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Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation will not use funds that are donated by the Public to then be donated to another NPO where further costs would be incurred. We will only use your funds for direct payment to suppliers for items needed to help other organizations or individual projects that will directly help the specific wildlife at risk.

#RhinoOrphanCare 

 
 
 

As part of the Operation RhinoOrphanCare campaign, we are appealing for your help for the Anti-Poaching Unit that protects our Orphan Rhinos and other Wildlife who are in desperate need of supplies to enable them to do their work efficiently.

Field Uniforms, Boots, Handcuffs, Night Vision Glasses, Backpacks, Sleeping Bags, Flashlights and Winter Jackets, are amongst many items the Rangers who risk their lives daily for our wildlife, are in need of. Please help us to equip these brave individuals.

The fifteen guys in this unit are a special kind of heroes, working under difficult conditions without being properly equipped. They have been incredibly successful over the past three years with zero poaching of rhinos in the area they protect, and have also retrieved every single cycad dug up and smuggled. The precious protected plants are stabilized in a special nursery, before being replanted in the bush where they belong. These guys do amazing work with very little, because they love the bush and animals so much! Imagine how much better they could be if they were properly equipped! You can help!

 
 
 
WHWF Operation #RhinoOrphanCare

A glimpse into how we help the rhino orphans and their caregivers through the generous support of the public.To help support the work we do and get involved in Operation #RhinoOrphanCare, please click on:wildheartwildlifefoundation.org/index.php/how-can-you-help "The Future Of Wildlife Is In Our Hands''#EthicalConservation#WHWF

Posted by Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation on Sunday, March 27, 2016

 

    Pictured above is our recent visit to supply The Rhino Orphanage with desperately needed supplies. December 2015 

Ongoing funding needed to purchase supplies for Rhino Orphans & their Caregivers 

You can make a difference in the lives of some Orphaned Baby Rhinos!

WHWF are appealing for your help by donating to specifically assist us in supplying food, milk and other items needed for the care of Rhino Orphans from all over South Africa.

These Orphaned Rhino Babies need consistent care and ongoing love and nurturing to enable them to survive and flourish in the wake of the tragedies they've experienced.

The amazingly dedicated people who care for these precious babies also need our support, there are various items on the wishlist that are desperately needed.

Please consider giving so that we can continue helping.

We cannot do it without you!

We will be, with your support, purchasing as many items from the wishlist below, as possible, and delivering it directly to where it is most needed.

WISH-LIST FOR THE RHINO ORPHANS

General & Food Requirements:

  • Clover skim milk powder: 50 kg per week
  • Brown rice: 1 kg per week 
  • Apple juice without preservatives: used with new arrivals 
  • Honey: 300 ml per month 
  • Table salt: 1 kg per week 
  • Glucose powder: 500 g per week 
  • Bicarbonate of soda: 500 g per month
  • Dettol/Savlon: 1 lt per week 
  • Dish washing liquid: 5 ltrs per week
  • Multi-purpose cleaner: 2 ltrs per week
  • Washing powder: 5 kg per week 
  • Kettle cleaner: one box per week 
  • Cleaning cloths: 10 per month 
  • Rubber gloves: 2 pairs per week
  • Refuse bags: 10 per week 
  • Bleach: 2 ltrs per week 
  • Latex gloves: 1 box per month
  • Milton disinfecting fluid: 300 mls per week
  • Toilet paper rolls: 10 per week
  • Q20 spray: 1 can per week
  • Hard-bristle brushes: 2 per month
  • Brooms: 1 per month
  • Stationary cupboard

Ranger Requirements:

  • 5 x Back-Packs for field-work

Veterinary pharmacy requirements:

  • Denkavit calf milk replacer: 25 kg per month
  • Protexin premium or soluble: 1 bucket per week
  • Calostrum Biomel-plus: 1 bucket per 2 weeks
  • Oral electrolytes: to prepare 10 lts per day
  • Antimicrobial spray for wounds: 1 can per month
  • Adult IV drip sets
  • Virkon disinfectant: 1 bucket per 2 weeks
  • Carmino+ sachets
  • Omega oil
  • Syringes: 1, 3, 5, 10, 50 ml

Winter requirements:

  • Jackets for staff and volunteers, different sizes
  • Infrared light bulbs 175w: 1 per month

Various:

  • Utility vehicle: very needed to check rhino camps (fences, water troughs, tracks), drop off rubbish, collect feed, etc. URGENT
  • Silent generator: as a power back-up especially in rainy season when power is unpredictable. We need power to run lights, infrared lights and fans on rhinos rooms, fridges containing rhino feed.
  • Cold room: the rhinos go through large amounts of milk and we need to store the milk powder properly to ensure it won’t be affected by variable temperatures
  • Thick rope, 55-gallon drums, chains: part of the enrichment program to elaborate objects to keep rhinos busy and stimulate natural behaviours
  • Equipment: lighting & surge protection
  • Espresso machine
  • Camera traps
  • Food thermometer
  • Bush cutter
  • Linen for volunteers accommodation.
  • Luxury filter cartridge
  • Toner for brother HL-2130 printer

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation has to date supplied a significant portion of supplies to Rhino Orphanages in South Africa, including around 500 Kilo's (1,100 lbs) of milk powder, specialized food and health supplies, as well as other desperately needed equipment such as shovels, spades, rakes and cleaning materials - all required to keep the orphanages operational. 

