The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust has moved into 2019 looking forward to its 60th anniversary....It was founded back in 1959 by author and naturalist Gerald Durrell.
The charity is committed to saving some of the most vulnerable animals on the planet from extinction.
For instance, a duck thought to be extinct for 15 years has been brought back from the brink and given a new home on a remote lake in Madagascar.
In the last 30 years, Durrell has helped move 14 target species in danger of extinction away from the edge.
As a Jersey girl, I'm very proud of Durrell and the work it does, and wish everyone there and associated with it a very Happy 60th Anniversary! Keep up the wonderful work :-)
Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.
Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa
Category: Creating & preserving wildlife habitat
Children in Urandangi in the Australian state of Queensland are doing wonderful work keeping the local wildlife well watered.
Urandangi was founded in 1885 with a general store. It's grown a bit since then and recently locals noticed that the local wildlife had nothing to drink as the river’s been dry for 2 years.
So locals did something about it to help wildlife.
With local children’s help, a trough is filled every day. Kangeroos, pigs and birds visit the trough to drink their fill.
The trough is filled with a hose from a nearby property.
Children, local residents and the publican of the Dangi Pub keep a close eye on the water levels to make sure the animals have enough to drink.
There’s even a sign asking locals not to take the water as it’s meant for wildlife! It says “This water is for our native and wild friends. Please do not be mean and borrow it.”
Well done to the kids of Urandangi and all the residents there for taking action to look after wildlife.
Today there’s good news from Born Free.
100 years ago, there were about 100,000 tigers across Asia. Today, there are just 4,000 and the tiger is officially classified a Endangered by the IUCN (that’s the International Union for Conservation of Nature).
Threats to tigers include
- Human-wildlife conflict
- Poaching for body parts for traditional “medicine”
- Habitat loss because of deforestation and development, which people are driving
Born Free have an initiative called Living with Tigers. It’s a network of Indian NGOs working across central India in the Satpuda area.
The network does a number of things, namely to:
- Tackle the poaching crisis
- Safeguard tiger habitats
- Find compassionate solutions so that communities and wildlife can live together
There’s a dedicated teams of Tiger Ambassadors. These are local villagers who are trained to identify signs of tigers being present in their area and to help if conflict arises.
There’s also a Mobile Education Unit which teachers local school children about wildlife conservation.
So the good news for tiger conservation is....
Tiger numbers have increased to 500 across the Satpuda landscape in the last 10 years. This is great news but Born Free wants to go further. It wants to:
- Safeguard wild tiger populations in central India
- Work with more local communities to reduce human-wildlife conflict
- Create more protected areas so that wildlife can flourish
- Educate more people on the importance of conservation and approaches to co-existence.
Help Born Free protect tigers here by donating to their work
Great news from Mexico!
The World Land Trust reports that trail cameras in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve there have filmed a Black Bear recorded in central Mexico.
This is the first Black Bear recorded there for 100 years!
There's also footage of a nine-banded Armadillo and Jaguar.
Back in 2018, supporters of the World Land Trust raised a whopping £57,800 to protect an area of the forest of 578 acres - that's the size of nearly 300 football pitches!
Would you like to help the World Land Trust protect more acres for wildlife?
If you're thinking, "yes, I would!" visit their website here.