The Next Generation of Conservationists are on their way!!!
Chastity who is 12 and attends Staple-Motley Secondary School in Minnesota, USA could be the model for future conservationists, her love for animals and the desire to help them is honourable.
In a very recent interview with Earthzoo her answers were refreshing and her ideas inspiring...
Earthzoo... what is your favourite animal?
Chastity..... " I love all of them I don't have just one favorite" " Most people have one favorite animal but how can you choose one when there are so many"
Earthzoo... What would you like to see on the website?
Chastity... "I would like too see on the website more educatoinal things about the animals and to also see how too treat animals when they are injured."
Just two of the answers but what a refreshing change to the norm.
We salute you chastity and we will do all we can to help and support you on your journey into the future with your dream of helping the animal kingdom and it's environment.
Too often Young people Like Chastity are overlooked, ignored or not encouraged but without them we are doomed to failure. The world of Conservation is like a relay race, people like us here at Earthzoo are running as hard as we can but there will come a time when our legs or minds wont take us any further and we will have to hand over the batton of survival over to the Next Generation and thats you Chastity Runge-Badger, you. So get ready, study hard, work hard and get ready for that Batton and when you get it then Run Like The Wind
Every Animal Deserves a Chance
Although the obvious focus for the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is Cheetah every animal that needs help is given it as and when we can. an example of this was a wild young male Jackal we found injured on-site.
Unfortunately this little guy was beyond help and we didn't manage to save him, his hip and hind leg were way beyond repair so we didn't allow him to come out of the Anaesthesia. Sad but at least we gave him a chance of help and we will again with any wild animal that needs our help.
This is one of the many reasons we do what we do
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Dogs helping Goats helping Predators
The use of livestock guarding dogs is not a new idea. Guarding dogs have been used successfully in
the countries around the World for thousands of years to protect livestock from
predators. However, as these predators were almost wiped out in many countries,
the use of dogs to protect livestock declined.
With conservation efforts, many predator populations are increasing
again and spreading into former home range areas.
the situation is similar. Predators,
such as the cheetah, have always been on the farmlands together with free
ranging game. In order to protect small
stock against these predators, various methods can be applied, including the
use of livestock guarding dogs.
Guard dogs are raised from six to eight weeks of age with the species they are to protect for
their lifetime. . If a dog does not form
a bond with its livestock it will not feel protective towards them, or be
motivated to remain with them. If a dog
has bonded well with a herd or flock, it will remain with those livestock for
the rest of its working life.
Diversity is the key to success in Conservation
are not just limited to cheetahs and their research and reintroduction, but also
include environmental restoration and livelihood development. CCF’s region is
known for a high density of cheetahs but is also infested with native-species
thornbush, known as encroachment, and the problem is staggering when you travel
the region: more than 26 million hectares are encroached with between 2,000 to
10,000 kg of bush per hectare.
overgrazing, wildfire suppression, and reduction in natural grazers, commercial
farmland in north-central Namibia is encroached by several thornbush species:
Acacia mellifera, Acacia reficiens, and Dichrostachys cinerea,
with relative densities depending on soils and rainfall. Bush encroachment is
exacerbated further by overgrazing, which decreases farm value. The problem has
been recognized by the Namibian government and there are several initiatives to
find cost-effective land restoration methods.
thornbush species are dense hardwood with a heating value similar to coal. They
burn cleanly with little smoke – perfect for campfires and cooking, or power
generation on an industrial scale. If a business can successfully utilise this
energy it becomes a triple bottom line corporation: land restoration, job
creation and business profitability.
CCF Bush (pty)
Ltd is the entity responsible for research and demonstration of this business.
Thornbush on CCF land is harvested, chipped and transported to a factory, where
it is compressed into wood briquettes. The product, "Bushblok,” is aimed at the
braai (barbecuing) market as there are no chemicals or additives and it burns
cleanly with high heat. It is differentiated from firewood by being denser,
drier and more consistent.
social and environmental standards, CCF Bush is certified by the Forest
Stewardship Council’s principles for responsible harvesting. The criteria are
similar to Fair Trade and include ensuring indigenous rights, maintaining
pollution controls and compliance with domestic and international labour laws.
We are proud to say our product is FSC 100% from well-managed
At the current
scale of operations, more than 30 Namibians are employed in skilled and
semi-skilled positions. The amount of bush on CCF land guarantees a decades-long
harvest schedule before needing to return and harvest an area again. Different
harvest techniques and machinery are being trialled for various combinations of
capital, rate of harvesting, and job creation.
CCF Bush is a direct conservation connection to the cheetah: predators struggle
to hunt in dense thornbush and risk severe eye damage when chasing prey. When
the savannah is restored to the natural habitat, the predators can resume their
natural hunting style. By encouraging and supporting bush clearing initiatives,
CCF Bush contributes to cheetah conservation in Namibia.
Earthzoo is proud to be a part of this logical and very worthwhile project.
