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Chengeta Edinburgh Fundraiser Wine & Dine – Friday 24 August 2018

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Hendersons Holyrood and Chengeta Wildlife are coming together to host a 3 course dinner with paired wines.
A portion of all tickets sales will be donated to the Chengeta Wildlife foundation.

The entry for the night is £50 and the tickets will include:
– Welcome drink on arrival
– Canapés with paired wine
– Main with paired wine
– Dessert

Please see the link at the end of this post for more information.

Guest speakers:

Rory Young – Founder and President of Chengeta His work has been featured, and he has had articles published, by Forbes, Newsweek, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Magazine, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Reader’s Digest and many other prestigious online and print publications.
He also co-authored “A Field Manual For Anti-poaching Activities”, funded by the European Union and in use by the United Nations and many African countries.

Nigel Kuhn – Specialist Trainer Over the years Nigel has provided images and film for Reuters, BBC, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, People Magazine, Sarie Lifestyle Magazine (SA) and The Zimbabwean. He has also been published in numerous UK academic journals.
By combining his photography, military and wilderness background, Nigel is able to spread awareness to people worldwide the plight of this wildlife conflict.

All donations will go direct to training rangers and are greatly appreciated.

Tickets and more information

Hope to see you there!

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Chengeta London Fundraiser Dinner – Saturday 25 August 2018

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Chengeta Wildlife will be hosting a 3 course dinner with paired wines at L’Escargot, one of London’s favourite French restaurants. A portion of all tickets sales will be donated to the Chengeta Wildlife organisation.

Tickets are available at £150 per person, please see the link at the end of this post for more information.

Guest speakers:

Rory Young – Founder and President of Chengeta His work has been featured, and he has had articles published, by Forbes, Newsweek, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Magazine, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Reader’s Digest and many other prestigious online and print publications.
He also co-authored “A Field Manual For Anti-poaching Activities”, funded by the European Union and in use by the United Nations and many African countries.

Nigel Kuhn – Specialist Trainer Over the years Nigel has provided images and film for Reuters, BBC, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, People Magazine, Sarie Lifestyle Magazine (SA) and The Zimbabwean. He has also been published in numerous UK academic journals.
By combining his photography, military and wilderness background, Nigel is able to spread awareness to people worldwide the plight of this wildlife conflict.

All donations will go direct to training rangers and are greatly appreciated.

Tickets and more information

Hope to see you there!

 

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July Updates

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Check out that lovely progress bar. Chengeta supporters are the best!

Just $1,975 more in donations until our matching funds are fully utilized. That will bring our total to $38,467! Our best campaign to date: You don’t have to wear a cape to be a hero

Rory Young has completed our second training session in Mali.

RORY: “I wouldn’t be achieving anything without all the sacrifice and support of the Chengeta team and supporters. These are “our” achievements, not “my” achievements!”

Unfortunately Rory became very ill with gastroenteritis and malaria the day before he was to fly home to his family. After IV meds and fluids he was able to leave a couple of days later than scheduled, but it will take some time for him to fully recover. The sacrifices made by Rory and his family are many.

Of course he makes light of it:

RORY: “Unfortunately, the recent BBC report on the earth-shattering finding (in my world) from Ethiopia to the effect that the smell of live chickens deters mosquitoes arrived too late for me.

I managed to go down with a bout of Malaria, nicely followed up by the dreaded lurgy (sometimes known as gastroenteritis). Other members of the noble poultry family, the quacks, have advised me that there is still more evil lurking within and have advised further blood sucking in order to identify this last member of this fowl trinity.

Whilst dwelling on my misery (and making the most whilst it last of every drop of sympathy I can winge out of my beloved) I am seriously considering entering future anti poaching missions with a chicken on my shoulder and a cork in my pocket…”

This was the first time we worked with Matt Croucher in the field. We are excited to continue partnering with him and his non-profit, Action Against Poaching. Can you imagine the logistics necessary to get his dummy/training mines and IED’s onto flights to Mali?

