Management of Avian Parasitic Flies
Bird blow flies are parasites that depend on blood meals from nestling birds. Blow fly parasitism results in reduced nestling condition and can cause all the chicks in a nest to die. Combating parasitism is especially important in endangered and threatened species; however, to understand cues flies use to parasitize nest and how to stop them, working with non-endangered birds provides researches the ability to find environmentally friendly management tools. Researchers at Ohio University are working with eastern bluebirds, tree swallows and purple martins to understand how female behavior, and structural and thermal properties of a bird's nest affect nest parasitism and whether fly visual cues can be manipulated to reduce parasitism in at risk bird species.
Community Conservation Projects
The Sindisa Fund supports endangered species projects that engage local communities that live near endangered species populations. Informed community support is critical to protecting wildlife and habitat. Currently, the Sindisa Fund is helping to support community conservation projects operated by Wildlife ACT Fund Trust that are protecting painted dogs, cheetahs and rhinos in the below natural areas in eastern South Africa:
Somkhanda Game Reserve
Ndumo Game Reserve
Mkhuze Game Reserve
Conserving Vultures through Community Ambassadors
The Sindisa Fund supports work with Wildlife ACT Fund. Wildlife ACT Fund Trust's Vulture and Community Conservation Programs in South Africa aim to develop an understanding of the importance of biodiversity and conservation among individuals living in communities bordering protected areas. Through education, Wildlife ACT Fund will mentor conservation leaders and instil a sense of stewardship in local communities. The Conserving Vultures Program will strengthen 10 conservation clubs in the KwaNgwenya and KwaJobe communities adjacent to the uMkhuze Section iSimangaliso Park, establish young adult conservation clubs in communities around Somkhanda Community Game Reserve, establish 15 Conservation Clubs for grade 6 pupils in KwaGumbi, KwaNgwenya and KwaJobe. In addition, the project has partnered with the Wilderness Leadership School to train conservation leaders through an experiential Wilderness Leadership Trail in the world famous Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. Engagement through story-telling, art, agriculture, research and conservation activities will strengthen communities and develop conservation-oriented ambassadors to lead conservation efforts in the region.
Anti-Snare and SAT Collars
The painted dog is a critically endangered species. There are only about 5,000 left in the world. The poachers’ snares may be the greatest threat to its survival as a species!
The Sindisa Fund is seeking donations to purchase anti-snare and satellite collars for these critically endangered dogs. Satellite Collars provide real time location status of the collared dog. The Fund is working in conjunction with the Wildlife ACT Fund Trust in South Africa on this project. Donations to The Sindisa Fund are tax-deductible in the U.S.A.