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Aloe Festival KZN, Supporting our Wildlife, Environment and Planet

6-7 July 2013 – The Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy is a sanctuary reminiscent of Wild Africa”. It is set in the beautiful savannah and valley bushveld of the Mkondeni and Mpushini River Valleys, only 10 km SE of PMB. The Mpushini Protected Environment (MPE) was declared in February 2011 bringing 665 hectares under formal conservation as a Biodiversity Stewardship Nature Reserve.

Directions, route map and activities for #AloeFestival on 6-7 July in Ashburton, KZN, #Environment, #Conservation #Wildlife

Directions, route map and activities for #AloeFestival on 6-7 July in Ashburton, KZN, #Environment, #Conservation #Wildlife

 

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Save our world ~#Warning #Massacre in #Africa #Save the Planet #Elephants #Disturbing #Images #MakesMeSick

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You hear them before you see them… rumbling and trumpeting. Dozens of elephants gather near a watering hole in a clearing, mining for vital mineral salts and mud bathing to protect their skin.

But, a few months ago, heavily-armed poachers, driven by the greed of illegal wildlife trade, slaughtered more than 300 elephants in a scene like this in a national park in Cameroon.

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(c) National Geographic – March Massacre

The sad truth is, we lose tens of thousands of elephants a year in Africa to wildlife crime. But, genuine conservation organizations are determined to break the trade chain of illegal ivory that goes from Central Africa to Asia and to reduce the demand for endangered species products in Asia.

And you can play a critical role in the fight to protect wildlife from this grisly trade – your support has never been more important. Please join the campaign to protect wildlife and wild places around the world, either by joining the Save Our Planet Network or by joining legitimate conservation bodies.

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CREDIT :http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/03/27/new-promises-follow-elephant-slaughter-in-chad-and-cameroon/

On March 14-15, at least 86 elephants were killed in Tikem, near Fianga in the Mayo Kebbi East region of southwestern Chad, close to the Cameroon border. Among the victims were more than 30 pregnant females, many of which aborted their calves when they were shot. The calves were left to die, and reportedly some were shot. It’s too sickening to even comprehend.

The massacre occurred in the closing hours of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) 16th Conference of Parties (COP16) meeting (held in Bangkok from March 3-14), where the topic of elephants was high on the agenda.

The timing was also just weeks after the discovery of 28 elephant carcasses, all stripped of their ivory tusks, in Cameroon’s Nki and Lobeke National Parks and at least 15 carcasses across four separate locations in Central African Republic.

All these incidents followed numerous reports of columns of Sudanese poachers crossing Central African Republic and heading toward Cameroon and Chad.

Both the Chad and Cameroon governments had responded to this advance notice. In December, the Chad government sent soldiers and military aircraft to patrol the region and Cameroon deployed its Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR), a special forces military unit. But neither was able to find the poaching gangs and stop them.

“We’ve been aware of the poachers’ presence and movements since last November in the Central African Republic, but given the means at hand, and difficulty of working in this vast, remote landscape, it has been very challenging to fully address the situation,” says Richard Ruggiero, Chief, Branch of Asia and Africa at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Right now, organized criminal networks are systematically emptying our forests to take advantage of high profits and low risks. Make no mistake, wildlife crime is big business with little consequence.

And these are the dedicated people, men and women – who work around the clock under severely dangerous and life-threatening conditions to try and ensure that our wildlife – the earth’s wildlife – are free to roam their home – after all they were here first.   HUGE RESPECT to these and the thousands of others throughout Africa, including my beloved daughter and the Rangers with whom they work who risk their lives daily….

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Image: Cameroonian soldiers on patrol for poachers are pictured on December 15 during a press field trip at Bouba N’Djida National Park

We neither solicit nor accept donations towards our work but your active support can help to shut down the trade as well as protect species and habitats worldwide.

The challenges we face in protecting species like elephants are complex. We’re working with governments, providing moral support to rangers and educating supporters like you about the serious nature of these wildlife crimes. Together, we can ensure a future for even the most vulnerable wildlife. Please consider joining us in our campaign and encouraging your friends and acquaintances to do the same.

There is general consensus that human beings are seriously damaging our planet to the point that all life on Earth is now threatened with extinction through climate change, destruction of habitats, and the pollution of the land, air and waters of our planet.

We are all in this together, whether we like it or not, and we are glad you are visiting our site. This is our on-line meeting place, where we organize our activities, share ideas, and publicize our mission to save our beautiful planet and all its inhabitants from extinction due to global warming and the negative effects of human activities.

Save our world ~ #Save the Planet, Forest elephants in the Mbeli River, Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Congo.

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Eco Focus – The new life #Literature #African #Stories #Kids #Freebies #Education #SaveOurPlanet #NaturesHideaway #Education #Wildlife

Eco Focus – The new life.

 

Eco Focus - Learning to be quiet in the wilds

Written by Elle Durow:

It is October, — almost the end of October, and the early spring flowers have finished their blooming for this year. It is growing too warm for those delicate plants that dare to brave even the August winds, and can withstand the frost better than the summer heat.

