About Wildlife ACT
Wildlife ACT is an award-winning non-profit organisation set up in 2008. Their conservation projects, which extend across the Zululand area of South Africa include uMkhuze, Tembe, Manyoni and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.
Wildlife ACT is unique in that they actively advance conservation by initiating, implementing and managing monitoring projects on reserves which do not have existing monitoring programmes in place; or by taking over existing monitoring projects on reserves that can no longer fund or manage them.
Wildlife ACT’s focus is to help save Africa’s endangered and priority wildlife species from extinction, thereby enabling broad-scale biodiversity conservation.
They achieve this by:
- Conducting professional and strategic monitoring and research to enable and inform effective conservation management of wildlife in Africa;
- Securing existing protected areas, driving range expansion of African Wildlife, and combating illegal wildlife poaching;
- Identifying and developing programmes within surrounding communities to support biodiversity conservation and socioeconomic development.
For Wildlife ACT, international volunteers and conservation expeditions have been the cornerstone of their funding stream. They depend on this support to conduct vitally important endangered and priority wildlife species conservation work of endangered wildlife species such as African Painted Dogs, Cheetah and Black Rhino, as well as priority species such as Elephant, Lion, Leopard and many more, including their anti-poaching initiatives.
About Painted Dog Conservation (PDC)
PDC is a non-profit making Organisation registered in Zimbabwe. Its mission:
“Create an environment where painted dogs can thrive”
PDC evolved out of scientific research conducted in Hwange National Park in the mid-1990s, when it became apparent that painted dog deaths outside the Park were mostly due to human causes; snares, traffic accidents and shootings, led by general ignorance and prejudice towards the species. PDC’s core approach is to identify the critical issues and find a way to make a significant and lasting contribution to painted dog conservation, the conservation of nature and the lives of the local community with a special emphasis on the individual.
PDC’s sustainable conservation model is making a significant, long-term difference to the painted dog population in Zimbabwe:
- More than 10 packs of painted dogs are monitored daily. Last year alone, this
saved the lives of five painted dogs caught in snares.
- 30,000 plus snares have been removed by the PDC Anti-Poaching Unit (APU)
- The rehabilitation facility with 8 enclosures and a veterinary clinic has looked after
more than 80 painted dogs since opening in 2002.
Community – Education - Outreach
- More than 60 people from local villages are employed to run the various projects. It has created a strong bond between PDC and the community. Some villages are now implementing their own conservation measures, like voluntary APU’s.
- Nearly 14,000 children have attended the PDC conservation bush camps, inspiring a love for painted dogs and conservation in general. Several are now back, working for PDC.
- Art centre, community gardens, health facilities, conservation clubs; all contribute to people regarding the welfare of painted dogs as being of vital importance to their communities.
… and research
A deep understanding of painted dogs underpins everything PDC does. Tracking with radio and satellite collars determines distribution, behaviour and hunting patterns and identifies causes of injury or death as well as enabling monitoring of packs deemed particularly vulnerable or in unsafe areas.
Why are Anti-Poaching Units so important?
Snares set by poachers are a key threat facing painted dogs today. Zimbabwe’s economy has been struggling, which has increased illegal hunting of wildlife to sell for profit or bushmeat. Painted dogs, although not the primary target, are particularly vulnerable because they cover relatively huge distances each day compared to most species and encounter many more snares. The scouts of PDC’s highly trained APU, including two tracker dogs, work closely with the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority and Forestry Commission and patrol the danger areas bordering Hwange National Park daily, guarding against poachers.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust believes in a wilder future for Cornwall. A future in which wildlife thrives on land and at sea, Cornwall’s beautiful and unique wild places are protected, and people take action to benefit nature.
We’re working towards this by protecting and managing over 5,500 acres of wildlife-rich and important habitats across 59 nature reserves and through the implementation of projects that promote nature’s recovery and engage communities with the ecological and climate emergencies Cornwall faces.
Some of our current work includes: trialling badger vaccinations as an effective alternative to culling in the fight against Bovine TB; promoting sustainable fishing practices to consumers and fishers; empowering local communities to take action for Cornwall’s seas; and carrying various habitat improvement work across their reserves.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked for over half a century in pursuit of its vision of creating healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas.We campaign for wildlife through our policy and advocacy work, demonstrate leading best practice through conservation projects and inspire people to take positive action through our education and engagement activities.
We manage a network of around 116 wildlife reserves across Scotland which we our staff work tirelessly to protect year-round. These reserves are places where we want wildlife to thrive, and where everyone can truly connect with nature.
From native species and landscape projects, to policy work, managing wildlife reserves, education programmes and campaigning for nature, we protect Scotland’s wildlife for the future.
About Sussex Wildlife Trust
Sussex Wildlife Trust is the largest nature conservation organisation protecting the wildlife and countryside of Sussex. Our work involves looking after over 4,500 acres of prime woodland, heathland and meadow habitat on 32 nature reserves.
We put on an extensive programme of courses and community events to help people of all ages and abilities learn about and enjoy the wildlife in Sussex. Our Forest School, Nature Tots, family events and education programme are all aimed at connecting children with nature to promote a life-long love of wildlife.
Sussex Wildlife Trust also speaks out on conservation issues and engages with landowners to help create a Living Landscape of interconnected habitats.
We want Sussex to be a home for nature’s recovery. Where people and wildlife can thrive together and where people have access to the natural world and to the wellbeing benefits nature provides. Our vision is for A Sussex rich in wildlife, enjoyed, valued and protected by everyone.
About Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
For 75 years, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have been protecting Yorkshire's wildlife and wild places. Together with our volunteers and members we work across land and sea; from hills and valleys to beaches and city streets ensuring precious wild places are rich in wildlife.
Our vision is for a Yorkshire that is abundant in wildlife, with more people having a genuine and meaningful connection with nature. We look after over 100 nature reserves right across Yorkshire, and are involved in hundreds of other conservation-related projects from campaigning to educating to tackling invasive species to restoring river courses.
Yorkshire needs a recovery of wildlife on land and sea and we do four main things:
* Save wild place: We manage and restore over 100 nature reserves across Yorkshire and actively work to create new wild areas and wildlife corridors.
* Save wildlife: We protect the incredible species that call Yorkshire home, by understanding what they need and creating spaces where they can flourish.
* Connect people with nature: We inspire people, especially children, to experience wildlife, and enjoy it.
* Protect the environment: We campaign to protect and restore Yorkshire’s irreplaceable natural heritage. Now more than ever before, we need a society where nature matters. We inspire thousands of children, families and individuals every year; helping them to connect with their local wildlife through events and engagement programmes.