Do you have a passion for conservation and want to help those on the ground with their daily work? If you are unable to get your hands dirty by joining in as a volunteer, you can make a difference in another way. Through the Safari News virtual adoptions fundraising portal, you will have the opportunity to donate to a worthy cause. Funds will go to a credible organisation linked to the endangered species you have chosen. We have selected a few options to start with, but will expand on this and add more organisations as time goes on. Adoptions are done in partnership with the Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA).
Here are some of the animals and organisations we have selected:
The mystical okapi
The okapi is a shy forest-dweller from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The species has strongholds in Okapi Wildlife Reserve and Maiko National Park, and is listed as endangered. Threats include illegal mining, logging and hunting for bushmeat. The Okapi Conservation Project works with the Institute in Congo for the Conservation of Nature, while running community education and development programmes. Read more!
Africa’s rhino population
White rhino graze on grass while black rhino are found in thorny thickets and dense bush, nibbling on twigs and leaves. The magnificent African icon can easily be recognised by the horn on its forehead, but this has also been the reason for the ruthless slaughter of the species.
Saving the Survivors is giving victims of poaching a second chance through various interventions and surgical procedures in their natural habitat.
West African chimpanzee
The critically endangered West African chimpanzee has already disappeared in Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso due to deforestation, poaching, and capture for the pet trade. Vast areas of prime chimpanzee habitat are available in Liberia. Improved law enforcement has caused a massive influx in confiscated chimpanzees. Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection takes care of confiscated and abandoned chimpanzees. It costs between R70 000 and R100 000 per year to care for just one chimpanzee. Read more!
Southern ground-hornbill groups usually consisting of two to nine birds are led by a breeding female, an alpha male and male helpers. They are listed as endangered in South Africa, with an estimated 417 breeding groups. One chick reaches adulthood every nine years. The Mabula Ground Hornbill Project manages the metapopulation in South Africa by harvesting the second egg from wild nests and hand-rearing the chick. Read more!
The ring-tailed lemur is one of the most distinguished lemur species because of its black and white tail. There are approximately 5 000 of these endangered primates left in Madagascar. Populations have decreased by 95% since 2000 because of illegal logging, slash and burn agriculture, poaching for bushmeat and the pet trade. Lemur Love researches the species, and employs women from the neighbouring communities to help. Read more!
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