Down at the edge of the pool the tall reeds and sedges are tossing their heads a little in the wind, and swinging a little, lightly and lazily, with the motion of the water; but the water is almost clear and still this morning, with scarcely a ripple, and in its beautiful, broad mirror reflecting the trees on the bank, and the little points of land that run out from the shore, and give foothold to the old trees standing guard day and night, summer and winter, to watch over the stream.

Do you think now that you know how the pool looks in the sunshine of this October morning?

If we come close to the edge where the sedges are growing, and look down through the clear water, we should see some fearsome-looking and clumsy black bugs crawling upon the bottom of the pool.  They have six legs, and are covered with a coat of armour laid plate over plate.  It looks hard and horny; and the insect itself has a dull, heavy way about it, and might be called very stupid were it not for it’s eagerness to catch and eat every little fly and mosquito that comes within it’s reach.  It’s eyes grow fierce and almost bright; and it seizes its prey with an open mouth, and consumes it all day long, if he can find any thing suited to its taste.

I am afraid you may think that it is not very interesting, and will not care to make its acquaintance.  But, let me tell you, something very wonderful is about to happen to it; and if you stay and watch patiently, you will see what I saw once, and have never forgotten.

Here it is crawling in mud under the water this spring morning: out over the pool swim the flat water-boatmen, and the water-spiders dance and skip as if the pool were a floor of glass; while here and there skims a blue dragon-fly, with its fine, firm wings that look like the thinnest gauze, but are really extremely strong for all their delicate appearance.

The dull, black bug sees all these bright, agile insects; and, for the first time in its life, it feels discontented with his own low place in the mud.  A longing creeps through it that is quite different from the customary longing for mosquitoes and flies.

“I will creep up the stem of this rush,” he thinks; “and perhaps, when I reach the surface of the water, I can dart like the little flat boatmen, or, better than all, shoot through the air like the blue-winged dragon-fly.”

 But, as it crawls laboriously up the slippery stem, the feeling that it has no wings like the dragon-fly makes it discouraged and almost despairing.  At last, however, with much effort it has reached the surface, has crept out of the water, and, clinging to the green stem, feels the spring air and sunshine all about it.  Now let it take passage with the boatmen, or ask some of the little spiders to dance.  Why doesn’t it begin to enjoy itself?

Alas, see its sad disappointment.  After all this effort, after passing some splendid chances of good breakfasts on the way up, and spending all its strength on this one exploit, it finds the fresh air suffocating, and a most strange and terrible feeling coming over it, as the coat-of-mail, which until now was always kept wet, shrinks, and seems even to be splitting off while the warm air dries it.

“Oh,” thinks the poor bug, “I must die!  It was folly of me to crawl up here.  The mud and the water were good enough for my brothers, and good enough for me too, had I only known it; and now I am too weak, and feel too strange, to attempt going down again the way I came up.”

See how uneasy it grows, feeling about in doubt and dismay, for a darkness is coming over hits eyes.  It is the black helmet, a part of his coat-of-mail; that has broken off at the top, and is falling down over its face.  A minute more, and it drops below the chin; and what is its astonishment to find, that, as the old face breaks away, a new one comes in its place, larger, much more beautiful, and having two of the most admirable eyes! — two, I say, because they look like two, but each of them is made up of hundreds of little eyes.  They stand out globe-like on each side of his head, and look about over a world unknown and wonderful to the dull, black bug that lived in the mud.  The sky seems bluer, the sunshine brighter, and the nodding grass and flowers more gay and graceful. Now it lifts this new head to see more of the great world; and behold! as it moves, it is drawing itself out of the old suit of armour, and from two neat little cases at its sides come two pairs of wings, folded up like fans, and put away here to be ready for use when the right time comes: they are still half folded, and must be carefully spread open and smoothed for use.  And while he trembles with surprise, see how with every movement he is escaping from the old armour, and drawing from their sheaths fine legs, longer and far more beautifully and coloured than the old; and a slender body that was packed away like a magnifying-glass, and is now drawn out slowly, one part after another; until at last the dark coat-of-mail dangles empty from the sedges, and above it sits a dragon-fly with great, wondering eyes, long, slender body, and two pairs of delicate, gauzy wings, — fine and firm as the very ones it had been watching barely an hour ago.

The poor black bug who thought t was dying was only passing out of its old life to be born into a higher one; and see how much brighter and more beautiful it is!

And now I will tell you how, months ago, the mother dragon-fly dropped her tiny eggs into the water, which lay there in the mud, and by and by hatched out the dark, crawling bugs, so unlike the mother that she does not know them as her children, and, flying over the pool, looks down through the water where they crawl among the sedges, and has not a single word to say to them; until, in due time, they find their way up to the air, and pass into the new winged life.

If you will go to some pool when spring is ending or summer beginning, and find among the water-grasses such an insect as I have told you about, you may see all this for yourself; and you will agree with me, that nothing you have ever known is more wonderful.

 

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 We also try to persuade people to be more compassionate and to care for all of Nature’s creatures from minute microbes to the largest mammals – this includes all humans who are also part of the natural world.

