Friday, July 30, 2010
(Lukasa, Zambia) Animal World USA-International is pleased to announce that the 1st Africa Weeks for the Animals has kicked off Monday, August 2, 2010. It will be celebrated through Sunday, August 15th. This time will highlight the importance that African animals play in our world and help African organizations to help the animals.
The weeks are designed to celebrate and build awareness on behalf of Africa's animals, as well as recognize all who support them. 1st Africa Weeks for the Animals is bringing together educators, advocates, humane organizations, sanctuaries, students, community leaders, and caring citizens in an important week of activities. Children are a big part of the week and will be featured in many ways. Entertainers are lending their talents for the animals, as well.
Art of Conservation, Inc is creating artwork in honor of the 1st Africa Weeks for the Animals. Founder Julie Ghrist, a beautiful soul and founder, is encouraging the young ones and sharing their beautiful artwork on their website. They started on August 2nd and will be creating artwork everyday! We are so grateful and our hearts are filled with joy seeing their inspiring work. Visit http://artforgorillas.wildlifedirect.org/
The weeks will also feature festivals and events, educational activities, animal watching/walking tours, farm animal day, camel festival, blessing of the animals, low cost vaccination/spay and neuter opportunities, gorilla tours, feral cat spay initiative, young people creating art and/or essays about primates, golf day benefit for homeless animals, charity dinner for wildlife, initiative to help stop the highway propsed through the Serengheti, book sales for homeless dogs and more! The events will shine the spotlight on the amazing animals and compassionate people of Africa.
If you would like to learn more, become involved, organize an event, please call 877-454-0807 or visit the official website at http://africaanimals.org/
You may also learn more about the AWUSA-International Weeks campaign at http://www.animalworldusa.org/
Thursday, July 22, 2010
by Angie Genade, Executive Director of Rhino Fund Uganda
Uganda has a baby rhino called OBAMA? I run a rhino sanctuary in Uganda which is the home to the only wild rhino in Uganda (please visit our website www.rhinofund.org) where you will get a lot of information and pictures.
Rhino were poached to extinction in Uganda by 1982 and we currently have 6 adult Southern Whites and 3 babies on our sanctuary. All three the babies were born on the sanctuary under totally natural circumstances. Our rhino roam on a 7000ha sanctuary and are protected by rangers 24 hours a day. We are an NGO and rely on funding. And do make a bit of money by offering on foot rhino tracking to tourists which everyone loves.
Obama was our first baby born in Uganda in 28 years and was born on the 24th June 2009. He was named Obama because his mother (Nandi) was donated By Disney Animal Kingdom in the USA (she was born there) and his father came from Kenya. Seeing that, he made the history as he did here in Uganda.
And his and President Obama’s parents coming from the same places, we just had to name him Obama. Of course, we also hoped that the American people would enjoy this story and assist with funding over here (which unfortunately has not happened yet but we are hoping will happen).
So that is the news from this end. All three babies are doing well, and Nandi has mated again with our dominant male Taleo. Taleo is also currently courting the next female Bella. It seems we are in for another baby boom here in 16 months time.
Editor's note: Visit the website to learn how to help this wonderful organization help the rhinos. See other sweet photos of Obama the rhino and his mom at http://www.rhinofund.org/meetrhinos.htm
1st Annual Africa Weeks for the Animals is coming August 2-15, 2010!
Rhino Fund Uganda
(+256 77 271 3410)
P.O Box 71020
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Information on Flea & Tick Products for your Companion Animals
To help minimize incidents that may be caused by product misuse, EPA is reminding consumers to always carefully read and follow all instructions on the label for these products.
Safety Tips To Remember:
-Consult your veterinarian about the best way to to protect your pets from fleas and ticks and whether pesticides are even needed.
-Use extra care before use on weak, aged, medicated, sick, pregnant, or nursing pets, or on pets that have previously shown signs of sensitivity to pesticide products.
-If you use a spot-on product or any other pesticide on your pet, carefully read and follow the product label.
-Use flea and tick control products only on the animal specified by the product label - for example, dog products for dogs only and cat products for cats only.
-Follow any label prohibitions against use on weak, aged, medicated, sick, pregnant, or nursing pets, or on pets that have previously shown sensitivity to pesticide products. Apply only the amount indicated for the size of the animal being treated.
Do not apply to kittens or puppies unless the product label specifically allows this treatment. Pay attention to the age restrictions for puppies and kittens on the label.
-Monitor your pet for side effects or signs of sensitivity after applying the product, particularly when using the product on your pet for the first time. Do not apply spot-ons to pets known to be sensitive to pesticide products.
If your pet experiences an adverse reaction, immediately bathe the pet with mild soap and rinse with large amounts of water.
-Keep the package with the product container (such as individual applicator tubes). Also keep the package after treatment in case adverse effects occur. You will want to have the instructions at hand, as well as contact information for the manufacturer.
For more information, please visit the EPA website at (http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/flea-tick.htm#safety)