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  1. IN SOUTH AFRICA? We are pleased to let our South African friends and supporters know that Back-a-Buddy South Africa has come on board to provide a secure donations portal in Rand. If you are in South Africa, please, donate via Back-a-Buddy. The donate now link lands at our official backabuddy fundraising page here: You could also help us by becoming a Back-A-Buddy charity champion for Stone Hills... go to our Back-A-Buddy page and click on the link under the 'Donate to this Charity' on the left titled 'Become a charity champion for this charity' and promote your fundraising page within your own community, friends and family... Thank you!
  2. Please forward to anyone you can think of who would assist and spread the message, Thank you. WE NEED YOUR HELP Friends of Stone Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and African wildlife – we need your help. DONATION EVENT RUNS from now to 30 November 2013 Zimbabwe’s wild animals are under enormous human pressure, and that is the main reason why its wildlife conservancies are so important. Our sanctuary, Stone Hills, is a true haven for wild animals - a place where they have been able to live free, undisturbed lives in their natural environment since our project began 24 years ago. But because of a devastating two-year drought, we have over 800 head of wildlife that are now facing possible starvation. We are supplementary feeding a small number of these animals, but we have to expand this programme in order to help all of them survive until the rains in November 2013. Read more at: WE NEED TO RAISE A TOTAL OF $20,000 BEFORE END OF NOVEMBER 2013 It will cost just $25 per animal to feed them all until the end of November, with over 800 animals the total bill for feeding is $20,000. We promise you that 100% of your donation will be used for feeding the wildlife. WILL YOU HELP US? HERE'S HOW... 1) DONATE Pay Pal and Bank Transfer methods available, go here to find out how to donate: 2) SHARE AND INVITE On Facebook? Invite your friends to THIS EVENT Share the images from Bookey's Facebook Timeline Forward this email with our appeal to friends and family 3) READ MORE HERE & SHARE THE WEBSITE Some of the larger commercially run conservancies cull their wildlife during drought periods and sell the meat, but this has never been our policy. Every animal is important to us, and we are determined to save them all. For those of you who have read Bookey's stories about life on Stone Hills in 'All the Way Home', 'Wild Honey' and 'Beyond the WIld Wood', you know how much we treasure this land and our wildlife, and the measures that we have taken to protect them. Please help us keep them alive through the present drought ___________________________________________ Contact: Bookey and Richard Peek STONE HILLS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY | ZIMBABWE Email: stonehillswildlife@gmail.comWebsite:
  3. Lawrence Anthony was a man of action, I am glad he shared his life with us in words though his books - but absolutely the mark of the man was his determined and effective action. I have published a tribute to him with thanks to ZWF Network Secretariat Coordinator and friend of Lawrences', Mr Tim Condon for permission to use the obituary and tributes he compiled. In Memory: Lawrence Anthony Elephant Whisperer A tribute to a conservationist, a man of vision and action and... Friend to Elephants http://www.elephante...y-elephant.html The Earth Organisation is taking donations in his memory. Visit: The full URL:
  4. Sad news indeed.. There was a documentary (shown in Australia) just this month about the original relocation project, it was an awesome undertaking and logistical masterplan. Very impressive, hope they get to the bottom of all the deaths, particulalry if some were due to disease.
  5. This is what it is ALL about! Have just spoken to Anna in Austria! Anna said "I accepted the award for the pupils at Chipembele, it is the young people themselves who are the stars of conservation". Wanted to also share this photo taken two weeks ago, the film crew for the EGA went to Mfuwe and the Forestry Officer and Chipembele Pupils, all Conservation Club Members planted trees in the Mfuwe School grounds adjacent to the Chipembele Office there. This is what the Award is all about, the young people of Mfuwe, Kawaza, Kakumbi, Yosefe and Chiwawatala Schools who participate and engage in tree afforestation, wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental stewardship. In the past year over 400 trees have been planted and cared for by Chipembele pupils throughout their schools and villages. Visit to learn more about Chipembele's projects and programmes. or join us on Facebook - Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust
  6. Chipembele Wins the Energy Globe Award for Youth. Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust's Conservation Education Programme last night, won the prestigious international environmental award the Energy Globe Award for Youth. Anna Tolan accepted the award at the Gala Event held in Wels, Austria.