 

You can donate via the donate button on the right of the page or via Bank transfer below. Use "#RhinoOrphanCare" as your reference.

 

First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655
Swift code for International - FIRNZAJJ 143

      

    

    

 

  

The video below is of the Rhino Orphans Lunga and Faith enjoying a mud bath at 'The Rhino Orphanage' where Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation were fortunate enough to purchase & deliver much needed Milk and other supplies through the generous continued support from the public. Thank you..

The short video below shows two of the rhino orphans that Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation were able to help through the direct purchasing of milk powder as a result of the public's generous donations.  The "Saving The Survivors" organization have been assisting with these animals for quite some time so were very pleased to give further support with a cause that we're all so passionate about. 

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation is also committed to raising awareness about the plight of our Wildlife. This means that we need to be at the right place at the right time, as recently happened with the Alldays #DrivenHunt coverage we brought you. We need to be able to travel at a moment's notice to where we are most needed, and for this we need your support. We are fully dependent on public funding to help us get to the wildlife in need in the shortest possible time. You can help by using the #Support when donating. Thank you!

Pictured below are the hunters who were involved in the controversial, unethical method of killing wildlife and the Police arriving to enforce the warrant that was issued for the NSPCA to monitor this cruel event.

  

WHWF needs your help to stop wild Lions being killed because of Human-Animal conflict. 

             

We are honouring the warriors on both sides of the conflict: the Lions and other predators who need our protection in the wild and the Maasai people who need to protect their livestock by creating a peaceful resolution between the two parties.

The solution is to install solar strobe lights on the enclosures (bomas) where domestic animals are kept at night, which helps repel all sorts of predators. The strobe lights disorient the wildlife intruders and help keep them away.

Strobe lights have already been installed on several bomas in the highlands, which has proven to be highly successful and we are planning to setup more in the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem where in just 10 years, over 226 lions have been killed. This past New Year’s Eve alone, 7 lions were killed.

With human populations increasing, there is more pressure on wildlife because of habitat loss, and the availability and ease of catching livestock. As a result, lion and leopard populations have decreased drastically in the last 20 years. We can’t imagine a world where the only lions and leopards are in zoos, so we are doing our best to help preserve them, and preserve the pastoralist’s lifestyle as well.

Help rise awareness about the canned Lion hunting industry in South Africa

Canned hunting only exists because of a failure of government policy, and then it is ferociously defended by wealthy vested interests.  Canned hunting can only be abolished by a sustained campaign to raise awareness, and to change policy.  Then, an informed public must persuade US and EU governments to ban the import of lion/predator trophies.

60 Minutes, CBS news journey to South Africa to interview Kevin Richardson and expose the Lion Park's activities in the canned hunting industry
30 Nov, 2014

Watch here...  www.cbsnews.com/news/the-lion-whisperer/

A portion of funds donated will go to help raise awareness to the plight of the Lon's in South Africa that are bred for the bullet and also to help sanctuaries that are in need of support.

In 1975 there were an estimated 250,000 Lions in Africa. In 2014 the numbers of these gracefully majestic African lions have been plummeting down to around 25,000 on the whole African continent - a loss of 225,000 in only 39 years. Approximately 2,000 Lions are all that are left in the wild in South Africa, but more than 8,000 in captivity are being bred for the bullet or the arrow. 

In 1975 there were an estimated 250,000 Lions in Africa. In 2014 the numbers of these gracefully majestic African lions have been plummeting down to around 25,000 on the whole African continent - a loss of 225,000 in only 39 years. Approximately 2,000 Lions are all that are left in the wild in South Africa, but more than 8,000 in captivity are being bred for the bullet or the arrow. 

The destruction of their natural habitat is fast pushing them towards extinction. Where once upon a time they roamed freely across the globe, today they are confined to only a few regions on the planet in parts of Africa.

There are now sanctuaries all over Africa who are trying to save these animals from hunting farms, and rehabilitating them so they can be re-introduced into a semi-wild or wild environment once again.   

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization that is continually researching trusted beneficiaries. 

All funds raised will go directly to help Anti poaching units, wild animal sanctuaries, orphanages and rehabilitation centers in Africa. We will also be funding desperately needed equipment to assist park rangers so they are better able to perform their duties in protecting wildlife.

A portion of funds raised will go towards public and media awareness campaigns aimed at educating people about African wildlife that are at risk and how they can help effect change.

We are working diligently to ensure that all funds raised will go to worthy causes for those most in need, to help in the protection and conservation of African wildlife.

It is our mission to make sure that WHWF maintains full transparency in all campaigns that we are involved in so that you may feel secure in your decision to help or raise awareness with any of our fund raising projects.

We also encourage you to give your input and ideas for future campaigns and projects that would help or benefit African wildlife in need.

Please mail us with any questions or suggestions using our 'contact us' page.

Thank you, our wildlife are looking forward to your future support. 

