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Sanctuaries & Research - Striving To Protect Wildlife and Encourage Responsible Tourism Practices Sat, 18 May 2024 13:26:55 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Book For the Love of Wildlife
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We recently republished our book “For the Love of Wildlife” in eBook/Kindle format and it is now available at a discounted price of $2.99 on Amazon.
Attached below is the review from Colin Seddon, a wildlife rescue expert in UK, which was published by BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Our purpose in republishing the book electronically is to raise funds to support our non-profit, Campaign against Canned Hunting (CACH).


We would be very grateful if you could assist us by forwarding this to all of your members and contacts, asking them to: the Campaign by checking out the book’s website,, and buying the book.

2.spread the word through their own social networks to encourage their family and friends to do the same.


Any help that you can give us will go straight to the cause of animal welfare and you know how badly this is needed in South Africa. We’d be delighted to offer a note of thanks and a link to your site on in return.


Chris Mercer & Bev Pervan
Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH)
Registered non-profit NGO – PBO930030402
For the Love of Wildlife
2007 MarchigInternational Trust Award for service to animal welfare


BBC Wildlife magazine Review of the book For The Love of Wildlife

This book relates the working history of the Harnas Lion Farm in Namibia and the personal history of its founder, Marieta van der Merwe and her family. The book is characterised by an authenticity apparent to anyone who has worked in animal rescue centres – especially those continually struggling for funding. The authors – themselves founders and managers of a wildlife rehab centre in the Kalahari – make no attempt to paint a rosy picture of wildlife rehabilitation, detailing mistakes made, organisational short comings, the value of volunteers and the chaotic nature of sanctuary life.


Dotted throughout is information about animal behaviour, the nature of the Kalahari desert and the appalling lack of rights afforded to wild animals in Southern Africa. This absorbing book is at times moving, depressing, amusing, informative and uplifting.


Working with wildlife is not all fun, it makes clear, but if you want to know how it really is – warts and all – then this is the book for you.


Colin Seddon

Wildlife rescue expert


Sanctuaries & Research Sun, 24 Apr 2011 11:43:33 +0000
Tawiri Wildlife Research Institute

An interesting organisation based in Tanzania - TAWIRI -

For more information - visit their website.

The history of wildlife research in Tanzania dates back to nearly 50 years ago when it was first initiated in Colubus Monkey - Tanzania - TAWIRIthe 1950's in the Serengeti ecosystem. In view of the importance of research to promote better management of wildlife, The Serengeti Research Institute (SRI) was established in 1966 under the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA). Since then wildlife research has expanded to include other Protected Areas (PAs). Also, SRI became the centre of excellence for wildlife research on savannah ecology as well as a genesis of some of today's world famous experts of tropical wildlife research.

Recognizing the importance of research in the development of the wildlife industry in the country, the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania in 1980 established, under the Act of Parliament, a national research institution, the Serengeti Wildlife Research Institute (SWRI) which is now Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. In the past, research being carried out by the institute focused on studies for higher academic degrees and for production of scientific papers; there was very little emphasis on making the research relevant to conservation and management of the protected areas. The new research agenda of TAWIRI emphasizes research that is relevant to conservation and management of wildlife protected areas, consonant with the National Eland - TAWIRI Tanzaniavision 2025, that is sustainable conservation of natural resources.

The Institute has five Centres: Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre (formerly Serengeti Research Institute), Kingupira Wildlife Research Centre (formerly Miombo Research Centre) Mahale Mountains Wildlife Research Centre (formerly Kasoge Research station), Gombe Wildlife Research Centre (formerly Gombe Stream Research Station) and Njiro Wildlife Research Centre (formerly Njiro Beekeeping Research Centre). Also under TAWIRI is the Conservation Information and Monitoring Unit, CIMU (formerly Conservation Information Centre, CIC). and Beekeeping Research and Extension Services Unit (BRESU), (Formerly Beekeeping Training Institute, BTI) also under TAWIRI.

For further information refer directly to their website


Sanctuaries & Research Thu, 04 Jun 2009 14:58:45 +0000
Colobus Trust about to loose it´s location´s-location´s-location


Not being able to communicate via our website has been very frustrating for us over the last few months, particularly because of wanting to spread the news about the imminent sale of the Colobus Cottage plot.  We hope that most of our supporters will have heard the news from the appeal emails that we sent out in August.  A description of what has happened and the latest news about the sale is as follows:

The Colobus Trust has been based at our current location, Colobus Cottage, for the past 9 years.  We have invested a great deal into development of our facilities here, and now have an office, volunteer accommodation, visitors centre, shop, tree nursery, native tree plantation, vet clinic, quarantine & rehabilitation cages, not to mention our nature trail that runs through the fantastic coastal forest that accounts for approx. 80% of the 3.9 hectare plot. Lastly, and most importantly, this plot is home to a troop of colobus monkeys, troops of Sykes monkeys, vervet monkeys & yellow baboons, and myriad species that share the forest with them.

