Wildlife ACT Fund
An organisation dedicated to conserving endangered African animals for future generations. Get involved and make a difference.
Wildlife ACT Fund at a glance...
Wildlife ACT Fund is a group of conservationists on a mission to save Africa’s threatened and endangered wildlife from extinction.Help us ensure future generations will see the African Painted dog, Cheetah, Vulture and Black Rhino roaming freely in the wild, as nature intended.
You can make a difference by getting involved. Whether it’s through volunteer work or by making a simple donation through Miles For Style. Making an online donation is effortless, fast and impactful. Every cent you spend goes towards Wildlife ACT’s meaningful conservation operations.
Wildlife ACT focuses on 4 key areas:
Finding and funding the right equipment needed for effective and meaningful monitoring.
Delivering time and expertise to reintroduce these species into new ranges.
Implementing anti-poaching measures and technology in the field.
Community outreach, conservation education and economic development.
Life saving tracking collars:
Wildlife ACT specialises in the safe capture, transportation and reintroduction of endangered species into new areas. During the past 6 months they have helped relocate 24 rhinos to new homes and 80 wild dogs.
Wildlife ACT recognises that technological advances can play a huge role in saving animals’ lives. That’s why they are in the process of assisting in the testing and developing anti-poaching collars with reinforced plates and special rivets to prevent animals from choking when caught in a poacher’s snare. The collar can also detect if an animal is stationary or separated from the pack, and will send out an emergency signal. So far, 40 rhinos and 22 Cheetahs have been fitted with tracking collars.
The Wildlife ACT currently uses over 200 camera traps to monitor and research animals like the Cheetah and the Leopard. In this way, they are able to monitor these endangered animals daily. Meaning that if an animal is in danger, help is not far away. In addition, any valuable data collected is available for important research concerning animal movement patterns, population demographics and inter-species interactions, all of which helps the future conservation of these species.
Even the smallest of acts can make a huge difference. Show your support by:
Making a donation through Miles For Style:
Every donation you make on our website is non-profitable to Miles For Style. All donations are handed directly to the Wildlife ACT Fund and used for the purchasing of monitoring and lifesaving equipment, the relocation of endangered species and the educating of local communities.
Becoming a volunteer:
Get your hands dirty doing some real conservation work. Join the Wildlife ACT team as a volunteer and assist in wildlife monitors in the field.
Click here to find out more.
Spreading the word:
Educate yourself about the plights of endangered species in Africa and assist by educating family and friends about the issues that these animals face.
Becoming an activist:
Click here to create your online Activist profile and to raise awareness for this important cause.
To learn more about what you can do to help (such as animal adoption and group initiatives) please visit the website.
All too often, communities that live around reserves are ostracised from conservation areas. Also, when rural communities are not helped to sustain themselves, or given adequate conservation education, we cannot expect these communities to do anything, but look to the protected areas for resources as means of survival. To help address these issues the Wildlife ACT Fund has initiated Community Conservation Projects around four game reserves in Zululand where endangered species need protection.
Kid’s Bush Camp Program
All grade six students from nine Gumbi Community schools attend a free-of-charge, four-day conservation education camp at Ubhejane Bush Camp within Somkhanda Game Reserve. Wildlife ACT Fund hopes to expand the program to more primary schools as funding becomes available. The program emphasises hands-on child- centred discovery activities to teach students conservation concepts. The program is designed to instil a passion for nature conservation in young people.
Adult Conservation Seminars
The Community Conservation Liaisons also consult with village heads to arrange opportunities to interact directly with the members in the community. The seminars are used as a means to survey the community member’s own perspectives on the economic development and food security needs of each village. These seminars also include presentations about the purpose and importanceof nature conservation in their area. Using information and feedback from interactions, Wildlife ACT Fund links community needs with community development organisations and agencies for the purpose of alleviating some of the economic and food security issues, especially those driving the bush meat trade and other unsustainable uses of natural resources in the area.
Wildlife Ambassador Clubs
In communities around Mkhuze Game Reserve, Community Conservation Liaisons organise “Wildlife Ambassador Clubs” for young adults who are interested in being conservation models in their villages. The members are often unemployed and looking for ways to be active in their communities. Clubs meet once or twice a week to learn about conservation and organise sustainability projects in their villages. Once each year members participate in a free‐of‐charge weekend experience at the Mkhuze Enviro Camp to learn about the wildlife and its ecosystem first hand.
Community Game Drives
At Tembe Elephant Park, the Community Conservation Liaison provides free‐of‐charge educational game drives to members of the surrounding community with the support of the community-owned Tembe Lodge. These game drives and camp experiences are so important because they get community members into the reserve so they can see the beauty of this place that attracts tourists from all over the world. Ironically, most members of adjacent communities have never been inside their neighbouring parks.
Many have never seen an elephant or a giraffe, because a vehicle and entrance fees are required. The park administrations work with Community Conservation Liaisons to provide community member’s free access into their parks.
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