Together with the Rotary Club of Kenton-on-Sea South Africa and our Projects Director Jo Wilmot, we are developing Rhino International Survival Kits or RISK Boxes. These boxes or kits will be available for Rotary and Rotaract Clubs and Districts to support. These RISK Boxes will contain equipment that will go to various projects engaged in the protection and survival of rhinos in areas of South Africa that are currently under attack by well organised poaching gangs and syndicates. RAGES is looking at sourcing these RISK Boxes in the area of most need so as to keep the economic benefits in that country. These RISK Boxes will start at $500 for the entry level. There are three other levels that will be available.
We appreciate any help or support you can provide towards our efforts to helping endangered species by supporting our projects in partnership with Roots & Shoots Kenya, the Chipembere Rhino Foundation in South Africa and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya all of which can be found on our Projects Page.
Above Rotarian and RAGES Member Debbie Mair from the RC of Hutt City in New Zealand.
Adopting orangutans leads Kiwi woman to helping Borneo’s orphaned elephants
The Rotarian first meet the two elephants Jimbo and Tun Tan two years ago when she was representing the Rotary Action Group for Endangered Species.
Deb heads over to Borneo next week. Today there’s tragic news out of Borneo. On Friday 22nd July Poachers set fire to the wildlife sanctuary. 22 acres of forest have been lost to fire.The sooner i get out there and see what’s happening on the ground the better. Let’s hope we have lost no endangered animals to the fire or the poachers.
The Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species or RAGES, operates in accordance with Rotary International policy but is not an agency of, or controlled by Rotary International.
Greetings everyone! If you are a Rotarian, Rotaractor or family member of a Rotarian, then you are eligible to join our Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species or RAGES.
If you are eligible and want to join we need you to please list below your name, the name of your Rotary club or Rotaractor club, Rotary District, and country. If you are a family member of a Rotarian, then list the Rotary club of your family member. There will be no membership dues.
Dr. Jane Goodall has accepted our invitation to become the Patron of RAGES. This following a meeting in Sydney that we had with Jane on her 80th birthday tour of the world. We discussed a potential partnership with Rotary using RAGES and the JGI Roots & Shoots programme in Kenya. We are excited about the potential for this partnership in all of the 138 countries that Roots & Shoots operate in.
Dr.Jane Goodall signs the poster SAY NO! This poster will be the centrepiece of an upcoming campaign featuring Besuries and their wonderful music. Stay tuned for more signings.
“It is likely that some extinction is a consequence of world biological, climatological or systemic process beyond our immediate ability to control. However, extinctions caused by wanton greed, the harvesting of body parts for superstitious uses, and/or poaching for immediate needs can be stopped, particularly when the species at risk (particularly great cats, elephants, and rhinos) can be the focus of economic activity that generates income and livelihood through local stewardship.”
“This is a mission worthy of Rotary”. Jon Deisher
Jon Deisher was a member of the Rotary Club of Anchorage, Alaska (D5010) U.S.A.
Footnote Jon Deisher passed away today 16th February 2016. I will miss this man and his passion for wildlife.
RAGES Director Eve Conway has been inducted as President of Rotary Britain and Ireland, RIBI. Here is a video of Eve’s installation as RIBI President. Congratulations Eve and all the best from all of us at RAGES.
Pangolins are the world’s only scaly mammal, and they are also one of the most endangered and traded animals in the world. Every day, approximately 270 pangolins are illegally poached for their scales and meat. These unique, vulnerable animals urgently need protecting but this cannot be achieved alone. Conservation Scientist, Trica Burgess, is calling for your support.
Anneka Svenska is a naturalist, broadcaster and film maker. Anneka founded ‘Green World Television‘ in 2014 in order to intertwine her film making abilities with her animal conservation work, her passion being to help animal charities who struggle with film making and to be one of the fore runners in reporting on wildlife crime. She now produces strong films & campaigns, some created to give animal and environmental charities a much needed voice in the world of television.
Anneka has filmed in South Africa alongside the incredible Black Mamba anti-poaching unit, worked one on one with wild wolves, filmed for The Badger Trust, Born Free, LionAid, The Dog’s Trust, The Mayhew Animal Home, Wetnose Animal Aid, Helping Rhinos, VegfestUK and Wildlife Trusts. She has also rescued over 300 dogs from the meat industry in Thailand and from Cyprus and Romania. As well as being a conservationist, Anneka is a staunch vegan and believes that the future sustainability of the planet lies in compassion to animals and all living beings.
Last year we were overjoyed to welcome Binky to the world, the Reserve and our hearts. Today is a dark day @Sibuya as ruthless poachers invaded last night brutally killing Binky’s mother and the mother of an another three month old calf. A third Rhino was targeted but has been resuscitated by the Vet. He’s badly injured but has been treated and we are hoping for the best. As both babies are suckling they still need to be fed, so have been successfully darted and are on their way to a baby Rhino orphanage where we hope they will survive. All at Sibuya are devastated and heart broken.
We met these same rhinos last May William Fowlds works with them next door is Kariega where Thandi and Thembi live. I am devastated and do not want to show these pics. We need action not words and I am beyond angry.
Gentle creatures and here is one we met there and I pray she is OK.