The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), ratified by 196 nations in 1992, encourages actions that will lead to a sustainable future. On December 19, The UN CBD COP-15 adopted the Post-2020 GBF with the key 30×30 target for NBSAPs – a big deal for global conservation. EWT’s Dr Gabi Teren was there and unpacks it for us

A Word from the CEO

Clive Walker, Neville Anderson, and James Clarke registered the Endangered Wildlife Trust in 1973 with the sole intention, at that time, of addressing the unsustainable trade in Cheetah skins and reversing the decline in this species. They had no idea where it would go or what it would do; they just knew they had to do something to save Cheetahs.

18,250 Days later, give or take a few, the EWT now works across southern and east Africa on more than 50 species of wild animals and plants threatened with extinction and, most important, has successfully reversed the decline in Cheetah across South Africa, which is now the ONLY country in the world with an increasing population size of Cheetah. This year the Endangered Wildlife Trust commemorates 50 years of conservation excellence.

My 5 for the BIG 5

Imagine a world without the magic of nature. Without iconic animals like the Big 5.

In our 50th year, we invite you to donate R5 and challenge five friends to do the same in their My 5 for the BIG 5 drive to Save Species, Conserve Habitats, and Benefit People.

TALE FROM THE FIELD Wetland restoration in Zambiai

The ICF/EWT was part of this year’s wetlands day celebrations in Lochinvar National Park, spreading awareness about the importance of wetlands and collaboration to save these threatened ecosystems.

A tribute to a beloved pack member – Dr Peter Mundy

Dr Peter Mundy was a pioneering African Vulture Conservationist who sadly passed away in February 2023. This is but a brief tribute to his full and exceptional life

Vulture-safe Zones benefit biodiversity and people

Southern African vulture populations are declining rapidly and vulture-safe zones have been established to address threats to vultures. These collaborative arrangements have great potential to slow these declines

SCIENCE SNIPPETSNot all carnivores are monitored equally

Africa’s large carnivores populations have declined over the years. To conserve them, we must know how many individuals are left in the wild, but not all carnivores have been monitored equally. In a recent publication, scientists reviewed monitoring programmes of African carnivores to identify important knowledge gaps.

Careers in Conservation Meet Sam Mynhardt, the newest member of our pack

How our staff members found their way to fulfilling careers in conservation. Dr Samantha Mynhardt is the EWT’s Drylands Conservation Programme new Researcher. Here is a little bit about Sam’s journey to a career in conservation

Remember all regular donors will be entered into a monthly draw to win one of our gorgeous fluffy toys worth R350!

Contact RebeccaM@ewt.org.za to set up a quick and easy monthly debit order of R100 or go to our Ways to Give page to select your own amount

Earthly Eating

Each month, we bring you delicious, nutritious, and eco-friendly recipes that our staff members love! This month’s Earthly Eating recipe is Tabouleh Salad, recommended by the EWT’s Head of Marketing, Sizie Modise who says it is a wonderful Lebanese vegetarian salad to make for guests, as it brightens up any table.

Saving species through habitat protection

Sungazers are threatened because their virgin grassland habitat is being rapidly transformed for agricultural expansion, mining activities, overgrazing, and the collection of individuals for the pet trade or local traditional use.

Join MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet to raise funds for the EWT at no cost to you!

First-Ever Global Leopard Conference to shine conservation spotlight on these threatened cats

This March, seven conservation organisations will unite to host the inaugural Global Leopard Conference, a virtual gathering of the world’s foremost leopard scientists and enthusiasts seeking to better protect one of the world’s most threatened big cat species.