Africaʼs largest mammals are seriously threatened. Ivory is now worth 20 percent more
than gold, hence militant insurgents have turned to massacring elephants to finance their
wars. The trade in tusks and rhino horn, and the buildup of armed groups in and around
great ape habitats have all contributed to a poaching bonanza. Elephant, rhino, gorilla, and
chimpanzee are now more threatened than at any other time in history.
African wildlife authorities are cash-strapped, unable to afford the numbers of rangers
needed to adequately patrol protected areas. Consequently conservationists have turned
to innovative technology to find new cost-effective ways of tackling the threats to wildlife.
One such innovation is the GorillaCam project proposed for the Bwindi Impenetrable
Forest in Uganda. It uses small weatherproof cameras and green-energy fuel cells to keep
an eye on one of the worldʼs only populations of mountain gorillas.
Working over the next four years in partnership with the Uganda Wildlife Authority,
WildLIGHT and Global Changemaker hope to demonstrate that this innovation can be a
self-financing means of protecting wildlife in remote protected areas across the continent.
And in addition to boosting Africaʼs beleaguered conservation efforts, GorillaCam will
demonstrate the capacity for green energy to overcome a host of challenges in the
developing world. We believe this presents a potential paradigm shift in global change.
GorillaCam has generated a good deal of interest. By all accounts it is a great idea, but we
cannot proceed without pump-priming funding.
We need $400,000 to set up GorillaCam and have the project fully functioning in the jungle
by the end of the first quarter of 2015. We expect it to be self-financing by 2017.
Your support is needed to stop the growing threats to Africaʼs large mammals. Please
consider making a donation to WildLIGHT for all or part of the $400,000. By
stopping the poachers, you will not only be preserving elephant, rhino, chimp and gorilla
populations for future generations, but youʼll also make Africa a much safer place.
Thank you for your generous consideration. Please donʼt hesitate to email me for further
information at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Greg Cummings, Director
WildLIGHT Ltd (by Guarantee) - A Registered Charity in Uganda - No. 113928
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