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The past 3 months were though for Wild@Life. Covid-19 has impacted all our projects and inflicted a higher need of funding and work. As we are committed to work to safeguard the biodiversity and wilderness, we continued to fully invested in our projects, thanks to our supporters. We do not know how long this situation will last. But we will make sure our projects survives these hard times. 

Elephant Sanctuary Zambia

Wild@Life and their partners in Zambia cares for a unique herd of African elephants. Our elephants were rescued from droughts, floods and culling operations. Our herd have been under our care their whole lives, their home is in the heart of the Mosi-oa Tunya National park on the banks of the Zambezi River.

Covid-19 has ravaged Zambia tourism industry; and The Elephant Café’ which, with Wild@Life, provides for our Elephants is closed.

 

Like the rest of the world, we still don’t know when things will get back to normal again so we launched an online campaign back in April, to take full charge of the elephant sanctuary. Thankfully, the drought broke this year, but despite the good rains in our area our Elephants still need lucerne and sweet grass mix to supplement what they forage in the National Park.

We also decided to cover to pay our Elephant caretakers. They have all volunteered to stay, away from their families and take care of the herd during these uncertain times.

Our herd is constantly monitored even when wild grazing during the day. Wild solitary bulls will often challenge our herd bulls with catastrophic consequences if they begin to fight.

Wild@life E.v  have undertaken to pay the feed suppliers, transport of feed, caretaker team and veterinary bills to 100% until things improve.

Each Elephant will eat 3 bags of 8-10kg Lucerne mix a night. Come the dry months when the park begins to dry out this increases to four bags each.

 

But in Wildlife we always have the unexpected. During full lock-down, one of our youngest elephant Muyuni, decided to follow another herd and disappeared for a full day out there in the national park. We had to find a helicopter who could still fly and help us during quarantine. With the approval of the authorities, we could rent a licensed ranger pilot. After hours of search we found back Muyuni and showed him the way to the Sanctuary. The entire operation was undertaken by Wild@Life.

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Mission Caita Angola

Covid-19 has also made our rescue operation work in Angola impossible. With 5 primates (Zizi, Jacka, Maiombe, Caliado and Kuxie), under our care in the camp, with strict minimum infrastructure, we needed to improvise and keep the primates in perfect condition. With the increase in prices on every vital items such as food and medicine, we stretched all our finances to continue to care for these primates.

Zeze, the chimpanzee with a machete wound which left him behind for life and a bullet dodged in his testicular area, we rescued back in March, had a very lucky turn of events. A few hours before the country went to full lock-down and closure of borders, we have brought him to our partner Jane Goodall Tchimpounga Sanctuary , where his care and rehabilitation process could continue under better medical equipment.

In the meantime our volunteer Cristina Emilia Montejo finalized Wild@Life Mission Caita animation.

Wild@Life is fully committed to operate in Cabinda and continue caring for our orphan primates victim of poaching and wildlife trafficking.

Human Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Mozambique

Wild@Life does not want to lose sight of perhaps the most significant issue for elephants today across Africa, that of an increasing human population, climate change and an ever-increasing fragmentation of wildlife areas. This is going to be one of the hardest threats to elephants to combat over the next 50 years. Visiting various regions which are considered human elephant conflict hot-spots, we have witnessed a complete lack of protection for poor local farmers. Many complain that they are constantly raided, but quite a few of them don’t even have a simple fence to act as a barrier between them and the hungry elephants. There is a clear need for more awareness among farmers, empowering them to take care of their land, while increasing their love for the species, albeit from a safe distance.

Wild@Life has teemed up with Saving the Survivors to protect both elephants and the farmers entering a conflict. In Namaacha valley, Southern Mozambique, there is seasonal conflict caused by a herd of bulls raiding crops in the community area nearby. There is a gorge of about 500m that the animals use to cross, and with the encouraging results from the tests of the HEC toolboxes, closing that gap using a line with reflective tape should help reduce the conflict. We are using the techniques that have proved successful in 3 communities so far. Rope with reflective tape attached will be strung between trees across the entrance to the passageway. The team cleared an area to allow the tapes to be visible from a distance by the Elephants.Food security for local households is hopefully improved by avoiding crop losses to Elephants. This will also help to build trust between all stakeholders in this conflict, it will help give the Government another option to avoid conflict and not having to cull “problem” Elephants, and it will promote tolerance towards wildlife in local communities.

We are happy to report that the project was a success! 
The Elephant deterrent measures were deployed and a few days later, 2 Elephants that we have tracking collars on, were seen to approach the valley and when they came to the area with the rope, tape and repellent, they turned around and walked away. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Last but not least, "Gelecek" (Future) Mercedes magazine featured on its 1st issue Mercedes Benz new Global Campaign "She's Mercedes", where listing Wild@Life CEO Aslihan Gedik as one of the 3 most inspiring women of Turkey.

If you would like to contribute towards our projects, Please donate so we can move on forward. Covid-19 has made our work even more vital. No matter what amount! (Donations made in Germany are tax deductible)

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