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URGENT APPEAL


      Because of global warming, weather patterns are changing world-wide and the current drought is greatly affecting our African wild life. Bush fires, caused by human carelessness, have contributed to the lack of grazing. From the Northern province, where the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation Education (CARE) is based, founder and director Rita Miljo reports as follows:

      "We are now in the third year of a terrible drought. Last season we had only a few local showers here and there, in Dec./January and nothing further. You have no idea how bad the bush looks. Besides our wild baboon troop which now depends entirely on us to pull them through, we are having up to fifty or more "wild" warthogs camping at the kitchen door. There is no fear of man any more, only the thought of survival. There is no possibility of buying lucerne - on the odd occasion when it is available, the prices are astronomical and I have now resorted to buying cabbages for everyone. You should see the long line of bushbuck, kudu and giraffes standing there waiting for a mouthful of food. Cabbages is all I can afford. Luckily I can still get them but we are spending R675 every other day to buy enough just for the wild animals that are knocking at our doors. Our baboons are still alright but our food bill is horrendous (ca.R30000 per month) since we have to find food for them at the markets in Johannesburg and Pietersburg and the transport is expensive. For me it is very nerve-wracking and sad to have this in front of me every day from morning to night.

      There is no sign of rain yet. Not so long ago owners of fenced-in nature reserves saw it as their duty to feed their fenced-in animals in times of need .Now the new trend is "let nature take its course", in other words do not touch my banking account. If we had no fences these animals could roam further and find patches of food, now they are locked up and have to wait to die. So the attitude is now "Well let us be kind and trophy-hunt them".

      Last week I had a young wildebeest brought in, dying a most miserable death. I could not help. We looked at the poor thing. His abumasum was a piece of rock, because every time he had wanted to pick up a tiny morsel of grass or leaf he had to swallow a mouthful of sand which compacted in the abumasum. "Nature" had taken its course. Is it really nature, or is it what we humans have made out of this planet?"

      If anybody can see a way to contributing towards the costs of this humanitarian food aid, please pay contributions in the following account - every cent helps.

Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education
FNB Account No. 620 258 341 87
Fourways Mall CODE 251-655 South Africa

Tel: 015 769 6251
Fax: 015 781 3103
     

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