdue healthcare hiatus this year (yeah for new, bionic parts at last!) we've been unable to prioritize our on-going, annual Winos for Wildlife fundraising efforts. However, we are still very passionate and dedicated to this cause so close to our hearts so we are kicking off an alternative initiative in 2018 to continue our support of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the Niassa Carnivore Project and Action for Cheetahs in Kenya. Thanks to the generous support of those who stand strong to support wildlife conservation, Winos for Wildlife has donated over $85,000 over the past 5 years to help protect wildlife and support strong community development through literacy, hunger, health, women’s business and water conservation projects in Africa.
We will continue to funnel our efforts toward Lewa Wildlife Conservancy logistics (i.e. fencing to protect this precious area, fund planes and vehicles to curtail poaching, translocate wildlife into protected areas, purchase cameras for censusing/monitoring of wildlife populations, for salaries for anti-poaching security guards, provide patrol stations/equipment, training of park guards in anti-poaching skills, etc.). In addtion, understanding that conservation is not achieved through grand gestures but small steps, one person at a time, additional funds will also support other grassroots boots on the ground through Colleen and Keith Begg working with 42 villages in Mozambique via the Niassa Carnivore Project as well as continued support of Mary Wykstra’s work with Action for Cheetahs in Kenya piloting research and conflict mitigation methods in Salama and Samburu. We will help fund a reserve-wide community guardian program to monitor wildlife, reduce conflict and provide outreach, scholarships for children to attend both primary and secondary schools, or even Pangolin rescue and rehabilitation.
Ian Craig, renowned conservationist who helped found the Lewa Conservancy, described this current emergency as "an unfolding disaster for Africa". Colleen Begg of Niassa shared Carl Sefina’s words to describe the emotional and grim situation at Niassa, “The more I sense the miracle, the more intense appears the tragedy.” In response to this global crisis, we simply must do something to help. We hope you will consider helping us continue this fight for wildlife!
Funds will be distributed through Utah' Hogle Zoo's Conservation program and as a 501(c)3 non-profit, all donations are tax deductible.
Thank you and CHEERS!