                                            

WHWF is a registered NPO Reg:147-339 and PBO Reg: 930051372 Dedicated to helping Wildlife in Need

Rhino Babies need your Help! Donate towards our #WinterSupplyDrop for #RhinoOrphanCare

We need to obtain at least 10 x 1kg of the magic Protexin which help cure delicate tummy upsets, at a cost of approx $25.00 each. Diakur is another medication that help relieve digestive problems, and we need to buy at least 5kg at approx $100.00. These medications are critically important in the recovery of orphans that have been alone in the bush for a while - they end up eating sand, which damages their intestinal tracts, and can be fatal. Veterinary items like gauze, wound spray and bandages like vet wrap are always needed.

Of course, due to #CoVid19 legal requirements, there are so many more specialized items needed now, as well, such as hand sanitizer, surface sanitizer, anti-bacterial handwash, gloves etc. The general consumables include the all important 1-ply toilet paper, kitchen scissors, towelling rolls, detergent for the rhino blankies, disinfectant, an external hard drive, etc.

For locally-based animal-lovers around Johannesburg, you are welcome to contact us for a list if you'd like to pop something for the rhino babies into the trolley with your normal purchases.

Please help us do our bit to raise these babies so that they can have a chance at a good life again. Every cent helps.

Click on one of the links below to support our mission to help wildlife in need..
https://www.paypal.me/wildheartwildlife or
payfast.co.za/donate/go/wildheartwildlifefoundation

South Africans can use:

First National Bank / Cheque Account

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655

 We rely completely on the kind support from the public.

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Corn For Monkeys: The Vervet Monkeys that are in the process of being rehabilitated are in desperate need of food.

The COVID-19 lockdown has caused a huge loss of income for the Rehab Centre and have also lost most of the volunteers that has directly effected the ability to source and buy food for the Monkeys.

Trapped in cages while caring humans fix their broken lives, they cannot fend for themselves or find food. Please help us help the Monkeys!

The minute we have the funds to buy the Corn, we will hook up the truck and trailer, pick the food up from the farm and take it directly to the animals.
Help if you can, no amount is too small. 

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Rescue of a Critically Endangered White Backed Vulture. South Africa may be on #LockDown, but our Wildlife still need help!

Armed with our permits as Essential Service Providers, a custom-modified cage, and loads of hand-sanitizer, we set off on the 900km round-trip journey to rescue an injured #WhiteBackedVulture.

Found in a farmer's field, this weak, dehydrated vulture is estimated to have been in distress for about ten days. We carefully caught and loaded it into the travel cage. It had enough life left to lunge at us at one stage - this was a good sign.

Four hours after leaving the farm, we arrived with our precious cargo, and handed it over into the expert hands of VulPro Vulture Rehabilitation Center. 'Kwaaitjie' (Angry One), as the farmer named it, is expected to make a full recovery and be released into the wild.

We need to carry on performing essential services such as Wildlife Rescue and Transport during this challenging time. Please consider donating towards our fuel costs so that we can continue helping those that have no voice.

You can contribute here: paypal.me/wildheartwildlife or payfast.co.za/donate/wildheartwildlifefoundation

  • South Africans can EFT at:   
  • First National Bank / Cheque Account:
  • Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
  • Account number - 62518554101
  • Branch Code - 250-655   Ref: fuel

We rely completely on the kind support from the public.

#WHWF #EthicalConservation #Covid19

HELPING THE HERD:

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation urgently needs your help to supply several critically needed items required for the Elephant Orphanage in Limpopo, South Africa.

The following items are urgently required to keep the Elephants and Orphaned Elephant Babies safe and healthy:
 
* Skimmed #Milk Powder (R1000 or $65 per 25kg) and Special Milk Replacement tailor-made for #BabyElephant tummies (R260 or $17 per tin).
 
#Blenders x 2 to mix the Baby Elephant Milk! (R850 or $56 each)
 
* 7.5kW Emergency #Generator needed for daily operations due to frequent power cuts (Cost R10k or $650)
 
* Top Loading #WashingMachine to wash Blankets and Towels (Cost R R3500 or $230)
 
* Small #ChestFreezer to store critical medical samples (R2500 or $165)
 
As always, we will show you exactly what we do with your loving donations.
 
Together with these abovementioned supplies, there is a whole hoard of items that are urgently required. This includes mattresses and safety boots for the staff, veterinary supplements and cleaning supplies, basic tools for maintenace and even things like Babywipes (!) and Bum cream (!) for delicate Elephant Baby skins. We would like to supply as many of these items as possible, so that the staff can focus on what they do best - saving Orphaned Elephant Lives.
 
Background Story:
 
Elephants, those most sentient and majestic beings, and one of Africa's iconic Big 5, are being poached for their ivory tusks and mercilessly killed on a daily basis. They need our help to look after the ones left behind.
 
The only dedicated Elephant Orphanage in South Africa is located in the Hoedspruit area, Limpopo Province. It is called HERD - Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development.
This is the home of the Jabulani herd, a wild elephant herd that readily accepts orphaned baby elephants into their family, so that they can once again live free and happy. The Founder, Adine Roode, is well-known for her love and passion for #EthicalConservation, which happens to be our hashtag. (#WHWF). This means making the sure that the help directly reaches the wildlife most in need - in this case, the Orphaned Elephant Babies of HERD, present and future.
 
Baby Elephants are notoriously difficult to rehabilitate - they are way more fragile than rhino babies. It is for this reason that we feel the need to support them with everything possible, so that the carers can focus on keeping them healthy.
 
