CONSERVATION OPEN DAY

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Celebrating 40 years, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) invites you and your family to join them for an open day on “Conservation in Action”. This will be held at Tussen-i-Bome which is close to the Dinokeng Game Reserve, South Africa’s first free-roaming Big 5 residential game reserve in Gauteng on Saturday 14 September 2013 from 10h00 onwards.

This one-day programme includes many presentations from nine of the EWT’s programmes. The Birds of Prey Programme will be talking about its owl project, whilst the EWT’s Rhino Project will update you on what it is doing to protect one of our country’s most charistmatic species. Our Skills Development Unit will outline how they are fighting wildlife trade with CITES species, and how you can assist them in their efforts.

Roadkill is a sad reality of our contry’s developing infrastructure, and the Wildlife and Transport Programme will outline the effects of roads on wildlife and how you can help. Our Carnivore Conservation Programme dicusses Cheetah and how we can conserve them, as well how Livestock Guardian Dogs are used to protect livestock from predators. Green Dogs Conservation will introduce you to one of their Dogs as well as give a practical demonstration of how sniffer dogs are used to assist with their work in conservation.

Work being done by the African Crane Conservation Programme will not only talk about out country’s National bird but the work being conducted in Africa to protect cranes and their habitat. There is a fine balance bewteen our need for energy and fuel and its impact on conservation; the Wildlife and Energy Programme dicusses how powerlines are impacting bird species. Our need for clean water is a challenge facing any government, and the Source to Sea Programme provides a fascinating insight into the EWT’s work to make our rivers more healthy.

Mike Perry, one of South Africa’s most renowned herpetologists, will be doing a live snake handling demonstration; come and see some of our country’s most beautiful reptiles up close and personal.

Don’t forget to bring the kids; we have many activities to keep them busy and introduce them to conservation, including an art project, treasure hunt, face painting, and a bird-spotting walk in the bush. Lunchtime snacks will be available or ‘bring a picnic basket’.
We encourage you to join us for a fun-filled day of conservation. Together we can “put the wild back into life”!

Please RSVP by 30 August to: Isabelle Tillett 084 224 1978 / clintw@vodamail.co.za

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About wendy collinson

Originally hailing from the UK, Wendy gained her Bachelor of Education in 1990, and spent 15 years teaching Physical Education in London to high school students. She moved to South Africa in 2005, beginning work as a research assistant with large carnivores, working on research projects initiated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Wendy’s education background has stood her in good stead as a tour guide, since she believes in an interactive approach, engaging guests in specialist carnivore research tours. In addition to her research and tours, Wendy is also the main organiser of the aptly named “BIKE4BEASTS” mountain bike race, organised annually to raise funds for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (www.bike4beast.coza) Wendy is a field worker with the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife and Transport Programme. She recently completed her Master’s degree at Rhodes University, Grahamstown South Africa, which examined the impacts of roads on South African wildlife.
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