Save an African Animal! – Giving U™

Congratulations to all lion lovers!

You Adventure Philanthropists voted to help save African wildlife, specifically the re-introduction of lions to their native habitats.

Nearly 200 of you participated with a full 80% voting to give the Zambian nonprofit organization ALERT $500 from the GoErinGo! Fund!


I’m fresh off fabulous safaris in Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia where I got to see African wildlife up close!

Now I want to support animal conservation efforts and YOU get to choose which animal we help: Rhino, Elephant or Lion!

Vote before Nov. 1, 2011 and the GoErinGo! Fund will make a $500 donation to repopulation efforts.

Which African Animal Should We Save?

  • Lion (80%, 154 Votes)
  • Rhino (13%, 26 Votes)
  • Elephant (7%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 193

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Here’s a little background on each of these native African animals and organizations supporting their conservation:

Rhinos – Save the Rhino International

Endangered Status: The Black Rhinoceros population has been decimated due to demand in Middle Eastern and Asian countries for their prized horn. Between 1970 and 1992, the population declined 96% and today there are less than 25,000 black rhinos in all of Africa.

Org Background: Save the Rhino International works to conserve viable populations of critically endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia. The organization’s goal is to deliver long-lasting and widespread benefits to rhinos and other endangered species, ecosystems and people living in these areas.

More Info: Our donation will help fund community conservation, environmental education, anti-poaching efforts, field research and veterinary services. For more information and to make your own donation, visit their web site: 

Elephants – Elephants for Africa

Endangered Status: The trade in ivory, now illegal, has devastated the elephant population throughout the world. In the late 1970’s there were 1.3 million elephants; now there are only an estimated 400-600,000.

Org Background: Working in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Elephants for Africa’s research focuses on adolescent male elephants and the transition from herd to bull life, with particular attention paid to the viability of releasing elephants into the wild from a captive environment.

More Info: Our donation will help pay for field research support, including vehicle refrigerator for darting drugs, a video recorder , nightscope, and solar panels, as well as vehicle maintenance. For more information about adopting an elephant for $70 a year, visit their web site at: 

Lions – ALERT (African Lion & Environment Research Trust)

Endangered Status: Free-ranging lion populations have decreased between 80-90% in the last 30 years, due to the increase in human habitation, illegal hunting, snaring and poaching, and disease outbreaks. The current guesstimate is that 30,000 to 100,000 African lions remain.

Org Background: ALERT supports assisted lion reintroduction into specific sites, including areas where lion populations have been eradicated.

The organization’s approach is holistic, working with local communities to promote sustainable conservation plans and to empower people to protect and restore their environment and improve livelihoods.

More Info: Our donation will help fund ALERT’s African lion captive breeding program and community education and participation efforts. For more information on ALERT and how to sponsor a lion for $15 a month, visit their web site at

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This entry was posted on Saturday, October 1st, 2011 and is filed under Donate My Dollars.

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