EarthZoo is in Namibia
Earthzoo Has decided to work in
Namibia, initially for about 3 months helping in all areas of the Cheetah
CCF is a great Charity that is world
famous for its tireless work securing the existence of the Cheetah in the wild.
it's both a rescue and rehabilitation centre but also works with the local
communities, farmers and businesses setting up practical, workable and mutually
We will post updates, photographs, news
and information as often as possible.
This really is an exciting project
totally self-funded by Earthzoo sowing the seeds for a positive future
namibia.... A conservation success story
WHF continues it's Support of UWEC
Since 2009 when WHF and Paradise Wildlife Park Sent Zara and Bisa, Two Lionesses to Uganda as part of the Lions to Africa Project Both have been supporting their upkeep and the work of the centre.
WHF's and EarthZoo's Brian is pictured Presenting a cheque for £5000 to James Messingussi UWEC's executive Director.
Brian has returned many times to both check on the two Lionesses, support the work of UWEC physically and tour local Schools and colleges giving talks and guidance on various conservation projects.
Sumatran Tiger cubs updateSUmatran tiger cubs at whf are doing really well. At nearly 4 weeks old they are weighing 4kg each
Two Sumatran Tiger Cubs Born at WHF
16th April 2011
|Hand rearing a Bengal Eagle Owl needs dedication and patience. 4 hourly feeds, weighing and training has to be maintained throughout the rearing process. Kashmir was hatched at Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre and is doing very well and growing every day at a great rate.
26th March 2011
|New Arrivals at Wildlife Heritage Foundation..... |
The Smallest of all cat species, The Sri Lankan Rusty Spotted Cat are now resident at Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent. Two young females aged 8 and 10 months and named Chan and Nuwara arrived a week ago from Parc-des-Felins in France and although in quarantine are healthy and settling in very well.
24 February 2011
On the 24th February, our 2 year old male Sumatran tiger, Asu, left home. He has moved to ZooParc de Beauval in France as part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP).
A breeding female will be joining him from Germany within the next couple of weeks.
Keepers from Beauval stayed overnight to collect Asu and meet the WHF team. We hear that he travelled well, arrived safely at his new home in France and that his new keepers provided his favourite meal of rabbits for his arrival!!
We are sad to see our tiger cubs leave us (Asu's brother Bawa now lives with his female Surya at Flamingo Land Zoo in Yorkshire) but we are proud and excited to be part of the EEP working to preserve this critically endangered sub-species and cannot wait to hear the news that Asu and Bawa have produced cubs of their own!
22 February 2011
After much planning and paperwork, and the OK from our expert consultant vet Dr John Lewis, on the 22nd February our 2 year old Amur leopard male, Anuy, headed over to Japan as part of the Amur leopard breeding programme.
We were very happy to be informed that he travelled well and arrived safely at Hiroshima Asa Zoo on the 23rd February.
This was a landmark event for WHF, the Amur leopard is the rarest of the big cat sub-species with only approximately 30 wild individuals remaining.
This move is one stage in the eventual re-introduction of this sub-species back into the wild, in the Russian Far East, as well as strengthening relationships between Japanese and European zoo associations and breeding programmes. Anuy will be joined by a breeding female and we hope to hear news of his offspring in the future!
18 February 2011
Our popular 4 year old male hybrid tiger Makari has gone on holiday to the Black Country! Sadly, Dudley Zoo recently lost their Sumatran female tiger, Sarah, and have found themselves tiger-less whilst they await the arrival of their Sumatran tiger EEP breeding pair.
On 18th February, Makari headed to Dudley for 6 months to help them out and be a tiger ambassador for them for over the summer months.
Previous visitors to WHF will know that Makari is a very beautiful cat with a wonderful temperament and gentle personality and already he is winning hearts and making friends at Dudley!
We will miss him but we are sure that he will be enjoying all the new sights and sounds and all the extra attention!!
6 April 2009
Zara and Bisa, The two Lionesses From Paradise Wildlife Park Leave the UK on their way to their new home in Uganda, Africa.
Bisa is Three years old and Zara is almost Eleven Months. They have both been a large part of our lives from the momemt they arrived, Zara nearly ten months agao and Bisa two years ago, we love them very much and they will be greatly missed by us, all who have worked with them and many hundreds of visitors who have met them and created that special connection which happens when animal minded people get close and personal with Cats Like Our Bisa and Zara.
I am going to be leaving London on Sunday 5th April 2009, flying to Entebbe in Uganda and arriving at The Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC), Zara and Bisa's new home. I will be making preparations for their arrival, their new enclosures etc. Ready for their arrival on Tuesday 7th April 2009. I will be preparing the staff at UWEC and training them to deal with the cats at close quarters, feeding, health checks and everything else we do to keep the cats happy and healthy At Paradise Wildlife Park.
I plan to be writing an online diary here on this page every evening (internet connection permitting) for anyone who is interested which I hope are many.
I will advise you how to contact me while I'm out there so I can answer any questions or queries you may have so please watch this space and definately dont contact me on my pwpark.com email as I will not have access to it.