The Now or Never African Wildlife Trust (NNAWT) is a recognition that alliances are few and far between in the conservation world yet they are key to initiatives having wider reach in the shortest time possible.
This NEW wildlife organisation was launched with the aim of saving EVERY SINGLE surviving rhino or elephant victim of poaching. The NNAWT alliance brings together key players in the war on poaching with a masterplan to create 10 safe havens across Africa, a network of specialist care centres, and rapid reaction rescue and veterinary teams. Founding members of NNAWT include us as Youth 4 African Wildlife along with The Rhino Orphanage (The world’s first dedicated rhino care and rehabilitation centre), Care For Wild Africa (South Africa’s most successful rhino rehabilitation centre), Saving the Survivors, and crucially a representative from Google for Non-Profits. The Tsavo Trust, a field-based conservation NGO in Kenya doing aerial reconnaissance on protection of Africa’s last Big Tuskers is also part of the alliance.
NNAWT’s mission is dynamic and simple:
1. Rescue ALL the affected animals through a new rapid response team with a central operations hub using helicopters, vets and trackers.
2. Once rescued, transfer animals to specialist medical and/or specialist care and rehabilitation centres.
3. When they are old enough and strong enough and suitably “wild” again release them into a network of specially protected safe-haven nature reserves.
NNAWT’s first tactical goal is to fund two helicopters on 24-hour standby in key areas to assist existing organisations to save more injured and orphaned animals. The first 24-hours is crucial and we need to reach more animals more quickly. We already have the operational support, access to the choppers, pilots and the base, we just need the funds.
“We spent more than a year setting up and creating our vision, plan and now we are ready to start. We absolutely believe that we can achieve what we say and we have already reached out to many of those we will need to partner with to achieve this.”
–Co-founder and Googler Thomas Ropel
“While there are lots of organisations doing great work there seemed to us to be a lack of an overriding vision to do something globally effective and lasting. The aim of saving them all is achievable and within a relatively short period of time. Our ambition is great but our commitment is total.”
–NNAWT chairman and Y4AW founder Dex Kotze