On my way to work this morning I passed through Nairobi National Park where I met a pride of 5 lions lazing peacefully quite close to the road. As I sat there watching them with my son, I regretted that they were not there two days earlier when I’d taken my brother and his family out to the park.
His children have never seen lions before. There is a real risk that they may never see wild lions in their life time, after all, there are only 2,100 of these amazing animals remaining in Kenya. The park boundary was just a few hundred meters away, it is simply a muddy stream across which thousands of cattle come every night in search of grazing. I know this because I live right on the edge of the park and so have a first hand view of the challenges facing wildlife here. Last week a cow was killed on a neighboring sanctuary by lions, we spent an entire day removing the carcass for fear that the owner would retaliate against the lions by putting poison on it to kill off the predators.
As I watched this lazy family of lions, I felt the pressure mounting – we don’t have time to waste, we must help wildlife conservation efforts now if our children and grand children are to enjoy them. WildlifeDirect is dedicated to over 100 different conservation efforts across Africa, Asia and South America. Never before has the need been so urgent, we receive several new applications for important new projects every day. To be able to help all these projects, WildlifeDirect must survive this painful economic down turn. I personally believe that any person who visits WildlifeDirect online can help us enormously without necessary leaving a donation, by just taking a little time to use the powers of social media.
I have listed 7 simple things that you can do to help us
1. Vote for what you care about The opportunity to share and spread important wildlife information and expose an enormous number of people interested in helping wildlife. We would like you to share what you learn about us through social media websites that focus on news like some groups on facebook, Digg, Stumble, Reddit, and twitter. The more eyeballs we get on WildlifeDirect, the more funds we can raise. Our target is an online audience of 2 million people.
2. Take action – it’s so easy.
Wildlife conservation depends greatly on policy changes which are often driven by public demand. You can communicate with your political representative or express yourself to any government by writing a letter or an email, and use the internet to spread the word about all kinds of wildlife issues raised on WildlifeDirect.
3. Help us get into the News You can alert your own local media houses to issues you are particularly concerned about. We have done radio and TV interviews all over the world inspired by readers who have helped us make connections with their local media houses. Getting into the news, especially online news is hugely valuable to us and costs you nothing but a little time 🙂 – write to your local radio station or newspaper today.
4. Motivate your favourite bloggers Just leave a comment on your favourite blog posts to tell people that you care and to share your thoughts with the authors. This alone is hugely motivating to those conservationists at the frontlines who are often risking their lives every day to save wildlife. This endorsement keeps the bloggers reporting and the more news we get from the field, the greater the global awareness of what is happening to wildlife in remote and dangerous places.
5. Tell all your friends Use your own social networks to share information about what you care about on WildlifeDirect. Let your friends know by joining our facebook causes, linking to us on your own blog, facebook, myspace, twitter or other networks.
6. Campaign for us Hold your own fund raising campaign to help us – just get creative. Sheryl raised over 300$ on her birthday, we’ve had cake sales, sponsored marathon runners, sponsored events, dinner events, yard sales. Use facebook or any other social website linked to our cause or just make donations on the website.
7. Volunteer online – Select a blog you’d like to help and volunteer a few hours a day towards that blog. Some of our bloggers have very poor internet access and it can take hours to upload one post. Volunteering mostly involves helping with uploading posts and photographs onto the blogs which frees up valuable field time for the bloggers.
8. Send us your own suggestions – we love hearing from you. Please don’t be shy, send us your ideas, views and suggestions. Email us on [email protected]