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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!

Marjet YoungChengeta Edinburgh Fundraiser Wine & Dine – Friday 24 August 2018
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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!

 

Marjet YoungChengeta London Fundraiser Dinner – Saturday 25 August 2018
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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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Bryan Cockel explains how elephants use infrasound

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“Infra” or low frequency sound are frequencies below 20 Hz, the threshold of average human hearing. Many animals – mostly large ones – use infrasound to communicate over long distances because it travels further than higher frequencies. For example, blue whales – the largest animal – communicate over hundreds of miles and are the “loudest” animal in the world (“loud” being amplitude or the strength of the signal) – but they do so in the 10-30 Hz range similar to elephants, so we can’t hear them “yelling”.

In regards to localizing (higher frequency) sound, elephants most likely use the same system all animals use, which is that there is a very small time delay between the arrival of the sound to each ear because they are different distances from the source. Some animals like barn owls also have their left/right ear openings offset so that they can triangulate (three dimensions) a sound source, typically a rodent, with near perfect accuracy in total darkness.

But….elephants also use another aspect of low frequency sound to “hear”, which has to do with the tendency of low frequency sound to vibrate solids and liquids (simply look at a large speaker diaphragm or a glass of water when bass notes are played and you’ll see them vibrate). Careful observation by field scientists combined with GPS tracking and directional technology sensitive to low frequency sound indicate elephants can “hear” through their feet, that is, sense low frequency ground vibrations of the “elephant frequency” – elephants do not have hard hooves like horses or buffalo, but large, skin covered pads on the bottom of their feet. It has also been observed that elephants tend to orient their bodies in the direction of their “foot hearing”, which may mean they are using the distance separating their front/back/left right feet like they, and other animals, use their left/right ears to discriminate the directional source of the sound.

I have seen what I believe to have been elephants “listening” to low frequency sounds more than once in Africa: the herd suddenly stopping what they are doing as a group, exactly as if they were listening to something (which I could not hear), but not lifting their trunks or looking in the same direction, or flaring their ears, which would suggest a smell/sight/higher frequency stimulus.

Below, anatomy of an elephant’s foot. Unlike horses or buffalo, elephants have a skin covered pad on the bottom of their foot, under which is a pad of fat and connective tissue that may help to amplify low frequency sound “heard” through their feet.elephantfoot

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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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Mother And Baby

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I have become too accustomed to tragedy on my continent.

I learned as a child that there is a switch that you can just flick on that will block out the most pitiful scenes and the most horrible sounds. However, I also learned that when you use that switch there is a secret device deep inside you which turns itself on and records what you would rather not remember.

Later you learn that that terrible device can choose to remind you of anything it pleases at any time. One has to pay later for turning away by having it all come back. Sometimes it even decides to ignore your attempts to use it and instead turns up your senses and forces you to see, smell, hear and feel everything around you and even what has already been and gone.

RoryMotherBaby (3)Such a time came to me recently. In the picture you will notice the large elephant skull of a poached forest elephant. What may not be so noticeable is that she was a mother and I am holding the skull of her dead baby in my hands.

Such a small, quiet, lonely space in the forest. Yet the very silence around us screamed out the terror and suffering that had occurred here. It is impossible to imagine one’s way out of the horror that must have been.

Who watched who die first? Did the little one see it’s mother struck down in agony? And as she fell did the mother foresee her joy would slowly starve to death in terror and terrible sadness next to her own useless rotting, faceless carcass? Or did the mother see her baby slaughtered before her?

The world has gone mad.

Sometimes the weight of the knowledge that if I get it wrong, if I don’t teach the rangers what they need to know and do to stop this insanity, I will be as much to blame as those who have gone out and butchered all this life is hard to bear. I wish so often that someone else was standing in my shoes.

I feel very, very weary right now.

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