Eyes in the Sky

By | May 26th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

We are excited to tell you that we are expanding our reach! While we continue to build Franklin’s Crash, we are going to support another very worthy cause.

We are sure many of you know of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. The Trust was founded in honor of David Sheldrick, who created Tsavo National Park, by his wife Dame Daphne Sheldrick. They may be best known for their work rehabilitating orphaned elephants. But they also care for orphaned antelope, giraffe, hippos, and RHINOS! All animals are prepared to return to the wild though they do have a rhino, Maxwell, who is blind and cannot be returned to the wild, so he has a lifelong safe home at the Trust.

One of the critical pieces of the Trust’s work is to provide “Eyes in the Sky.” Their airwing planes (5), helicopters (2), and pilots supply the vital support Tsavo needs to help the management, ground teams, veterinary units, and antipoaching teams to be ever more effective. They fly thousands of hours a month over Tsavo, and it is largely because of this presence that poaching is down by 50% in recent years. With an area the size of Tsavo everything begins from the air, and without that perspective keeping Tsavo safe would be impossible. The aerial coverage specifically covers the important rhino areas of Tsavo. The preservation of rhino in Africa, particularly Kenya, is all about heightened security, and the aerial missions are vital for surveillance and to deploy men rapidly in remote areas for quick effective response.

ONE month of aviation fuel for these missions costs $10,000. We invite you all to join us in our mission to raise the money needed for these Eyes in the Sky. When you donate today at www.parcainc.org, you are welcome to let us know if you’d like your money to be directed to Eyes in the Sky. Thank you as always for your support!

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Franklin’s Crash

By | May 21st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

We wanted to share that we’ve named “our” rhino! We are so proud that “Franklin” will be moving in the next batch of rhinos that will be translocated to areas of safety. And to celebrate this accomplishment, we want to build Franklin’s crash! We are specifically aiming to raise $8500 by the end of July. Why $8500? That amount will cover the capture of a rhino, the charter aircraft to fly them to Botswana, the land transport in Botswana, and the post-release monitoring. So, help us build Franklin’s Crash! Please visit our donation page and help us save another one of these iconic animals! Look for updates on our campaign here and thank you!

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It’s Not Just About the Rhino

By | May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

We are often asked, “why the rhino?” While we have many answers specific to the rhinos themselves, we also think it’s important to highlight our impacts on people.

First and foremost, 6 of our 7 board members have careers in healthcare. When we hear about people paying astronomical amounts of money for a product with absolutely no medicinal value whatsoever, we believe it is our duty to educate them and stop the sourcing. We feel obligated to stop poaching of rhinos for their horn for the false belief that it has medicinal value because people are wasting time and money that could be spent on real treatment.

Our work provides jobs locally, nationally, and internationally. We order our shirts from a business local to us in Delaware County, PA. We bank locally. We hold our fundraisers in the Philadelphia area, providing business so far for the zoo and a restaurant. We order our candles from a wholesaler in New England – those folks made them and a shipping company got them to us. We order office and marketing supplies from U.S. businesses. Our medals for Run for Rhinos are coming from a New York business. We’ll be the featured charity on FLOAT in July and their Colorado –based employees are working on our campaign already. Our first partner, Great Plains Conservation, has U.S.-based employees. And of course we have an international impact with jobs. Sourcing and moving the rhinos requires teams of people in 2 countries – pilots, vets, mechanics, conservationists, drivers, government workers who issue the permits, and many others. Once the rhinos are moved, there are jobs monitoring them to ensure their well-being and safety.

We will have a second group of supporters visit the Great Plains camps this year. Those trips not only solidify our partnership by allowing us to spend time with the Great Plains team. They support the jobs of the guides, chefs, housekeeping, and other staff who run the camps. Of course there are the airlines and reservation agents who get us to our destinations.

Wildlife trafficking is linked to international crime including money laundering, arms trafficking, biosecurity threats, and human rights abuses. Wildlife products should not be a source of income for terrorist groups involved in these activities.

We don’t often pause enough ourselves to remember the trickle-down impacts that our work has. We hope our reflection on this aspect of our work is informative and inspirational for you, too. As always, we thank you for your support.

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