TANGO K9 FUNDRAISER
- By: Thornybush Nature Reserve NPC
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/tango-k9-fundraiser
Tango K9 is a team of passionate individuals and very hard working K9’s and Field Rangers whose mission it is to conserve and protect the wildlife in the 15000 ha Thornybush Game Reserve NPC, part of the Greater Kruger National Park system, through anti-poaching patrols, community education, snare sweeps and preventative maintenance of the reserve boundaries.
However, it has become increasingly difficult to fund necessities to do our job of protecting important species on our reserve.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks we have faced this year is the pandemic of Covid 19. The global pandemic has obliterated South Africa’s international tourism sector which largely funds a lot of what we do. The ban on travellers and tourism operations has created extreme stress on conservation efforts across South Africa as a high number of tourism facilities are located in or connected to a National Park or Game Reserve. The conservation funding previously collected from tourists through entrance fees was greatly reduced and as the global market fell so did donations from our international audience.
Compounding the problem, the communities that surround our reserve and previously relied upon tourism for income are now facing a devastating increase in unemployment and related food insecurity. This has resulted in a significant increase in sustenance poaching which has made the conservation of our environment all the more important. As poverty in the local community is increasing it has become even more pertinent for our team to become more active as threats of snare and dog incursions increase.
Our initial goal is to raise R60 000. We appreciate any donation big or small that will enable us to push ahead and keep the animals safe and alive. Our most urgent needs are funding for the K9s and for our vehicles.
Our K9s are our most valued team members, they require lots of care to be kept in prime shape. We need donations for:
- Food and veterinary expenses for our K9s, they work hard and need lots of love and care
- Treats and training rewards (toys) for the K9s to keep them motivated
- Replacement leads and collars
- Additional blankets and bedding
- Repairs to the kennels
- Ongoing training for the current K9s
Our APU patrol fleet is also in need of some TLC, most importantly the tyres and wheels. The terrain we patrol in is unforgiving and the bush is thick with thorn bushes. It is vital that we are able to respond quickly to attempted incursions. One vehicle currently has split rims making it unsafe to repair punctures in the bush. We need funding to:
- Replace the steel rims
- Purchase all-terrain tyres
Thank you for your help, we continue to Conserve and Protect and appreciate your support!Follow us online at:
- Mar 05, 2021 - USD $ 69.75
- "Amazing work!! :)" - Charlie
- Feb 23, 2021 - USD $ 50.00
- "Thank you for all that you do!" - Anonymous
- Feb 12, 2021 - USD $ 138.42
- "Wonderful work by Team K9 to preserve all our futures " - Cole-Fontayn Family
- Feb 08, 2021 - USD $ 341.63
- "Amazing work, thank you for risking your lives :)" - Anonymous
- Jan 27, 2021 - USD $ 329.86
- "Important project reminds me of the campaign in 1985 to save the black rhino ... such a hard time for everyone I hope you have success. Great work thank you. Xxx " - Kerry Dowson
- Jan 27, 2021 - USD $ 19.79
- "Happy to help. Keep up the good work. " - Maaike van de Pijpekamp
- Jan 26, 2021 - USD $ 20.45
- "Keep up the good work! Hope to come visit VERY soon!" - Florice Cole-Fontayn
- Jan 08, 2021 - USD $ 136.11
- "Keep up your amazing work! " - Anonymous
- Jan 05, 2021 - R 500.00
- "You will get through this give those puppies a big love from us" - Kiara
- Jan 05, 2021 - R 5 000.00
- "Keep up great work guys -so proud of yiu all" - Angela Iorio Cinquina