The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Updates

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After months of hard work, we are delighted to announce the completion of the Meru Rhino Sanctuary extension and upgrade. The project, which we undertook in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), was funded entirely through donations from supporters and offers Kenya’s rhinos a brighter future in a larger and more viable Sanctuary within the beautiful Meru National Park.

Meru National Park Meru Rhino Sanctuary

Meru Rhino Sanctuary Meru Rhino Sanctuary Fenceline

To celebrate the completion of the upgrade, on 5th of April, the DSWT and KWS held a handover ceremony attended by Robert Carr-Hartley from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Principle Secretary of Tourism Dr. Margaret Mwakima, and KWS Mr. Julius Kimani along with senior management from Meru National Park. During the ceremony, the DSWT also donated to KWS Meru National Park a fully customized land cruiser, to be used to further boost security within the Park.

Handover of donated landcruiser

The Meru Rhino Sanctuary is an important stronghold for Kenya’s rhino population and one that at the request of KWS DSWT has been able to extend and upgrade to better accommodate the rhinos that call it home, and hopefully see the existing population increase substantially in the future. Through the support of DSWT donors, we have been able to expand the Sanctuary from 48km² to 83.5km², providing more space for the growing resident rhino population that live within the sanctuary’s protected boundaries, which according to a KWS report in 2017, stood at 61 white rhinos and 28 black rhinos.

As part of the upgrade, we have also built two security bases which house KWS Security rangers and DSWT funded fence maintenance teams. This brand new perimeter electric fence line has been redesigned to be unobstrusive and has been extended a further 25.6 km, we have also incorporated 20 strategically located wildlife corridors with a design that allows the free movement of elephants and other wildlife in and out of the Sanctuary, with the exception of rhinos. These simple but effective corridors consist of thick, short posts spaced across a gap in the fence and prevent rhinos from moving beyond the Sanctuary since they are unable to climb over, or squeeze between, the posts.

Part of the Fenceline

The DSWT has a long and rich history of rhino conservation in Kenya and was involved in establishing the country’s first fenced special rhino sanctuaries in both Lake Nakuru National Park and later in Tsavo West National Park in conjunction with the Eden Wildlife Trust and African Wildlife Foundation. Moreover, in the early 1960s, our Founder Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick pioneered the milk formula and the husbandry necessary to hand rear orphaned black rhino calves and, over the years, Daphne and DSWT have hand-raised 16 orphaned black rhinos and rehabilitated them successfully in Solio Ranch, Tsavo East National Park and Nairobi National Park.

As we strive to help KWS protect these iconic creatures from the threat of poaching, fuelled by the demand for rhino horn, The DSWT will continue to support KWS in Meru National Park with a second phase being the redoing of the boundary fence lines for Meru National Park, rebuilding them into a 14 strand unshortable barrier electical fence along with the ongoing operations of DSWT/KWS Veterinary and De-snaring Teams based there, and these two teams have already been active in this area now for six years.

In particular, since its launch in 2013, the DSWT/KWS Meru Mobile Veterinary Unit, headed by KWS Veterinary Officer Dr Bernard Rono, has directly supported Meru’s rhino population attending to 165 rhino related veterinary incidents in the greater Meru ecosystem, comprising of ear notching excercises to ensure that individuals are easy to identify and to treat wounds brought about due to fighting and wounds made from the filarial fly, and a further 529 cases of other wildlife species in total have been treated by this Unit. Additionally, since its inception in 2014, the DSWT/ KWS Meru De-Snaring Unit (comprising of graduates from KWS Field Training School in Manyani) has confiscated 5,236 illegally lain snares and significantly contributed to deterring illegal activities due to regular patrols along the vulnerable boundaries of the National Park.

Some members of the DSWT funded Meru De-snaring team DSWT/KWS Meru Desnaring Team

DSWT KWS Mobile Veterinary Unit

Given the suitability of habitat for rhinos in Meru National Park, the Meru Rhino Sanctuary offers them a secure sanctuary and a place for sustainable growth, and it is our hope that in the coming years, it will house one of the largest rhino populations in Kenya. Our sincere thanks to everyone who donated towards this vital initiative to protect and preserve Kenya’s black rhino population, and special thanks goes to our conservation partner the Kenya Wildlife Service.

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Daphne Sheldrick: Saying goodbye to the queen of the elephants

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Daphne Sheldrick: Saying goodbye to the queen of the elephants

Dame Daphne Sheldrick, pioneer of elephant conservation and founder of a Kenyan orphanage that has rescued and raised more than 200 elephants, died last Thursday at age 83. In a statement, her daughter Angela Sheldrick said the cause was breast cancer.