  7. MEDIA RELEASE: ChipembeleWildlife Education Trust, Zambia has been nominated for the Energy Globe Award 2011 in the category of Youth. The Energy Globe Award, founded in 1999, focuses on global awareness building for saving energy, energy efficiency, climate change, efficient use of resources and to keep the planet livable for all species. Chipembele's nomination, selected by the Energy Globe Award committee was one of over 800 applications. The nomination comes on the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre. AnnaTolan said "It is such an honour to have been shortlisted for the Energy Globe Award in the category of Youth when so many amazing programmes have been nominated". Mrs Tolan thanked the Energy Globe Award for the nomination. Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust is a non-government organisation based in the LupandeGame Management Area of Eastern Province, Zambia. The co-founders ofChipembele, Anna Tolan and her husband Steve, former UK Police Officers are nowpermanent residents of Zambia. Thanks to the generosity and vision of the(late) Chief Kakumbi XI in gifting the newly established Trust land, they setup the Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre on the banks of the Luangwa River. Since then the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust has provided, free of charge, fun and engaging environmental education to thousands of local Zambian children. The children of 6 local schools eagerly visit the Wildlife Education Centre and many children and young people participate in the Conservation Education Programme which runs junior Chongololo Clubs and senior Conservation Clubs as well as a Chipembele Ranger's Scheme. Recently, in partnership with the Zambian Carnivore Programme, Chipembele established a Conservation Scholarship Scheme for young people who show merit in the sciences or conservation and who would benefit from a tertiary scientific education. Chipembele's conservation education programmes make it possible for the young people to learn to be environmental stewards of the wildlife rich and ecologically diverse South Luangwa Valley. The area is not only home to thousands of people,it is also a prime eco-tourism destination and has two endemic species of mammals, Cookson's wildebeest and Thornicroft's giraffe, found nowhere else on the African continent. Locals live with; and visitors can expect to see, diverse African wildlife, including leopard, lion, elephant, golden baboon,hippopotamus and leopard as well as over 300 species of birds. The black rhinoceros is locally extinct due to poaching in the 1980's. The Nyanja(local language) word for rhinoceros is "Chipembele" the Wildlife Education Trust has been named after this iconic animal as a reminder that if we don't conserve our natural heritage it too can go extinct. One Chipembele project, highlighted in the nomination for the Energy Globe Award,is the tree planting and tree guardians programme, local children learn about sustainable use of their forests; their native trees and the wildlife dependent on them - and are encouraged to replant, grow and tend trees. Anna Tolan said "It is the young people who will be the future decision makers, who will sit on the local committees, be the forestry officers and tourism guides. They will be the farmers and some may even be the Government officials making decisions about this area. If they have learned that the environment is an important and critical part of Zambia's future and care about their wildlife and the trees – this area will beconserved for current and future generations." On 25th November in Wels, Austria the Energy Globe Award will be presented to winners in five categories, Air, Fire, Earth, Water and Youth and the audience will select the overall world winner. Energy Globe founder Wolfgang Neumann is enthusiastic. "At this gala in Wels the complete strengths of energy efficiency meet. It's exciting to see what is happening all around the world. By presenting the Energy Globe Awards we highlight what can be achieved when we work together." MrsTolan will be present at the ceremony as the guest of the Energy Globe Foundation. The projects of this year's Energy Globe winners and the ceremony will be produced as a documentary and broadcast worldwide. Chipembele's 'Conservation Education Programme' nomination along with the other projects in the category of Youth - Ghana's 'Once Child One Solarlight – OCOS' programme and the USA's 'Lego Forest Guards' lead the world in grassroots children's environmental programmes. <hr> (MEDIA RELEASE: Editor please note: Two high resolution photographs are available for down load from the Energy Globe Award site, Category Youth, on the Chipembele Trust entry here: http://www.energyglo...award-projects/ For further information contact Jude Price, Media Liaison for Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust at
  8. Hi Inyathi - Petitions do work! Have made a great gain for Elephants in Tourism in Thailand, Malaysia and other places. What's needed is the people who "mount' the petition to thoroughly follow through. They also help raise awareness about issues because others spread them around! Thanks for sharing this one . Signed.
