Help Support RAGES

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, pygmy elephants and orangutans in areas of South Africa, Borneo and Indonesia that are currently under threat by poaching, loss of habitat and human wildlife conflict. 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 the Chipembere Rhino Foundation in South Africa, the Pygmy Elephant Project in Borneo and the United Kingdom Orangutan Appeal for Borneo, all of which can be found on our Projects Page.

Keynote Species The Elephant

Keystone Elephant

 

This is such a great graphic, because elephants are a keystone species and other species rely on them – and the environments they create as nature’s gardeners – for their own survival.

Elephants are the face of Africa and many Asian nations. They’ve roamed this earth for 35 million years. Can you even imagine a world without elephants? We can’t. Let’s not lose them.

World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day

 

Next Wednesday 31st July 2013 is World Ranger Day. 

According to the World Ranger Foundation more than 70 rangers died in 2012 on the front line of protecting our wildlife. Their work is difficult, dangerous and generally unrecognised.

A lot of the rhino horn is smuggled to Vietnam for people to use in the incorrect belief it has medicinal value. So we thought the people of Vietnam would also want to say thanks for preventing this cruel and pointless “ingredient” reaching them to waste their money on.

Send a message to Vietnam through your local Vietnamese Embassy or Consul.

 

 

Orphan Elephant Formula Sheldrick News

Delivery of formula

Special milk delivery for the orphaned infant elephants.

The last of 8 sacks of donated SMA First Infant milk formula being safely stored. We are deeply grateful to the makers of SMA for donating this milk formula to us.

We would also like to say a big thank you to British Airways who so kindly arranged complimentary shipment from the UK to Kenya and to Finlays Horticulture Ltd who handled the import clearance and related costs, as well as delivering the milk to us.

This extremely generous in kind support will help us provide for all of the nursery elephants and those still taking milk at our Tsavo reintegration centres. With so many mouths to feed, currently consuming in excess of 10,000 litres of milk a month, we can never have enough milk formula. Though this delivery thankfully ensures we have essential supplies right now.

David Sheldrick Trust

 

Elephant tusks: the new blood diamonds

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A Kenya Wildlife Service officer numbers elephant ivory tusks on July 3, 2013 after a container destined to Malasyia full of tusks was seized in a private yard at the ports of Mombasa. (Ivan Lieman/AFP/Getty Images)

NAIROBI, Kenya — Militant groups in Central and East Africa are cashing in on the lucrative ivory trade to fund their operations across the continent, threatening both regional security and the survival of Africa’s endangered elephants.

Demand from increasingly affluent Chinaand Southeast Asian nations has driven a surge in elephant poaching in recent years, leading to the deaths of tens of thousands of the animals annually, wildlife monitoring groups say.

But in a new development, armed insurgent groups like Uganda’s brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Somalia’s Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab and Sudan’s Janjaweed militia are joining organized criminal networks as major players in the illicit trade.

FULL STORY

 

HK seizes baby elephant tusks in major ivory haul

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AFP/AFP/File – Seized ivory tusks are displayed during a Hong Kong Customs press conference on January 4, 2013. More than 1,000 ivory tusks, mainly from baby elephants, were seized by Hong Kong customs in their biggest haul in three years, officials said on Friday

More than 1,000 ivory tusks, mainly from baby elephants, were seized by Hong Kong customs in their biggest haul in three years, officials said on Friday.

The tusks, which weigh over two tonnes and are worth more than US$2 million, were discovered at the city’s main port in a cargo container from the African country of Togo.

It was headed for mainland China and the bags of tusks were hidden beneath planks of wood.

FULL STORY.