One of our main focuses is on educating people about what is happening and to try to encourage them to alter their lifestyles and attitudes to correct the damage that has already happened.

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Eco Focus – Children’s Corner – Save Our Planet Network

Eco Focus – Children’s Corner.

This is the part of the Eco Focus website that will be of interest to those young (and not so young) browsers who want to read some stories that have nature as their theme.

Some of the stories are true and others are fictional; some have been passed down through time in folklore.

Enjoy your read!

Eco Focus - Children's Corner

The Save Our Planet Network is devoted to keeping people informed about what is happening to the world’s natural ecosystems, people’s livelihoods, etc as a result of human activities which are seriously damaging the quality of life on Earth.

 We also try to persuade people to be more compassionate and to care for all of Nature’s creatures from minute microbes to the largest mammals – this includes all humans who are also part of the natural world.

One of our main focuses is on educating people about what is happening and to try to encourage them to alter their lifestyles and attitudes to correct the damage that has already happened.

We do this by publishing a monthly e-news magazine, Eco Focus, and through the medium of the internet via our websites:

We also publish e-books which are also available free of charge on these websites.

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Aloe Festival, KZN, South Africa, Day 1 Pictures

Saturday 2nd July saw the commencement of the KZN NPO Aloe Festival. All funds raised go towards the Wildlife Conservancy Trust, with some stallholders paying a small fee for their stand for the 2 days of the festival.

Saturday morning was icy having been -3 degrees C the evening before but the sun shone through brightly during the brisk mid-winter’s day. Stallholders arrived early for a start at 10 a.m. and set up around a roaring log fire, under the indigenous acacia trees and aloe plants. It was a beautiful sight as the mist lay low in the surrounding valleys.

Sunday is the second and last day of the Festival, and it promises to be less sunny, with the possibility of rain. I don’t think this will be much of a deterrent however, as it is an annual event, frequented by conservation and wildlife enthusiasts throughout the province.

So if you are planning on joining us at any stage, bring something warm to wear, just in case the rain does decide to make an appearance. I’m at the food/drink stand, right next to The Sanctuary/Snake Park display, where African arts and crafts will be available for viewing, ordering and purchase.

Hope to see you there!

Sharing a few pictures taken during the course of Saturday morning, and later in the day as visitors from all over KwaZulu Natal poured in to see what was on display.

On arrival, the boma overlooking the misty valleys of the KZN bush

The Scratch Patch where for a very small fee you can scrounge around for semi=precious gemstones – yes, you get to keep what you find.

The Aloe.

Craig, Aiden and myself (note my lovely blue apron which was made specially for me, and which I love – and on Sunday I shall wear a new one J )

Beading crafts were on display and for sale, and here a craftsworker creates her masterpieces.

Snake expert, Garth Carpenter of The Sanctuary Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation Centre discusses with a visitor the snakes on display. On Saturday there was a rinklas, a puffadder, a male boomslang (green/turquoise) and a female boomslang (brown).

Live music was provided by this very talented duo throughout the day.

Overlooking the African bush.

Setting up again

Aiden warming by the fire on arrival.

A thatched outdoor restaurant saw a hive of activity, particularly as lunchtime dawned near.

Savannah and Clarissa

Carol Carpenter, mother hen and surrogate mama of The Sanctuary Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation Centre with River and Savannah.

Visitors came from far afield. I particularly recall this young chap with his hat, shades and rather arrogant manner.

Press photographers were in evidence as this venture is a big event in the Conservation Calendar.

Garth and Carol Carpenter, The Sanctuary, with the snakes.

Carol looking throughtful.

The beautiful aloes, also widely known for their healing properties.

A thatched boma overlooking the hills of the KZN bush.

These guys are brilliant, read below!

http://aloearts.blogspot.com/ Aloe Arts is a business venture that sells wire and beaded crafts from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Formed by Innocent Japi and Fortune Dlamini, Aloe Arts provides quality craft items for reasonable prices. Why not use our novel ideas to solve your gift dilemmas? This website serves as a virtual location where you can view samples of what we make but remember we are also happy to run with your own ideas and make personalised gifts to order.

Please email Raynes Sherwell at flyfishing@bundunet.com; he kindly processes our internet orders and will reply with payment arrangements (online bank transfer). If you would like more information first (price, postage and time considerations) please feel free to ask Innocent via email on innocentjappie or phone 0027 (0)785725733 or Rachel via email rachelphil and they will be happy to discuss your order.

The girls and I in our beautiful Aloe motifed aprons.. ou la la!!

The pub area also proved to be popular!

Creating masterpieces out of scrap metal, this chap from Zimbabwe makes THE most beautiful works of art. These Penny Farthings sell for as little as R250,00 and although initially made as pot plant holders, are, on their own, a stunning ornamental addition to any home.

Hopefully we will be able to upload a few more pictures after Sunday but follow the progress on Twitter, as we upload pictures throughout the day, probably from my Teitter account J

http://twitter.com/thesanctuaryza

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