ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST
SWLCT supports several programs at EWT as well as their dedication to"conserving threatened species and ecosystems in southern Africa to the benefit of all people."
For more on their numerous programs, please visit their website www.ewt.org.za
KITTY & PUPPY HAVEN
Kitty and Puppy Haven is a pro-life sanctuary started in 2000 with the sole purpose of rescuing neglected, abused and abandoned animals. While animal rescue and rehabilitation is a priority, educating people on correct animal care is critical. SWLCT donates R450 monthly to the sanctuary. Visit www.kittypuppyhaven.org.za for more.
THE SOCIETY FOR ANIMALS IN DISTRESS
The Society for Animals in Distress (SAID) is a unique organization that provides a service to low and no-income earners who also own pets. SAID isn’t a homing organization or inspector association, but rather they assist owners in caring for their pets.
There are numerous aspects to their work, but SAID focus on two main aspects. The first is veterinary care (offered on-site or at the Society’s Hospital at The Paddocks in Midrand) which includes sterilization procedures, regular de-worming and vaccination against infectious diseases. The second is education as animal suffering and neglect can be greatly reduced through teaching people how to care for their pets. SAID has an ongoing Education Programme which is currently offered and provided to 70 schools within the areas they service.
“Learning to love, feed, clean and care for an animal and accepting responsibility starts at a young age”.
SWLCT supports this amazing organization and donates R1, 000 each month in aid of the great work they do.
CHEETAH OUTREACH TRUST
LIVESTOCK GUARDING DOGS
SWLCT supports the Cheetah Outreach Trust (COT) and its Livestock Guarding Dogs (LGD) project, a project working to lessen human-carnivore conflict.
Human-carnivore conflict is a leading threat to carnivore species the world over. In South Africa, a main reason for such conflict is due to carnivore predation on livestock. Indiscriminate lethal control, such as gin traps and poison, poses a major threat to the remaining numbers of carnivores. 32% of South Africa's carnivores are threatened or near threatened.
The COT's LGD project assists farmers in preventing damage to livestock by the non-lethal control method of using guard dogs. This is a long-term solution protecting carnivores and securing valuable habitat in South Africa. We support this amazing project by donating R3, 000 monthly.
If you would like to put a puppy through the year of required training or to find out anything more about this incredible project and its dogs, please contact us.
Many South Africans don’t know much about the shy Riverine Rabbit, but we all should become aware of the very serious fact that the species is critically endangered. The SWLCT is committed to supporting those working tirelessly to save and learn more about the species, and has donated camera traps to increase information about these rabbits. SWLC donates R500 towards EWT's programs for the African bullfrog and the Riverine rabbit. Help SWLCT save this little fury friend by sponsoring a camera trap. Contact Sean to find out how you can help: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Giant Bullfrog is listed as:“Near-Threatened” (NT) in South Africa (SA). This is because large populations of the species have been destroyed or otherwise adversely affected by human activities. Habitat loss, which is most severe in Gauteng Province, is having the greatest impact on the species.
The Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres is the most studied vulture species in southern Africa and yet, even after decades of conservation efforts for this endemic species, the population continues to decline. Breeding pairs and populations of vulture species are rapidly decreasing due to threats such as habitat change and fragmentation, shortage of food, persecution, poisoning, disturbances at breeding sites, illegal trade and mortalities caused by electricity infrastructure. The potential impact of emerging threats such as wind-generated power infrastructure and climate change may contribute significantly to further changes in the fate of this species in the region. It is crucial that the threats to these birds are addressed at not only their breeding sites, but also throughout their foraging and distribution ranges.
SWLCT supports efforts to conserve these birds, supporting research and monitoring studies with a monthly donation of R2, 500 to the VulPro Centre in Hartebeespoort. VulPro approaches vulture conservation in an integrated, multidisciplinary fashion, with the benefits from the programme accruing to both vultures and society at large. VulPro combines education and good science, with networking, capacity building and knowledge generation. http://www.vulpro.com/
Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Center
This organization is home to a few members of our precious family, which we donate R2, 000 to on a monthly basis to assist with food and supplies.
Kay was SWC’s first adoption and is very close to Sean’s heart as she was named after his mother, who passed away unexpectedly in 2009. Kay has since given birth to some great offspring. In 2011, she had Nuschka and Kelsie who went overseas and Mitzi who is based in Brits. In 2012, she had Joe Cool and Fluff who went to Miami Metro Zoo and Pixie and Zorro, who are still based at the centre.
WILDLANDS CONSERVATION TRUST
It is in the Somkhanda Game Reserve, situated in Mkhuze, northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, where Sean Williams has decided to add the endangered, but magnificent rhino to the SWCT family. Hope is a white or square-lipped rhino of impeccable stature. When she was brought to Somkhanda, from Hluhluwe Game Reserve in 2008, her age was unknown. However, we do know that she is a mature adult, meaning she could be anything between 10 and 35 years.
In an attempt to combat the poaching of rhinos in the reserve and to allow these magnificent creatures to roam freely, the Wildlands Conservation Trust team has installed GPS tracking systems into the horns of the 23 rhinos on the reserve. Hope seems to have chosen the western section of Somkhanda as home and while she has yet to give birth, she is in good condition and we are hopeful that she will soon become receptive to one of the territorial bulls. In fact, she is regularly spotted in the company of a handsome young man, another white rhino named Gijima. Hope has shown her gentle nature by often offering companionship and mothering to the younger rhinos on the reserve.
The Wildlands Conservation Trust is a non-profit, public benefit and public welfare organisation who have been in existence since 2005. They are currently active in four provinces in South Africa and in Swaziland and Mozambique.
Please feel free to have a look at their website and see how you can help out:
Below are some other projects that are close to our heart.
SWCT SPENDS TIME
WITH GORILLAS IN
Sean Williams visited Uganda where he spent time in the mountains with gorillas in their natural habitat.
Sadly, there are only 350 gorillas left in the wild in Uganda. The trip was inspired by Sean's commitment to contributing 5% of profits from SW Contracts to assisting endangered wildlife.
The troop that Sean came across consisted of seven gorillas. “At one point, I was only three metres away from a mom and her baby, who put on a show by beating his little chest. The male silverback was not much further away and the magnificence of his strength was very apparent when he broke a branch, the size of a human arm, like a toothpick.” says Sean.
“This was, without a doubt, the most exciting experience of my life. I urge all other corporates to do their bit to save our planet,” he adds.
SEAN WILLIAMS ADOPTS
A POLAR BEAR
Sean Williams realised his dream of adopting and assisting the world’s largest land predators - polar bears.
“I have wanted to make a difference and contribute to polar bears since watching the BBC movie Earth,” says Sean Williams, Managing Director of SWC.
In its quest to adopt a polar bear, SWC has been in contact with Polar Bear International and one of the leading experts in the field, Geoff York, to see what it can do to contribute to this worthwhile cause. Scientists have concluded that the threat to polar bears is ecological change in the Arctic from global warming. Polar bears depend on sea ice for hunting, breeding, and in some cases, denning. Summer ice loss in the Arctic now equals an area the size of Alaska, Texas and the state of Washington combined.