Scott Brennan via Crowdrise
December 08, 2012
Angela Brennan wrote -
I have some exciting news… As a doctoral student at Montana State University, I’ve been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to work with the Zambian Carnivore Programme on its mission is to restore large mammal populations. To read more about the Zambian Carnivore Programme click here. Zambia is home to all of Africa’s iconic animals, including elephants, wildebeest, zebra, lions, African wild dog, cheetah and hyena. But with all this biodiversity and beauty, comes vulnerability to the impacts of illegal poaching and unsustainable land use.
The Zambian Carnivore Programme has many tools to address such threats. First and foremost, they rely on science-based research to direct conservation strategies, which is where I come in. I will be spending 9 months in Zambia’s Liuwa Plain National Park tracking wildebeest during their migration in order to understand what affects their survival and reproduction. This wildebeest population is recovering from decades of poaching and overharvest, and their conservation is necessary to support the many plant communities and carnivore populations in the region.
To read more about my work in Zambia see Montana State University's news story.
Though we have the expertise to gather a lot of information for wildebeest conservation, there is a lot of work to do and money is tight. As most of the work requires moving around the greater Liuwa area to monitor animals and remove traps, the greatest need is transportation.
So here’s what I’m asking…
I am helping the Zambian Carnivore Programme raise $35,000 for vehicles to support our work on wildebeest conservation, and I am asking that you make a contribution to this cause. Though this site says we're benefiting Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, this organization sponsors the Zambian Carnivore Programme - so don't worry all donations go to the right place!
To reward the big donations, we will give each of our top three donors the opportunity to name a vehicle! While we are in the field, we will provide regular updates and photos to all of our donors. To get this competition started, I am going to set the bar and donate $500.
Though it would be cool to have your name on a truck in the African savanna, any amount will help us reach our goal. So, make a tax deductible donation as a gift to a friend or family member during this holiday season. Make a donation because you want to help ensure the survival of wild African animals or to help bolster Zambia’s wildlife ecotourism sector. Make a donation because you love me and you want to make me happy. Better yet, you could join the team and raise money on your own – it’s super simple on this fancy website and all contributions are tax deductible!
P.S. Any money raised above our goal will go toward other equipment costs necessary to run our research camp. After my work is completed, all vehicles and equipment will continue to be used by the Zambian Carnivore Programme to support their many conservation projects. Donor names can be removed from the vehicles at any time, per donor request. Don't make your donation anonymous if you want to name a vehicle.