  9. A hunting bias? The real question relation to the issue having been raised about the particular Bumi Hills lion killed. Is Trophy Hunting Ethical? The normalisation of hunting by posing the question "is baiting ethical?" Is par for the course in the "moderate discussions" generated regularly on Safritalk.The discussion here touted by Matt over on Facebook's African Wildlife Conservation Trust (Zimbabwe) as an "Emotive Subject"... Basically flags that Safaritalk is hoping for 'emotional' responses. I suspect this, however, is not the case. To date every response has been "moderate". Barely coming out with an emotion or a real discussion on 'ethics'. So by default if there is no emotion... does this mean, Matt that it is not an emotive issue? Or does it mean each of you involved in this conversation are concerned that should an emotion be expressed, such as horror, or care for the individual animal killed for pleasure - that you will be seen to be "un-scientific" or that perhaps be labelled as anthropomorphising - which in the end has been part of the major problem for the real movement forward in conservation since scientific research began. The bias towards animals not having emotions, not feeling and not being able to deduce from behaviour that a feeling, motivation or action could be the same, for say, a lion as for a human being means that only numbers shows the "result" and of course numbers now are just diminishing, bit by bit because the MORAL argument can not be upheld by numbers. All mammals certainly, and perhaps all vertebrates, have similar physiology. The bias towards "no emotion" whilst flagging something as "emotive" is seen repeatedly in these discussions, in this forum. You are all SO careful to not be emotional. What would happen if you were? If you did let your guards down and tell it like it really is? Instead you have an "intellectual" discussion on the merits of baiting. Perhaps we might actually get somewhere in our pursuit of conservation, or even (I wish) shutting down the hunting industry before they shoot every last breathing being on four legs. Let's not pretend that we can have a real conversation about the relentless killing of animals , under the guise of an "emotive" issue whilst not allowing an emotive voice (either our own or someone else's) to penetrate the unspoken bias. Let's consider perhaps that Safaritalk has an (implied) strong bias towards hunting, evidenced by the consistency of the "but" ... "I don't agree with hunting, but..." . Also evidenced by such tricks as hiding the real question, loading the debate - normalising hunting - whether that is intentional or not. In saying this, I choose to solidly confront the bias, the apathy and the carefulness in which those of you who participate in the "discussion or debate" from an un-deconstructed place - and suggest that by doing so you are all complicit in the continuation of trophy hunting, and the suffering and the death of individual animals, in not condemning trophy hunting outright. That said, I am also thoroughly aware of the compromised nature of research dependant on the goodwill of Governments to allow your organisations to operate within their countries - and that those countries allow hunting by law, and that the presentation of data unsullied by emotion, being the modus operandi of science (in the vain hope it might shift a governmental policy) to be the continued goal. As a *compassionate conservationist, an animal rights advocate and a regular visitor to Southern Africa - the question is not even "Is hunting ethical?" it is "Why is it still happening?". Researchers are gathering a data of demise. Many lion organisations, generate lots of research, proving that hunting is unsustainable, the effects of trophy hunting on lion populations and the knock on effect not just on the shot "trophy lion" but on his or her pride, the subsequent killing of cubs by new pride males &tc (as recently exemplified by Dereck Joubert in his interview). Why is it then that CITES, western governments and even the big NGO's do not come out in unison (that would be the new bogie man against Africa named "Civil Society") arrayed against the hunting industry and the governments that support them, in an effort to stop the last of the lions from being shot for pleasure and their skins and heads being transported across international boundaries as proof of the trophy hunters so called prowess? Here is one example of such prowess in the death of a lion lured with a bait: note the number of shots that had