FROM RORY:In ops C-IED and Anti-Mine Training in Mali with Matt Croucher GC.

Rangers in Mali need to know how to spot and deal with mines and IED’s to keep themselves, the community and the Elephants alive.

WILD Foundation are partnered with Chengeta Wildlife and Action Against Poaching providing in-ops training to the Malian Anti Poaching Brigade in intelligent and responsible methods.

This is possibly the most dangerous anti-poaching mission in the world. Rangers not only have to deal with attacks by poachers but also by terrorists and bandits, using IED’s, landmines, heavy machine guns, rocket propelled grenades. Last month one ranger was burned alive and his colleague shot outside their home whilst on down time.

Despite all if this, the answer still comes down to community. The reasonable man. So far the Elephants have survived thanks to WILD Foundation’s intelligent work with the communities. The rangers and other armed forces provide the necessary support to deal with the criminal and terrorist elements threatening both the communities and the Elephants they are striving to protect.

A model for all of Africa. Intelligent Anti-poaching.”

The photos in this post are courtesy of Angie Ra, (pictured above) a filmmaker documenting our Mali work and the work of rangers protecting wildlife across Africa. Angie’s Facebook page: “Boots on The Ground”

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Why I’m Choosing Chengeta Wildlife

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Written by LOGAN FORBES

In an age of many endangered and declining species, all rightly deserving of our concern and protection, it’s difficult to know where my contribution will have the greatest impact.

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E is for Elephant – Eeeeeee! is for Ellen

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Yippee! Ellen Vrana has pledged to match the next $10,000 donations to Chengeta Wildlife! An anonymous donor will also match the next $10k and William Mccleary will match the next $2,000!

If you donate $100, Ellen + $100, Anon + $100 and William + $100 = $400

Ben Fraser has donated the first $100 eligible for the matching funds offer, taking us from $5,581 to $5,981. Thanks Ben.

I’ll calculate the matching funds each evening and update the progress bar. I can’t wait to see the results!

EDIT: Vishwanath Ram and Melissa Stroud just donated $50! Woot woot!

This is what it is all about.facebook cover8

And this…Eles-in-Matusadona

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Military Hero Matthew Croucher to Save Wildlife

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What does Britain’s most highly decorated living Royal Marine do with the education and skills gained during his exemplary years in the military?

Matthew Croucher GC protects endangered African wildlife. He recently co-founded, Action Against Poaching (AAP), a non profit organisation offering direct and proactive support to Anti-Poaching initiatives in Africa.

Matt has asked to join Chengeta Wildlife anti-poaching specialist, Rory Young, for an upcoming ranger training session,

“It will give me the opportunity to see what Chengeta is achieving first hand and where we could potentially assist.”

Collaboration with AAP could be a game changer for Chengeta. Other ex-military specialists Matt plans to bring into AAP could facilitate getting Chengeta’s proven anti-poaching training to more wildlife rangers who are facing armed poachers without the proper skills.

From Rory Young, “I am honoured to be able to work with such a man and excited to have him contribute to our training.”

More about Matthew Croucher from Wikipedia:

Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher GC, VR  (born in 1983) is a member of the Royal Marines Reserve and a recipient of the George Cross, the highest British and Commonwealth medal for gallantry not in the face of the enemy, for his extreme valour in risking his life to safeguard the lives of his comrades.

