"If people realised what is happening, they would be ashamed to be part of the crisis. We don’t want to spend our time catching criminals, we want to stop the crime from happening.” Samuel Wasser, of the University of Washington in Seattle who recently led the study of the of 23 tons of ivory seized over a 12 month period. Read more at International Anti Poaching Foundation.
International Ranger Training Academy
The IAPF Victoria Falls Ranger Training Facility was opened in March of 2010. This international academy on 5000 hectares currently allows up to 28 rangers to be trained at one time. Trainees are exposed to a vast diversity of wildlife and terrain, preparing them to deploy to any area and fulfill the daily challenges of protecting wildlife.
During the course rangers are taught a number of subjects in the classroom before taking these various components and fulfilling the operational requirements of protecting the academy itself.
The Academy was only made possible through the outstanding and unwavering support of the community and all the relevant authorities. It demonstrates what can be achieved when all concerned stakeholders are working together towards a common goal.
10 different subject matter experts make themselves available for instruction at the academy. This diversity in knowledge and teaching methods provides trainees with the best possible platform for achieving everything they can.
Plans are being finalised for the construction of phase two which will house an additional 118 rangers. Facilities within the academy will make it the Continent’s premier facility for producing the highest calibre rangers. If you would like to make contributions towards the construction of this progressive institution then please contact Trianon at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stories of animals from different species peacefully coexisting with one another warms the heart especially at a time when there is so much fighting and killing going on in the world. This made the email circuit, so it might not be new, but still worth viewing a second time!
Debby Cantlon, who plans to release Finnegan, the young squirrel, back into the wild, bottle-fed the infant squirrel after it was brought to her house. When Debby took in the tiny creature and began caring for him, she found herself with an unlikely nurse's aide: her pregnant Papillon, Mademoiselle Giselle -- her dog.
Finnegan was resting in a nest in a cage just days before Giselle was due to deliver her puppies. Debby and her husband watched as the dog dragged the squirrel's cage twice to her
own bedside before she gave birth.
Debby was concerned, yet ultimately decided to allow the squirrel out and the inter-species bonding began. Finnegan rides a puppy mosh pit of sorts, burrowing in for warmth after feeding, eventually working his way beneath his new litter mates.
Two days after giving birth, mama dog Giselle allowed Finnegan to nurse; family photos and a videotape show her encouraging him to suckle alongside her litter of five pups.
Now, Finnegan mostly uses a bottle, but still snuggles with his 'siblings' in a mosh pit of puppies, rolling atop their bodies, and sinking in deeply for a nap. Finnegan and his new litter mates, five Papillon puppies, get along together as if they were meant to.
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MORAL OF THE STORY: Keep loving everyone, even the squirrelly ones...
Animal Rights & Welfare
Posts by Betsy Seeton
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created
The source of the quote is Walker's preface to Marjorie Spiegel's 1988 book, "The Dreaded Comparison" . Her next sentence was, "This is the gist of Ms. Spiegel's cogent, humane and astute argument, and it is sound."