to be used despite proximity and that the heart and head were in plain uninterrupted line-of-sight. I suspect this is probably the norm rather than an aberration. Death dealt out at the end of a gun, or the wire of a snare, or by decree as a problem animal, or in the laced meat in poison by revenge seeking locals - is relentless. Baiting is simply another tool in the murder (oops, there's an emotive word) of animals for the pleasure of the man or woman who pulls the trigger. No more, no less. Hunting, killing an animal for a trophy is pathological no matter how you might want to dress it up or discuss the situation in which the individual animal was killed. On no day, in no way, on no grounds - is the pulling of the trigger against an animal for pleasure - ethical or acceptable. Whether they are baited, stalked, 1KM walking rules etc... Nothing makes it "a fair" or ethical thing to do, against today's modern weaponry - bows included. It is ALL a canned hunt in modern Africa, with it's shrinking wild environment, it's pressures to keep animals contained, the legisltion to allow for hunting, the lack of funds or will to enforce laws that may already be in place, lack of political will, lack of funds, lack of will from some of the NGO's and Western Governments to go up against the hunting industry and corruption at every level in many nations. Trophy Hunting is morally, ethically, psychologically and spiritually bankrupt. And while those of you who are prone to sneering or feeling superior to the "emotive" argument, gather your wit and response - please consider I am in good company in saying so: Dereck Joubert, a man who does have the courage of his convictions, in his interview here on Safaritalk earlier this month "Hunting happens because you are selfish and want to kill something for yourself. We have to stop kidding ourselves that hunters do it for conservation. Conservation is the justification for what is basically a selfish act, and even then once you pick at it you realize that hunting is not conservation at all. If it was, once hunters knew that lions were in danger of extinction then of course they would stop. Of course everyone would support a CITES listing to ban all trade in lions. " *Footnote: Compassionate Conservation works on the following premises: RECOGNISING that wild animals, whether free-ranging or in captivity, may be affected by the intentional or unintentional actions of humans as well as the natural processes within ecosystems and the wider environment; CONCERNED that many human activities, including those undertaken for a conservation purpose, may directly or indirectly cause harm to individual wild animals, populations, species, or ecosystems; RECOGNISING that both conservation and wild animal welfare should implicitly respect the inherent value of wild animals and the natural world, and that both disciplines should try to mitigate harms caused by humans to other species; BELIEVING that all harms to wild animals should be minimised wherever and to the extent possible, regardless of the human intention and purpose behind them; PROPOSING that the principles and actions that underpin Compassionate Conservation, by combining consideration of animal welfare and conservation, will lead to a reduction in harm and in the suffering of individual wild animals, and will improve conservation outcomes; (source:
  10. For further an interesting Dereck and Beverley 'Talk" see TED: Ideas Worth Spreading : Dec 2010 Beverly + Dereck Joubert: Life lessons from big cats
  11. Excellent in depth and fascinating. It won't surprise any of you that my fav. answer is "Hunting happens because you are selfish and want to kill something for yourself. We have to stop kidding ourselves that hunters do it for conservation. Conservation is the justification for what is basically a selfish act, and even then once you pick at it you realize that hunting is not conservation at all. If it was, once hunters knew that lions were in danger of extinction then of course they would stop. Of course everyone would support a CITES listing to ban all trade in lions. " Hari - Great news for the Cheetah film! The best in the business on the job. Nice . x Thanks Matt and all the others for your questions and 'specially - Dereck for your in depth, considered and thoughtful replies. Very generous of you to dedicate so much time. Dereck & Beverley Joubert are simply - the best - film makers and inspirational powers of example of following your heart, your passion and living a life that brings about good.