Earlier this year the plot was put up for sale by the landowners, at an asking price of KSh 36,400,000 (GBP 280,000).  Since the announcement of the sale we have been running an appeal to raise the money to buy the plot, but have not managed to raise the amount needed.  Recently a private buyer put in a bid for the plot which has been accepted by the sellers.  Currently we are waiting for confirmation of the sale from the solicitors.  If the sale is confirmed, we will have to move out.  However, ........ 


Can you give a donation, large or small, to help us raise the money to buy the plot?

If you have the means, can you purchase the plot for us, or lend us the money to buy it?

Please contact Jophie Clark if you can help in any way. 

Thank you.

The Colobus Trust, PO Box 5380 , Diani Beach 80401 , Kenya
Mobile : +254 (0)734 860654, Landline: +254 (0)40 320 3519
Email:, Website:


Sanctuaries & Research Sun, 10 Dec 2006 22:42:07 +0000
Arusha - Bird Watching By C.J.Nguya
WCST Arusha - The Arusha Times

In early 2006, student members of Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST) Arusha Branch met at the National Natural History Museum grounds to establish a Bird Watching Club for youth in Arusha.
The main aim of the Bird Watching Club for Youth is to encourage young people in Arusha region to discover the joys and challenges of birding and promote conservation of birds in the region but also to help promote a general interest in conservation.
The initiative has begun by incorporating four schools: Olasiti Orphans Day Care School, Tropical Centre for Tour Guides, Inter- Continental Training School and Absolute Institute for Tour Guides.

As part of the activities of the initiative a group of 31 students together with two teachers from Olasiti Orphans Day Care School went on a trip of their lifetimes to Tarangire and Manyara National Parks for bird watching on 1st July this year. More than 100 species of birds were sighted during this trip.
The visit was unique, educational and much fun for the students that had participated Most of them had never visited Tarangire and Manyara National parks.

Since the establishment of the branch office the hobby has been growing steadily. An amazing number of students in Arusha participate in bird watching organized by WCST Arusha Branch. They venture out to discover the fun of seeing new birds in new places, whether it’s a drive through a national park or a guided walk at a nature preserve. .
The information collected on bird sightings can be used to help to establish the status of various species during such activities and ultimately help the conservation of birds in the Arusha region.
WCST Arusha branch intends to organize more bird walks to encourage our youth to become interested in the conservation of birds of the region. The next bird walk will be advertised.
Bird life or a lack of it is a good indicator on the good health or otherwise of any environment and by taking care of our environment we encourage more birds. A healthy eco-system supports more biodiversity Public awareness is a good foundation for conservation efforts so if you want to be involved in doing something good for conservation
Contact THE WCST COSMAS NGUYA (Executive officer  tel. 0744626570]]>
Sanctuaries & Research Wed, 16 Aug 2006 11:23:47 +0000
Small nature sanctuary offering a unique 'out of Africa' environment'out-of-africa'-environment'out-of-africa'-environment

Coastweek | February 24 - March 02, 2006 | Issue 2908

Bamburi, Kenya (Coastweek) -- Why not enjoy an "Out of Africa" experience in Nguuni Nature Sanctuary? Only four kilometers away from Bamburi Cement Factory, a small nature sanctuary offers a few choices of spending your leisure time but in a completely unique "out of Africa" environment.
Surrounded by giraffe and antelopes as you watch a magnificent sunset at Nguuni Nature Sanctuary.

A small nature sanctuary offering a unique 'out of Africa' environment

Today, Nguuni Nature Sanctuary offers you guided:

• Bird watching - just recently completed is the bird trail and hide and a newly constructed Birders Banda for the overnight visitors.

See over 260 species of birds.

• Tours - enjoy pleasant nature walks along valleys with rain-fed ponds inhabited by fish and birds.

Large Doum Palm crowned by Leopard Orchids are scattered in the grassland.

Educational tours can be arranged for Schools.

• Camel rides - for the adventurous visitors, a camel ride is the perfect choice to view the beautiful landscape and the animals of the sanctuary from a different angle

A home to a number of animals - see at a close range Ostriches being fed as Eland and Oryx will surround you as they graze quietly in the area.

There is a unique opportunity for a sundowner with the teeming wild life and a bar-be-cue at the campfire.

Lucky visitors will get to see a couple of the shy Water Bucks.

While the graceful Giraffes will walk close by you.

• Bike tours - an eight km leisurely ride on mountain bikes through traditional African villages in palm and mango tree forests.

See local village life at closer view. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy a sundowner at the Sanctuary.

There is a unique opportunity for a sundowner and bar-be-cue at the campfire.

A perfect setting for get-togethers with your friends, picnics, birthdays and staff parties.

You will be surrounded by antelopes as you watch a magnificent sunset.

Sanctuaries & Research Wed, 22 Mar 2006 18:38:00 +0000