As always, we will keep our supporters updated with exactly what we are doing with your loving donations.
Please help us #HelpTheHerd.
 
If you are in South Africa and would like to see if you can assist with specific items, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will reply with the complete wish list.
 
South Africans may find it more convenient to EFT a donation at: 
First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655
 
Please help us do this!
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A Year in Review - looking back on 2019:

At Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation, we pride ourselves on doing what we say and showing what we do. This video is an account of some of the work we did during 2019.

Rescues and Releases, Emergency Transport, Fitment of Tracking devices, Treatment of Wildlife, Supply of Capital Items, Food and Veterinary Consumables, Anti-poaching Funding and Support, Poaching Response, Public Education and so much more - we did it all.

Out of all that we have done, the best feeling in the world is to give the gift of Freedom to a wild animal.

We are only two individuals, doing all we can, (with limited resources) to make a difference in the lives of those who have no voice; "our precious wildlife", and will continue to do so no matter what challenges present themselves. #WildlifeFirst .

We would like to thank all our supporters and donors for making our work possible. In 2019 alone, your loving support positively impacted the lives of hundreds of animals.
Thank you.

As always, we are #DoingWhatWeSay and #ShowingWhatWeDo.

We are committed to #EthicalConservation and #Transparency, and intend to make 2020 a bumper year to benefit the Wildlife most in need.

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Christmas at The Rhino Orphanage. 'Wild Heart Santa' Visits the Rhino Babies .

With the Holiday Season in full swing, there was no better feeling in the world than being able to do something special for someone else!

And that's exactly what we did for The Rhino Orphanage, on Christmas eve. The biggest, most needed item, is of course the industrial Tumble Dryer that is being put to work immediately, drying the blankets, towels and sheets needed in the care of all the patients. And at the moment, it is crucially important in the care of Kolisi, the Rhino baby who has been attacked by hyenas, and needs constant high care. Keeping his blankets clean and dry with all the rain is a full-time job made so much easier with the addition of the dryer.

With the kind support of our loving donors, we also delivered a whole bunch of extra happiness, in the form of so many essential items. Thousands of latex gloves in all different sizes, gauze, hundreds of single plasters (band-aid) and hundreds of rolls of plaster. The sacred one-ply toilet paper, hundreds of scalpel blades, Arnica for sore muscles, washing powder for #RhinoOrphan blankets, and many more essential items.

Two of the anti-poaching personnel got brand-new heavy duty rainsuits and they were over-joyed!

We took some treats for the carers too, so that they also know how we appreciate their loving care, and being away from their families over Christmas.

None of this is possible without the loving support from you, our earth angel donors. Than you!

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We Sent The Troop Home: Vervet Monkey Relocation

Over the past few years these monkeys have been lovingly cared for by Bambelela, where they formed a new troop with an intricate family structure. We met the Cheeky/Jemima troop on our first supply drop to the primate rehab, and we made them a silent promise to help where we can. We jumped at the opportunity to provide these #WildBabies with the chance to live wild and free like they were meant to.

With the loving support from our followers, we were able to supply building materials for the soft-release enclosure, as well as medications, vaccinations and food for the animals and their human carers; and help to transport these monkeys more than 450km to their new home.

There are many people involved in an operation like this, and the capture, treatments and loading were done in a record time of five hours. Fresh, juicy fruit is put on top of the transport cages, so that they can snack on it for hydration during the long, tiring journey. The cages are then covered by netting to protect them during transport, and everything is properly secured.

A six hour drive, also over a very dangerous mountain pass, in pouring rain, mist and freezing cold, eventually saw us arriving at the release site at 11pm at night. By the headlights of the trucks, the monkeys were off-loaded in their crates. Excitedly, they waited, while they were let into the soft-release enclosure according to a strict hierarchy. Cheeky, the matriarch, was first, followed by mommies with babies, and the teenagers.

FREEDOM DAY!

Freedom Day came late to these little guys, with 6 monkeys needing extra treatment. They responded well and were returned to the troop.
Here they are dashing for freedom. 


Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project.
Well done to Bambelela, Silke, Belinda and all the others who made it possible for these little guys to live free.
#WHWF
#EthicalConservation

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 Wonderful to see these precious Rhino poaching survivors as they play in their safe environment while in the rehabilitation process at the orphanage.

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"Mission Wildlife Matters" Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery Supply Drop:

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation successfully delivered lots of items needed to help the precious wild babies and their caregivers!
Thank you to all the generous donors who made this project a success - we could not have done it without the public's generosity. 
The Ellie Babies got lots of special milk, Medical supplies, Blankets and more. The dedicated handlers received new uniforms, Rain gear, Boots, warm Jackets, Scarves & Gloves among lots of  other needed supplies. 

The wild babies and all the wonderful people who care for them deserve as much help as we can give.

Pictured below is the recent delivery Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation made to the Rhino Orphans.

The bigger rhinos get a mixture of lucerne/teff and Game Cubes of a high quality.The vet recommendation is to serve up 6 x 50kg bags of Game Pellets per day. One bag is R250 or USD20, and this means a daily serving is approximately USD120. Those cute round butts don't come cheap! 
Pictured below is WHWF delivering Milk replacement, medication and other needed supplies

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation regularly and consistently supplies the rhino orphanage with everything they need to look after the precious victims of poaching in their care. Over the past four years, we have supplied more than ZAR1.2million’s worth of special milk, food, medication, capital and infrastructure items to help the dedicated human carers to continue saving baby rhino lives.

