Thuma Telegraph - Greeting
Dear Donor, sponsors, volunteers and friends,
As the year comes to an end we wanted to show how grateful we are for your support and friendship in the past year.
Together we have made a really powerful and positive impact on Thuma and Dedza Salima Forest reserves and all the wildlife that live here, especially the elephants. Protected areas and the wildlife are under serious pressure from the human population for land use and the wildlife living here are under even more pressure, elephants in particular have being targeted due to the increasing demand for ivory.
Director of National Parks and Wildlife, Brighton Kumchedwa
WAG works tirelessly to try protect these free living animals, especially our gentle giants, through patrolling, arresting, awareness campaigns, and animal welfare. You have made this possible through your sponsoring a scouts, support and together we are making a difference.
This year has been quiet extraordinary, with really great results. WAG is working closely with Government and other Conservation NGo's to enforce the laws and protect the habitat, bring awareness of the new Wildlife Act, and increasing the engagement of local people through awareness, and opportunities to improve their lives.
Campaign presenting the newly amended wildlife
We are committed as ever to combat the illegal wildlife trade with the aim of ensuring a long term survival of these areas and the wildlife that live here. One important aspect of this is through working closely with our local populations. Those living close to the reserves are most affected in positive and negative ways and it is these same people who will be most likely to commit a crime and be arrested for doing so. And therefore these are the ones who should be helped most.
We conducted our third animal count in Nov and are delighted to be able to announce an increase in all the animal populations, which with your help we hope to continue.
Natural Resource Committee in TA Chitewere
Some of the highlights this year have been seeing a dramatic decrease in charcoal burning over on the western side of Thuma Forest, bringing an awareness of the changes in the Wildlife Act ensuring our local population is aware of the laws of Malawi, darting of a bull who was suffering with a snare wound, arresting a well known and very active poacher, increasing our patrols / man hours (boots on the ground), conducting a Forestry inventory, many successful court cases, conducting our third animal count, educating over 7500 children, planting over 8000 trees with our local communities and setting up many income generating activities including irrigation projects, and beehive projects. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all our generous donors.
We wish you all a really Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year and once again Thank you for helping save Africa's Wildlife and Wild spaces.
Lynn and Scouts-> Please, click here to read the complete Thuma Telegraph (Dec.17).