Canvas, the global leader in mobile apps for businesses, today announced that Sabi Sand Wildtuin, the oldest private reserve in South Africa, has been recognized as the 2013 Canvas ‘Ante Up’ Nonprofit of the Year Award Recipient for its innovative use of mobile technology to combat Rhino poaching. Sabi Sand African Reserve Ecologist Michael Grover will be honored at a special event in Washington, DC on Tuesday, June 25th, where he will offer a powerful presentation on the use of mobile apps to thwart animal poachers.
Launched in 2012, the Canvas ‘Ante Up’ program encourages employees to identify a nonprofit initiative or need that they are passionate about, and then to support that initiative by providing the nonprofit with free Canvas services as well as the employee’s time to help train the organization on how best to implement Canvas and other resources aimed at helping to arm nonprofit organizations with mobile technology.
Animal poaching has become a deadly and serious problem for Africa. Organized criminals and Rebel militias using automatic weapons and sophisticated technology are profiting heavily from poaching, and killing tens of thousands of animals in the process. Sabi Sand Reserve, like many reserves, is challenged to cover a massive geography with limited manpower and technology resources. By providing Sabi Sand Wildtuin with Canvas’ mobile app service, the Reserve has been empowered to more effectively track, stop and eventually help prosecute poachers.
“The vision of Ante Up is to let employees pursue philanthropic efforts they are passionate about, and have the freedom to commit their time towards those efforts,” said James Quigley, CEO and Co-Founder, Canvas. “To see our technology play a role in addressing a global crisis that is costing lives – of both the animals and those trying to protect them – underscores why Canvas feels so strongly that making mobile technology accessible to deserving groups is critical.” More....