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URGENT! (17/06/2014)
PangolinPangolin Over three tons of Pangolin scales have been seized in Hong Kong. At this rate the Pangolin will soon be extinct. We are desperate for donations to help with our conservation efforts.
Pangolin poaching is on an unexpected sky-rocketing increase.
It seems the same syndicates smuggling elephant ivory & rhino horns have decided to include pangolin scales.
A shipment of African pangolin was seized in Hong Kong in April 2014 - 1 ton was the record high until weeks ago when a total of 3.3 tons from Africa was confiscated from two more ships arriving in the same city.
In just the past month, R.E.S.T. has received five confiscated wild pangolin. Every time pangolin conservationists catch our breaths, we receive more bad news.
R.E.S.T. staff are working long hours & have managed to release & start tracking three of the five in the past month.
It's a bit crazy on site ... even for us!
We will keep all of our supporters posted, as we begin a huge campaign to save Africa's pangolins.
If you can help in any way, or know of any businesses that could help with the rescue effort, please get in touch.

If you wish to make a donation to REST using PayPal, you can do so via Chinchillas4Life in the UK.
They are providing the donation button whilst we get ours sorted out.



Please see the following page for other ways you can help us by sponsoring or donating.

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FFTP4! FFTP4 Many thanks to everyone who came to the Flight for the Plight Air Show 2014. It was a resounding success and I hope that everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did. Please take a look at our gallery of this fantastic day here.

FFTP4 was held on Saturday, 5 April 2014 at the Otjiwarongo airfield.


It was truly wonderful day & we raised some fantastic awareness about what we do and what can be done to help save our critically endangered wildlife.


Welcome to the Rare and Endangered Species Trust

We are here to protect, research and provide education about the 'Forgotton Five' (now the 'Forgotton Five plus One!).
(Cape Griffon Vulture, Dwarf Python, African Wild/Painted Dog, Cape/Ground Pangolin, Damara Dik Dik and Spotted Rubber Frog)
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Cape Griffon Vulture, © Linda MillingtonThe Cape Griffon Vulture in Namibia

The Cape griffon vulture, Gyps coprotheres, living only in southern Africa, is perhaps an unlikely candidate around which to rally an international conservation effort. Yet this is exactly what the Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST) is doing at its new centre located south of Otjiwarongo, Namibia.

VULTURES
Throughout history, vultures have been revered as symbols of power and insight. Due to their ability to fly at high altitudes, many cultures believed and some still do, that vultures could reach the heavens and thus are messengers for God. Many respect their role of cleaning up the environment and preventing the spread of disease, possibly averting outbreaks such as anthrax and botulism. In modern times, ranchers especially in Africa, watch the vulture to alert them to animals that have died naturally or possibly due to poachers.

Among the cultures of Africa, these huge, high flying birds with their well developed powers of observation have been specifically accorded with clairvoyance and mystical or magical powers. Unfortunately, that has led to a trade in vulture parts for traditional purposes and ceremonial and religious events. Nesting material is believed to have magical power and... Click here for more...

 

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The Cape Griffon Vulture in Namibia

 

 

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To schedule a visit or to learn more about the exciting conservation and education work taking place at the Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST), send an e-mail to rest@iway.na or call 081-367-9425.

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