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FFTP4! FFTP4 We are pleased to announce that on Saturday, 5 April 2014 , the Rare & Endangered Species Trust (REST) will host another all day Flight for the Plight Air Show at the Otjiwarongo airfield.

We proudly invite you to Fly-in with NO landing fee at this year’s bigger and better Air Show!

More information can be found here.

Cape GriffonCape Griffon URGENT! (08/08/2013)
It has just been made public that a mass poisoning of vultures occurred in the northern region of Namibia. An elephant was poached for ivory & it appears the poachers poisoned the carcass so that the vultures that landed would die immediately & not alert authorities to the dead elephant.
It is being reported that 400-600 600-1000 vultures have been killed. The bird in this picture is the critically endangered, in Namibia, Cape Griffon or Cape vulture.
This is a tragedy on a level that we are having a hard time processing at the moment. Technically, we could have just experienced the extinction of the last Cape Griffon in Namibia.
Imagine 600 dead rhino in one day!!!
We are launching an immediate rescue effort for any adults that can be saved and for the chicks that will be left starving.
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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Here is further information from Farmers Weekly and other sources.

Farmers Weekly article





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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.

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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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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