Dame Sheldrick created the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in 1977 and named it for her husband, who had died earlier that year. David Sheldrick was the founding warden of Tsavo, Kenya’s largest national park. 60 Minutes first visited the orphanage, known as the DSWT, with correspondent Bob Simon in 2006. Simon returned to the orphanage in 2008 and reported the piece that’s in the video player above.Dame Daphne Sheldrick in 2008.

“Can you imagine an orphanage that’s a happy place? We couldn’t. But then we found one,” Simon said of the DSWT. He showed viewers around the orphanage, which is a temporary home for rehabilitating elephants who were abandoned because their mothers have died, or more likely, been killed in the bush.

“It’s a wonderful place in Kenya,” Simon told 60 Minutes Overtime in a 2011 interview. “One talks about an elephant’s memory. When we went back two years later, a few of the elephants recognized us, and came running up to us when we arrived there.”

Bob Simon at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in 2008.

Born in Kenya, Dame Sheldrick had been working with elephants for more than 50 years when Simon and a 60 Minutes crew visited her. At the time, there was a record number of orphans at the DSWT because the sale of ivory had been legalized for the first time in a decade. Dame Sheldrick told Simon that the sale of ivory directly led to elephants being killed.

“Every time ivory is auctioned legally, there’s a rise in poaching,” Dame Sheldrick said. “And we also see the correlation in the price that’s paid to the poacher for illegal ivory.”

After Simon’s second story aired, a near-total ban on commercial trade in African elephant ivory went into effect in the United States in July 2016. However, last month the Trump administration lifted an Obama-era ban on importing legally hunted elephant remains—known as trophies—from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust today.

While speaking to Dame Sheldrick in 2008, Simon asked her to name the most extraordinary thing she’d learned about elephants.

“Their tremendous capacity for caring is, I think, perhaps the most amazing thing about them, even at a very, very young age,” she replied. “Their sort of forgiveness, unselfishness. You know, I often say, as I think I’ve said before, they have all the best attributes of us humans and not very many of the bad.”

Simon’s own experience at the DSWT seemed to have left a lasting impression on him.

“I don’t know anyone who’s spent any time with elephants who doesn’t develop a thing for elephants,” he said in 2011. “Our babies can be quite cute. [But] when you see a baby elephant, it just breaks your heart.”

Dame Sheldrick’s daughter Angela now runs the DSWT, which has grown since the last 60 Minutes report to incorporate other animal orphans, including a blind rhino named Maxwell. The organization is funded in part by a foster program that lets donors support individual animals.

https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/daphne-sheldrick-saying-goodbye-to-the-queen-of-the-elephants/?__twitter_impression=true

Petition: Justice for OllieB, Dog Whose Face ‘Fell Off’ at Petco Grooming!

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Oliver or OllieB is a beloved 1.5 year old cairn terrier. His mom dropped him off at Petco to be groomed and then she got a call informing her that a chunk of his face had somehow fallen off during grooming. Neither the groomer nor Petco can explain how OllieB sustained such intense injuries.

Please sign the petition to demand Petco installs cameras in all grooming areas so that this kind of abuse can never happen again.

OllieB is a healthy and vocal fur baby. That’s why his mom couldn’t understand why the groomer didn’t realize they were hurting him; she is confident he would have been vocal while sustaining the injuries. The fact that a groomer harmed a dog so much that it needed stitches is completely unnaceptable. What’s even scarier? The groomer and Petco can’t even figure out how it happened. That’s not very comforting to those of us leaving our animals in their care.

OllieB had to go to the vet, be sedated, and get stiched up. As the vet shaved him to see all wounds, they found injuries and cuts all over his body. None of the injuries were there before the grooming.

Please sign on to demand justice for OllieB! His mom is demanding cameras in all the grooming areas. Join us in calling for the same.

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Tell Facebook to shut down wildlife traffickers on its platforms

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As a member of African Wildlife Foundation’s community of activists, I am horrified to learn that Facebook has been accused of running ads on pages advertising the sale of elephant ivory, rhino horn, and other wildlife products.

This must stop immediately. You must also prioritize identifying and purging all activity related to wildlife trafficking on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, including deleting posts that sell ivory and rhino horn, shutting down Facebook groups devoted to sales of wildlife products, and stopping Facebook Messenger from being used to negotiate prices.

