By Dave Mairs
Crowdfunding project to provide monitoring cameras in Africa.
The traps 'capture' a range of species... such as elephantsThe conservation charity The Aspinall Foundation has launched a fund-raising initiative in which supporters can enjoy unique rewards for their contributions to its crowdfunding campaign.
The Aspinall Foundation, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is dedicated to protecting endangered species.
Through its work in Congo and Gabon, the charity’s flagship Gorilla Protection Project aims to re-establish viable, self-sustaining populations of the critically-endangered western gorilla in the million acres that it protects known as the Batéké Plateau National Park.
By protecting such a large area, The Aspinall Foundation is helping to save a range of other rare and endangered species such as forest elephants. According to a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, 65 per cent of central Africa’s forest elephants were killed between 2002 and 2013.
This equates to one elephant being slaughtered every 20 minutes to provide trinkets for the ivory trade. Hence conservation efforts have never been more pressing or essential.
The charity’s brand new crowdfunding campaign, which launched last month, will raise funds for 10 new cameras needed to monitor, and therefore help protect, the diverse range of animals at its reserve in Africa.
The cameras allow unobtrusive monitoring and provide invaluable information about the endangered species in the reserve.
From newborn gorillas to forest elephants and leopards, the new cameras will afford glimpses of the animals that would otherwise go undocumented.
Amos Courage, director for overseas projects, said: “The footage from our camera traps reinforces the importance of protecting habitats and finding ways to extend this protection beyond the limits of national reserves.
“The camera traps are a vital way of providing us with an idea of the amount of species in this area, their numbers and their movements.”
To say thank you to its supporters, The Aspinall Foundation is offering exclusive rewards for their donations to the crowdfunding campaign, from never-before-seen images of the animals through to animal experiences and personal calls from the team working at the projects in Africa.
For more information about the charity’s conservation work, visit www.aspinallfoundation.org/conservation.
Sarah Tite, fund-raising manager, said: “This is a great opportunity for our supporters to really be involved in the amazing work that we are doing overseas.
“Our supporters’ contributions are invaluable to the work that we do, and the unique rewards of this project will provide a never-before-seen insight into the conservation and animals.”
You will be able to donate money and help to support this important cause up until Friday, April 11. For the opportunity to be involved and to donate, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/aspinall-camera-trap-programme.