Darwin Animal Doctors


Archive: Dec 2020

  1. Africa

    Last week we told you all about now Piggy’s Birthday fundraiser had been helping the wonderful Ismael (https://www.facebook.com/AnimalRescueTz) expand and improve his shelter in Tanzania, giving hope to many street pups, including the four new adorable ones, being housed in the brand new kennels.

    By now you’ve probably learned that Ismaels shelter, the first in mainland Tanzania, is just one of the amazing projects we’re working with in Africa.

    We have our partners at Rafiki Wildlife Foundation, in Tanzania who, together with the District Game Officer and the Management of Burunge WMA patrol the local area to help minimise the human animal conflicts in the region. The Babati District is rich in wildlife with the patrols frequently encountering a number of wildebeest, elephants, impala, zebra and waterbuck, as well as giraffes and buffalo.

    In Morocco, earlier this year we started another wildlife habitat restoration and school rebuilding program with local Moroccan partner and fellow UN animal group RAPAD-Maroc. (https://rapad-maroc.org/), who have spent the year tirelessly sheltering and caring for the well-being of hundreds of abandoned animals on the streets, as well as attempting to educate the local communities.

    Just a couple of months ago we were telling you about the work of our very own Dr. Tara Clarke (http://darwinanimaldoctors.org/saving-madagascar-together)

    Working on one of our most recent projects Saving Madagascar Together: Community Youth Environmental Program. Using the brilliant Youth Rangers program to provide an immersive course, supplementing the environmental education program run by Association Mitsinjo, in the Andasibe National Park. (http://associationmitsinjo.wordpress.com)

    We are currently working towards partnerships with local schools across Madagascar and in the Arusha community in Tanzania to implement our Youth Rangers Programme and Piggy’s humane education.

    But we’re not stopping there!!!!

    In September Sarah, our Community Development Manager, gave an amazing talk at the Africa Animal Welfare Conference about the Guardians of the Forest Youth Ranger programme she created for us at Darwin Animal Doctors to implement around the world. (http://darwinanimaldoctors.org/2020/09/)

    Since then, the team has been in talks with organisations in Kenya and Zimbabwe, discussing the Youth Rangers Program and how it can be developed for communities there. Pwani Animal Welfare in Kenya is just one of the organisations we are looking to work with in 2021! (https://pawmombasa.co.ke/blog/)

    So Sarah has been working flat out to develop the program, not only for the new partners in Kenya and Zimbabwe but also for existing partners, with Phase 3 now nearing completion where the main part of the program is for youth rangers to create their own community conservation projects, with support from the rangers/teachers.

    So 2021 will be a year of Africa: developing Morocco, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe. Exciting times are ahead!!!!

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  2. Piggy’s Birthday Success!

    We have some brilliant news following on from Piggy’s birthday in November. Despite the difficult time, we made sure to celebrate Piggy’s birthday the way it should be: helping animals and people around the world!

    Piggy’s birthday fundraiser set out to help Ismael’s Animal Shelter (https://www.facebook.com/AnimalRescueTz) in Tanzania, the first animal shelter in Tanzania, which we have been helping build up.

    The shelter gives essential care and shelter to homeless pups, taken off the streets, and brings humane education to local children, protecting the animals, safeguarding public health, and instilling a sense of empathy and compassion in the children!

    Four new puppies have arrived at the shelter. They were sick and skinny and full of parasites and now recovering in a brand new kennel that you helped to fund.

    They are receiving necessary vet care, thanks to your generosity and are under a shelter roof that you funded! This is the dramatic transformation that you made possible!

    So a huge thank you to everyone who made Piggy’s birthday fundraiser a huge success! From all of us at DAD, and all in Tanzania, including the stray pups that now have a chance of proper care and even adoption. Thank you, you superheroes!!!


    -Tod and the Team, Darwin Animal Doctors

    In loving memory of our hero, Piggy:

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  3. Giving Tuesday

    Over the years your generosity towards our Giving Tuesday Campaigns have helped so many of our partners all around the world.

    This year it has been for our friend and partner, Rudi at ISCP (https://www.facebook.com/iscp.original) in Sumatra. In the last couple of weeks, Rudi has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Thankfully it is treatable, but it is going to involve a course of expensive chemotherapy treatment.

    Rudi’s work has been tireless. We’ve featured his work in our weekly highlights many times this year. Along with his team at ISCP they have now rescued close to 100 slow loris, over 1000 songbirds and raptors, gibbons, leopard cats, macaques, binturongs, sun bears and other wildlife. http://darwinanimaldoctors.org/?p=3421 And Rudi and his team worked hard in September to create a day to champion the animals they work so hard to protect, creating International Slow Loris Day on September 13th http://darwinanimaldoctors.org/international-slow-loris-day. His dedication to his work and these amazing animals in inspirational.

    He didn’t pause throughout the restrictions of the summer, with ISCP expanding with the building of a gibbon enclosure, and welcoming a beautiful pair of Siamang gibbons in August http://darwinanimaldoctors.org/gibbons-in-sumatra/. Rudi and the ISCP team also spent the summer organising and distribution care packages to members of their local community, as seen in http://darwinanimaldoctors.org/summer-campaigns-update.

    And who could forget the adorable sun bear rescued at the start of the year http://darwinanimaldoctors.org/piggys-sun-bear-champions, who is still being cared for by Rudi’s team.

    In all, Rudi is an amazing individual, who’s dedication and commitment is beyond inspirational. Even when his own need is at it’s greatest, he is still focused on his passion: saving Sumatra. He never once asked for our help in this and has been attempting to raise the funds himself, even planning to sell his own possessions to pay his hospital bills. Not only that, but he has continued working from his hospital bed. The news from ISCP just keeps coming. Just this week they have another 3 slow loris waiting for release from their rehabilitation centre.


    Tod and the Team, Darwin Animal Doctors

    In loving memory of our hero, Piggy:

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