The rampant wildlife trafficking activity on your social media platforms is abhorrent and contributes to the rapid decline of Africa’s elephant, rhino, and other iconic wildlife populations. We will not be satisfied with a few new policies asking wildlife criminals to self-regulate.

In March, Facebook joined the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online along with 20 other technology companies. Yet weeks later, wildlife trafficking is still rampant on your network. If Facebook’s commitment to the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online is genuine, then ending the facilitation of black market sales must become a top-line priority. I stand with AWF and the world’s community of wildlife activists who demand you to take action to stop Facebook’s participation in wildlife trafficking immediately. The word is out and the world is watching what you do next.

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The Tennessee Walking Horse is the ONLY equine breed in the World which shows TWO YEAR OLDS wearing approximately EIGHT POUND SHOES with CHAINS hitting the sensitive skin above the horse’s front hooves.

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TruDog Withdraws Dog Food Due to Salmonella

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TruDog Withdraws Dog Food Due to Salmonella
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April 18, 2018 — TruDog is withdrawing one lot of its freeze-dried dog food from the market because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
What’s Being Withdrawn?

The affected product appears to include a single batch of TruDog BoostMe Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer (Booster) identified only as Lot #2019053113815.

Important Notice

After repeated requests, The Dog Food Advisor has been unable to obtain further information about this event (such as a copy of the original announcement or an official press release) from TruDog.

We are also unable to locate a public announcement anywhere on the company’s website.

The above image was copied from the company’s website and may (or may not) be an accurate representation of the affected product.
About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
What to Do?

According to Food Safety News, “TruDog asks its customers to call the company at 800-476-8808 to obtain a refund or a product exchange.”

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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Four More Sentenced in US Multi-State Dog Fighting Ring

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Four More Sentenced in US Multi-State Dog Fighting Ring

Four more people convicted of being part of a multi-state dog fighting ring were sentenced to prison Monday as part of the Justice Department’s nationwide crackdown on dog fighting.

The four men received prison terms ranging from one to five years. A fifth person will be sentenced next month while four others will be put on trial this summer.

“Dog fighting is vicious and cruel. And beyond the needless suffering it inflicts on animals, it exacts a toll on local animal shelters, humane organizations and taxpayers,” U.S. Attorney Greg Carpentino said Monday.

The suspects are accused of taking part in a dog fighting ring in four states in which a number of dogs were forced to fight to their bloody death.

Along with causing unspeakable pain and suffering to the animals, U.S. attorneys say dog fighting rings also include other crimes such as illegal gambling, and drug and weapons trafficking.

So far, U.S. agents have rescued 98 dogs as part of Operation Grand Champion. The Humane Society of the United States is helping the Justice Department take care of the saved animals.

https://www.voanews.com/a/four-more-sentenced-in-us-multistate-dog-fighting-ring/4306408.html

Fifth Defendant Sentenced in Dog-Fighting Ring

Fifth Defendant Sentenced in Dog-Fighting Ring
April 18, 2018 10:06 PM

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FILE – Dogs sit at a home in Auburn, Ala., in this photo provided by the ASPCA. A federal and state investigation into dog fighting and gambling has resulted in the arrest of 12 people from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas, Aug. 23, 2013.
FILE – Dogs sit at a home in Auburn, Ala., in this photo provided by the ASPCA. A federal and state investigation into dog fighting and gambling has resulted in the arrest of 12 people from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas, Aug. 23, 2013.

A fifth defendant pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday for his part in a brutal multistate dog-fighting ring.

Mario Atkinson of New Jersey will spend two years in prison and was fined $1,000.

He admitted fighting his dog in Virginia and dumping the dead animal in the garbage after the fight.

Federal agents seized 18 pit bull-type dogs from Atkinson in 2016, saying the dogs had scars and injuries consistent with organized fighting.

“Animal cruelty like the conduct in this case has no place in a civilized society,” U.S. Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Wood said.

Four other defendants were given prison terms of one to five years last month as part of Operation Grand Champion, the Justice Department’s nationwide crackdown on dog fighting.

So far, U.S. agents have rescued 98 dogs and The Humane Society of the United States is helping take care of the dogs.

Along with causing pain and suffering to the animals, U.S. attorneys say dog fighting rings also include other crimes such as illegal gambling, and drug and weapons trafficking.

https://www.voanews.com/a/new-jersey-dog-fighting-sentencing/4355522.html

(TUCSON, Ariz.) CBP Report: Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents coordinating with Air and Marine Operations agents seized multiple weapons and arrested three Mexican nationals near Ajo Saturday afternoon #AceNewsDesk reports