NOVEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER
Hello Friends,
HAPPY THANKSGIVING
from the volunteer Board Members of Bushlife Conservancy!

Along with most of his countrymen, our CEO, Nick Murray, is busy celebrating the exciting news out of Zimbabwe. As the holiday approaches, however, we wanted to reach out directly, to express our personal thanks to each and every one of you for your incredible support during the past year.

Many of you donated once, twice, three times or more during the past year, in amounts large and small. Your consistent funding has enabled us to maintain a stable anti-poaching presence in the Zambezi Valley, which has resulted in many elephant lives saved.

During the 2015-2016 rainy season, elephant poaching reached crisis proportions in and around Mana Pools NP. Parks personnel were literally finding at least one dead elephant a week. That’s when Nick Murray, along with some like-minded folks in the area, decided that they had to tackle the poaching epidemic head on. Nick, through his local nonprofit Bushlife Support Unit (BSU), started doing periodic patrols with the few available vehicles, and realized that his presence was having a positive effect.

Now, those seeds of an anti-poaching effort have grown into a full-fledged, widely respected program to eliminate poaching and protect iconic bull elephants from hunting in this area. ZimParks has recognized Nick’s success by expressing a willingness to enter into a formal agreement for future cooperative work with BSU, and has pointed to Nick’s efforts as a model for anti-poaching programs in other parks.

THANKS TO YOU, we have been able to purchase more vehicles, set up a repair and maintenance shop, and provide fuel, food, and equipment for the rangers out on patrol. We have helped build a ranger station and roads into remote areas where poachers have been known to prey. We have established a full time Investigation Team that pays rewards for information leading to poaching arrests, and helps detain, arrest, and assist with poaching trials. And we have been able to purchase and fit 4 radio collars on iconic bull elephants to monitor and protect them from hunters if they should wander outside the boundaries of Mana Pools NP. In this way, your generous support is helping save the elephants of Zimbabwe.

As a result of your generosity, we’re proud to say we have achieved some very impressive results, including 85 poaching arrests, sentences totaling 700+ years, and the recovery of:
  • 18 Live Pangolin
  • 5 Dead Pangolin
  • 3 Lion Skins
  • 4 Crocodile Skins
  • 150+ Tusks
  • 2 Leopard Skins
  • 10 Firearms
Words cannot adequately express how much we appreciate your help in making this possible. But the fight is not yet over! We need your further support to ensure we can maintain and build on this past success. We urgently need funds to maintain our Anti-Poaching Patrols and Investigation Teams throughout the rainy season -- because we know as soon as we stop, the poachers will come back! We hope you will consider making a year end tax deductible contribution to support this important work.

We wish you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy holiday season. And we look forward to your continued support in the year ahead!

Yours truly,
Elissa Warantz
Alison Nolting
Beth Brock
Mara Perkins
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#GivingTuesday Is Coming!!!
GIVING TUESDAY is November 28, 2017. Facebook and the Gates Foundation are sponsoring a matching campaign for donations made on Facebook that day, on a first come/first served basis.
If you want to increase the value of your
donation, please DONATE EARLY ON TUESDAY, 11/28, on our FACEBOOK PAGE, to help us qualify for matching funds!

Check announcements on our Facebook page for more details.

OUR INVESTIGATION TEAM CHALKS UP ANOTHER POACHING ARREST!
As we mentioned in our last update, a ZimParks patrol recently intercepted three poachers in the area west of Mana Pools, and recovered 15 tusks. At that time, the poachers evaded capture and escaped across the river back to Zambia. But with the help of a skilled informant working as part of the BSU Investigation Team, ZimParks Rangers were able to set up a successful ambush several weeks later. There was a brief fire fight, resulting in the arrest of one poacher, and the death of another. The brave BSU informant was unfortunately wounded as well, and has been hospitalized with a shattered arm. We have been paying for his emergency evacuation and hospital care, to the tune of $6,000 so far.

This unexpected expense has put a serious dent in our budget. In addition, though we currently have two vehicles available to go out on remote patrols, our third vehicle needs major repairs.
So any and all donations are especially welcome at this time! Please CLICK HERE to support our Anti-Poaching work.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN MAKE YOUR DONATION COUNT FOR EVEN MORE
As you view these images of our Zimbabwe elephant babies and families, we hope you will consider donating on behalf of your own family members, or donating as a gift to family and friends. Surveys show that most people would prefer to receive a donation to a worthy cause, rather than a gift they cannot use. And your gift would definitely help the great cause of protecting these wonderful animals from poachers!

Please consider additional ways to maximize your contributions:

  • Apply for matching grants from your employer
  • Make a stock or securities donation
  • Make a direct donation from your IRA distribution
  • Name Bushlife Conservancy in your Will as a Beneficiary of your estate
  • Register for Amazon Smiles, and select Bushlife Conservancy as your charity of choice at www.smile.amazon.com
STAY TUNED FOR INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS!
We will soon be announcing dates for some evening get-togethers sponsored by our good friends at Africa Adventure Company. We hope to meet many of you there, answer questions, get to know you, and present some highlights of our recent work.
CONSIDER ASKING FOR AN EMPLOYER MATCHING GRANT. Many companies will match charitable gifts by employees and their spouses, retirees, and board members. Most will match dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple your gift! Take advantage of this opportunity. Talk to your employer about their company match program and make your donation go even further.
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