Croucher was recommended for the award for throwing himself  on a Taliban tripwire grenade to save his comrades. He was part of a reconnaissance mission near Sangin in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

On 9 February 2008 whilst moving through a compound at night he felt a trip-wire against his leg and saw that he had activated a grenade. He threw himself to the ground and used his rucksack to pin the grenade to the floor and tucked his legs up to his body. He was thrown some distance by the explosion, but due to the protection offered by his rucksack and body-armour, suffered only a nose-bleed, perforated ear drums and some disorientation. The pack was ripped from his back by the explosion, and his body armour and helmet were pitted by grenade fragments. Of the other three members of his patrol, the rear man managed to take cover by retreating round the corner of a building; the patrol commander threw himself to ground, and received a superficial face wound from a grenade fragment; and the final team member did not have time to react, and remained on his feet, and would have been within the lethal range of the grenade but for Croucher’s action. The explosion breached a large lithium battery which was in Croucher’s pack to power the patrol’s electronic countermeasures equipment, causing it to burst into flames. A medic recommended that he be evacuated, but he insisted on continuing as the members of the patrol realised Taliban fighters would probably come to investigate the explosion, and this would give the marines the opportunity to ambush them.

Croucher was presented with the GC by Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace on 30 October 2008. Croucher is one of only 22 living recipients of the medal of which only 406 have been awarded.

Matt is standing directly behind HRH Queen Elizabeth II

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Celebrating Two Years of Non-stop Action!

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boston3 (2)Rory Young, exactly two years ago I first messaged you asking if I could help your efforts to fight the explosion of poaching that was wiping out wildlife in Africa. You accepted my offer immediately and just three months later we co-founded Chengeta Wildlife.

Thank you for opening my eyes to the horror you were facing and giving those of us far away from the front lines a way to take action.

Your intelligence, integrity, fortitude and overall badassery never cease to amaze. It’s been an honor to work with you.

We’ve been building an incredible team and I can’t wait to see what all of us accomplish over the next two years and beyond.

I raise my glass to you Colonel Young, and to the Chengeta team of supporters worldwide who make this work possible. SALUTE!

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Josh Steps Up For African Wildlife

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Rory Young and Josh Bowman inspired Rory and Josh Bostonmany attendees during their INBOUND15 interview.

Those at the Hubspot event didn’t gain a great deal of marketing knowledge, but some said it was the most informative and interesting talk they attended. Josh opened the floor to audience questions at the end of their talk. People lined up behind the mic in the center isle and there wasn’t time for all of the questions.

After the INBOUND interview Josh, Rory and I, (Josh introduced me as Chengeta’s co-founder and president) collected business cards from enthusiastic professionals in a diverse range of fields from animation to exceptionally talented PR professionals who we desperately need at this point. A representative from Dropbox immediately gave Rory terabytes of free storage for his uploads from the bush and offered to share Chengeta Wildlife’s cause on Dropbox’s social media platforms. She also offered access to their business features.

Josh is keen to take an even bigger role in our organization. He is extremely intelligent, passionate about our cause and willing to dig in and work with us wherever he is needed. We welcome him wholeheartedly!

Some key team members and supporters were at our event on the 11th and we were able to engage with them in a personal way. Others joined via our live stream session (thanks Leon.) Everyone was impressed with what we have been able to achieve with so little resources and our strategies to continue to abate catastrophic wildlife poaching across Africa.

Overall, the Boston events were all I was hoping for, we attracted some incredibly talented people to help us further our cause and garnered donations so our desperately needed work in the field can continue.

For those of you who kindly offered your help, I will be connecting with you ASAP. Thank you so much for reaching out to us! 🙂

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New Video

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I’m loading some of Rory Young’s video clips from our past training sessions. He may use some of these when he does his INBOUND15 interview/presentation in Boston next month. That event is not open to the public.

We are planning an event for any Chengeta Wildlife supporters who would like to meet Rory. We don’t have the details finalized, but it will probably be on Thursday, September 10th late afternoon or evening or sometime on Friday.

Since Chengeta supporters helped make these training sessions and videos possible I think we deserve the first peek at the videos.

The first one I’m sharing shows Rory and the Malawi rangers searching buildings after an undercover officer gained information about a poacher with a hidden weapon that could be used to kill large animals like elephants or rhinos. The best time to do this type of operation is when most are deeply asleep, around 3 or 4am.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o479Sp3-VHw[/youtube]

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