#WHWF always makes sure that your loving donations are maximized and directly reach the Wildlife most in need. We work off wish-lists that detail the items required to run these special rehabilitation projects. This ensures that the help we provide is targeted, direct, and needed – and makes a real difference to the wildlife, thus maximizing the probability of survival of these precious #WildBabies.

Help save a #RhinoOprhan’s life today ! Help us Help them. <3

Below is little Nandi. just one of the orphans we help so that eventually she can be released back into a safe haven in the Wild.

Help a Ranger, Help a Wildlife Hero Today

We are supporting our brave Rangers by providing them with supplies needed on the front line, where they continue to fight the war against Poaching.

We are making up care packages consisting of a variety of non-perishable foods, a Blanket, Beanie hat, Field gloves, Extra thick socks, a small Torch and lighter, sunblock, Mosquito repellent, pain tablets, re-hydration medication and a WHWF cap with clip-on LED lights to keep their hands free while providing illumination. (Value: approx $70- $100 per package)

These care packages will be packed into 10x50 litre Camouflaged Military backpacks that we have already secured for the Rangers.

We are committed to helping our wildlife in every way possible, therefore helping the Rangers who put their lives on the line to protect them is critically important.

Help us honour these Heros by making a contribution towards their supplies. No amount is too small.

 please reference your donation with #HelpaHero.

We also need boots, rain gear, jackets and water bottles for the Anti-Poaching Rangers. 
Help us support these Rangers who protect our Wildlife.

South Africans may find it more convenient to EFT a donation at: 
First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation has to date supplied a significant portion of supplies to Rhino Orphanages in South Africa, including thousands of kg's of replacement milk powder, specialized food and health supplies and critical care medical items as well as other desperately needed equipment such as shovels, spades, rakes and cleaning materials, Shade netting, Field fencing for the Wild Dogs, Anti-Poaching Ranger gear and camera traps to help protect the Lions in the Sanctuary - all required to keep the orphanages and sanctuary operational. 

  
 

Doing What We Say, and Showing What We Do!

What We Do!

 
Milk Replacement and Pro-biotic Supplement needed for Baby Rhinos.
The Rhino Orphanage has several Milk-dependent orphans that need a constant supply of milk replacement formula and pro-biotic supplement. Your help to purchase these life-saving items would be much appreciated.
One x 25kg of Milk replacement is approx $65. and the Protexin pro-biotic is approx $35 per tub.
             Protexin is a palatable multi-strain probiotic powder which, when administered routinely, helps to ensure a beneficial balance of digestive tract micro-organisms. It is a completely natural biological product which helps to boost immunity, which in turn enables the Rhinos to resist the effects of stress and infections.    Please help us purchase as many tubs of this life saving Protexin as possible.      
South Africans may find it more convenient to EFT a donation at: 
First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655
 
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Urgently needed: Good Quality, Humane, Capture and Release Cages.
Because of our commitment to Ethical Conservation, and making the best possible decisions for the Wildlife Most at Risk, we are increasingly being called upon to Rescue and Relocate/Release Wildlife that are deemed to be 'problem animals'.

We will do whatever it takes, and whatever is in our power, to help these animals to Freedom and Safety.

But we need your help: We are in urgent need of 5x medium capture cages, and one large one - this is to safely remove a colony of Dassies (Hyrax) that have invaded a home. The bigger cage will be used for regular Porcupine problems as well as other medium sized critters in trouble, such as, Servals, Genets, Vervet monkeys and Jackals, to name a few. We need a number of cages as the Dassie colony is quite large, and also to minimize trauma when relocating these animals.

The cost of these cages range from ZAR1250 (USD100) each for the medium ones, to around ZAR5000 (USD400) for the large one. Every donation will help to secure the future for wildlife in need.

Also, if anyone has a capture cage that we can have, please let us know.

As always, we are shopping around for the best possible deal/donation, and will keep you informed of progress. We will also show you what we have done with your loving Donations, in line with our commitment to Transparency.

South Africans may find it more convenient to EFT a donation at: 
First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655

Supplies needed for the Rhino Orphans and Caregivers
 
Running a Rhino Orphanage is a lot like running a farm, but with the added stress that all of your charges are highly traumatized and in various stages of veterinary treatment and rehabilitation.

As always, we are committed to #EthicalConservation and #Transparency, and will show you exactly where your loving contributions are being used to benefit the Wildlife.

The items required to help a massive operation like the rhino orphanage run smoothly, include feed for the bigger rhino that are being weaned; milk powder for the smaller babies. (This is a special formula, as rhinos have very sensitive intestinal tracts, and do not adjust well to dietary fluctuations).

A host of laboratory items are needed to collect and preserve samples of bacteria, excrement and eye serum – all needed to ensure adequate monitoring and treatment. This includes scalpels, sample kits, vacutainers, formalin etc. Rhino Orphan wound treatment kits required consist of hand-operated pressure sprays to flush out wounds from bullets or panga slashes, anti-bacterial hand sanitizers and methylated spirits.

