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Birds of Prey Conservation

Birds of Prey Conservation

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PLATBERG KAROO RAPTOR PROJECT:  Ronelle Visagie

 

The Endangered Wildlife Trust‘s Birds of Prey Working Group is one of the largest EWT Working Groups and focuses on the conservation of diurnal and nocturnal raptors, vultures, and their habitats.

 

Ronelle Visagie has been involved with the rehabilitation of raptors and the education of the public around raptors in the Karoo for nearly 20 years.  This dedication has saved the lives of countless birds, and has had a major impact on the attitudes of the community towards raptors.  As more human beings filter into more parts of the world, the pressure on raptors and other wildlife is increasing. Poisoning incidents, vehicle collisions, power line collisions, reservoir drowning and persecution are just some of the many threats facing raptors, all being addressed daily by the Platberg Karoo Raptor Project. 

 

With Ronelle Visagie as coordinator of its activities, this Project has made great impact in the conservation of vultures and raptors in the Karoo. Ronelle spends most of her time educating and assisting the local farming communities (farmers and farm workers) with any questions or issues related to the conservation of birds of prey in the area. In addition, Ronelle assists in the monitoring of birds and nests and the rehabilitation of injured birds, further contributing to the conservation of a variety of species in the area.

 

Education and awareness programmes for the local schools and communities are an important part of her daily work and she covers an area of more than 30000km² maintaining contact with a number of schools that would not otherwise be reached by programmes with an environmental message.

 

 She often gives talks on local radio stations, as well as publishing articles in the media. Ronelle attends local farmers’ days and expos where, with the use of various media materials, she continually promotes the concept of environmental and wildlife conservation and integration with farm life.

 

You can help us to address these challenges by contributing financially to this important work. The amount we are aiming for is R60 000.00. This will assist with Ronelle’s work for a period of 12 months. Whatever contribution you make through this initiative will directly benefit raptors and raptor conservation in Southern Africa.

 

 

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Donations

Name Comment Date Amount
Claire Viva Ronelle! Aug 07, 2010 R 500.00
Arno Trusting that this donation helps towards the sterling work that you are doing Nov 12, 2009 R 1 000.00
Tanya The new baby raptors need to be ringed Nov 09, 2009 R 100.00
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Statistics

Donations to date

R 1 600.00

Fundraising target

R 60 000.00
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