Wildlife officials and rhino conservationists breathed a big sigh of relief after successful surgery on Puntung, one of only two female Sumatran rhinos still alive in Malaysia. Puntung had been suffering since mid March from a tooth abscess that would not heal despite treatment. She started losing weight and her appetite waned with every week.
On the 17th April 2017, the ERP 911 Elephant Team were woken up at 04:15 AM by telephone calls, informing us of unimaginable news. 8 of the Dinokeng Game Reserve’s elephants had breached the reserve’s boundaries and were over 16 km’s away from the reserve, heading towards the densely populated towns of Cullinan and Refilwe. The key concern was the wellbeing of the elephants and the lives of unsuspecting people which may have encountered them.
Biodiversity stewardship is the practice of effectively managing land-use outside the existing state-managed protected area system to ensure that natural systems, biodiversity and the ecosystem services they provide are maintained and enhanced for present and future generations.
The stewardship concept is a mechanism of achieving conservation goals, where positive, proactive partnerships and cooperative management are the key ingredients of natural resources management. The cornerstone of this programme is therefore partnerships between landowners/users, conservation agencies and other related Non-Governmental Organizations.
The stewardship programme provides an ideal platform for ERP to actively engage with communities with an aim of securing additional conservation land, whilst alleviating poverty in the rural areas of the province. We are therefore very excited about partnering with the programme and providing support to the Limpopo Department of Economic Development Environment and Tourism (LEDET) and the interested communities in specific conservation focussed projects.
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that Saving The Survivors has to share the devastating news that our beloved White rhino cow, Hope, is no longer with us. She was found yesterday late afternoon without life in her boma where she has been cared for since March this year. We don’t know yet what dimmed Hope’s light and we are left with a huge ‘WHY?’ today.