Wildlife Society teaches South Africans to care for environment

WESSA mainThe Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa is one organisation educating the public on how we can care for the environment. (Images: WESSA, via Facebook)

For more than 90 years the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) has helped start and support wildlife conservation programmes across South Africa, and works to get the public more involved in caring for the planet.

Wessa initiates many environmental efforts, many of which it also supports.

These include the Eco-Schools programme run by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Developed to teach schoolchildren about caring for the environment, the programme is aimed at ensuring the future survival of South Africa’s ecosystems.

Wessa is also involved in environmental skills development programmes for to individuals, corporations and the government. Its wide range of education courses help address the shortage of skills needed to drive the green economy.

WESSA RhinoWessa, through its Rhino Initiative, appeals to the public to help them combat poaching in South Africa.

THE WESSA RHINO INITIATIVE

One of the biggest nature conservation issues in Africa is rhino poaching. The slaughter of our rhinos has led to the steady decline in rhino numbers in the wild. Without the support of the public, these magnificent animals face extinction.

This is why Wessa, through its Rhino Initiative, appeals to the public to help them combat poaching in South Africa.

Established in 2010, the initiative’s aim is to raise funds and awareness among South Africans in the hopes of changing attitudes towards conservation – to ensure the animals are still around for generations to come.

If you want to help Wessa save rhinos in South Africa, visit the Wessa Rhino Initiative website for details on how to donate to the cause. You can also contact Chris Galliers, the initiative’s unit leader, on 033 330 3931 or 079 504 4296, or at chris@wessa.co.za.

GET INVOLVED WITH WESSA

If you or anyone you know shares Wessa’s passion for nature and want to help them, have a look at their get involved page.

The page has details on how to volunteer your time at Wessa’s projects and donate money to help them with day-to-day expenses.

You can also get in touch with the organisation on 011 462 5663 or via email at jnbadmin@wessa.co.za. The contact details for their other offices across the country are available on their contact us page on their website.

WESSA 2WESSA’s wide range of education courses help address the shortage of skills needed to drive the green economy.

PLAY YOUR PART

Are you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?

If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.