As the #RhinoOrphans initially bond closely with their surrogate mothers (the human carers), they sleep next to them on mattresses – strong canvass material is needed to protect these mattresses from non-potty trained rhino babies – as well as Velcro strips and strong yarn to make these. A host of other consumable items are needed, such as cleaning materials, hardware, tools and record-keeping items such as A4 paper and an external hard drive.

The Anti-poaching guys protecting these precious rhinos and their carers, are in desperate need of a small guard hut to protect them from the elements during gate duty. These guys are dedicated and passionate, and endure many hardships to protect our heritage – let’s see if we can help make their lives a little easier!

South Africans may find it easier to do an EFT at:

First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655

WISHLIST – The Rhino Orphanage

General Requirements:

• Driehoek feeds game cubes 50kg bags

• Clover skim milk 25kg bags

• Syringes 

• Basic Wound Care Kits (wound spray, Suture kits & Forceps)

• Protexin food supplement (Probiotic)

• Bandages/Wound dressing

• Mattresses for Rhinos and caregivers

• I.V. Fluids (Ringers) 1L & 3L 

• Denkavit milk replacement 

• Scalpel blades Size 222

• Guard Hut for protection against the elements

• Raw honey for nutrition and wound treatment

• Bioscrub Antiseptic Skin Cleaner

• Formalin for preserving samples

• Veterinary Tear gel to protect the rhino babies eyes

• Bravecto flea & tick treatment for guard dogs

• Strong Canvas material to cover rhino mattresses

• Milton Disinfectant for sterilizing babies Milk bottles

• Dishwash liquid 25L
• Pine Gel/ Pine Cleaner 25L
• Large Paper Rolls for Rhino kitchen
• Toiletpaper 1-ply Only
• Kitchen Scourer Sponges
• Methylated Spirits 1L
• Washing Powder for Rhino Blankets
• Gym balls for Rhino Enrichment
• Spades x 2
• Drain Plunger
• Multiplug with surge protection x 2
• Drill-bit set or 5 and 6mm sizes – Masonry, Wood and Steel
• Spanner set
• Wall Plugs and Screws – 5 and 6 mm x 45 -50mm
• Light Bulbs (Screw in – Energy Saving) x 5 (any wattage)
• Rivet Gun and pop rivets
• Dog Food – Hill’s Joint Care for Zandroff
• BD Vacutainers (yellow top with gel in the vial)
• Hand pressure sprayer 5L for wound flushing x 2
• Small plastic Screw lid containers for Preservation
• Scalpel blades Size 22
• Copy paper A4
• Black ink cartridges HP No 22
• External drive (TB) for document storage records, databases, multimedia etc

‘The Future of Wildlife is in our Hands’

There is so much involved in saving these helpless victims, that we have to do our best to support the orphanage and enable them to focus on the care of the rhino orphans, without having to worry about things like what is on the list as shown.

Your Donations at Work

Pictured below are one of our deliveries of medical equipment, food and general supplies, including thousands of syringes, oxygen tanks, special medications, water troughs, Game fencing, Shade netting, nutritional supplements, cleaning products and so many other items that are continually needed to help with the day to day operations of the orphanage.

Critically Important Supplies needed for Wildlife Rehabilitation:
Once again we are gearing up to do 'Kind things' for #WildLife, and we need your help to make it happen!
Please #help and #share widely if you care about our #WildBabies.
Remember the six #JackalPuppies we rescued some weeks back? They are doing great, and it is the needs of the Rehabilitation Center where they are, that we are focusing on right now. 
These are good people, doing great work for our #WildBabies. 

On the banks of the Crocodile River across from the Kruger Park, magic is happening. Rescue, Rehab and Release Magic. It’s called Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Historically, treatment options for medium to small wildlife in crisis here, were very limited. There are still a multitude of wildlife, even outside of the Kruger, in farm areas, and also residential estates like Marloth Park, where the wildlife is allowed to roam free on the parkland between houses.

Because of human encroachment, it often happens that these animals get hurt. Like an Endangered Shoebill #Stork, shot twice, they need help, locally, and quickly. Or several #Owls that got stuck in the wire mesh protecting the thatched roofs. A #genet also had a bizarre case of fishhooks stuck in his mouth, and was successfully treated by Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation, and the Wildlife Veterinarian who assists.

This is why Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation is a project that needs our support. The dream of Deidre Joubert to open this Rehab Centre in Hectorspruit is finally a reality, with the kindness of landowner Willie Joubert, who has made a substantial piece of his very valuable riverside property available for the development of the Center.

Deirdre has trained with the best, and has eight years’ experience in indigenous wildlife rehabilitation and is also a member of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Fraternity. She currently has the challenging job of rearing some of the smallest #Genets rescued, ever.

In line with Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation (#WHWF)’s commitment to #EthicalConservation, “Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release” is their motto. Timing is crucial in assisting the animals to remain completely wild, so the ability to respond quickly minimizes time between rescue, rehabilitation and release. This saves lives, and has been proven with several of the animals they have already helped. From a #serval whose mom died in a fire, to trapped owls, to #bushbabies in distress, to scrub #hares, all indigenous wildlife will have the very best chance of survival and to thrive, once again wild and free. Therefore it is critically important that the center is equipped with everything they need in order to respond quickly to an emergency.

The people involved in this worthwhile and ambitious project, are of the very best kind – the ones who will always strive to help keep our Wildlife safe for future generations to enjoy.

