Sadly, due to the ongoing economic impact of COVID-19, a large portion of our funding which enabled us to employ our VFAPU scouts, which provided them with livelihoods, whilst also providing us with the logistical means to carry out our anti-poaching patrols, has unfortunately had to be cut back and / or in some cases closed off completely.
The truth of the matter is that the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a humanitarian crisis, but a conservation crisis. With a number of tourism facilities having to temporarily close, the ground presence in wildlife areas will now be far less than before. Added to this with limited funding, we are currently hamstrung to be able to offer the conservation support we have done in the past, and are currently battling to maintain the salaries of our scouts.
We fully understand the financial pressures and strain that this pandemic has bought to both businesses and individuals alike, but we are appealing to those who have the means to please support us to be able to continue with the vital work we do and the support we offer to the wildlife and habitats in this region. Every little bit helps. We must protect our wildlife for our future. The wildlife needs your help!
Our heartfelt thanks go out to those who continue to support us - every little bit makes a difference. On behalf of the entire team at Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit we wish all our donors, supporters, colleagues and friends the strength, courage and safety during this challenging time. Thank you!
P.S. This fundraiser would not be possible without VFAPU's partners sponsoring this team effort. Please support them by checking out their websites!
Brave Africa Safaris - https://braveafrica.com/
Africa Albida Tourism - https://www.africaalbidatourism.com/
Africa Conservation Travel - https://www.africaconservationtravel.com/
- Francesca McKee
- Claire Menhinick
- Keith Reilly
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