  12. Chipembele 2011 Dinner in Oxford UK with Anna Tolan Especially for our UK supporters! As part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations for 2011 we are pleased to announce that on 15 April the Chipembele UK Trust is hosting a fundraising dinner in Anna and Steve's former home town - Oxford. This is your chance to meet Anna and hear her amazing tales of life in the Zambian bush. Our sincere thanks to our UK Trustees, Nigel, Lyn, Paul and June for organising a brilliant event at the Northampton Room at the Oxford Centre. Please come along for a fun night and lots of lovely auction items too. Join us for the Oxford to Africa Dinner. To read the Oxford to Africa Dinner Flyer click here To book and pay for your tickets online click here We look forward to seeing you there!
  13. In 2011 Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust is celebrating the 10th birthday of the opening of the Wildlife Education Centre and 10 years solid achievement in Wildlife and Conservation Education in the South Luangwa Valley, Zambia. You can join the Cheer Squad and be part of the special celebrations. 1) Join us on facebook and read Anna and Steve Tolan's special 10 year celebrations announcement. 2) Purchase Cheer Squad Memorabilia for yourself or gifts for young and old alike! Visit our new CafePress Shop Or, if you prefer the official logo go to ChipembeleWildlife Shop 3) Make a birthday gift donation to our special 10 for 10 Cheer Squad 2011 Fundraiser! 4) If you are visiting South Luangwa this year please consider "carrying-in" for Chipembele. - school stationery (pencils, pencil sharpeners, pencil cases needed the most) - sports equipment - wind up torches - skipping ropes - conservation books and dvds 5) Stay in touch with us! Kaye and I are headed to Chipembele in April (self-funded) for two months to manage a project for Anna and Steve - we will send regular updates from the field... stay tuned for more info about the exciting events and projects. Jude and Kaye Chipembele Cheer Squad 2011
  14. Chip-In for Chipembele January Challenge or if the link does not work: Australian Chipembele Supporter Bev Luff founder of With Compassion & Soul has sent out a challenge to the friends of Chipembele around the world! Bev will match dollar for dollar up to a total of $1000 (£650) in January 2011 to kick start the New Year for Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust. We have half of our needed funding for 2011 for the Wildlife Education Classes at the Education Centre. With your and Bev's help we will be $2000 (£1300) closer to our target. Thanks one and all for chipping in to the Chipembele January Challenge! You can join Chipembele Wildlife Friends page on Face Book here:ChipembeleWildlife Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust Registered Zambian Charitable Trust: registration number 41317. Chipembele Trust (UK) Charity Registration No. 1107698.
  15. So glad you asked! Check out our video here: In April 2011 Kaye and I are visiting Africa for 100 days. For two months we will be with our friends (and heroes!) Anna and Steve Tolan at the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust in the South Luangwa Valley, Zambia. We are volunteering as Event Managers to help Chipembele celebrate 10 years of wildlife, conservation and environmental education excellence. We are asking others to recognise and support Anna and Steve's work on the occasion of their 10 year anniversary so they can keep going with their programmes for good. We hope you will enjoy this little movie Kaye has put together … Please share with folk who you know would enjoy it. Following our self-funded volunteer stint at Chipembele, we will be joined by Kaye's Mum in Zambia for a few days at Shenton's Mwamba bush camp, - and then we are visiting Livingstone, Kasane, the Okavango (Stanley's Camp), picking up a car in Jo'berg and driving up to Kruger for a too short stay of 4 days - then back to Jo'berg fly to Cape Town for 5 day and then Home. WHOOO HOOO! Only 94 sleeps to go. Better get packing. __________()__________ Chip-In for Chipembele January Challenge Chipembele January Challenge is still running !- We have a generous donor, Bev Luff, who will match dollar for dollar any contributions made in January (up to total of $1000). Please Chip In for Chipembele so our programmes can continue through 2011 please visit: You can join Chipembele Wildlife Friends page on Face Book here:ChipembeleWildlife

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