A lot of the medical consumables have been already provided by us in the past, but is constantly needed. We have been collecting items off their extensive wish-list for some time, as funding allowed. For instance, we have the stainless steel operating table (USD200) and the gram scale needed to to effectively examine patients, and weigh patients and medicines for accurate dosage. We now need just a little more help to make sure we can make a big impact in the lives of those that they rescue - those who have no voice but ours.

Various medications and foods like AV plus for #birds, and an expensive milk replacement formula for the #felines in their care. The #Carnivores need a supplement to help aid their digestion systems during their rehabilitation process (USD40). The normal bandages, plasters, tape, gauze, cotton wool etc. are always needed too, as well as anti-bacterial soap and surface disinfectants. Bigger items include collapsible cages (USD 25 – USD 200 ea) and transport boxes, smaller items needed are a variety of food and waterbowls. Even a kiddies plastic sandpit can do its part in helping bird releases as it is used as a pond/bird bath for bigger birds.
**A USD50 donation can purchase special milk for a serval/genet/African Wild Cat for about two months. **

Can you help us help the ‘forgotten’, ‘less-glamorous’ wildlife that are essential to the #biodiversity and #ecological management of our last remaining wild areas? Any donations, big or small can help make this happen.

If you are not financially in a position to help, why don’t you gather some old towels, unused dog kennels, or a forgotten kiddies plastic sandpit, and get it to us? In Johannesburg we will collect.

As always, we will show you exactly where your kind donations are used.
We remain committed to #EthicalConservation and #Transparency.

 
 Anti-Poaching Camera Traps Needed to Keep our Lions Safe.

Unfortunately poaching Lions has become a major problem in the wild as well as in the Sanctuaries that care for these magnificent big Cats. 

Since CITES and the SA government have allowed the trade in Lion bones, these animals are being targeted by poachers who are illegally selling Lion parts on the black market.
WHWF has already supplied 3 of these Camera traps to one of the sanctuaries and has been successful in protecting the Lions but we need at least 4-5 more to be fully protected.

These Anti-Poaching cameras are infrared and completely silent. They pick up any movement around the Lions' camps, they then take pictures/video and immediately send them to five cell phones - enabling the Rangers to be there within minutes to stop the poachers from killing the Lions.

Each camera costs $380 U.S. and we would appreciate any help you can give towards these proven anti-poaching deterrents.

We will, as always, show you when they are purchased and installed.

 

Below are the brave Anti-Poaching Rangers we help supply with Uniforms and equipment to help protect our precious wildlife. Your help to keep them properly equipped is much appreciated.

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation below, assisting with treatment of Rhinos in the field

It is still a very long road ahead before this tiny rhino can be completely rehabilitated and returned to the wild, but luckily for her, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation and The Rhino Orphanage will do everything in their power to make sure she grows up to be strong, healthy, wild, free and most importantly, safe. 

To help us care for these brave little survivors, please consider donating at the top of the page and also see what we do on the 'How can you help tab

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The African Wild Dog, Lycaon pictus (means ‘wolf-like, painted’), is without a doubt one of the most fascinating animals that roam the African wilderness.

They are highly endangered, with only around 450 truly free-roaming (wild) animals in South Africa today. Sadly, they have disappeared from most of their natural habitat range. One of the four free-ranging populations in SA occurs in Limpopo, and this is the area where Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation  is supporting a new research project to help save them from extinction.

These amazing animals are dying out as a result of habitat loss, human persecution and the outbreak of disease. They are mercilessly killed by subsistence and livestock farmers as a result of human – wildlife conflict.  

 

Wild Dogs are highly social animals, with strong family bonds and a firmly established hierarchy. There are typically an Alpha Male and Alpha Female who rule the pack, separately ‘ruling’ over members of their gender. All other members of the pack are subservient to them.

 The African wild dog is the bulkiest and most solidly built of African canids, standing 60–75 cm (24–30 in) in shoulder height, and weighs 20–25 kg (44–55 lb) in East Africa and up to 30 kg (66 lb) in Southern Africa.

Hunting typically starts at dawn or dusk, and is preceded by an elaborate greeting ritual involving lots of woops, licking and tail-wagging.

They are highly specialised diurnal hunter of antelopes, which get caught by chasing them to exhaustion. Highly effective, they hunt by approaching prey silently, then chasing it in a pursuit of up to 66 kilometres per hour (41 mph) for 10 to 60 minutes.

The same reason that makes these dogs such amazing predators, is one of the contributing factors to their disappearance – they are just such effective hunters, and need to eat much more per capita than e.g. lions. This makes livestock a prime target for them.

The African wild dog is a fast eater, with a pack being able to consume a Thompson's gazelle in 15 minutes. In the wild, the species' consumption rate is of 1.2–5.9 kg meat per wild dog a day, with one pack of 17–43 specimens in East Africa having been recorded to kill three animals per day on average. The young are allowed to feed first on the carcasses.

  

The African wild dog is a highly successful hunter. Nearly 80% of all wild dog hunts end in a kill; for comparison, the success rate of lions, often viewed as ultimate predators, is only 10%

Certain packs in the Serengeti specialized in hunting zebras in preference to other prey.  One pack was recorded to occasionally prey on bat-eared foxes rolling on the carcasses before eating them.  Hyenas sometimes act as kleptoparasites by stealing food that the Wild Dogs hunted.

Wild Dogs appoint ‘nannies’ to look after their young when they go hunting. They would then bring the carers and babies food by regurgitating some of the meat so their family can eat.

The gestation period lasts 69–73 days, with the interval between each pregnancy being 12–14 months on average. The African wild dog produces more pups than any other canid, with litters containing around 6–16 pups, with an average of 10, thus indicating that a single female can produce enough young to form a new pack every year.

Because the amount of food necessary to feed more than two litters would be impossible to acquire by the average pack, breeding is strictly limited to the dominant female, which may kill the pups of subordinates.

The San of Botswana see the African wild dog as the ultimate hunter, and traditionally believe that shamans and medicine men can transform themselves into the wild dog. Some San hunters will smear African wild dog bodily fluids on their feet before a hunt, believing that doing so will gift them with the animal's boldness and agility.

  

There is only one of the factors contributing to their demise that we are in a position to address. With the Wild Heart Wild Dog Project we are attempting to develop a practical deterrent to prevent Wild Dogs from attacking livestock. As it is still in the fledgling stage, we can only say that it would involve ultrasonic sound frequencies.

If successful, this could be the solution to protect other endangered predators from human wildlife conflict as well.

This project is crucially important to the continued existence of these precious predators in the wild. We are working closely with the Legend Wildlife & Education Centre, who also hosts the crucially important ‘The Rhino Orphanage’. (Ongoing support to TRO’s Rhino Orphans is one of our main functions, and you can support us by clicking on this link; (Wild Dog Project/Rhino Orphanage).

To initiate the project, we need the following:

The complete development of a new camp for the newly-formed pack, including earthworks, fencing posts & hardware, electric fencing for the establishment of maintenance camps.

We will need to build them an underground den, with monitoring equipment.

In order to reduce the human imprint and let them not associate humans with food, a pulley system will be designed and built to drag and release food at random intervals, so that they can live as wild and free as possible.

Once the camp and perimeter have been established, the real work will begin.

The project requires start-up capital as well as ongoing funding, and we will post a dedicated wish-list as soon as possible.

No amount is too small, and as always, we will show you exactly how your donations are being utilized as per our commitment to #EthicalConservation.

Help us to make a difference to the future of these amazing animals today.

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Pangolin, The most Trafficked Animal in the World

Pangolins are officially the most-trafficked animal in the world.

In October of 2016 at the CITES convention held in Johannesburg, South Africa, all eight species were upgraded to Appendix 1. This means that international trade in animals is strictly prohibited. In addition to this there are some amazing people working tirelessly to save this exceptional species.

All eight species are listed as endangered or vulnerable on the IUCN red list.

There are eight species of this scaled and elusive creature. Four of them, The Indian pangolin, Formosan pangolin, Sunda pangolin and Palawan pangolin are found in Asia and are different because they have tiny bristles between their scales. In Africa the four species found south of the Sahara are the Temminck’s ground pangolin, Tree pangolin, Giant pangolin and the Long-tailed pangolin. 

These ant- & termite eating little animals are the only mammals covered in scales consisting of keratin (the same as in fingernails, hair, and similar to rhino horn).

As they have no defence against humans, aside from rolling themselves into a ball, poachers can simply pick them up and bag them without any resistance. This makes them vulnerable beyond belief.

  

 Interesting Facts about Pangolins:

  • They only have one baby per year, in Winter.
  • When threatened, they roll into a ball to try and protect themselves. The name ‘Pangolin’ is derived from meaning ‘something that rolls into a ball’.
  • Humans are their worst enemy, as other animals mostly leave them alone. Lions and leopards will try their luck, but cannot bite through the scales.
  • Pangolins walk on their hind feet, using their tails for balance and holding their front feet with its sharp claws in the air like hands. They use their powerful claws to break open termite mounds and ants nests to get to the juicy insects inside.
  • They can climb trees and swim.
  • Their lifespan is unknown, as they do not do well in captivity. The oldest recorded pangolin in captivity lived for 19 years.
  • Pangolin scales are smuggled by the ton, meaning that thousands of these animals are being killed per month. It is estimated that around 100 000 pangolins are killed and smuggled every year.
  • They do not have teeth, thus they cannot chew. The millions of insects they eat annually are ground up in their stomachs via stones and keratin to enable digestion.
  • They grow 50cm – 1m in length, with their weight being 5 – 15 kg. Their sticky tongues can be longer than their bodies!
  • Pangolins are Solitary, Nocturnal Animals.
  • Poaching of Pangolins is fuelled by Superstitious beliefs of ‘Medicinal’ efficacy.
  • A coat of armor made from Pangolin scales was given to King George III in 1820.

  

  • Share this Article, and create awareness for the plight of these animals
  • Keep your eyes and ears open, and report all Wildlife Crime and Suspicious Behaviour to your nearest Authority
  • Support trusted Conservation Authorities, whose Anti-Poaching teams will also protect Pangolins in their territories and projects. Make sure these organizations adhere to Transparency and #EthicalConservation Practices. To Support Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation in our various Wildlife Projects, please go to: Help our Wildlife
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  • Educate Children where possible, and foster the love for animals in their hearts.